AGMA Welcomes Its Newest Members


The AGMA membership continues to grow with 12 companies joining the association in the past four months, and it now represents more than 470 companies in 30 countries. To find out more about these companies, visit their websites listed below. To find out more about AGMA and how membership can benefit your company, visit or e-mail

B&D Service
Since 1947, “B&D has been an independently-owned provider of industrial products and services to mining, manufacturing, engineering and OEM companies. B&D Industrial is the corporate umbrella for three specialized divisions: B&D Technologies, B&D Service and Scale Systems.

Canton Gear Mfg and Design, Co.
Canton Gear is a corporate family business owned and operated by the Weida Family. Besides specializing in custom gears and sprockets, Canton Gear also has the capability of thread milling, spline hobbing, bevel gear manufacturing, internal and external slotting, grinding, and general machine work. Canton Gear Mfg. has over 500 hobs presently in stock. It is one of the largest metric hob inventories in the state of Ohio. Canton Gear Mfg. is also equipped to cut special worm gears that do not exceed an 8-inch pitch diameter in the mating worm.  This eliminates the cost of buying a worm hob and the extra delay in getting the hob made. They are located in Canton, Ohio.

Cervinka Trading and Consulting
Located in Woodridge, Illinois.

Clemson University Energy and Innovation Center
In October 2010, Clemson University broke ground at what will be a world class, state-of-the-art wind turbine drivetrain testing facility. The Clemson University facility in North Charleston, South Carolina, will be capable of full-scale advanced testing of drivetrain systems, full nacelles, and simulation of blade forces. The facility will contain two test beds, a 7.5 megawatt and 15 megawatt, with dynamic non-torque loading. Capable of 50Hz or 60Hz testing, the facility can test for any unit bound for anywhere in the world.

The College of New Jersey
The Career Center supports the College’s mission by fostering an environment that encourages students’ career development through academic, leadership and experiential education. Optimal student collaborations are built and enhanced through meaningful relations with Alumni, employers and representatives of post graduate education. The Center empowers students to strategically apply knowledge, skills and abilities to their personal and professional pursuits within the campus and the global community. TCNJ’s recruitment program allows students/alumni to submit resumes to potential employers and/or interview one another regarding possible employment opportunities. Located in Ewing, New Jersey.

Johnson Metall, Inc.
The Lorain Ohio location of Becotek Manufacturing Incorporated was founded in 1919. Previously known as American Crucible Products, the company’s original product areas included sand castings of copper alloys, and centrifugal castings in brass and other alloys. BecoTek Metal Group AS, originally American Crucibles Inc. (established 1919) was aquired by Swedish company Johnson Metall 1991, to improve service for US customers. From Jan 2001 Johnson Metall Bearing Components AS was taken over by management. In May 2001 the company changed name to BecoTek AS. The U.S. subsidiary changed name from Johnson Metall Inc. to BecoTek Mfg. Inc. Originally specializing in sand casting/centrifugal casting of copper alloys, sand casting production terminated 1997 and the focus became the production of centrifugal castings in brass and bronze.

Oerlikon Balzers Coating USA, Inc
This company is a leading supplier of PVD coatings that significantly improve the performance of tools and precision components. Oerlikon Balzers has a global network that currently includes 93 production centers in Europe, America and Asia, with 13 coating centers in North America. Located in Schaumburg, Illinois.

Powers and Sons
Powers and Sons LLC is a leading OEM automotive supplier that offers complete full service design and engineering expertise for steering and suspension systems and products such as tie rod ends, pitman arms, track bars and drag links. We also supply the military industries with the same array of products. Powers and Sons LLC has been in business since 1932 and has operations located in Montpelier and Pioneer Ohio as well as Juarez Mexico.

Studio Tecnico Turci
Studio Turci is expert on cam mechanisms and gearboxes, focusing on consulting topics such as: FE and multi-body analysis; gearbox design; training  (MSC, Kisssoft, ProE, ME10, Solidworks, SolidEdge); technical software setup and maintenance; mechanical software development (for cam and gear design); and machine design and drawing.

Wildcat Ridge Gear
Located in Liberty, Kentucky.

Wright State University
Located in Dayton, Ohio.

Zoller Inc.
ZOLLER Inc. is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and it  provides sales and service to its customers within the U.S., Canada, and Mexico for tool presetting, tool measuring and inspection machines, tool management software, heat-shrink systems, and balancing machines. The company was founded in 1997, and it continues to be a thriving, successful and customer-oriented enterprise serving the gear industry.
AGMA 2014 Trade Mission – Japan
Just as the gear industry has truly become an international marketplace, so has AGMA.  International companies now represent 25 percent of AGMA membership, and to further the Association’s relationship with our international members, AGMA has held trade missions to a variety of countries, such as Germany, Italy and India.  In November, AGMA held its latest trade mission bringing a group of 20 gearing executives to Japan to learn about how business is done in Japan, the technologies used, and the Japanese culture.

Delegations allow participants to gain access to and insight from a number of manufacturing plants not normally open to groups.  AGMA worked closely with the Japanese Gear Manufacturers Association (JGMA) to arrange the company visits of interest to members of the delegation, and Dennis Iguchi of Iwasa Tech Co., greatly assisted in organizing the delegation’s visits. The trade mission kicked off with a visit to the Japanese machine tool trade show, JIMTOF.  From the show the delegation visited a number of manufacturing plants in and around Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka.  The delegation visited 10 companies over the course of 10 days.


• Iwasa Tech Co. Ltd.
• Kohara Gear Industry Co. Ltd.
• Kikuchi Gear Co. Ltd.
• Tokyo Technical Instruments Inc.
• DMG Mori Seiki Iga Plant
• Kanzaki Kokyu Koki Mfg.
• Ueda Heavy Gear Works Ltd.
• Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd
• Nissei Corporation
• Yutaka Seimitsu Kogyo, Ltd.
“The benefits of establishing direct contacts in a high profile market such as Japan cannot be overstated. AGMA delegation participants were introduced to potential trading partners throughout the course of the mission. They also gained a valuable learning experience in doing business in Japan,” AGMA President Joe Franklin said.
Revising AGMA 925-A03 “Effect of Lubrication on Gear Surface Distress”
On Wednesday, November 12, AGMA hosted a free webinar in conjunction with the kickoff of a project to revise AGMA 925-A03, Effect of Lubrication on Gear Surface Distress. The presentation concentrated on the topic of micropitting, its causes, and the documents that provide guidance on how to predict the probability of micropitting occurring on a given gear tooth. Interest in this topic was far reaching. Of the 85 sites registered to attend the webinar, nine countries were represented, including Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Mexico, Sweden, and the United States. Jan Alfieri, Director of Education at AGMA, said while discussing the amount of interest the industry had in the topic of this webinar, “Some of the organizations attending the webinar had such an interest in information being presented that we had individual viewing sites reporting 10, 12, and even 18 attendees.” The presentation appears to have been well received, as noted by an attendee, the webinar was “a well prepared and executed presentation and a very good initiative to bring gear heads closer together in knowledge.”

Presenter Robin Olson, US Delegate to ISO/TC 60 Working Group 15 and Sustaining Engineering Manager for Rexnord Gear Group, received high praise for her excellent presentation. She defined micropitting and its causes, as well as the current status of ISO/TR 15144-1, Calculation of Micropitting Load Capacity of Cylindrical Spur and Helical Gears- Part1: Introduction and Basic Principles. She went on to discuss the AGMA assessment of micropitting and the status of AGMA 925-A03. As mentioned above, this webinar is part of the AGMA Helical Gear Rating Committee’s project to update the Information Sheet AGMA 925-A03, Effect of Lubrication on Gear Surface Distress.

Currently, AGMA 925 provides methods for calculating factors elastohydrodynamic lubrication (EHL) film thickness and a method for calculating contact temperature.  It also provides methods for predicting the probability of unwanted surface distresses such as wear and scuffing.  As part of the revision, the committee is planning to update these methods and wishes to develop a method for predicting the probability of micropitting.

To enhance AGMA 925’s 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, as well as anyone else interested in micropitting.

If you are interested in taking part in this project, please contact Amir Aboutaleb, Vice President of AGMA Technical Division, at or 701-838-0053.

If you were unable to attend the webinar, or would like a copy for future reference, AGMA has made this informational webinar available for purchase for $50 at: