2020: A clear vision for providing the standard in service for manufacturers


When announcing that the 2020 AGMA/ABMA Annual Meeting was going to be at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, we were met with excitement and child-like energy from our membership. Who doesn’t have fond memories of galivanting around the Magic Kingdom, meeting Mickey Mouse and Goofy? But what our members might not understand yet is that the magic really stems from the unparalleled programming and focus on how to inspire growth in their business, in their workforce, and in their connections.

Sure, there will be fun at the private reception at Disney’s Animal Kingdom© Theme Park, with exclusive access to rides in Pandora: The World of Avatar. Of course, there will be opportunity to meet new attendees and gain exposure to industry peers at all networking events and at the new Emerging Technology Breakfast. And as usual, guests and spouses will have time to enjoy some hand-picked activities curated just for their enjoyment. We have come to expect all of this at the Annual Meeting; however, we wanted to go one step further.

In order to inspire growth, it is imperative that our general sessions offer the business intelligence and expert speakers our members need. Programming is no longer just about a flashy speaker with some quick wit and no real call to action. AGMA and ABMA pride themselves on offering real value to members, and we hope to expand that in 2020. Walt Disney Parks & Resorts has set the bar when it comes to meeting guest expectations. They have written the manual on customer service, and through the Disney Institute, we will be exposed to some of the fundamentals of leadership, engagement, and service.

Our membership is not a one-size-fits all, and the 2020 Annual Meeting reflects this diversity. Attendees will have access to general sessions that speak on workforce development, economic forecasts, political climate, geopolitical strategy, leadership, and more. These speakers are here to talk about the important issues manufacturers are facing today and will provide great insight into what to expect for the future. This kind of access to information, on such a personal level, is one of the quickest ROIs you will make all year.

Coming to a location like Disney will allow attendees to see first-hand the importance of designing exceptional service and a common purpose for employees. Although it is a fun place with a reputation for theme park rides and movie characters, we know members will gain a great perspective that will help their business grow. The Disney Institute will have a speaker that will address our group directly, tailoring their presentation for our needs. They have worked with numerous companies in the automotive and manufacturing industries, including General Motors, Parker Hannifin, and Volvo, teaching large and small corporations how to inspire employees, nurture their customers, and grow their services.

Make 2020 the year you and your company grow. Attending the AGMA/ABMA Annual Meeting is a great place to catch up with friends and to meet new people who might be instrumental in your business’ success.  Manufacturing has experienced a great deal of changes, and it is only going to get more complicated as new technologies emerge, political leaders change, and the next generation comes into the workforce. Let AGMA and ABMA be your guide to help prepare you for what’s to come.

To sign up for the Annual Meeting, go to: www.agma.org/events/agma-abma-annual-meeting

There is still room for sponsorship as well. Please contact Leah Lewis at lewis@agma.org with any questions.

AGMA hosts inaugural Motion + Power Technology Expo

MPT Expo provides largest exhibit floor in AGMA show history

The American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA) held the first Motion + Power Technology Expo (formerly Gear Expo) in Detroit, Michigan in October. The inaugural event also showcased new partners, the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA)’s Fluid Power Pavilion, and continued the colocation of the show with ASM International’s Heat Treat Conference & Exposition. With 62,700 square feet of exhibits, MPT Expo was the largest tradeshow that AGMA has ever hosted. There were more than 250 companies exhibiting — 50 being first-time exhibitors — bringing the complete power transmission supply chain together.

To read the full press release, please visit: www.agma.org/resources/newsroom/press-releases/agma-hosts-inaugural-motion-power-technology-expo/

The AGMA Fall Technical Meeting was a huge success!

2020 Call for Papers is Ready for Your Submission

The FTM hosted more than 125 attendees from all over the world. Technical papers were presented on topics varying from electric vehicle transmissions to the performance of new, alternative gear steel. Attendees were able to enjoy the latest research in the industry with some important networking opportunities including the popular Fun & Games Reception! The 2020 Call for papers is up and ready for submission. Visit www.agma.org/2020-call-for-papers/ to see the details.

Last Face-To-Face Courses for 2019!

Epicyclic Gear Systems: Application, Design & Analysis

December 3-5, 2019 | Seattle, Washington

Learn and define the concept of epicyclic gearing including some basic history and the differences among simple planetary gear systems, compound planetary gear systems, and star drive gear systems. Cover concepts on the arrangement of the individual components including the carrier, sun, planet, ring and star gears, and the rigid requirements for the system to perform properly. Critical factors such as load sharing among the planet or star gears, sequential loading, equal planet/star spacing, relations among the numbers of teeth on each element, and the calculation of the maximum and optimum number of planet/star gears for a specific system will be covered. Provides an in-depth discussion of the methodology by which noise and vibration may be optimized for such systems and load sharing guidelines for planet load sharing.

Did you Know that AGMA Offers On-Site Education?

That’s right, AGMA will bring the quality education right to your building. We offer custom on-site/in-house training that will save you money and time. We understand training can be costly to your bottom line, but it still remains a necessary component for your company to remain on the cutting edge of gear knowledge in order to implement best practices in your workplace. We recognize how important this balance is, and so we work with companies to bring instructors directly to your facilities.

Benefits of On-Site Training

Cost Savings

By brining AGMA to your location, you can eliminate the cost of sending your staff to another place. Your organization will:

  • Eliminate travel costs.
  • Maximize employee training time.
  • Increase productivity of your most valuable asset.
  • Boost your employee retention program.
  • Reduce turnover.


  • Choose the best time to learn based your employees’ workloads and schedules.
  • Benefit from courses that fit your needs.
  • Training in your facility or shop.


  • Tailor the courses to incorporate examples and content specific to your company’s needs and challenges

Succession Planning

  • Reduce the impact of the knowledge gap as new hires start and seasoned workers retire.
  • Increase cross-training activities to enhance and diversify the skills of your workforce.


  • Having training at your facility keeps your training needs and proprietary interest private. This provides your team with the ability to speak as freely as needed.


AGMA is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). AGMA complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in institutional practices. As a result of this accreditation, AGMA is accredited to issue the IACET CEU.

Online Education

Don’t have the ability to come to one of AGMA’s fantastic face-to-face courses? We understand that you are busy and that’s why we offer online education to meet your schedule. Now you can grow your gear knowledge, get the same quality AGMA education, and save money on travel by learning directly at your own computer. 

AGMA’s online education courses include:

  • Gear Failure Analysis.
  • Gearbox CSI: Gears Only.
  • Detailed Gear Design–Beyond Simple Service Factors.
  • Fundamentals of Gearing.
  • Hobbing.
  • Parallel Gear Inspection.