Having the right information about our industry has never been more important


Each day gear manufacturers are involved in decisions of finance, supply chain, procurement, and strategic development. Decision-making is becoming increasingly complex with volatility of global events, commodity price fluctuations, and technological advancement.

How can you gage success of your company today? Are you successful? Are others finding orders that you may be missing?

Having the right information about our industry has never been more important. AGMA makes available to members a quarterly updated forecast on the economics and market conditions of the industry through the Gear Market Report. The Gear Market Report is a comprehensive look at the current marketplace, produced by IHS Economics, providing information on the U.S. economic conditions, industry conditions for gears, gear market bookings, and gear market shipments — current data and forecasts for the next two to three years.

IHS economists provide our member companies with intelligence and tools to help you target opportunities, formulate new product cases, and forecast financials and volumes.

Each quarter, the AGMA Gear Market Report also presents forecasts of strength and weakness of 10 end-user industries. It does not just provide the overall conditions, but presents forecasts of the volume of each sector’s gearing purchases. The ten end-user industries include:

• material handling
• industrial machinery gears
• construction machinery gears
• farm machinery gears
• commercial & service machinery gears
• power transmission equipment gears
• mining and oil & gas field equipment gears
• ship & offshore platform gears
• railroad equipment gears
• aerospace gears

This comprehensive look provides invaluable intelligence for gear manufacturers working across multiple sectors.

The Gear Market Report is available to all AGMA members. Quarterly updates are sent directly to members who subscribe in editable Excel spreadsheets, so that you can use the data as needed to create your own internal forecasts. In addition to the quarterly data and economic presentation, the subscription also includes one seat at both the spring and fall AGMA Marketing & Forecasting Conferences. The annual fee for the subscription is $2,000.

The next AGMA Marketing & Forecasting Conference is October 22-23, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza O’Hare in Rosemont, IL. This event is open to ALL AGMA members and attendees will receive the latest quarterly Gear Market Report.

Having the right information is important, but the AGMA Gear Market Report is not a one-time future predictor. It is compiled by forecasts based on historical data and current and anticipated conditions. Conditions change, so updated forecasts are necessary for the most effective planning. Consider registering today for the Fall Marketing & Forecasting Conference to hear our economists’ perspective on the latest numbers and indicators you should be watching as you make strategic decisions for your gear manufacturing company.

Stay Connected To The industry with  AGMA’s e-Newsletters
Each Tuesday, AGMA sends out a compilation list of general news items that have direct relevancy to those in the gear and power transmission industries. Currently, this email is delivered to more than 6,500 people and is free for anyone to receive.

Member e-Newsletter
Distributed on alternating Thursdays, this is the premier communication from AGMA. This e-Newsletter contains both comprehensive member news (direct links to press releases on member company websites) as well as news from the association on upcoming events, training, and new resources.

Contact Mary Ellen Doran, AGMA director of electronic communications, at doran@agma.org for complete details or to sign up to receive either of these e-Newsletters.

AGMA is inviting interested experts to participate in a new project
The AGMA Helical Gear Rating Committee has started a new project to update the Information Sheet AGMA 925-A03, “Effect of Lubrication on Gear Surface Distress.”

Currently, AGMA 925 gives methods for calculating elastohydrodynamic lubrication (EHL) film thickness and predicting the probability of wear, and methods for calculating the contact temperature and predicting the probability of scuffing. As part of the revision project, the committee is planning to update these methods and wishes to develop a method for predicting the probability of micropitting.  Once completed, the committee plans to offer the new document for adoption by ISO Working Group on micropitting (WG 15).

To enhance its current broad acceptance within the industry, the committee aims to make the revision project a multi-disciplinary effort that includes people from the gear industry, lubrication industry, academic and industrial researchers in tribology, and anyone interested in the tribology of gear teeth.

If you are interested in taking part in this project, please contact Amir Aboutaleb, vice president of AGMA Technical Division. For more information about this event, and to register, visit AGMA online at www.agma.org.

Detailed Gear Design
November 5-7, 2014
Hyatt Place
Las Vegas, NV

“Detailed Gear Design,” presented by Ray Drago for advanced students with a good understanding of basic gear theory and nomenclature, covers all the factors going into good design from life cycle, load torque, and evaluating consequences.
By attending this course, students will be able to:

• Improve gear designs
• Better understand gear rating theory and analysis methods
• Investigate differences in stress states among various surface durability failure modes
• Discuss time dependent and time independent failure modes related to tooth design
• Use computer generated graphics to examine mesh action and tooth interaction
• Gain new insight into the concepts presented through illustrations and demonstrations
• Use this classroom setting to put tried-and-true theories into practice
• Interact with a group of your peers and with a talented and well-respected instructor who will push your thinking beyond its normal boundaries

Computer generated animated graphics will be used for examining mesh action and tooth interaction. Each section discussion will be followed by a brief question and answer period. The registration fee will include all meeting materials, scheduled meal functions, and an opening evening networking reception. A certificate will be awarded to each attendee upon completion of the seminar.