Standards Development Is a Team Effort


Standards development is at the heart of AGMA. The AGMA Technical Division, which is responsible for the standards, has three full-time staff members. Under the leadership of Amir Aboutaleb, who is an engineer with experience in the gear industry, are myself, a trained engineer, and Courtney Payne, technical editor.  Additionally, there are hundreds of others who work on the technical committees. I would like to focus on them and extend the gratitude of AGMA to them. In 2016, we had more than 300 individuals volunteer their time and expertise on the 23 technical committees of AGMA. Their work helps to shape tomorrow’s standards for the gear industry.

Committee participation is open to all employees of AGMA member companies. The technical committees welcome those at every level of expertise in a given subject. Many of our chairs, who are more versed on a technical topic, have come up through the ranks on the technical committees and have spent years learning the standards processes. They welcome young engineers to the committees and are able to provide an inclusive experience that is both productive for the industry and develops individuals into the next generation of gear experts. I encourage anyone with an interest in learning more about our technical committees to reach out to me for more information.

AGMA committees work both through meetings on WebEx and through face-to-face meetings. They utilize a secure online network to communicate within committees and work with documents. Committees work on both AGMA standards and information sheets. Last year, they published six:

  • ANSI/AGMA 9005-F16, Industrial Gear Lubrication
  • ANSI/AGMA 9006-A16, Flexible Couplings – Basis for Rating
  • ANSI/AGMA 2002-C16, Tooth Thickness and Backlash Measurement of Cylindrical Involute Gearing
  • ANSI/AGMA 6013-B16 and ANSI/AGMA 6113-B16 (Metric Edition), Standard for Industrial Enclosed Gear Drives
  • ANSI/AGMA 6123-C16, Design Manual for Enclosed Epicyclic Gear Drives

Complete information on these standards is available on the AGMA website.

Additionally, members of the committees also provide input at the international level. Thirteen of our committees have delegates that serve as the United States representatives to the International Standards Organization (ISO) in their area of expertise.

In 2016, these ISO Representatives kept busy on standards development within the ISO TC 60 groups including:

  • WG2 — Gear Accuracy: Currently working on the next revision of ISO 1328-2, “Cylindrical Gears – ISO System of Accuracy.”
  • WG3 — Cutting Tools: Continue their work on the next revision of ISO 4468, “Gear Hobs – Accuracy Requirements.”
  • WG4 — Gear Terminology and Notation: Continue their work on the next revision of ISO 10825, “Gears – Wear and Damage to Gear Teeth – Terminology.”
  • WG6 — Load Capacity Standards for Spur and Helical Gears: Continue their ongoing discussions on several topics including a revision of ISO 6336 parts 1-3 and 6; the publication of ISO/DTR 23425, “Calculation Examples for the Application of ISO 6336-6 – Calculation of Load Capacity of Spur and Helical Gears”; ISO/DTS 19042, “Tooth Flank Fracture (Subsurface Initiated Fatigue)”; and ISO/TR 13989-1 and 2, SC 2 being balloted as Technical Specifications.
  • WG7 — Worm Gears: Continue their development of the next edition of ISO/TR 10828, “Worm Gears – Worm Profiles and Gear Mesh Geometry.”
  • WG13 — Bevel Gear Design: Recently published the new revision of ISO 23509, “Bevel and Hypoid Gear Geometry.”
  • WG14 — Metallurgy and Materials: Recently published the new revision of ISO 6336-5, “Calculation of Load Capacity of Spur and Helical Gears – Part 5: Strength and Quality of Materials.”
  • WG15 — Micropitting: Continue their work on the next revision of ISO 15144-1.

The AGMA Working Groups are already busy at work in 2017 and welcome your input and participation. A full listing of AGMA technical committees, including a scope of their activities, is in the Technical Committees section of the AGMA website, For additional information about AGMA technical committees, standards, and information sheets, or about AGMA software, please contact the AGMA Technical Division at Or you can reach out to me directly at

Upcoming AGMA Advanced Courses

Gearbox System Design

May 2-4 | Clearwater Beach, Florida

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 (covers, inspection ports, sump, mounting, etc.).
  • Apply drawing practices for housings and related components.
  • Bearing mounting, retention, and sealing.
  • Understand election and role of gearbox accessories, such as breathers, filters, screens, sight gages, and other level indication devices.
  • Apply the appropriate lubricant selection.
  • Apply the lubricant to the 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 to the individual component drawings.
Instructors: Raymond J. Drago, P.E., and Steve Cymbala

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

Gear Manufacturing and Inspection

June 20-22  |  St. Augustine, Florida

Learn key factors in the inspection process that lead to better design of gears. Develop a broad understanding of the methods used to manufacture and inspect gears. Discover how the resultant information can be applied and interpreted in the design process.

This course includes a tour of Riley Gear in St. Augustine, Florida.

PLEASE NOTE: This seminar is not a tutorial in the mechanics of machine operation; rather, the content addresses the relation between the manufacturing/inspection sequence and the detailed gear design process.

Learning Objectives:

  • 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.
Instructors: Raymond J. Drago, P.E., and Steve Cymbala

$1,495 1st registrant per member company | $1,295 additional registrant
$1,995 1st registrant per non-member company | $1,795 additional registrant

AGMA’s 2017 Spring Marketing & Forecasting Conference

April 19-20 | Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare, Rosemont, Illinois

AGMA is committed to helping your company compete more effectively in today’s domestic and global marketplace. There is no better way to measure how your company compares to industry financial benchmarks than to participate in AGMA’s industry reports and salary surveys.

Using data provided by others in this industry, these reports help you see where you stand in the industry. AGMA provides three different industry reports: the Gear Market Report; Monthly Market Trend Report (MMTR); and the Operating Ratio Report. AGMA also alternates years for the two salary reports: the Management and Technical Workers Wage and Benefits Survey and the Production Workers Wage and Benefit Survey.

For every report, the process is absolutely secure and completely confidential. All reports are mailed to an independent financial consultant or reporting entity, and they alone see the data. No AGMA member or staff person ever sees the participants’ data.

AGMA will hold its next Marketing & Forecasting Conference in April. This AGMA event — only open to employees of AGMA member companies — provides attendees with the latest information from the Gear Market Report. The information will be provided by Tom Runiewicz from Global Insight.

The Gear Market Report is a comprehensive report that provides information on U.S. economic conditions, industry conditions for gears, gear market bookings, and gear market shipments. Beyond the macro-level information, IHS Economics used historical data from AGMA and the U.S. Department of Commerce to develop an econometric model for demand for gearing products from 10 user industries: industrial machinery gears, construction machinery gears, power transmission equipment gears, mining, oil and gas field equipment gears, ship and offshore platform gears, railroad equipment gears, and aerospace gears.

Tom Runiewicz, Global Insight, Principal/Senior Economist

As a principal for industry practice at Global Insight, Runiewicz is responsible for projections about the U.S. industrial economy, including special aspects about output, prices, costs, wages, capacity levels, and profit margins. Runiewicz authors sections in Global Insight’s U.S. economic, industry analysis, and cost forecasting service publications. He particularly gained expertise in the paper and lumber, construction, steel, agricultural, and service sectors. Additional responsibilities include product-line forecasting and consulting for clients that include many of the Fortune 500 and national trade associations. He has over 20 years of experience in the economic forecasting and consulting industry.