Gear Expo Returns to Its Roots


It’s hard to believe, but Gear Expo 2011 is just a little more than a year away. For the first time since 1987, Gear Expo will return to Cincinnati—this time with more than 40,000 square feet of exhibit space, a variety of educational programs, the Fall Technical Meeting, and the ASM Heat Treat Society’s Exposition. You will want to join your peers for this great event November 1-3, 2011, at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati.

Cincinnati is a great location for both shows, as it is geographically and economically desirable and known for its ability to attract exhibitors and visitors alike from the metal cutting industries to trade shows held in its state of the art Convention Center. AGMA is looking forward to holding Gear Expo 2011—the 13th edition of the show—in a city as appealing as Cincinnati.

Gear Expo 2011 is coming together nicely. To date more than 100 companies have reserved more than 80 percent of the square footage of the show. With a year to go I anticipate that Gear Expo 2011 will be larger and have more exhibitors than Gear Expo 2009, bringing together more companies displaying the latest gear technologies.

Why is Gear Expo important for you to exhibit or attend? The reasons are simple: Gear Expo is “The Worldwide Gear Industry Event,” bringing together gearing professionals from all over the United States and, in 2009, more than 30 countries around the world. Gear Expo is the place for you to find the latest in gear machinery, solutions to your manufacturing dilemmas, and to keep up with the latest industry trends. Companies prefer Gear Expo because it is focused, economical, and results in a high-value experience.

Cincinnati is the perfect location for Gear Expo, nestled in the heart of the Rust Belt and easily accessible by several interstates and its major international airport. Cincinnati has undergone a dramatic transformation in recent years that make it a first-class destination for Gear Expo’s attendees. Its blend of big-city sophistication and warm Midwestern atmosphere is distinctly its own.

When you come to Cincinnati for Gear Expo plan for an attractive location including easy accessibility, a compact downtown, and affordable, world-class hotel facilities. More than $2 billion has been invested in recent downtown and riverfront development, including a $135 million renovation and expansion of the Duke Energy Convention Center and a $43 million redevelopment of Fountain Square; a year-round gathering place with programming and entertainment for all ages. New restaurants, retail, and nightlife surround Fountain Square, creating an exciting entertainment district that is inviting, welcoming, and within walking distance of the convention center and hotels.

AGMA and Cincinnati are busily preparing for Gear Expo next November, and I hope you are too. Make sure you mark your calendar now so that you don’t miss this great opportunity to see the latest achievements and trends in the industry. If you are interested in applying for exhibit space or attending the Gear Expo, please visit [] or contact me at the phone number or e-mail address listed at right. See you next November!

Call for Papers: 2011 AGMA Fall Technical Meeting
Planning is already underway for the 2011 Fall Technical Meeting, to be held October 30-November 1, 2011, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Next year’s FTM will present a unique opportunity, as it will be held in conjunction with both the AGMA Gear Expo AND ASM’s Heat Treating Society Conference and Exposition. Attendees from all over the world are anticipated. To get things rolling, AGMA is soliciting technical papers.

Each year the Fall Technical Meeting provides an outstanding opportunity to share ideas with others on design, analysis, manufacturing, and application of gears, gear drives, and related products, as well as associated processes and procedures. Authors have the opportunity to present the results of their work to an audience of knowledgeable professionals from the United States and abroad, and to participate in discussions with that audience. Papers should be original to the AGMA audience (not a previously published paper), technically accurate, relevant to the gear art, and free of commercialism. A membership survey indicated that papers on the following topics would be of considerable interest:

• Unique applications
• Dynamics
• Effects of flank modifications on load distribution
• Micropitting
• Manufacturing techniques
• Inspection and gear quality
• Metallurgy and its effect on gear rating
• Effect of surface finish on durability rating
• Noise/vibration
• Heat treatment and controlling distortion
• Wear and rating
• Lubrication
• Epicyclics (planetaries)
• Powder metallurgy and plastics gearing
• Failure analysis
• FEM modeling
• Flexible couplings

Solve the Mystery of Gear Failures at AGMA Seminar
Don’t miss AGMA’s last seminar in 2010! Determining the cause of a failure in a gearbox is a bit of a “whodunit” mystery. What caused the failure, the bearings, a gear, the lubrication, or a shaft problem? Where do you start, and how can you tell? AGMA answers these questions and more during its program “Gearbox CSI: Forensic Analysis of Gear & Bearing Failures—Useful Tools for Optimizing Gearbox Design.” The program will be held December 7-9, 2010, at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort in Clearwater Beach, Florida.

The objective of this seminar—taught by Raymond Drago, P.E., and Joseph W. Lenski—is to provide a better understanding of various types of gears and bearings and educate the designer with the limitation and capabilities of rolling element bearings and the gears that they support, so that the designer can properly apply the best gear/bearing combination to any gearbox, whether simple or complex.

Actual data based upon the presenters’ own gear design for the application and rolling element bearing experience will be presented. The presentation is illustrated with numerous photographs and many case study synopses are discussed to provide real world examples of both failures and preventative measures based on an understanding of the failures.

In addition to being colleagues for more than 40 years, the seminar leaders have had the great privilege of working directly together as an integrated “bearing/gear team.” Learn from this experience to minimize your problems and maximize your successes in future gearbox bearing designs. It is our belief that a good gearbox designer is only as good as his or her “bag of tricks.” Join us and fill your personal bag of tricks. Details are as follows:

December 7-9
Sheraton Sand Key Resort
1160 Gulf Blvd.
Clearwater Beach, FL 33667

AGMA Members $1,895
Nonmembers $2,395

Fees include all education materials, scheduled meal functions, and an opening evening networking reception. A certificate will be awarded upon completion of the seminar.
For more information, or to register online, go to