Gear Expo expands with a name change: Motion + Power Technology Expo


Gear Expo began in 1986 as a small tabletop show in a hotel ballroom. Over 30 years, it has grown to be the trade show for the entire gear manufacturing supply chain. From machine tool suppliers to heat treating, materials to lubrication and gear manufacturers selling directly to their customers, Gear Expo was the place to go.

In 2019, AGMA will expand upon the legacy and success of Gear Expo, launching the Motion + Power Technology Expo (MPT Expo). The new show will continue its focus on gears and mechanical power transmission, while adding fluid power and electric drive exhibitors to provide all power transmission options to our attendees.

Why Change Gear Expo?

Expanding the focus of the show was not undertaken lightly. For more than two years, AGMA’s Board of Directors, the Trade Show Advisory Committee, and Industry Voice Committees have thought about, debated, and ultimately created the plans for the Motion + Power Technology Expo. The changes were directly in response to the way the gear industry’s customers are changing. Gone are the days when a customer had a “gear expert” on staff; instead, project engineers are tasked with specifying all the parts of the system they need while increasingly needing the assistance of the suppliers to help decipher the customer’s needs and provide full solutions. Now, Motion + Power Technology Expo will allow all solution sets and types of power transmission to be showcased at one time, appealing to more of the customer base.

The new focus of the show is already resonating with the industry. AGMA is creating new partnerships with other power transmission associations to bring all of the industry leaders to Motion + Power Technology Expo. We are excited to announce that the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) will be joining our event with a 5,000-square-foot exhibit pavilion and education opportunities on hydraulic and pneumatic technology. ASM International will continue to be a partner with the show, with the Heat Treat Society Conference & Exposition collocating with AGMA for the fifth time. Several other partnerships are currently in the works, so stay tuned for additional announcements.

Why would I attend?

The new Motion + Power Technology Expo will be a technology-focused trade show for everyone in the gear manufacturing supply chain, plus the end-user customers of mechanical power transmission, electric drives, and fluid power. This means that the show floor will be 30 percent larger, bringing you more companies that can provide solutions to your manufacturing challenges.

Additionally, technical expertise and education will remain a focus for Motion + Power Technology Expo. AGMA’s Fall Technical Meeting (FTM) will continue to be held in conjunction with our trade show, bringing the best experts in the gear industry together to share the latest research in a three-day conference. AGMA will continue to provide half-day and full-day seminars on a variety of gear-related topics, mainly for engineers. Our show partners, NFPA, ASM, and others to be announced will also hold seminars on technical topics.

On the show floor, the Solutions Center stage will be back for 2019 and incorporate exhibitors from both Motion + Power Technology Expo and ASM’s Heat Treat Show. These free 20-minute presentations give attendees an opportunity to see the latest technologies displayed by exhibitors. The Emerging Technology Pavilion will also return in 2019, showcasing companies that are bringing new solutions in additive manufacturing, robotics, and the Internet of Things. The Pavilion will also host a technology bar that gives attendees another opportunity to discuss the way new technologies can address their manufacturing challenges.

We at AGMA are very excited to bring the Motion + Power Technology Expo to life and believe the new show will be the best place to see the latest advancements in power transmission. Stay tuned for new partners, education opportunities, and network events that will be announced over the next year, or visit for more information.

I look forward to welcoming you to the all-new Motion + Power Technology Expo, October 15-17, 2019, in Detroit’s Cobo Center.

The 2019 AGMA Calendar of Events is ready

Registration opens in October. Visit to see all that is happening!

January 29-31: Gear Manufacturing &  Inspection, Dallas, Texas (Fort Worth area)

February 20-22: Gearbox CSI, Alexandria, Virginia

March 19-21: Gear Materials, Las Vegas, Nevada

April 1-5: Basic Training for Gear Manufacturing, Chicago, Illinois

April 11-13: AGMA/ABMA Annual Meeting, Scottsdale, Arizona

April 23-25: Gearbox Systems Design, Charlotte, North Carolina

May 7-8: Strategic Resources Network, Chicago, Illinois

May 20-22: Steels for Gear Application, Alexandria, Virginia

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

June 19-21: Gear Basics, Hobbing & Inspection, St. Louis, Missouri

July 10-12: Bevel Gear Design, Chicago, Illinois

August 20-22: Detailed Gear Design, Clearwater Beach, Florida

September 9-13: Basic Training for Gear Manufacturing, Chicago, Illinois

September 17-19: Fundamentals of Gear Design & Analysis, Chicago, Illinois

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

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

October 23-25: Three 1-day topics! Gear Inspection and Report Interpretation, Automotive Differentials  & Lubrication, Alexandria, Virginia

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

December 3-5: Epicyclic Gear Design, Seattle, Washington

AGMA Gives Distinguished Service Award at Fall Technical Meeting

Terry Klaves

AGMA presented Terry Klaves with the AGMA Distinguished Service award. This award is presented to someone who has demonstrated dedication and leadership for the advancement of the gear industry and AGMA, exemplified superior vision and exceptional knowledge that has been shared with colleagues, and achieved admiration and respect of peers. 

Upcoming courses

Don’t forget! AGMA education courses are IACET accredited. This means that the courses you take through AGMA will earn you continuing education units. Choose gear education that does more for you!

Gear Failure Analysis

November 6-8, 2018 | Chase Park Plaza Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri

Course description: 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. Experience the use of a microscope and take your own contact pattern from field samples. 

Continuing Education Units: 2.0

Steels for Gear Applications

December 5-7, 2018 | Sheraton Sand Key Resort, Clearwater Beach, Florida

Course description: Learn to make use of steel properties in a system solution and understand the potential that different steel options can offer for their various applications. Explore how performance of the material and thus the component and system depend on how the steel is produced.

Call for papers!

The 2018 Fall Technical Meeting was a great success! The 2019 Call for Papers is out and AGMA is ready for abstracts.

The deadline for the 2019 FTM abstracts is: December 14, 2018.

Technology is fundamentally changing the way manufacturing is done. The gear industry is faced with emerging trends and innovation that is challenging engineers to stay on course with cutting-edge technology to meet the ever-changing market demands. AGMA’s annual Fall Technical Meeting (FTM) is the perfect forum to share research findings and disperse knowledge for the benefit of the industry at a global level.

Get your research published and join the hundreds of gear industry peers in making the 2019 FTM the best one yet!

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