2018 was a year of evolved innovation


Looking back through the last 12 months, it is easy to see the changes within our industry, your businesses, and even some of our own programs. What hasn’t changed, and won’t ever change, is AGMA’s promise to drive power transmission innovation with members.

Our No. 1 issue is finding talent. It’s a tight labor market; you can’t achieve innovation without employees. To proactively address this challenge, the AGMA Foundation launched the “Get Into Gears” program in December. This program provides industry with marketing tools you can leverage to promote both the industry and the positions you have available. The AGMA Foundation has created the templates so you don’t have to! Your opportunity is to take those tools and share the exciting industry we work in to anyone and everyone you can in order to attract employees to your company.

What a simple innovation: a useable, tangible toolkit that provides tactical support to members looking to hire. I’m proud to share that 17 percent of the membership have already downloaded materials, and it’s only been a few weeks.

Another innovation driver is education. You can’t change something if you don’t have some idea of how everything works. At AGMA, we support your engineering team’s innovation efforts via strong, focused education. In 2018, we had 950-plus of your team members taking AGMA courses! We also saw four new people earn their Advanced Gear Engineering Certificate. We hosted our first Gear Failure Analysis course at Ranken Technical College and continue to build a strategic relationship with them to enhance the training process of gear professionals. We also continued to team up with Daley College on new training center initiatives that will put AGMA and its members into the forefront of industry education innovation. More to come on that soon!

To innovate, sometimes it’s critical that you hear from other experts or download data to help set a course. AGMA’s Business Connections Meetings: The AGMA Annual Meeting, the Fall Technical Meeting, the Strategic Resources Network, and Marketing & Forecasting, all delivered value to the more than 500-plus combined attendees. In a time of uncertain market conditions, tariffs, company changes, and global business relationship development requirements, we are reminded that coming together face-to-face can make all the difference in our growth as an industry. Haven’t tried one of these meetings to see how they can help your company? The 2019 lineup is already set — come out and see what you can achieve by learning with industry leaders.

AGMA also evolved a major value driver for Business Leads: Gear Expo is now Motion + Power Technology Expo. Strategically, we are positioning the event as a technically oriented, one-stop shop for everything power transmission related: machine tools, gears, fluid power, electric drive, heat treat, forged products — everything our customers need to have in order to achieve their own innovation.

AGMA is excited to have a formal partnership with the National Fluid Power Association at the show and will continue our strong relationship with ASM International to add value to this flagship event for the power-transmission sector. We are also connecting with other leaders from other associations in our space to ensure that the Power Transmission world comes to Motion + Power Technology Expo to learn and find innovation.

2018 was a year of innovation and new ideas with our members.

Change is challenging — hard even — yet change has always been a constant in the business world, and the same is true for the association space. The AGMA Board of Directors understands this, as do the renewed and energetic technical division and business division committees that drive the many programs we offer.

Working together, AGMA and its members are driving power-transmission innovation by staying focused on what’s really happening in the market, addressing proactively the primary challenges facing our sector, and changing when it’s required for the long term, greater good.

AGMA has more than 250 individuals that serve on committees across both technical and business committees. Are you one of them?

I encourage you to actively participate in AGMA programs in 2019 — not just because of loyalty — but because we can be a critical part of your own innovation efforts. You can start by visiting www.agma.org and see what’s happening.

Exhibit at the Motion + Power Technology Expo
and make a true investment into your company!


  • Set face-to-face meetings with a concentration of quality prospects.
  • Demonstrate your products and services and get immediate feedback.
  • Increase your market share.
  • Meet customers who are excited to see the latest advances in motion + power technology.
  • Strengthen relationships with customers and colleagues.
  • Benefit from a high-value machinery show with low costs and highly qualified leads.


  • Promotion through a multichannel, integrated marketing campaign including direct mail, digital advertising, print advertising, emails, social media, public relations, industry publications, grassroots partnerships, and one-on-one conversations throughout the industry.
  • Motion + Power Technology Expo will be promoted all over the world through a network of partners and allied associations to bring the largest possible audience to your booth.


  • Co-locations with ASM and NFPA deliver new attendees to the Expo.
  • On-floor education attracts informed buyers looking for technical solutions.
  • AGMA’s Fall Technical Meeting will be held concurrently with the show and includes access to the exhibits.
  • Networking events, such as lunch breaks and receptions, keep attendees active and engaged inside the exhibit hall.

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The AGMA/ABMA Annual Meeting Registration is Open

Join the 300 gear and bearing executives from around the world in Scottsdale, Arizona, April 11-13. Engage with expert industry speakers, learn from panel presentations on the future of gears and manufacturing, and join your peers for a meeting that will connect you with the opportunity to drive your business into the future. Join us for an unforgettable 2019 Annual Meeting! 

Get Into Gears Is Here! Download the AGMA Foundation Employee
Recruitment Toolkit Today!

Having trouble finding employees, especially at the operator level? Our free Employee Recruitment Toolkit is designed to help you recruit people into a great career in the gear industry. Download the kit at: agmafoundation.org/getintogears/.

Upcoming Classes

The 2019 courses are all up for registration. Make sure to register today to reserve your spot! Make 2019 the year that you join one of the many students who have completed their Advanced Gear Engineering Certificate.

Gear Manufacturing & Inspection

January 29-31 | Fort Worth, Texas

Discover key factors in the inspection process that lead to better design of gears. Develop a broad understanding of the methods used to manufacture and inspect gears. Interpret how the resultant information can be applied and interpreted in the design process. This course also includes a tour of Integrated Machinery Solutions.

Gearbox CSI

February 20-22 | Alexandria, Virginia

Gain a better understanding of various types of gears and bearings. Learn about the limitation and capabilities of rolling element bearings and the gears they support.  Grasp an understanding of how to properly apply the best gear-bearing combination to any gearbox from simple to complex.

Gear Materials, Selection, Metallurgy

March 19-21 | Las Vegas, Nevada

Learn what is required for the design of an optimum gear set and the importance of the coordinated effort of the gear-design engineer, the gear metallurgist, and the bearing system engineer. Investigate gear-related problems, failures, and improved processing procedures.