Expanded MPT Expo offers both new and familiar events


The only constant in life is change. The power transmission industry has the potential to see tremendous change over the next decade — with 3D printing, electric drives, new materials, and other innovations advancing manufacturing in new ways. Over the past two years, AGMA’s board, committees, and staff have been exploring ways to ensure that the industry and the association are at the forefront of the new technologies, and next month at the Motion + Power Technology Expo, you’ll be able to see all of this on display at one time and in one place.

From October 15-17, Detroit will host more than 250 exhibitors at the MPT Expo displaying everything from the latest in machine tools to mechanical and electric drives, materials and forgings to heat treating. New this year, the National Fluid Power Association is a partner with AGMA and ASM International in the expo, bringing 25 fluid-power exhibitors for attendees to explore.

For the first time, AGMA and NFPA are hosting a new conference, showcasing 16 industry leaders in all aspects of power transmission and manufacturing challenges. The MPT Conference allows attendees to focus on either technological concerns such as electrification of trucks, or business needs such as workforce recruitment and supply chain. The topics are wide ranging, covering even blockchain for manufacturing and supply chain issues, in short sessions that get attendees up to speed quickly on a topic and allow plenty of time for discussion with the experts after their presentations.

The Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan, will house the Motion + Power Technology Expo. (Courtesy: AGMA)

Beyond the show floor, the inaugural MPT Expo provides attendees with more networking opportunities than ever before. Before the show opens Monday night, everyone is welcome to attend the AGMA Fall Technical Meeting Fun & Games Reception at Punch Bowl Social. Even if you aren’t attending the Fall Technical Meeting, this is a great opportunity to mingle with the best and brightest engineers in the industry, including the 26 presenters at this year’s event and all FTM attendees. On Tuesday night, we continue to the tradition of the on-the-show-floor Welcome Reception, and on Wednesday night, AGMA, NFPA, and ASM have partnered to present “The Heat is On” — a night of networking, food, and entertainment at Waterview Lofts. There are two new networking events this year — one for young professionals on Tuesday night, and a breakfast honoring Women in Manufacturing on Thursday morning. All of these events are designed to help attendees meet new people, interact with experts, and have a bit of fun while in Detroit.

Even while the Motion + Power Technology Expo showcases new technologies and hosts new events, many of the things you’ve come to expect from the former Gear Expo are back as well. On the show floor, the Solutions Center offers free presentations every 30 minutes from exhibitors talking about their latest process and product advancements. Additionally, the AGMA Fall Technical Meeting is again being held in conjunction with the show and will have more than 25 presentations on the latest in gearing and mechanical power transmissions from experts spanning the globe.

While taking in the show floor, there are also many opportunities for education. Twelve education programs from basic to advanced engineering are available during MPT Expo, from gearing experts such as Ray Drago and Mark McVea. For the first time, there are also three seminars from NFPA focusing on fluid power manufacturing for all levels of expertise.

We may have changed the name, but the Motion + Power Technology Expo takes the legacy of Gear Expo’s success and enhances it to embrace the power transmission industry of tomorrow. I hope to see all of you in Detroit next month, so that you, too, can see the best our industry has to offer.

AGMA’s Fall Technical Meeting

Take a deep dive into the gear industry at AGMA’s Fall Technical Meeting. This meeting brings together top researchers from across the globe who will provide the latest information on their peer-reviewed gear industry research. Network with the industry experts, academics, and engineers; ask your burning questions, and see what is in the future of this industry.

Session 1: Application, Design, and Rating

Electric Vehicle Transmissions with Hypoid Gearset (19FTM01)

Misalignment Compensation Splines Design (19FTM02)

Spline Centering, Piloting, and Toggle: Torsional Stiffness, Shaft Bending, and Centering of Moment Loads (19FTM03)

Optimal Polymer Gear Design:  Metal-to-Plastic Conversion (19FTM04)

Design of a Double Spiral Bevel Gearset (19FTM05)

Specific Dynamic Behavior of Planetary Gears (19FTM06)

Session 2: Efficiency, Lubrication, Noise, and Vibration

Phase Management as a Strategy to Reduce Gear Whine in Idler Gear Sets (19FTM07)

Leveraging the Complementary Strengths of Orbitless and Planetary Drives (19FTM09)

Reduction of the Tonality of Gear Noise by Application of Topography Scattering for Ground Bevel Gears (19FTM10)

Computing Gear Sliding Losses (19FTM11)

Opportunities of Efficiency Improvement by the Use of Hydro Lubricants (19FTM12)

Session 3: Materials and Heat Treatment

Evaluation of Steel Cleanliness by Extreme Value Statistics and its Correlation with Fatigue Performance (19FTM13)

Tooth Root Testing of Steels with High Cleanliness (19FTM14)

4D High Pressure Gas Quenching:  A Leap in Performance vs. Press Quenching (19FTM15)

Performance and Properties of New, Alternative Gear Steel (19FTM16)

Material Properties and Tooth Root Bending Strength of Shot Blasted, Case Carburized Gears with Alternative Microstructures (19FTM18)

Session 4: Manufacturing, Inspection, and Quality Control

Chamfering of Gears — New Innovative Cutting Solutions for Efficient Gear Production (19FTM20)

• Influence of Manufacturing Variations of Spline Couplings on Gear Root and Contact Stress (19FTM21)

Micro Skiving — (r)evolution of a Known Production Process (19FTM22)

• Rapid and Precise Manufacturing of Special Involute Gears for Prototype Testing (19FTM23)

A Comparison of Surface Roughness Measurement Methods for Gear Tooth Working Surfaces (19FTM24)

Session 5: Optimization, Gear Wear, and Failure

Effects of the Load-Dependent Shift of Gear Center Distance on Calculated Load Capacity and Excitation Using Analytical Mesh Stiffness Approach (19FTM25)

New Standardized Calculation Method of The Tooth Flank Fracture Load Capacity of Bevel and Hypoid Gears (19FTM27)

Calculated Scuffing Risk:  Correlating AGMA 925-A03, AGMA 6011-J14, and Original MAAG Gear Predictions (19FTM28)

Optimum Carburized and Hardened Case Depth (19FTM29)

Sizing of Profile Modifications for Asymmetric Gears (19FTM30)

Upcoming AGMA Courses

Gear Failure Analysis

November 6-8, 2019 | St. Louis, Missouri

Explore gear-failure analysis in this hands-on seminar where students not only see slides of failed gears but can hold and examine those same field samples close up. Use of a microscope to examine field samples.

This course is taught at Ranken Technical College. A shuttle bus is available each day to transport students to and from the hotel.

Epicyclic Gear Systems: Application, Design & Analysis

December 3-5, 2019 | Seattle, Washington

Learn and define the concept of epicyclic gearing, including some basic history and the differences among simple planetary gear systems, compound planetary gear systems, and star-drive gear systems. Cover concepts on the arrangement of the individual components including the carrier, sun, planet, ring, and star gears and the rigid requirements for the system to perform properly. Critical factors such as load sharing among the planet or star gears, sequential loading, equal planet/star spacing, relations among the numbers of teeth on each element, and the calculation of the maximum and optimum number of planet/star gears for a specific system will be covered. Provides an in-depth discussion of the methodology by which noise and vibration may be optimized for such systems and load sharing guidelines for planet load sharing.

MPT Expo Show Education

October 15-17, 2019 | Detroit, Michigan

A great way to attend multiple AGMA classes at once is during our tradeshow in Detroit, Michigan at the Cobo Center. We are offering half-day and full-day courses that will be taught by gear, fluid power, bearings and supply chain management experts. And, when you sign up for a course, you get a free pass to the tradeshow floor. 

Online Education

Don’t have the ability to come to one of AGMA’s fantastic face-to-face courses? We understand that you are busy and that is why we offer online education to meet your schedule. Now you can grow your gear knowledge, get the same quality AGMA education and save money on travel by learning directly at your own computer. 

AGMA’s online education courses include:

  • Gear Failure Analysis.
  • Gearbox CSI: Gears Only.
  • Detailed Gear Design–Beyond Simple Service Factors.
  • Fundamentals of Gearing.
  • Hobbing.
  • Parallel Gear Inspection.

Calendar of events

September 11 — Bevel Gearing Committee Meeting — WebEx

September 17 — Powder Metallurgy Committee — WebEx

September 24 — Plastics Committee Meeting — WebEx

September 25 — Wormgearing Committee Meeting — WebEx

October 14-16 — Fall Technical Meeting — Detroit, Michigan

October 15-17 — Motion + Power Technology Expo — Detroit, Michigan

October 17 — Powder Metallurgy Committee — Detroit, Michigan

October 22 — Helical Gear Rating Committee Meeting — WebEx

October 24 — Metallurgy and Materials Committee Meeting — WebEx

October 30 — Nomenclature Committee Meeting — WebEx

October 31 — Gear Accuracy Committee — WebEx

November 5 — Wormgearing Committee Meeting — WebEx

November 6 — Plastics Committee — WebEx

November 21 — Lubrication Committee Meeting — WebEx