26 presentations to boast latest gear innovations at 2019 FTM in Detroit


Amid the exciting expansion and new offerings of AGMA’s 2019 Motion + Power Technology Expo is an enduring AGMA fixture: The Fall Technical Meeting (FTM). However, despite tracing its roots back to 1917, the FTM is far from stagnant. This three-day, single-track conference offers 26 presentations showcasing the latest, most innovative, peer-reviewed research in the gear industry. At this annual event, world-renowned industry experts, academics, and engineers gather to present and attend this meeting to learn about emerging technology and processes in their industry. FTM is October 14-16 at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan, also the location of the inaugural Motion + Power Technology Expo.

The meeting opens with the “Application, Design, and Rating” session on Monday afternoon. The six presentations of this topic dive deep into modeling and showcase some interesting real-world applications. Highlights include a presentation that proposes an analytical model to determine the misalignment and crowned teeth influence on spline load capacity and a presentation on the design method of replacing a metal gear with a plastic gear.

The second day of the meeting has both a morning and afternoon session. In the morning session, “Efficiency, Lubrication, Noise and Vibration,” attendees can look forward to three presentations solidly in the NVH category — one presentation that evaluates eight different algorithms to compute gear sliding losses and one presentation highlighting a new water-based lubricant.

Tuesday’s afternoon session, “Materials and Heat Treatment,” begins with an evaluation of steel cleanliness by extreme value statistics, then follows with a presentation on tooth-root testing of steels with high cleanliness. After a presentation on 4D high pressure gas quenching, a new, alternative gear steel is presented, then the session closes by presenting information on gears with alternative microstructures. 

A session from the 2018 Fall Technical Meeting. (Courtesy: AGMA)

The final day of the FTM, Wednesday, October 16, also has two sessions. In the morning session, “Manufacturing, Inspection and Quality Control,” a study on the influence of manufacturing variations on spline root and contact stress is presented between two presentations on new manufacturing processes for chamfering gears and micro skiving gears, respectively. The session also includes a presentation on prototype testing asymmetric gears and a comparison of current surface roughness measurement methods.

The fifth and final session of the meeting is “Gear Wear and Failure.” Attendees will witness thorough discussions on load capacity, scuffing risk, and optimum case depth. Highlights include a newly developed method for determining the tooth flank fracture load capacity of bevel and hypoid gears and a presentation showing how to calculate the power capacity of asymmetric gears.

In addition to learning about the latest gear research, the FTM is also a great place for networking. Formal, technical questions can be posed to the presenters during session Q&As, while more relaxed networking can take place at breaks between presenters or scheduled networking breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. In addition, on Monday, October 14, meeting attendees have the fantastic opportunity to go to the FTM Fun and Games Reception at Punch Bowl Social where they can bowl, play games, sing karaoke, and enjoy the local fare of Detroit. As always, we encourage attendees to check out the final day of the Motion Power + Technology Tradeshow where they can see some of the research being used in real-time at exhibit booths. We look forward to seeing you this October!

For more information visit motionpowerexpo.com/fall-technical-meeting or contact AGMA at 703-684-0211 or at tech@agma.org.

AGMA now offers Supply Chain Management courses!

Through funded research from the AGMA Foundation, AGMA and Ranken Technical College have teamed up to provide the gear industry with Supply Chain Management courses that are conveniently online.

Topics covered in this six-course program include:

  • Integrated Supply Chain Management.
  • Inventory Management.
  • Manufacturing and Service Operations.
  • Order Fulfillment and Customer Service.
  • Transportation and Warehousing.

The program curriculum also will prepare students for the Council of Supply Chain Management (CSCM) SCPro Certification. To find out more, visit: www.agma.org/education/online/supply-chain-managment-certification-program.

Upcoming AGMA courses

Basic Training for Gear Manufacturing

September 9-13, 2019 | Chicago, Illinois

Learn the fundamentals of gear manufacturing in this hands-on course. Gain an understanding of gearing and nomenclature, principles of inspection, gear-manufacturing methods, and hobbing and shaping. Using manual machines, develop a deeper breadth of perspective and understanding of the process and physics of making a gear as well as the ability to apply this knowledge in working with CNC equipment commonly in use.

This course is taught at Daley College. A shuttle bus is available each day to transport students to and from the hotel.

Fundamentals of Gear Design and Analysis

September 17-19, 2019 | Chicago, Illinois

Gain a solid and fundamental understanding of gear geometry, types and arrangements, and design principles. Starting with the basic definitions of gears, conjugate motion, and the Laws of Gearing, learn the tools needed to understand the inter-relation and coordinated motion operating within gear pairs and multi-gear trains. Basic gear system design process and gear measurement and inspection techniques also will be explained. In addition, the fundamentals of understanding the step-wise process of working through the iterative design process required to generate a gear pair will be reviewed. Learn the steps and issues involved in design refinement and some manufacturing considerations. An explanation of basic gear measurement techniques, how measurement equipment and test machines implement these techniques, and how to interpret the results from these basic measurements also will be covered.

Gear Failure Analysis

November 6-8, 2019 | St. Louis, Missouri

Explore gear failure analysis in this hands-on seminar where students not only see slides of failed gears but can hold and examine those same field samples close up, and use of a microscope to examine field samples.

Class hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

This course is taught at Ranken Technical College. A shuttle bus is available each day to transport students to and from the hotel.

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 is 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.

Calendar of Events

August 6 — Helical Gear Rating Committee Meeting — WebEx

August 14 — Helical Enclosed Drives High Speed Units Committee Meeting — WebEx

August 14-15 — TDEC  Chicago, Illinois

August 20-21 — Aerospace Gearing Committee Meeting — AGMA Headquarters, Alexandria, Virginia

August 22 — Lubrication Committee Meeting — WebEx

August 22 — Helical Enclosed Drives Marine Units Committee Meeting — WebEx

September 3 — Metallurgy and Materials Committee Meeting — WebEx

September 5 — Gear Accuracy Committee Meeting — WebEx

September 11 — Bevel Gearing Committee Meeting — WebEx

September 24 — Plastics Committee Meeting — WebEx

October 14-16 — Fall Technical Meeting — Detroit, Michigan

October 15-17 — Motion + Power Technology Expo — Detroit, Michigan

October 22 — Helical Gear Rating Committee Meeting — WebEx

October 24 — Metallurgy and Materials Committee Meeting — WebEx