Gear Expo and FTM’s strong numbers reflect AGMA’s strategy for growth


AGMA welcomed more than 3,500 attendees from 30 countries and 41 states to Gear Expo, The Drive Technology Show in Columbus, Ohio. The Fall Technical Meeting had a record attendance of 180 participants and speakers making it the largest AGMA technical meeting to date. Both the show and technical meeting reflected AGMA’s vision of innovation and global strategy.

Exhibitors brought their newest machines and products that filled the 59,500-square-foot show floor at the Columbus Convention Center. Attendees saw the latest technology in automation and IIoT as it relates to the gear industry and found new solutions to increase productivity and profit in their businesses.

“Gear Expo 2017 was a great platform for attendees to see the latest solutions in the marketplace,” said Jenny Blackford, vice president of Marketing for AGMA. “We are pleased with our attendance numbers but are even more excited to hear that exhibitors were meeting quality leads for new programs and making sales.”

With focused promotional efforts on social media as well as geo-fencing and geo-tagging outreach, the attendees could immediately share their experience while at the show and were put in touch with the exact supplier needed. These tactics allowed AGMA to expand its promotional audience, while also leveraging traditional media partners, and exhibitors, to get the word out.

“We offered additional ways for exhibitors to promote themselves and the show this year,” Blackford said. “Companies, attendees, and speakers were able to share their Gear Expo experience right away so those that did not come to the show were still connected to what was happening. This kind of marketing allows exhibitors to get the most out of their investment.”

The Fall Technical Meeting (FTM) was one of the greatest successes of the week. The quality of the papers and the engagement of the large audience made this year’s meeting the most attended yet. Discussions about emerging technologies and the standards process brought great interest from members and non-members for future involvement.

“AGMA focused heavily on keeping the integrity of the FTM and the papers presented,” said Amir Aboutaleb, vice president of AGMA’s Technical Division. “People know that when they come to this meeting, they will be hearing about the latest in the gear industry from the foremost technical experts from around the world. This popular event will continue to grow as AGMA continues to be content driven for the changing industry.”

Additionally, the Solutions Center schedule was filled with more than 30 presentations that mirrored the newly established Emerging Technology Pavilion hosted by AGMA. Attendees connected directly with players in the additive and IIoT industries like Jay Rogers from Local Motors and Paul Boris from Vuzix to discuss the direction of manufacturing and the potential disrupters the gear industry might face in the future.

“Thank you to all of the AGMA members and Gear Expo for a successful show. We were pleased with the growth in the buying audience,” said Matthew E. Croson, president of AGMA. “We look forward to working with our innovative members as we collaborate to grow our show to include the full gamut of power transmission solutions including: mechanical, electrical, and fluid power. It will be an exciting time to be a part of this effort in 2019 and beyond.”

Information about the 2019 tradeshow will be coming out soon, and you won’t want to miss out on the exciting event. Make sure to check in to to find out what is going on with AGMA and to see all the new classes and events that we will have for 2018.

AGMA awards 10 scholarships to future industry engineers

The following students with a focus in the gear industry received the AGMA Foundation Scholarship awards for the 2017-2018 academic year:

Technical School

Jack Jaeger Waukesha (Wisconsin) County Technical College


Isaac Bowser Taylor University (Indiana)

Nolan Maners Western Kentucky University

Aggash Sivasoth University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada)

Joshua Smith Colorado State University

Michael Ustes University of Michigan, Dearborn

Jacob Vanderveen Grand Valley State (Michigan)


Tiffany Lim The Ohio State University

Yue Peng University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Mustafa Turhan University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada)

AGMA’s Newest Members

Curtis Machine Company
Dodge City, Kansas

Dumore Corporation
Mauston, Wisconsin

Harcliff Mining Services
Johannesburg Gauteng, South Africa

KBE+ Inc.
Fair Haven, New York

Ranken Technical College
St. Louis, MO

Sierra Nevada Corporation — Space Systems
Sparks, Nevada

Toyoda Americas Corporation
Arlington Heights, Illinois

Wenzel America Ltd.
Wixom, Michigan

A Boughey Pty Ltd.
New South Wales, Australia

Fruit Heights, Utah

C.C. Jensen
Newnan, Georgia

Durban University of Technology
Durban, South Africa

Gamesa Energy Transmission
Zamudio, Vizcaya, Spain

Jemms-Cascade, Inc.
Troy, Michigan

Kikuchi Gear Co., Ltd
Ashikaga, Japan

PAI Industries, Inc.
Suwanee, Georgia

Penn State DuBois
DuBois, Pennsylvania

University of Strathclyde
Inchinnan, Renfrewshire, Scotland

E.ON Climate and Renewables

E-Tech Industrial Group

Georgia Tech Research Institute

Fraunhofer USA • Boston, Massachusetts
Thomas “Buzz” Maurui

Sentient Science
Buffalo, New York

Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology
Burla, Odisha, India

Follow AGMA on Linked In

We have enjoyed connecting to many of you on social media and love seeing all the pictures and stories that our members share about their businesses and employees. We want to continue to grow our following and see all that is going on in the gear industry. Follow “American Gear Manufacturers Association” on Linkedin and see all the opportunities AGMA has to offer with education, conferences, foundation items, and emerging technology. Stay connected to AGMA so we can be there for you!

Guest Bloggers Needed For AGMA’s Gears Matter Blog

We have had a great response to the Gears Matter blog, and we want to keep the information flowing for our readers. We are looking for 300-400 words on any topic that might relate to the gear industry, and what better way than to have our members share their own thoughts or ideas? We have entries on foundations, communications, standards, and emerging technologies, to give you some ideas. If you are interested in becoming a guest blogger, please contact Rebecca Brinkley at

2018 AGMA Education Events

AGMA is excited to bring you some new education events this year that offer enhanced learning opportunities taught by some of the best experts in the gear industry. Registration opens for these events October 24, 2017

Gearbox System Design
January 23-25 | Las Vegas, Nevada

Gear Materials
February 5-7 | Clearwater Beach, Florida

Gearbox CSI
March 20-22 | Concordville, Pennsylvania

Basic Training for Gear Manufacturing
April 3-6 | Chicago, Illinois

Detailed Gear Design
May 8-10 | Detroit, Michigan

Fundamentals of Worm & Crossed Axial Helical Gearing
May 31-June 1 | Alexandria, Virginia

Epicyclic Gear Systems: Application, Design & Analysis
June 5-7 | Chicago, Illinois

Gear Failure Analysis
June 12-14 | St. Louis, Missouri

Gear Manufacturing & Inspection
July 10-12 | Ontario, Canada

Basic Training for Gear Manufacturing
September 11-14 | Chicago, Illinois

Fundamentals of Gear Design and Analysis
October 24-26 | Houston, Texas

Gear Failure Analysis
November 6-8 | St. Louis, Missouri

Steels for Gear Applications
December 5-7 | Clearwater Beach, Florida

There are some great events planned for 2018; be sure to visit for the full schedule.