Don’t miss Gear Expo, the “Drive Technology Show” — it only happens once every two years. This event is the world’s only conference and expo designed exclusively for the gear industry and drive technology experts.

Here’s what’s in it for you and your team:

• Attendees see firsthand 750,000 pounds of machinery and gear products — the latest technology on the market — and discuss trends in the industry with knowledgeable suppliers.
• For three days, experts in design, manufacturing, application engineering, as well as gear buyers and manufacturers, will network and build relationships that benefit their respective companies.
• Thousands of professionals from around the United States, international manufacturing hubs, and emerging markets conduct profitable business transactions and collaborate on the innovations that make their operations more streamlined.
• Save time and money by meeting with everyone all in one show and under one roof.

Who’s Coming
Attendees represent a variety of industries, including off-highway, industrial applications, automotive, oil and gas, as well as defense, aerospace, agriculture and construction.
It’s all here. Gear Expo 2015 brings together the full range of experts — design, manufacturing, application engineering — together in one event.

Who should attend:

• Corporate Executives and Managers
• Design, Application and Manufacturing Engineers
• Purchasing Managers and Buying Teams
• Marketing and Sales Managers
• Operations and Plant Managers
• Production and Maintenance Personnel
• Inspection and Quality Control Personnel

Gear Expo Schedule

Saturday, October 17
Registration Open    10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday, October 18
Registration Open    10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fall Technical Meeting    12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Monday, October 19
Registration Open    7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fall Technical Meeting    8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Tuesday, October 20
Registration Open    7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Gearbox Maintenance    8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fall Technical Meeting    8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Why Bearings Are Damaged    8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Exhibit Hall Open    9:00 am – 5:00 pm
How to Specify a Gear System    1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Lubrication of Gearing    1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Wednesday, October 21
Registration Open    7:00 am – 5:00 pm
High Profile Contact Ratio Gearing: Concept, Advantages, Comparison & Cautions    8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Basics of Gearing    8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Exhibit Hall Open    9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Counterfeit Bearings: What You Need to Know    10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Taming Tooth Deflections: The Case for Profile Modifications    1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Networking Reception    5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
AGMA Centennial Dinner    6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Thursday, October 22
Registration Open    7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Basics of Gearing    8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Materials Selection and Heat Treatment of Gears    8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Cylindrical Gear Inspection: Chart Reading and Interpretation    8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Exhibit Hall Open    9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Conference Programs
Making Profitable Decisions
Gear industry professionals continue to be challenged by competition and consolidation. Gear Expo has pulled together fresh insights and the tools you need to help you make profitable decisions in the years ahead.

Discover solutions from the best in the business and take those lessons back to the office to keep your operations running at maximum efficiency. AGMA has organized an enhanced series of seminars of special interest to all segments of the gear industry and users of gear systems.

Register for one or more of these education programs and receive free admission into the expo. Bring a group and get discounted pricing on all education courses. Register for an education course by September 18 to receive advance discounts.

Fall Technical Meeting
Presented by: American Gear Manufacturers Association
Sunday, October 18 – Tuesday, October 20
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

AGMA’s Fall Technical Meeting is a great opportunity for anyone in the gear industry who is interested in the latest research and technical developments in gearing. The 2015 Fall Technical Meeting will have 25 presentations divided into five sessions over three days. As an FTM attendee, you will:

• Hear presentations and interact with speakers on such topics as gearbox design, materials and manufacturing.
• Network with your peers to exchange ideas and learn from each other.
• Find out more about the critical technical issues that you encounter every day.
• Learn more about methods and cutting-edge technology that will help you operate better tomorrow.

You may register for one or more individual sessions:

• Session I – Materials & Heat Treatment
• Session II – Manufacturing
• Session III – Gear Application
• Session IV – Lubrication, Efficiency, Noise & Vibration
• Session V – Gear Wear & Failure

Gearbox Maintenance
Instructors: John B. Amendola, John B. Amendola III, Dereck Yatzook, Artec Machine Systems
Tuesday, October 20
8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Most industrial gearboxes are designed and manufactured according to well-established gear standards such as AGMA, API, ISO and DIN. These standards are conservatively written. Yet gearboxes do fail. The predominant cause of gearbox failures is lack of maintenance or poorly applied maintenance. This presentation will address how to successfully establish and apply a maintenance program that will markedly extend the life and service of a functioning gearbox.

Why Bearings Are Damaged
Presented by: American Bearing Manufacturers Association

Tuesday, October 20
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

AGMA in cooperation with ABMA is offering this course on rolling element bearings for those involved in industrial equipment design, reliability and maintenance. It will include a basic overview of rolling bearings, their selection, precision and mounting considerations, service life estimation and lubrication related influences. A hands-on damage analysis session will be the featured portion of this program.

How to Specify a Gear System
Instructor: Lisa Ford, Lufkin PTM

Tuesday, October 20
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This course is an introduction to the standards commonly used to specify gears, a guide to communication between gear purchasers and manufacturers, and practical tips on how to make sure the gear specified meets the expectations of the purchaser. The purpose is to expand users’ knowledge of what is required to adequately specify a gear to achieve the desired end result, including delivery, cost and operation.

Lubrication of Gearing
Instructor: Richard Schrama, Tribological Services

Tuesday, October 20
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This presentation will address the basic theory of lubrication for gearing, lubrication methods and systems, as well as the types of lubricants used to lubricate the gearing and bearings. Other topics discussed will be:

• The AGMA guidelines for how much lubricant needs to be provided to the pitch line of the gearing.
• The lubrication of open gear systems.
• Used lubricant testing — to understand what tests should be done and what the results mean.
• Oil cleanliness and filtration and its importance to the life of the gearing and the bearings in a gearbox.

Basics of Gearing
Instructor: William Mark McVea, KBE+, Inc.

Wednesday, October 21
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday, October 22
8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Dramatically improve your knowledge and productivity through Basics of Gearing. This course will be presented in a day and a half, and will give you a comprehensive overview of standard gearing nomenclature, gear involute geometry, inspection procedures and much more.

High Profile Contact Ratio Gearing: Concept, Advantages, Comparison & Cautions
Instructor: Raymond Drago, Drive Systems Technology

Wednesday, October 21
8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Explore just what High Profile Contact Ratio (HCR) gears are and under what circumstances they can be an advantage. Learn when HCR gears are not appropriate and why. This fast-paced session will cover the detailed tooth geometry changes that are required to effectively achieve optimum performance and benefit. We will discuss how the load distribution along the involute profile changes when the contact ratio increases above two. Because of the longer, generally more slender teeth on an HCR gear, the heat treatment and profile modifications required for good performance are distinctly different from those for a standard contact ratio gear. The load capacity rating of HCR gears requires the application of modified AGMA analyses as the AGMA Standards specifically do not address gears with profile contact ratios greater than 2.0. Thus, we will also cover the changes required to successfully rate HCR gears.

Design of Net Shape Gears Using Plastic and Powder Metal Materials
Presented by: Ernie Reiter P. Eng., Web Gear Services Ltd.

Wednesday, October 21
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

The demands of low-cost, mass-produced gearing has fueled the advancement of net shaped gears using plastic and powder metal materials. This course will provide information on how to approach the design of net shaped gears for low-cost volume production.

The course will assist the participant in understanding the concepts of how to develop gearboxes using net shaped plastic and powder metal gears for their high volume applications. The material covered will include selection of the appropriate gear types, selection of appropriate plastic and powder metal gearing materials, the selection of ratio, tolerances, and measurement of plastic and PM gears. Some of the material covered will include an explanation of considerations in gear tooth design for plastic and PM gears.

Counterfeit Bearings: What You Need to Know
Presented by: American Bearing Manufacturers Association

Wednesday, October 21
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Learn about counterfeit bearings in the U.S. marketplace. After attending this session, participants will be able to detect counterfeit bearings from genuine trademarked bearings. They will have knowledge of the size of the counterfeit network and why using authorized distributors is important.

This session will highlight ABMA member efforts to work with government agencies to prevent counterfeit bearings from entering the U.S. marketplace. It will benefit brand owners, authorized distributors and branch locations, and end users of bearings.

Taming Tooth Deflections: The Case for Profile Modifications
Instructor: Raymond Drago, Drive Systems Technology

Wednesday, October 21
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Pack your “bag of tricks” with knowledge of how teeth deflect, what involute interference really is, the potential consequences of inadequate profile modifications, and the differences between tip relief, flank relief and fully modified profiles. Students will learn how to calculate tooth deflections under load and, most importantly, how to modify a gear set properly to completely eliminate involute interference. Finally, we will examine the optimum drawing definitions for profile modifications and how to interpret involute inspection charts to determine if the drawing-required profile modifications have actually been produced on the gear set.

Materials Selection and Heat Treatment of Gears
Presented by: AGMA and ASM International

Thursday, October 22
8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Gears, because of their unique contribution to the operation of so many machines and mechanical devices, have received special attention from the technical community for more than two millennia. New developments in gear technology, particularly from the materials and heat treatment perspectives, have improved gear performance. This course, developed jointly by AGMA and ASM International, will provide an overview of materials selection and heat treatment of gears.

Cylindrical Gear Inspection: Chart Reading and Interpretation
Presented by: John Lange, Gleason Cutting Tools

Thursday, October 22
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

This seminar will start with a brief background on the basic steps of inspecting gears and quickly progress to the understanding of analytical gear inspection charts. Students will learn to use the inspection results to troubleshoot the process when the part is out of tolerance and determine what corrective action to take.

In the workshop portion of the seminar, participants will work in teams to solve four different gear manufacturing problems. They will be given gear data, process, tolerance requirements and, of course, inspection charts showing the out of tolerance condition. The teams will suggest the necessary corrective action to make the part in tolerance.

What Makes Detroit a Unique Attraction?
The newly renovated Cobo Center offers Gear Expo attendees a first-class facility in which to conduct business. Some key features include facility-wide, free Wi-Fi coverage, international access with a tunnel to Canada, an easily accessible international airport close-by, public transportation to downtown shopping attractions, retail shopping on the concourse, and close proximity to major sports arenas, riverfront activities and more.

Detroit is a melting pot of ethnicities, industries, lifestyles and activities. The metro area is split into five destination districts to help visitors navigate and plan their trips.

• When visiting Downtown, you can explore neighborhoods such as:
• Greektown: Taste the mouth-watering flavors of Greek food and pastries.
• Midtown: Explore the cultural mecca of art, music and cuisine.
• Detroit’s 5½ mile International Riverwalk is a nature oasis in a bustling city. Rent a bike or stroll besides fountains, butterfly gardens and riverside restaurants.

The eclectic nature of Detroit provides attendees with activities for everyone, including art exhibits, museums, auto baron home tours, sporting events, gaming, shopping, dining, riverboat cruises and more.

Detroit Fun Facts:

• In Detroit, soda is called pop and wind generates more than a billion watts of electricity.
• The world’s largest tire, a former World’s Fair Ferris Wheel, is located in this auto capital of the U.S.
• Nicknames for Detroit include Motor City, Start-Up City, Motown and Hockeytown USA.
• On Monday nights, you can join hundreds of bikers for Slow Roll, a free 12- to 15-mile group bike ride and social experience.