Six Reasons Why You Should Attend the AGMA/ABMA Annual Meeting


What an interesting year 2016 turned out to be! We had the perspective of looking at AGMA’s centennial year against a backdrop of the dawn of autonomous vehicles, the first flower grown in space, the biggest Powerball lottery win, jaw-dropping election results both here and abroad, and the Cubs finally won a World Series. Where do we go from here?

The Annual Meeting Committee has the answer: Attend the 2017 AGMA/ABMA Annual Meeting on March 30-April 1 in Palm Springs, California. The committee has been working hard since our successful centennial celebration last May to produce the most robust program agenda to date. Details are available on both the AGMA ( and ABMA ( websites. But here are six diverse reasons to attend:

  1. Learn something new.
    Over the three days of the Annual Meeting, nine presentations will run the gamut of topics relevant to manufacturers. You will hear from experts on the economy and the anticipated future of manufacturing within a new administration, how to deal with disruptors and millennials, new innovations in aerospace, and more.
  2. Shake hands with someone who has left our atmosphere.
    Capt. Mark Kelly, commander of the final flight of space shuttle Endeavor will give a presentation entitled, “Endeavor to Succeed.” He will provide applicable strategies for overcoming challenges as he outlines his foundations for success in any high-stakes setting.
  3. Wear short sleeves in March.
    For many members of AGMA, late spring still brings snow and blustery weather. Enjoy the warm, temperate weather of the Southern California desert — this year’s event will be at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort in Palm Springs.
  4. Support students in our industry.
    The AGMA Foundation awarded 10 scholarships in 2016 to students all over the world. They represent the next generation of the gear industry, and more like them need our support in 2017. Providing scholarships is only possible through the generous donations the Foundation receives during its annual campaign and from attendees at the Annual Meeting. Come find your reason to donate, and take home a great auction item.
  5. Discover hidden singing talents.
    Wikipedia defines karaoke as “a form of interactive entertainment.” But most of you know that karaoke is often a good way to see others in a different light. A scheduled evening of karaoke will be fun for all, so make sure you sign up for this extra event on Thursday.
  6. Climb into a B-17.
    Presentations during the Annual Meeting include a talk from John Palumbo, senior vice president of operations at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, and astronaut Mark Kelly, so we decided to continue this theme and take everyone to the Palm Springs Air Museum. The museum is one of the most unique of its kind. Your evening will be spent up-close and personal with over 40 flyable and static planes from World War II and the Korea/Vietnam era.

We look forward to welcoming you at this year’s Annual Meeting.

For more information, contact, or register at or

AGMA Would Like To Thank the AGMA/ABMA Committee

  • Chair, David Goodfellow, Star SU, LLC

AGMA Participants

  • Jim Bregi, Doppler Gear Company
  • Dean Burrows, Gear Motions Inc.
  • Nitin Chaphalkar, DMG Mori Seiki USA
  • John Cross, ASI Technologies
  • Lou Ertel
  • Dave Long, Chalmers & Kubeck Inc.
  • Tom Marino, Gear Technology
  • Anne Miner, Machine Tool Builders
  • Matt Mondek, Mondek Solutions

ABMA Participants

  • Chris Coughlin, The Timken Company
  • Kevin Herkner, Standard Locknut
  • Jim Porter, Regal Beloit
  • Tony Richey, Specialty Steel Treating Inc.

AGMA’s Advanced Gearing Courses

2016 Recipients of the AGMA Gear Engineering Certificate

As the leader in gear education, AGMA continues to add to the advanced gearing courses offered for the AGMA Advanced Gear Engineering Certificate. More than 1,600 individuals have completed courses. Some have continued their professional training by completing five required courses to earn the Advanced Gear Engineering Certificate.

Congratulations to those who received this certificate in 2016:

  • Gregory Becker, Volvo
  • Scott Davidson, Boeing Rotorcraft
  • Richard L. Dornfeld, P.E.
  • Michael N. Olesen, Siemens Wind Power
  • Brandon Pider, L-3 Communications
  • Dan Riethman, Crown
  • Scott Samborn, B&P Process Equipment

Learn about Gear Materials and Forensic Analysis of Gearboxes in the First Advanced Courses in 2017

Gear Materials – February 22-24 | Clearwater Beach, Florida

Learn what is required for the design of an optimum gear set and the importance of the coordinated effort of the gear design engineer, the gear metallurgist, and the bearing system engineer. Investigate gear‐related problems, failures, and improved processing procedures.

Learning Objectives:

  • Improve their gear designs.
  • Apply their understanding of 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.
  • Discuss the concepts presented.

Instructors: Raymond J. Drago and Roy Cunningham

$1,895 First registrant per member company | $1,695 additional registrant
$2,395 First registrant per non-member company | $2,195 additional registrant

Gearbox CSI – March 21-23 | Concordville, Pennsylvania

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand types of housing, construction, and housing elements.
  • Apply drawing practices for housing and related components.
  • Discuss bearing mounting, retention, and sealing.
  • Understand election and role of gearbox accessories.
  • Apply the appropriate lubricant selection and lubricant to rotating elements.
  • Describe the 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 designers’ perspective.
  • Learn about translating the general design from the design manual.

Instructor: Raymond J. Drago

$1,895 First registrant per member company | $1,695 additional registrant
$2,395 First registrant per non-member company | $2,195 additional registrant