Formerly GEAR EXPO
Sept. 14–16, 2021 • St. Louis, MO
America's Center Convention Complex
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Solutions Center

Learn about the next generation of innovation in power transmission directly from the innovators themselves.

With the latest demands for efficiency and power density, often the solution is a choice combining mechanical, fluid power, electric, and hybrid technologies. Discover the latest technologies from exhibiting companies with these free 20-minute presentations, then experience it hands-on in the show floor just steps away.

Tuesday, September 14

10:00 am – 11:00 am

10:00 am – 11:00 am

The Global Automotive Outlook: Disruption, Opportunity, and Risk

The automotive industry is changing at an unprecedented rate. New players, products, consumer demands, challenges, and innovations in transportation are reshaping the landscape. Today’s market will look completely different in the next few decades. Although change is happening, the automotive space traditionally moves at a glacial speed. Therefore, decisions made today will be the seed for defining competitiveness in the future. Add in challenges such as COVID, the semiconductor shortage, and electrification, and new stakeholders will be born. Joe McCabe, President and CEO of AutoForecast Solutions, will dive into the outlook, providing a detailed analysis on how these issues will shape our future.

11:00 am – 11:20 am

11:00 am – 11:20 am

Making Quiet Planetary Internal EV Gears

Scott Knoy, Vice President of Sales, Nidec Machine Tool America, LLC

The simulation of EDU transmission shows internal generating grinding can reduce transmission error 70%, and housing acceleration 24dB. Planetary gear sets are key components in achieving high reduction ratios with light weight. The requirements for improved NVH are increasing. The internal ring gear manufacturing process is the last challenge to satisfy high quality and reasonable cost.  Major factors of this improvement are improvement of pitch and runout errors.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm

11:30 am – 12:00 pm

KLINGELNBERG “Done-in-One” Award-Winning Innovation Integrates Multiple P-Machine Measurement Processes into a Single Stage

William Gilpatrick, VP Sales, Klingelnberg Americas

“Done-in-One – Complete Measurement in a Single Stage” solution. Klingelnberg’s approach is to perform various measurement processes in a single stage as one complete measurement (“Done-in-One”), all in the immediate production environment. Our P-Machine has rapid measurement capability for dimensions, shape, contour, and surface roughness in one automated cycle. This approach has proven to save up to 40% of the measurement and setup time! Patents including further development of the tactile 3D NANOSCAN and HISPEED OPTOSCAN. We welcome you to join us at the Solutions Center taking place during the Motion + Power Technology Expo.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Break

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Scale Your Brand, Scale Your Business

Adam Gimpert, President, Helios Gear Products

Industry reputation drives customer retention and repeat opportunities, but is it enough to elevate your growing manufacturing shop above the others? Join us for a behind-the-curtain look at marketing strategies that position small teams for big opportunities and some secrets to successfully navigate the gear industry.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

GTL Fluids Improve Performance, Health, and Safety

Join us to learn about the advantages of using neat oils derived from gas-to-liquid technology for gear production. These Class III++ lubricants are an effective alternative to petroleum-based products for anyone seeking cost savings, process improvement, and a healthy shop environment.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Unleash the Future of Manufacturing with Immutable Peer-to-Peer Databases

Andrew Brick, Chief Product Officer (CPO), Notoros, Inc.

Notoros was founded with a simple goal: to put distributed ledger technology into the hands of everyday consumers. Now, businesses of all kinds can unlock the true potential of blockchain and decentralized applications using Notoros' next-generation peer-to-peer database. Come learn how this emerging technology is solving some of the most difficult problems in logistics, accounting, security, and beyond. This St. Louis-based company has decades of expertise in the blockchain and crypto space and is excited to answer any questions you may have. 

Wednesday, September 15

10:00 am – 11:00 am

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Security Awareness and Training Programs Will not Effectively Secure Your Organization

James McQuiggan, Security Awareness Advocate, KnowBe4

Organizations are impacted by ransomware almost every 14 seconds. It is worth noting how the criminals get into an organization's systems and infrastructure. It comes down to phishing attacks or misconfigured and unpatched systems. 

Organizations declare that they have a security awareness and training program. However, how many of the employees take it, retain it, or use it? If the program is useful, why do breaches continue to occur?

Organizations might have a training program, but they complete it, move on, and not remember it. Thus, the next evolution of security awareness needs to be an influential security culture. If a security culture and mindset are part of every employee in the organization, this can significantly reduce the risk of a data breach through employees.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand why security culture is essential and needed with security awareness and training
  • Implementing policies for a strong security culture within your organization.
  • How to effectively measure your security culture.

11:00 am – 11:20 am

11:00 am – 11:20 am

Why Forgings?

Forging Industry Association Marketing Committee

Forgings are regularly specified where strength, reliability, economy, and resistance to shock and fatigue are vital considerations. Forged materials offer the desired degree of high or low temperature performance, ductility, hardness, and machinability. Attend and learn basic forging terminology and applications.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm

11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Precision Multitasking Machining and Flexibility for Gear Manufacturers

Joe Goral, Director of Sales and Marketing, Bourn & Koch

Bourn & Koch’s new MT3 vertical grinding machine is a flexible platform capable of milling, drilling, tapping, and turning. Learn more about the benefits of MT3 for gear manufacturers with our Director of Sales and Marketing, Joe Goral. The machine is principally a precision ID/OD grinding machine. As a flexible machine tool solution, MT3 is able to be configured as a true “one and done” solution or can be reconfigured to meet the changing needs of your production. The machine’s vertical orientation allows for the complete finishing of large diameter gear blanks in minimal set-ups, potentially increasing gear blank quality and throughput in reducing setups. 

11:30 am – 12:00 pm

11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Break

1:00 – 2:00 pm

1:00 – 2:00 pm

Women in Manufacturing Panel

Lori Brown, Sales Manager, IMT Forge
Corinna Draghi, Applications and Design Engineer, Atlanta Gear Works
Veronica Lancaster, Vice President, Standards Programs, Consumer Technology Association, Producer of CES®, President, Board of Directors, Women in Standards
Adrienne Peters, Communications Manager, General Motors Defense

According to the U.S. Census, “Despite making up nearly half of the U.S. workforce, women are still vastly underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce. Women made gains — from 8% of STEM workers in 1970 to 27% in 2019 — but men still dominated the field. Men made up 52% of all U.S. workers but 73% of all STEM workers.” As the shift in demographics is growing to become more inclusive, we wanted to highlight some of the incredible work that women in the power transmission sector are doing. From sales and marketing to engineering and standards, our Women in Engineering Panel will discuss some important topics to help rising leaders in the workforce understand how to grow their career as a woman in a male-dominated industry. Come and join our panelists as they share insights on self-advocacy, getting a seat at the table, improving workplace environments for equality, mentorship, leadership, tough dialogues, and more.

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Concepts of Motion Control and Load-Holding Technologies

Dean Burrows, President and CEO, Gear Motions, Inc.
Stephen Kochan, Sigma Design

Explore concepts of motion control and load-holding technologies with Kinatech, presented by Gear Motions (Booth 2425). Kinatech is a simple, elegant, mechanical locking system that will hold any load in place without using electricity, pneumatics, hydraulics, friction, or any other external braking source.

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Steps to Your Digital Transformation Journey

Senthil Kumar, Founder and CEO, THORS, Inc.

The gear industry is a knowledge intensive industry, where profitability is highly dependent on the knowledge of your workforce across manufacturing fundamentals, materials, manufacturing processes, and manufactured products. In many cases this knowledge is not institutionalized. With the advent of digital tools, it is now possible to digitize this knowledge, measure it, and use this data to drive your decisions and most importantly institutionalize this knowledge that will grow the value of your business. This presentation will cover some steps to applying digital tools to common business challenges in every company.

Joseph McCabe, AutoForecast Solution
Joseph McCabe
CEO, AutoForecast Solutions LLC

As President and CEO of AutoForecast Solutions LLC (AFS), Joe leverages his decades of industry experience and knowledge to provide production forecasting and advisory services to the global automotive community. Joe manages the automotive turnkey operations at AFS including the global light vehicle, powertrain, drivetrain, and alternative propulsion forecast as well as a suite of AFS proprietary opportunity and sales planning software. AFS supports all tiered suppliers, VMs, government agencies, financial institutions, and the academic community with data, planning solutions, and a personalized support to help identify new business opportunities while mitigating risk. Joe’s 25+ year career in automotive forecasting ranges from his tenure at AutoFacts, PwC, AutomotiveCompass, and now as founder of AutoForecast Solutions LLC (AFS). Joe earned his Bachelor’s of Chemical Engineering at Villanova University and an MBA at Pennsylvania State University.

Tom Cappandona
Product Manager for Gears, Griding & EDM, Blaser Swisslube

Tom Cappadona is Blaser Swisslube’s product and process specialist for shops with gear, grinding, and EDM applications. He has over 30 years of experience in precision grinding with a focus on new product development and optimization.