AGMA Foundation Expands Scholarship Program Made Possible By Your Donations

By Cindy Bennett

Through your support of the gear industry and the AGMA Foundation, we are pleased to announce the expansion of the AGMA Foundation scholarship program to students in industry-related programs at the technical certification and associate degree levels. AGMA Foundation scholarships are now open to students at the technical/associate, undergraduate, and graduate levels. Founded in 2010, the program has awarded $75,000 in scholarships to date. These scholarships are preparing the next generation of leaders in our industry.

“I am highly honored to have been selected as the recipient of an AGMA Foundation scholarship,” said M.D. Fahad, a 2015 scholarship recipient who is pursuing a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at The Ohio State University. “This scholarship will allow me to advance my career while relieving financial burden and continuing my research in gear technology. My motive is to solve real-world challenges utilizing my research and internship experience.”

Andrew Katz, another 2015 scholarship recipient, also expressed his gratitude.

“I am pursuing a Master’s of Applied Science (MASc) at the University of Waterloo, which is a two-year research-based graduate degree,” said Katz. “My research involves the physics-based modeling of the gear shaping process — the primary method of manufacturing internal gears. The costs of graduate studies are high and receiving this scholarship from the Foundation helps me to reduce that financial burden and focus on my research.”


You can help bring more talent into our industry by broadcasting this wonderful opportunity. Annual scholarship awards are $2,000 at the technical/associate level and $5,000 at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Applicants must be currently enrolled or recently accepted in a nationally accredited program related to gearing. For more details on the scholarship program, go to


The Foundation is a proud partner with Vets First, a program of the United Spinal Association. Working together, the AGMA Foundation and Vets First are identifying veterans with an interest in our industry and encouraging their application to the AGMA Foundation scholarship program.


Recent Foundation projects include a $200,000 grant to AGMA for the 2016 AGMA Centennial Celebration. Centennial projects supported by the Foundation include the centennial timeline exhibit at Gear Expo 2015; the May 2016 publication of “Celebrating 100 Years of Gearing,” a book commemorating AGMA’s 100th anniversary; a video on AGMA’s history; and a special AGMA centennial website. The Foundation has also funded many AGMA education programs, including Gearbox CSI, Detailed Gear Design, Fundamentals of Gearing, Hobbing, Parallel Inspection, and Gear Failure Analysis.


Founded in 1994, the AGMA Foundation supports and strengthens education, training, and research for the gear industry. The Foundation is funded by the generous donations of AGMA members and friends — AGMA dues are not used to fund the Foundation’s programs. We hope you will consider a donation to the 2016 Foundation annual campaign. For more details and to make a contribution, visit


The Rest of the Story…Everything but the Gears and Bearings

May 3-5, 2016    Clearwater Beach, Florida

$1,895 Members

($1,695 for additional registrants from same company)

$2,395 Non-members

($2,195 for additional registrants from same company)

Instructors: Raymond J. Drago and Steve Cymbala

This course focuses on the supporting elements of a gearbox that allow gears and bearings to do their jobs most efficiently. Learn about seals, lubrication, lubricants, housings, breathers, and other details that go into designing gearbox systems.


This seminar starts with the basics, including some history of design and the varied environments in which gearbox systems are built. It continues by teaching detailed design layout, followed by a focus on the individual pros and cons of:

  • Types of housing construction
  • Drawing practices for housings and related components
  • Housing elements (covers, inspection ports, sump, mounting, etc.)
  • Bearing mounting, retention, and sealing
  • Selection and role of gearbox accessories, such as breathers, filters, screens, sight gages, and other level indication devices
  • Appropriate lubricant selection
  • Application of the lubricant to the rotating elements
  • Selection criteria concerning the basic lubricant chemistry

Since the best design is only as good as its implementation, drawing practices and tolerancing will also be addressed from the designer’s perspective. Learn about translating the general design to the individual component drawings.



June 21-23, 2016    Cleveland, Ohio

$1,495 Members

($1,295 additional registrants from same company)

$1,995 Non-members

($1,795 additional registrants from same company)

Instructor: Raymond J. Drago

This seminar provides the gear design engineer with a broad understanding of the methods used to manufacture and inspect gears, as well as how the resultant information can be applied and interpreted in the design process.


Following this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify methods of manufacturing external and internal spur, single and double helical, and bevel and worm gears.
  • Describe the methodology and underlying theory for basic manufacture and inspection of each.
  • Discuss the features associated with each manufacturing method with regard to their impact upon and their ability to refine, guide, and optimize the design process.
  • Take two views of the same results: meeting a “specification” and determining acceptability for a specific application and interpreting the inspection data for purposes other than simply determining accept/reject status.
  • Specify the data required to control both the manufacturing and inspection processes on an engineering drawing. This includes both the data to be defined and the presentation of the data on the engineering drawing.
  • Discuss the basics of a variety of destructive and nondestructive inspection tests, including their underlying theory, application techniques, and, most importantly, interpretation of the resultant data.

AGMA Advanced Gear Engineering Academy

Over the past eight years, AGMA has steadily added to its advanced gear engineering course offerings to create the AGMA Advanced Gear Engineering Academy. In that time, more than 1,600 individuals have participated in those courses, with some completing at least five of the seven courses offered.

For these dedicated individuals, taking the Academy’s classes represents more than 100 classroom hours. It is quite an achievement for continuing education in the gear industry. The AGMA and the AGMA Education Advisory Council are pleased to recognize those who have completed at least five of the seven Advanced Gear Engineering Academy courses with an AGMA Advanced Gear Engineering Certificate.

2015 recipients include:

Jørgen Jakobsen — Vestas Wind Systems A/S

Andy Mugrage — UTC Aerospace Systems

Francis Nagy — Deca Industries, Ltd.


Network with Your AGMA Peers

2016 marks the AGMA centennial. For 100 years, individuals who work within the gear industry have been gathering to share information, complete standards for the industry, and support one another. AGMA began on the cutting edge of new technologies. In 1916, a new gear market was emerging. Today, at more than 480 members strong, AGMA is the leader in the industry, establishing the standards for the wide variety of markets that gears have moved in the last century.

Come Help Us Celebrate 100 Years

Two networking evenings have been scheduled to bring together those that work hard within the AGMA member companies. Bring your colleagues and significant others for an evening dedicated to the people who make up our industry. We invite all those who work for AGMA member companies in the area to attend — plant managers, sales teams, engineers, and more. Renew old friendships, meet new people, and make new contacts. Each of these events is $75/person.

June 22  |  Drake Hotel, Chicago, Illinois

October 2  |  Rivers of Steel Museum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania*

*This event is in conjunction with the 2016 Fall Technical Meeting that will be held October 2-4, 2016, in Pittsburgh.

AGMA Welcomes Its Newest Members

AGMA now represents more than 480 companies in 30 countries. Its most recent members are listed here. Find out how an AGMA membership can benefit your company by visiting or email

Advanced Jiffy Machine Products

Affolter Technologies SA

Arvin Global Solutions, LLC

B&B Manufacturing

Brother International Corporation

Cold Forming Technology, Inc.

David Brown Gear Industries South Africa (Pty) Ltd.

Deca Industries

DNV KEMA Renewables Inc.

Engrenages Specialises Inc.

Euro Gear

Fine Wisdom (Suzhou) Driving Systems Co., Ltd.

Gaziantep University


GWJ Technology GmbH

Hi-Tech Gears Ltd.

Innovative Drive Solutions LLC

RENEW Energy Maintenance

Rochester Institute of Technology

Shang Ho Gear Machinery Co., Ltd.

Smart Manufacturing Technology Ltd.

University of Hartford

University of Massachusetts Lowell

Vision Quality Components