These days we’re all bombarded with information – online, e-mail, TV, but where are the best resources for the latest gear industry information? Obviously, publications such as this one are great sources of information, but are you are aware of the resources AGMA has to offer – even if you are not a member of the Association?
AGMA strives to keep its membership and the industry at large up to date through our website, www.agma.org, Facebook page (American Gear Manufacturers Association), and through its two e-newsletters – the Gear Industry Update and the AGMA NewsBrief.
Gear Industry Update
A bi-weekly (Thursdays) e-mail informs subscribers of industry activities – from member news to industry events to new programs and other related news. The Update presents an overview of important developments from AGMA and its members. For every issue, AGMA staff visit every single member company website to collect the latest news – product releases, personnel changes, and new business announcements – providing an invaluable collection of information in one convenient digest.
This e-newsletter tracks the latest news in the gear manufacturing and power transmission industries – from more than 14,500 hand-picked, editorially ranked information sources ranging from the New York Times to Industry Week and other manufacturing associations. This newsletter provides an overview of the latest manufacturing trends, both economic and product-related. The Newsbrief is delivered weekly (Tuesdays) as an e-mail summary to subscribers, and is open to nonmember subscribers.
The AGMA website is updated daily with Industry News, news from AGMA’s members and other information pertinent to the gear industry. Register for events, find new job opportunities, post a job (members only), download publications, explore on-line training, locate peers, and more.
Employees of member companies are also encouraged to review the “How to Utilize Your Company Membership” under the membership tab. Outlined for you are suggested ways to plug in for various job titles within member sites including: Executives, machinists, engineers, salespersons, and human resource specialists. Find a list that best suits your individual needs.
Industry Product Locator
If you’re researching new vendors, a great place to start is AGMA’s Product Locator. It’s a comprehensive, searchable list of members’ product and service offerings; the guide also lists all companies and contacts for each product or service offering. Find a link in the middle of the AGMA Home Page.
So check out the AGMA Website, sign up for a free newsletter, friend us on Facebook, or just contact Mary Ellen Doran, AGMA Web Communications Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org with your individual questions and stay at the forefront of the gear industry!
AGMA Welcomes Its Newest Members
The AGMA membership continues to grow with more than 20 companies joining the Association since the beginning of 2012. AGMA now represents more than 430 companies in 35 countries on six continents.
ACCIONA North America
ACCIONA’s group of North American companies are subsidiaries of ACCIONA S.A., a company that ranks among the world’s leading sustainability-focused businesses centered around renewable energy, infrastructure and water treatment. Acciona is committed to pioneering and developing a lasting foundation of sustainability in the U.S. and Canada.
Acciona Windpower North America LLC
CFT A/S offers a variety of machine tools with or without “teeth” for the cement and wind turbine industries. Small batch sizes are welcome, but they are also very well trained in high production. CFT A/S processes all materials and offers various subsequent surface and heat treatments.
Damen Schelde Gears
Damen Schelde Gears (DSG) is a technology driven company specializing in support, consultancy and problem solving for all technical and commercial aspect of gears and other rotating equipment. DSG has an extensive experience of more than 90 years in the design and production of main propulsion gear for naval and merchant marine applications. Over the years more than 335 naval and merchant ships have been equipped with propulsion gears designs from DSG.
Dee-Kay Gears located in India provides: Bevel Gears, Cooling Tower Components, Cooling Towers, Gear Boxes, Gears, Other, Helical Gears, Mechanical Drives, Steering Gearboxes .
Ellwood City Forge
Ellwood City Forge, founded in 1910, manufactures concentric and eccentric contoured forgings and single cross-section products including hollow and disc forgings. Sizes up to 94 inches in diameter, 55 feet in length and 110,000 pounds in weight are available. ECF also makes crankshafts, plastic mold steels, forging die blocks, and a variety of other custom forgings to stringent mechanical property requirements.
Gear Consultancy is a Mumbai based company which carries out consultancy work in the field of gear engineering.
Hainbuch America Corporation
Hainbuch is a world leader in the design and manufacturing of extremely precise and exceptionally rigid work holding solutions. Hainbuch specializes in difficult applications yielding exceptional results.
High Performance Gear
High Performance Gear produces transaxles and transmission components for demanding road, race, and marine applications. The company operates a full-service gear manufacturing facility with one-off to production run capacity.
IIT Bombay, set up by an Act of Parliament, was established in 1958, at Powai, a northern suburb of Mumbai. Today the Institute is recognised as one of the centres of academic excellence in the country. Over the years, there has been dynamic progress at IIT Bombay in all academic and research activities, and a parallel improvement in facilities and infrastructure, to keep it on par with the best institutions in the world.
The Lubrizol Corporation
The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is an innovative specialty chemical company that produces and supplies technologies to customers in the global transportation, industrial and consumer markets. These technologies include lubricant additives for engine oils, other transportation-related fluids and industrial lubricants, as well as fuel additives for gasoline and diesel fuel. In addition, Lubrizol makes ingredients and additives for personal care products and pharmaceuticals; specialty materials, including plastics technology and performance coatings in the form of specialty resins and additives.
P.van Der Wegen Gears B.V.
Since 1880 P. van der Wegen Gears BV, as a member of the privately owned PWT-Group, is a World leading designer and manufacturer of open gear-sets, gears, gear-boxes, pinions and worm-gears based in Tilburg, The Netherlands.
Petron Corporation of New Berlin, Wisconsin, is a worldwide supplier of quality engineered lubricants. Petron Corporation designs and manufactures a diverse product line that serves the mining, cement, power generation and private label markets.
Pizo Technologies Worldwide
PIZO®, an abbreviation for Pig Iron and Zinc Oxide, continuously manufactures three commercially saleable products, including: crude zinc oxide (CZO), pig iron and slag. The dusts and by-products that are 100% reused by PIZO®, have historically been processed for land disposal or partially recycled by the steel industry or offsite vendors.
Reich USA Corporation
The Reich USA Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Reich-Kupplungen company of Bochum Germany. For more than 65 years, Reich-Kupplungen has produced torsionally flexible couplings at their manufacturing facilities.
Slone Gear International
Slone Gear International is focused on providing gear component sourcing, gaging and production solutions. Their products include spline gages/master gears, functional gear roll testers, roundness measurement systems, work holding/arbors, gear/spline cutters and production machines.
Walchandnager Industries Limited
Walchandnagar Industries Limited, PUNE, an ISO 9001: 2008 certified Indian company with global presence and diversified business portfolio in Projects, Products & High-tech Manufacturing. They are closely associated with the design, manufacture and supply of gear boxes for various programs of the Indian Navy for Leander class Frigates, Survey Vessels, Aircraft Carrier, Corvette class vessels, Fleet tankers etc. with horse power up to 24000 hp.
Western Precision Aero LLC
Western Precision Aero is an independently owned small business dedicated to providing high quality components and assemblies to the Aerospace, Defense, and Automotive industries.
ZF Wind Power Antwerpen NV
Manufactures gear units and industrial transmissions. The Company’s products are used in water treatment, material handling, mixers, cooling towers, paper and pulp mills, and wind generators.
To find out more about these companies, visit their websites. To find out more about AGMA and how membership can benefit your company, visit www.agma.org or e-mail email@example.com.
Learn How to Avoid Gear Failures
The ever-popular Gear Failure Analysis seminar will hold its last face-to-face offering of 2012 September 17-19, in Big Sky, Montana.
Gear Failure Analysis gives participants skills necessary to diagnose gear failures and prescribe remedies. The seminar covers six classes of gear tooth failure: overload, bending fatigue, hertzian fatigue, wear, scuffing, and cracking. Each failure mode is illustrated by color slides and field samples of failed gears. Students will receive a full color course manual that includes copies of text slides, Gear & Bearing Failure Analysis – A textbook for the gear and bearing failure analyst, Gear Failure Atlas, and several relevant reference papers.
For more than 20 years, Robert Errichello has been teaching this course – staying current with the issues of the day – for AGMA. More than 1,200 students have saved their companies millions of dollars by utilizing the information they have learned. This course is offered in Big Sky two times each year, but it is also available as a 10-hour online course. The online course was taped during a classroom offering of this course and provides the same great information, course manual, and other valuable materials. Both classroom and online students receive a certificate of completion for this seminar upon successful completion of the exam.
Robert Errichello heads his own gear consulting firm, GEARTECH, and is founder of GEARTECH Software, Inc. He is a registered professional engineer who holds bachelors and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering, and a master of engineering degree in structural dynamics from the University of California at Berkeley. He helped to introduce the World’s first gearing standard for wind turbines and is very active in AGMA standards development and nomenclature. He has extensive teaching experience and has taught college courses on machine design, fracture mechanics, vibration, and material science.
To register, visit www.agma.org or contact Jan Alfieri, education manager, AGMA at 703-684-0211 or email Alfieri@agma.org.