AGMA Courses

AGMA Courses


Bevel Gear System Design
September 6-8 | San Diego, CA

Learn how to design and apply bevel gears systems from the initial concept through manufacturing and quality control and on to assembly, installation and maintenance. Engage in a practical hands-on guide to the bevel gear design, manufacture, quality control, assembly, installation rating, lubrication and, most especially, application.


Steels for Gear Applications
October 4-6 | Alexandria, VA

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 depends on how the steel is produced.


Detailed Gear Design
November 14-16 | Dallas, TX

Learn how to improve gear designs and gain new insight into concepts presented through illustrations and demonstrations. Explore all factors that go into good gear design from life cycle, load, torque, tooth optimization, and evaluating consequences. 

Classes are 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Pre-requisite: Students should have a good understanding of basic gear theory and nomenclature. Online Workforce Education: Fundamentals of Gearing or Fundamentals of Gear Design and Analysis

Gear Failure Analysis
December 6-8 | San Francisco, CA

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 closeup. Experience the use of microscope and take your own contact pattern from field samples.

Gear Expo Education

Taming Tooth Deflections: The Case for Profile Modifications
Instructor: Raymond Drago, Drive Systems Technology 
Tuesday, October 24, 8 am – 12 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 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.


Basics of Gearing
Instructor: William Mark McVea, KBE+, Inc.
Tuesday, October 24, 8 am – 5 pm; Wednesday, October 25, 8 am – 12 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.


Why Bearings are Damaged
Presented By: American Bearing Manufacturers Association 
Tuesday, October 24, 1 pm – 5 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 is the featured portion of this program.


Gearbox Field Inspection – Load Distribution, Lubrication and Condition Monitoring
Instructors: John B. Amendola, John B. Amendola III, Dereck Yatzook, Artec Machine Systems 
Wednesday, October 25, 8 am – 12 pm

Gears can fail due to various damage patterns. In this study, the combined influence of shaft misalignments and gear lead crown on load distribution and tooth bending stresses is applied to real world circumstances. Both the operator and designer must consider gear tribology. The focus of the second topic of the seminar will be placed on lubrication. Gearbox diagnostics and service are critical to the field inspection process. During the third part of this discussion, the instructors will explore these concepts in depth.


High Profile Contact Ratio Gearing: Concept, Advantages, Comparison & Cautions
Instructor: Raymond Drago, Drive Systems Technology
Wednesday, October 25, 8 am – 12 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 a HCR gear the heat treatment and profile modifications that are 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.


Reverse Gear System Engineering − Why, When & How − (Avoiding Pitfalls…and Litigation!)
Instructor: Raymond Drago, Drive Systems Technology 
Wednesday, October 25, 1 pm – 5 pm

Reverse engineering a gear system is a not too unusual task and in many, but not all, cases the process goes well, thus it is easy to become complacent. It is important, however, to fully understand the process and the best practice procedure for reverse engineering a gear system. Failure to fully follow best practice can result, at best, in an unhappy gear user, but in the worst case it can lead to very expensive, time consuming and reputation damaging litigation. We will discuss the basic types of reverse engineering. The need for understanding the operation of the system in which the gears will be used, the conditions that led to the need for the project and especially, the specific nature of the failure that occurred, if that is the reason for the project, are key, often ignored, elements of the process.


How to Read and Interpret a Gear Inspection Report
Instructor: William Mark McVea, KBE+, Inc.
Thursday, October 26, 8 am – 12 pm

This presentation intends to provide you with a thorough understanding of the information contained within a typical gear inspection report. Specifically, we will look at the contents and meaning of the information contained within the gear charts, as well as the techniques used by the gear measurement system to assess gear quality. An explanation of basic gear measurement techniques, how measurement equipment and test machines implement these techniques, and how to interpret the results from these basic measurements will be covered. We will also discuss how to interpret the results and what corrective actions may be considered if the quality of a particular gear is unsatisfactory.


Materials Selection and Heat Treatment of Gears
Presented by: AGMA and ASM International 
Thursday, October 26, 8 am – 5 pm

Because of their unique contribution to the operation of so many machines and mechanical devices, gears 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.