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LATEST NEWS


Have you booked your stand space yet?

Stand space at our Spring Meeting is if filling up fast so be sure to book your place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Click here to book.

The following companies have already booked their exhibition space.

BGA / IMechE Joint Student Prize 2017



ABOUT THE PRIZE

The joint BGA / IMechE annual student prize has been established since 2000 and is considered one of the most prestigious Student prizes in the field of Mechanical Engineering.

The goal of the prize is to encourage and support the growth of the next generation of UK engineers

The prize is awarded for the best Final Year Project on any topic broadly related to the field of mechanical power transmissions.

WHY SHOULD YOU ENTER

* £400 prize

* Test your ideas

* Free entry to Gears 2018

* Chance to present your paper to industry experts

* Connect with top employers

* Prestige

* Boost your CV

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

In order to register, application forms for individual or team projects completing in summer 2017 must be sent to the British Gear Association by Monday 31st July 2017.

A copy of the completed project report (in Word or pdf format) will be required by Thursday 31st August 2017.

Applications forms and submissions to be sent to admin@bga.org.uk

If you have any further question please do not hesitate to contact the BGA.

NB. Please note that projects for HND/HNC, BEng/BSc, MEng or MSc will be accepted and the judges will apply suitable weightings to take account of the different qualification levels.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

All submitted papers will be read by our panel of industry judges and a winner will be announced October 2017.

The winner will be invited to present their paper at Gears 2018 where they will also receive their official award and cheque for £400.

If you would like to apply for the 2017 joint BGA please Click to Download more information and Click to Download a booking form or contact Kirsty and Lindsay in the BGA Office on 0191 208 6160/ admin@bga.org.uk

BGA Member Dontyne Systems at ConExpo 2017



From BGA Member Dontyne Systems:

Please visit us at ConExpo 2017 in Las Vegas where we will be demonstrating our products and ready to discuss your applications. Find us at EELLC booth #C33247

Dontyne Systems has been a world leading gear design, manufacture and inspection software company for the past decade. We are partnered with industry leading businesses around the world. Our Gear Production Suite (GPS) modules have been developed to optimize the design, simulation and production of gear components. It allows end-to-end control of the gear manufacturing process. Dontyne does not just offer software; we offer world class expertise and passion you will not find anywhere else in the Industry.

Click here for more details.

BOOKING NOW: An Introduction to Gear Design & Geometry

Date: 1st March 2017

Location: Design Unit - Newcastle Upon Tyne

Tutor: Rob Frazer

Gear geometry is thought to be complex and often considered a 'black art'. This seminar will dispel this myth and provide delegates with a basic knowledge of spur and helical gear geometry and how gears work. No prior gear knowledge is required.

We will look at how gears work and some basic calculations relating to gear geometry. It is applicable to gear designers, manufacturing staff, machine operators, inspectors and those who are new to the gear industry and want to understand what all the fuss is about. You will need a calculator because we are going to do some simple sums!

The Seminar will cover:

* How involute gears work

* An introduction to the involute gear geometry standard ISO 21771, BGA Code of Practice 07 and gear terms and symbols

* The basic rack, cutting tools and basic gear sums relating to spur and helical gears o Gear pairs, centre distance, working pressure angles, tooth thickness and backlash

* Non-standard geometry, contact ratios and start of active profile calculations

* Plenty of examples to work through - please make sure you bring a basic scientific calculator!

Key skills and knowledge:

At the end of the seminar you will understand how gears work, be competent with basic calculations relating to gear geometry, understand the basic terms and symbols and have a greater understanding of what is happening when you use gear software packages. Design, manufacture and inspection processes make more sense when you understand gear geometry.

Please click here to download a book form.

We are freezing prices again for 2017 and members will continue to receive up to 45% discount on all seminars.

Bookings can be sent to the BGA Office: admin@bga.org.uk

Get involved: "Building our Industrial Strategy."



To all of our BGA Members, I am sure your interest has already been piqued by the Governments recently published Green Paper "Building our Industrial Strategy" and we would like to bring your attention to the open consultation.

Our diverse Membership represents the beating heart of the UK Industrial sector we feel that this would be a great opportunity for Members to shape the Industrial future of the UK. As such we would encourage you to get involved with the consultation on the issues raised.



From the Government Website:

"This green paper sets out our approach and some early actions we have committed to take. It is not intended to be the last word, but instead to start a consultation.

We hope anyone with an interest will respond. We want to hear from every part of the country, every sector of industry and businesses of every size - and from the people who work in them and use them."



Please see a summary of the Green Paper from the National Measurement System Programmes Manager below.

"This Green Paper sets out the Government's approach to developing a modern industrial strategy to improve living standards and economic growth by increasing productivity and driving growth across the whole country. The aim is to establish an industrial policy for the long-term - to provide a policy framework against which major public and private sector investment decisions can be made with confidence.

You will see that the UK's strengths in science, research and innovation are at the heart of the industrial strategy, recognising that research and innovation leads to new products, services and better ways of doing business and is key to economic growth and UK competitiveness. The Green Paper consults on the priorities for the additional £4.7 billion investment in R&D by 2020-21 announced in the Autumn Statement. These include the priority challenges that could be addressed through the new Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, and how we can support science and innovation strengths across the country, build the pipeline of skills and talent needed to deliver our ambition in science, research and innovation and ensure we have the infrastructure and institutions for a world-leading innovation base."



The Green Paper and details of forthcoming engagement are available at GOV.UK:

Click to Download



And you can submit your responses to the consultation questions at Citizen Space:

Click to Download



Responses can also be sent by email (industrial.strategy@beis.gov.uk) or to the following address:

Industrial Strategy Team

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy,

1 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0ET

Responses should be submitted by 17 April 2017.

Congratulations to Geoffrey Moore, winner of the 2016 BGA / IMechE final year student project prize!



The BGA IMechE joint Student Prize 2016 winner is Geoffrey Moore from the University of Southampton for his MEng project: "Mechanical Motion Rectifier - Investigating the potential of a mechanical device for transforming bi-directional rotational motion into uni-directional rotational motion."

The judging panel commented:

This was complex. There was a very clear of description of objectives and limitations and the end result showed how important it was to get the minor detail exactly right.

This was a potentially unique application to portray, but it was done in a very professional manner.

We will be presenting Geoffrey with his £400 prize at the BGA Spring meeting. on 23rd March and he has been invited to present his paper the the leading gear experts in the UK at Gears 2017 Technical Awareness Seminar in November.

If you would like to apply for the 2017 joint BGA please Click to Download more information and Click to Download a booking form or contact Kirsty and Lindsay in the BGA Office on 0191 208 6160/ admin@bga.org.uk

LAST CHANCE TO BOOK: Gear Foundation Day

This introductory seminar is suitable and appropriate for anyone joining the gear industry. The course will not only equip the delegate with the basic gear knowledge to make a success of their career but also allow them to benefit from the more specialised seminars presented through the year in the BGA Knowledge Transfer Programme.

Each Session includes a test and successful students will receive a certificate.

The course will include:

* An Introduction to Gears Part 1: Gear Fundamentals

Law of Gearing; The Involute Form; Power Transmission; Motion Control; Gear Types - Features and Benefits.

* An Introduction to Gears Part 2: Noise & Load

Modes of Failure (Bending, Pitting, Micro-Pitting, Scuffing, Wear) Gear Rating methods; Application Factors; Gear Lubrication; Noise & Vibration basics; Transmission Error

* An Introduction to Gears Part 3: Gear Manufacture

Gear Material Specification; Gear Manufacturing Methods (Forming, Moulding, Machining; Hobbing, Shaping, Shaving, Honing, Grinding and Finishing); Heat Treatment and Gear Measurement.

Our Gear Foundation Day has been independently evaluated for Continuing Professional Development purposes by The CPD Certification Service.

This course is officially recognised as complying with universally accepted principles of Continual Professional Development (CPD) and have been structured to meet the criteria of personal development plans.

CPD certification means that the content and structure of the courses have been independently assessed and approved for multi-disciplinary and industry-wide continuing personal and professional development purposes.

Click here for more details.

Click here to download a booking form.

Earn CPD Points at BGA Knowledge Transfer Courses



Following requests from the BGA Membership we are pleased to announce that our Knowledge Transfer courses are being independently evaluated for Continuing Professional Development purposes by The CPD Certification Service.

As the leading providers of Gear related training in the UK we know this accreditation will add additional value to our already world leading seminars and courses . Our courses will be officially recognised as complying with universally accepted principles of Continual Professional Development (CPD) and have been structured to meet the criteria of personal development plans.

CPD certification means that the content and structure of the courses have been independently assessed and approved for multi-disciplinary and industry-wide continuing personal and professional development purposes

The first course to be accredited is Gear Foundation which is booking now for 1st February 2017.

Click here to book your place today..

BGA Spring Meeting 23rd March 2017



Let your Networking take flight at the BGA Spring Meeting 2017

Date: 23rd March 2017

Time: 9:30 am to 4pm

Venue: Imperial War Museum. Duxford - CB22 4QR

About the Spring Meeting 2017

Whether you are part of a multi-national organisation or a single member, the "BGA Spring Event 2017" will be of interest to you and may provide the possibility of competitive advantage.

Attendance at this Technical Networking event will allow you to market to and network with the entire BGA Membership and their Customers/Suppliers. With the leading UK Gear companies, manufacturers, distributors and academics in attendance, this will be your chance to share opportunities, discuss challenges and promote your interests to like-minded people.

Located in the spectacular Imperial War Museum. Duxford the event will comprise of a number of exhibition stands and company presentations.

Attending the Spring Meeting

The BGA Spring Meeting is being hosted by the British Gear Association and attendance is completely free of charge to all delegates when you pre-register with BGA.

By attending the meeting you will receive complementary tea/coffee throughout the day and FREE entry in to the Imperial War Museum Exhibits (usual price £

18 per person.)

Please click here to download a registration form.

Exhibiting at Spring Meeting 2017

The BGA is providing table top exhibition space for anyone who wants to promote their business, products and innovations at Spring Meeting 2017.

Any company purchasing stand space will automatically qualify to deliver a 15 minute presentation to delegates during the day. Networking and technical discussions with the attendees will be facilitated at the company stands.

The stands and presentations will be grouped into one of the following five categories:-

***** Machine Tools & Manufacturing Equipment

***** Software

***** Measurement

***** Manufacture processes

***** Heat Treatment, Surface Treatment and Coatings


Stand space costs £50 for a BGA Member or £200 for a Non Member.

Please click here to download a registration form.

The Spring Meeting offers you the chance to invite your own customers and clients to touch base with you face to face in one of the most astounding venues in the UK. To entice your customers along attendance is free and includes entry into the Imperial War Museum Exhibits on the day.

If you have any questions regarding the Spring Meeting or would like to register for this event please contact Kirsty & Lindsay in the BGA Office on 0191 208 6160 / email admin@bga.org.uk

About the Venue - Imperial War Museum



Imperial War Museum Duxford has an incredible story to tell. Built in 1917 and used as a training station for the Royal Air Force, this fighter base played a major role in the Battle of Britain during the Second World War and, as home to the American 78th Fighter Group, provided air cover to the Allied invasion forces on D-Day.

Today the legacy of the sites amazing history is assured by IWM (Imperial War Museums) and we look after it for all to enjoy. Explore this historic site for yourselves, see aircraft flying from our working airfield and get up close to unique collections of aircraft, including a Spitfire and a Lancaster as well as tanks and military vehicles. Discover the stories and tread in the footsteps of the men and women who lived and worked at RAF Duxford.

For further details on Imperial War Museum. please click here.

How to get to IWM Duxford

By Car

IWM Duxford is south of Cambridge at Junction 10 of the M11 motorway, less than 50 miles from Central London and approximately 40 minutes from the M25 (Junction 27).

IWM Duxford is easily accessible from the A1, A14, M1 and the North, via the M11.

There is free parking.

Post code: CB22 4QR.

Nearest train stations

Whittlesford, Royston, Cambridge

There are taxi ranks at both Royston and Cambridge stations. Whittlesford station is the closest to the museum but does not have a taxi rank.

Visit National Rail or First Capital Connect websites for further details on train timetables and prices.

Please click here to download more information on the Imperial War Museum or visit their website at www.iwm.org.uk. .



BOOKING NOW: Gear Foundation Day 1st February 2017

Date:01/02/2017

Location: Derby Conference Centre DE24 8UX

Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm

Tutor: Graham Penning


Who should attend?

This introductory seminar is suitable and appropriate for anyone joining the gear industry. The course will not only equip the delegate with the basic gear knowledge to make a success of their career but also allow them to benefit from the more specialised seminars presented through the year in the BGA Knowledge Transfer Programme.

Each Session includes a test and successful students will receive a certificate.

The course will include:

* An Introduction to Gears Part 1:

Gear Fundamentals; Law of Gearing; The Involute Form; Power Transmission; Motion Control;Gear Types - Features and Benefits.

* An Introduction to Gears Part 2: Noise & Load

Modes of Failure (Bending, Pitting, Micro-Pitting, Scuffing, Wear) Gear Rating methods; Application Factors; Gear Lubrication; Noise & Vibration basics; Transmission Error

* An Introduction to Gears Part 3: Gear Manufacture

Gear Material Specification; Gear Manufacturing Methods (Forming, Moulding,Machining; Hobbing, Shaping, Shaving, Honing, Grinding and Finishing); HeatTreatment and Gear Measurement.

Please click here for further information and to download a booking form.

Nikon Gear Inspection Open Day - Thursday 26th January 2017

BGA Members Nikon would like to invite you to their Gear Inspection Open Day on Thursday 26th January 2017. Please see full details below and to register for this event please click here: Gear Inspection Open Day Registration.




Happy New Year!



Happy New Year from everyone at The British Gear Association.

We hope you have had a fantastic 2016 and are ready to make 2017 the best year yet!

2017 is set to be another great year for the BGA read below to see a few of the things we have in store.

KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER PROGRAMME 2017



The Knowledge Transfer Programme for 2017 has been set and we are taking bookings for 2017 now.

With the Knowledge Transfer Programme the BGA continues to be the foremost provider of Gear training in the UK and Europe. Due to popular demand we have added extra Gear Foundation and Gear Wear and Failure seminars to the programme.There are also new seminars in Lubrication ( "Industrial Lubrication & Problem Solving" ) and Gear Design ( "Designing for Gear Manufacture")

To see the full Knowledge Transfer Programme for 2017 please click here - Click to Download

We are freezing prices again for 2017 and members will continue to receive up to 45% discount on all seminars.

Bookings can be sent to the BGA Office: admin@bga.org.uk

GEARS 2017

Gears 2017

We are already in the process of setting up Gears 2017 and hope to have a date and venue announced very soon.

CALL FOR PAPERS

This is your opportunity to present your work to an audience of knowledgeable professionals from the UK and abroad.

You are invited to submit a brief Abstract of no more than one-page in length to the BGA for consideration for Gears 2017. Your material should be technically accurate, relevant to power transmissions technology and free of commercialism.



For more details email please send an email to admin@bga.org.uk

BGA Spring Meeting 23rd March 2017



Technical Networking Event Spring 2017.

As announced at the BGA Annual Conference (Gears 2016), the BGA Technical and Research Management Committee are formulating a new and exciting Networking Seminar for 2017 - the "BGA Spring Meeting 2017". The event itself will take place on 23rd March 2017 and will be hosted at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford.

***** Pre-register as an attendee for this exciting new event; and you will automaticallyreceive free access to the Imperial War Museum, Duxford on the day *****

The main purpose of this event is to provide Marketing/Networking opportunities within the entire BGA Membership and their Customers/Suppliers. If you are part of a multi-national organisation or a single member, the "BGA Spring Event 2017" will be of interest to you and may provide the possibility of competitive advantage.

The format for the day will comprise of a number of table top stands containing company advertising materials plus sample products etc. These will be supplemented by short (15 minute) company presentations organised throughout the day. Any company purchasing stand space will automatically qualify to deliver a presentation. Networking and technical discussions with the attendees will be facilitated at the company stands. The stands and presentations will be grouped into one of the following five categories:-

***** Machine Tools & Manufacturing Equipment

***** Software

***** Measurement

***** Manufacture processes

***** Heat Treatment, Surface Treatment and Coatings

Pre-registered attendance will be free to BGA members. Non-members and those wishing to purchase stand space should contact the BGA for further details.

Participation will be limited and will be allocated on a first come, first serve, basis.

Reserve your place(s) now by contacting Kirsty or Lindsay at the BGA on:-

telephone: 0191 208 6160

email: admin@bga.org.uk

BGA RESEARCH PROGRAMME 2017



As part of the British Gear Association's commitment to its members, it will provide a structure and support network for the promotion and implementation of relevant research programmes.

2017 will see a mass restructure and relaunch of BGA Research Projects and these will become a major focus of BGA activities for 2017 and beyond.

We will initiate a series of short, quick seed projects that may provide the germs of ideas that generate a whole new technology stream. If successful, these seed projects may initiate collaborative research projects between Industry and Academia; a model that has worked well in the past. BGA members will have access to the seed research projects and the data will be made available.

Members are invited to contact the BGA to suggest Research areas of interest. admin@bga.org.uk

Further details will be announced very soon. Check out www.bga.org.uk for regular updates.

COMING SOON: NEW BGA WEBSITE

New BGA website

The new BGA website will be launching January 2017. The website will have a contemporary modern design to better represent the forward thinking membership base and elite training offered by the BGA.

In addition to more interactive Members Only pages and information you will be able to do all of your BGA KTP bookings online 24/7.

We think this is a great step forward for the BGA and are keen to hear your feedback when the website launches.





Happy Christmas from the BGA



We would like to wish all of our members and staff a very Merry Christmas.

We have had a great year here at the BGA and are very much looking forward to an even better 2017!

Please Click to Download our 2016 newsletter and preview for 2017.

Our office will be closed from 12pm 22nd December 2016 until 3rd January 2017.

See you in 2017!

BGA Spring Meeting 23rd March 2017

BGA Spring Meeting 2017

As announced at the BGA Annual Conference (Gears 2016), the BGA Technical and Research Management Committee are formulating a new and exciting Networking Seminar for 2017 - the "BGA Spring Meeting 2017". The event itself will take place on 23rd March 2017 and will be hosted at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford.

***** Pre-register as an attendee for this exciting new event; and you will automatically receive free access to the Imperial War Museum, Duxford on the day *****

The main purpose of this event is to provide Marketing/Networking opportunities within the entire BGA Membership and their Customers/Suppliers. If you are part of a multi-national organisation or a single member, the "BGA Spring Event 2017" will be of interest to you and may provide the possibility of competitive advantage.

The format for the day will comprise of a number of table top stands containing company advertising materials plus sample products etc. These will be supplemented by short (15 minute) company presentations organised throughout the day. Any company purchasing stand space will automatically qualify to deliver a presentation. Networking and technical discussions with the attendees will be facilitated at the company stands. The stands and presentations will be grouped into one of the following five categories:-



***** Machine Tools & Manufacturing Equipment

***** Software

***** Measurement

***** Manufacture processes

***** Heat Treatment, Surface Treatment and Coatings




Pre-registered attendance will be free to BGA members. Non-members and those wishing to purchase stand space should contact the BGA for further details.

Participation will be limited and will be allocated on a first come, first serve, basis.

Reserve your place(s) now by contacting Kirsty or Lindsay at the BGA on:-

telephone: 0191 208 6160

email: admin@bga.org.uk

web: www.bga.org.uk

KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER PROGRAMME 2017



The Knowledge Transfer Program for 2017 has been set and we are taking bookings for 2017 now.

All bookings received before 31st December will receive an "Early Bird" discount of 10%

All bookings can be sent to Kirsty and Lindsay at the BGA Office: email admin@bga.org.uk

Full programme: Click to Download

Booking Form: Click to Download

LAST CHANCE TO BOOK



Heat Treatment of Gear Steels

Date: 23rd November 2016

Location: Wallwork Heat Treatment BL9 0RL

Times: 9.30 am to 4.30 pm with refreshment breaks

Tutor: Mr Philip Clarke

Seminar Programme

Philip Clarke will describe the heat treatment of gear steels assuming minimal prior knowledge. After an introduction to the basic metallurgical concepts and key principles, the enhancement of surface properties by carburising and induction hardening will be explained. The properties imparted by, and the consequences and problems of the chosen process with reference to material selection, distortion and growth will be covered with the aid of case histories.

The Seminar will cover:

  • Introduction to steel heat treatment - metallurgical principles; hardening & tempering


  • Carburising


  • Introduction to nitriding, nitro-carburising & other surface treatments


  • Laser & Electron Beam Hardening


  • Induction & flame hardening


  • Problem solving - low/high hardness; case-depth


  • Controlling distortion


  • Tour of Wallwork Heat Treatment

    There will be an opportunity for delegates to tour the Wallwork facilities and see most of the processes covered during the presentation at first hand.

    Please click here for full details including booking information.

    Please - Click to Download the full 2016 KT programme

    Thank You for Attending Gears 2016

    We would just like to thank everyone who attended Gears 2016, we hope you found the Seminar valuable in terms of both content and Networking.

    This was the most successful Gears Technical Awareness Seminar to date, not least due to the contribution you made in your attendance and participation.

    Thanks again from all of the staff at British Gear Association.









    Time Table for Gears 2016

    Not long to go now until the Gearing conference of the year.

    Please see our conference time table below.

    GEARS 2016 SOLD OUT



    After a phenomenal response to Gears 2016 we have now completely booked out the conference.

    We are setting up a short list in the event of any delegates cancelling places so if you would like to be added to the list please contact Kirsty & Lindsay in the BGA Office - admin@bga.org.uk or call0191 208 6160

    Please note any cancelled spaces will be reallocated on a first come first served basis.

    For full details of the Gears 2016 Conference please click here

    BOOKING NOW: HEAT TREATMENT OF GEAR STEELS



    Heat Treatment of Gear Steels

    Date: 23rd November 2016

    Location: Wallwork Heat Treatment BL9 0RL

    Times: 9.30 am to 4.30 pm with refreshment breaks

    Tutor: Mr Philip Clarke

    Seminar Programme

    Philip Clarke will describe the heat treatment of gear steels assuming minimal prior knowledge. After an introduction to the basic metallurgical concepts and key principles, the enhancement of surface properties by carburising and induction hardening will be explained. The properties imparted by, and the consequences and problems of the chosen process with reference to material selection, distortion and growth will be covered with the aid of case histories.

    The Seminar will cover:

  • Introduction to steel heat treatment - metallurgical principles; hardening & tempering


  • Carburising


  • Introduction to nitriding, nitro-carburising & other surface treatments


  • Laser & Electron Beam Hardening


  • Induction & flame hardening


  • Problem solving - low/high hardness; case-depth


  • Controlling distortion


  • Tour of Wallwork Heat Treatment

    There will be an opportunity for delegates to tour the Wallwork facilities and see most of the processes covered during the presentation at first hand.

    Please click here for full details including booking information.

    Please - Click to Download the full 2016 KT programme

    GETTING TO GEARS 2016

    Gears 2016 is taking place on 10th November in the Michael Tippet Suite in Staff House at The University of Birmingham . Registration will take place from 9am.

    Our pre-Gears 2016 dinner will be held from 7pm on 9th November in Lucas House at The University of Birmingham.

    Please click here to Click to Download down load a campus map.

    Arriving...

    By Rail

    Most cross-country services to Birmingham arrive at New Street Station. Up to six trains an hour depart for the University on the cross-city line (ten minutes to University station, final destination Longbridge or Redditch). The centre of the main campus is a five-minute walk from University Station.

    By Air

    Birmingham International Airport has direct flights from locations in the UK, as well as from the USA, Canada, Europe and the Middle East.

    The journey by taxi from the airport to the University takes approximately half an hour. Alternatively, Air-Rail Link provides a free, fast connection between the airport terminals and Birmingham International railway station. Air-Rail Link operates every two minutes (journey time 90 seconds). Birmingham International railway station has frequent services to New Street Station in the city centre (journey time around 15 minutes).

    If you are arriving at London, there is a frequent train service from London Euston railway station to New Street Station (journey time around 1 hour 30 minutes).

    From Heathrow Airport. Take the Heathrow Express train to Paddington Station and then the Underground or a taxi to Euston Station. Alternatively, an Airbus runs from Heathrow Airport direct to Euston Station

    From Gatwick Airport. Take the Airport Express train to Victoria Station and then the Underground or a taxi to Euston Station

    By Car

    Approaching from the north west or south east along the M6

    Leave at Junction 6 (signposted Birmingham Central) to join the A38(M)

    At the end of the motorway, keep to the right, go over a flyover, then through some underpasses to join the A38 Bristol Road

    The University is on your right, two and a half miles from the city centre

    Approaching from the M42 north:

    Leave at Junction 8 to join the M6 northbound and follow the instructions above

    Approaching from the south west:

    Leave the M5 at Junction 4 signposted Birmingham SW) to join the A38

    The University is approximately eight miles from the motorway

    Approaching from the M40:

    It is easier to turn south on the M42 and leave at Junction 1, heading north on the A38 Bristol Road

    The University is approximately eight miles from the motorway.



    Visitor car parking

    Visitors to campus are requested to park in any of the 3 pay & display car parks as well as the new multi-storey pay on exit known as the North East Car Park. Locations are:

    North East Car Park (access via Pritchatts Road) Sat Nav Postcode B15 2SA

    North Car Park (access via Pritchatts Rd) Sat Nav Postcode B15 2SB

    Pritchatts Road Car Park (at the junction with Vincent Drive) Sat Nav Postcode B15 2QU

    The three car parks above are peripheral car parks and can be accessed without entering the main campus.

    Visitor charges are:

    Up to 1 hour £2.00

    1-3 hours £3.00

    3-5 hours £4.00

    5-8 hours £6.00

    BOOKING NOW: Gearbox Systems Problems & Solutions - Tuesday 4th October 2016



    Gearbox Systems Problems & Solutions

    Date: 4th October 2016

    Location: Design Unit NE1 7RU

    Times: 9.30 am to 4.30 pm with refreshment breaks

    Tutor: Prof Jarek Rosinski

    Many reliability and wear problems in transmission systems are not directly associated with the design of the components themselves but are the result of system dynamics: starting and transient torques, self-excited vibration and the dynamics of the motor or engine and of the driven machine. Particular characteristics of bearings, couplings and gearbox mounting can also significantly affect system performance. Typical problems and solutions are discussed and instrumentation for troubleshooting noise, bearing failures, vibrations and in-service load measurement demonstrated.

    Please click here for full details including booking information.

    Please - Click to Download the full 2016 KT programme

    Good luck to Punk Couplings

    Excellent news from Punk Couplings one of our Gears 2016 paper contributors.

    Punk Couplings has been shortlisted in this years British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEA).

    BEEA recognises companies who have shown innovation in design within the last year and reward the individual design engineers who made the innovations possible.

    Punk Couplings has been shortlisted with five other companies for the award NEW PRODUCT (MECHANICAL) OF THE YEAR

    click here for more details

    We wish them the best of luck.



    SPEAKERS PROGRAM GEARS 2016

    Have you booked your place on the Gearing event of the year?



    GEARS 2016 is to take place at The University of Birmingham on Thursday 10th November.

    We are pleased to let you know that for the 5th year running there is no increase in the member's delegate rate for the GEARS 2016 Technical Awareness seminar. Book now for just £240 +vat per delegate. As a special benefit to members this year BGA Members who book for GEARS 2016 will also be offered one additional delegate admission for free. This applies to members from the same company so they can attend the event for no extra charge.

    There is also an additional advanced booking discount of 10% for all remittance received before 24th October 2016.

    Please note that the GEARS 2016 Technical Awareness Seminar has limited places available and is often oversubscribed. To reserve your place please Click to Download the booking form and email admin@bga.org.uk or call 0191 208 6160 as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

    Get organised - book your final quarter 2016 training today.



    4th October - Gear Box Systems Problems & Solutions: Prof Jarek Rosinski at Newcastle University


    20th October - Gear Manufacture : Dr Paul Bradley at Allen Gears


    10th November - Gears 2016 Technical Awareness Seminar


    23rd November - Heat Treatment of Gear Steels - Mr Philip Clarke at Wallwork Heat Treatment


    30th November - Wind Turbine Gearbox Technology - Design Unit at Newcastle University


    Please click here to book your place.

    GEARS 2016: SPEAKERS & PRESENTATION TITLES.

    We have once again attracted the most pre-eminent gearing experts to present papers as well as some of the best and brightest newcomers, including the winner of the BGA/IMECHE Student prize, who we have no doubt will be making an impact on the Gearing Industry in the future.

    Please find a full list of speakers and topics below.

    Markus Augsberg - The Gleason Works "A New Way of Face Gear Manufacturing"

    Walter Graf - Reishauer "Modification of Surface Structure and Geometry on Gears"

    Wei Feng Sheffield University "Effect of Relief-hole Diameter on Die Elastic Deformation during Cold Precision Forging of Helical Gears"

    Dr Karl Dearn University of Birmingham "Using the Energy Pulse Method to Assess the Performance of Polymers Gears"

    Joe Watson Allen Gears "High Speed Layshaft for Mechanical Drive"

    Erasmo Chiappetta Norbar "Investigation of High Pressure Angle Effect on Spur Gear Epicyclic Gearings"

    Dr. Ing. Ulrich Kissling Kissoft "Housing rigidity in transmissions - myth or necessity?"

    Shawn Buckley & Dr Paul Bradley Allen Gears & Dynamechs Technology "Investigation into the failure of a large power generation double helical parallel shaft gearset due to Sub Surface Fatigue Fracture"

    S. Parker & Dr A Clarke Punk Couplings Ltd & Cardiff University "Design and development of a novel power-transmission coupling."

    Please note that the GEARS 2016 Technical Awareness Seminar has limited places available and is often oversubscribed. To reserve your place please Click to Download the booking form and email admin@bga.org.uk or call 0191 208 6160 as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

    LAST CHANCE TO BOOK: Gear Noise and Transmission Error Measurement.



    Gear Noise and Transmission Error Measurement.

    Date: 7th September 2016

    Location: Romax Technology NG7 2TU

    Times: 9.30 am to 4.30 pm with refreshment breaks

    Tutor: Dr Michael Platten

    This seminar is aimed at both gear users and gear manufacturers. Dr Michael Platten will examine the basic causes of gear noise and the path from initial gear design and manufacturing errors to the final noise generation.

    Please click here for full details including booking information.

    Please - Click to Download the full 2016 KT programme

    BOOKING NOW: GEARS 2016 10TH NOVEMBER 2016



    GEARS 2016 is to take place at The University of Birmingham on Thursday 10th November.

    The British Gear Association is the leading UK industry trade body representing technical excellence for gear design, manufacture, research and application technologies. The Annual Technical Awareness Seminar is the leading event for the Gear Industry in the UK and this long running seminar is considered an essential event for manufacturers, distributors and academics involved in the UK and wider Gear Industry.

    GEARS 2016 provides an outstanding forum to generate discussion and share ideas with others on all aspects of power transmission technology, commercial interests and the future of manufacture within the UK. With papers crossing the borders from renewable energy, design software, defence and technical notes, there should be something of interest for everyone.

    In addition to the cutting edge lectures and talks from pre-eminent experts there will be plenty of opportunity to network with the leading Gear companies, manufacturers, distributors and academics. This will be your chance to share opportunities, discuss challenges and promote your interests to like-minded people.

    Join us for an informal GEARS 2016 social evening Thursday 9th November.

    As is tradition the BGA will be holding an informal complementary dinner on 9th November for those delegates who will be arriving early for GEARS 2016 Technical Awareness Seminar. This will be your chance to socialise with your fellow delegates in an informal setting before the real work begins on 10th November.

    You will also have the opportunity to meet the new BGA personnel who will be on hand to chat about your feelings on the BGA Membership and how the BGA could work better for you.

    This is a free dinner, places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis with a completed booking form and remittance. To secure your place make sure you book as early as possible

    Member Stands

    We have 4 spaces available for BGA Members to erect a small pull up stand at Gears 2016. There is no additional charge for this space and

    spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis as requested with a completed booking form.

    Delegate Rates

    We are pleased to let you know that for the 5th year running there is no increase in the member's delegate rate for the GEARS 2016 Technical Awareness seminar. Book now for just £240 +vat per delegate. As a special benefit to members this year BGA Members who book for GEARS 2016 will also be offered one additional delegate admission for free. This applies to members from the same company so they can attend the event for no extra charge.

    There is also an additional advanced booking discount of 10% for all remittance received before 24th October 2016.

    Please note that the GEARS 2016 Technical Awareness Seminar has limited places available and is often oversubscribed. To reserve your place please Click to Download the booking form and email admin@bga.org.uk or call 0191 208 6160 as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

    LAST CHANCE TO BOOK: Gear Noise and Transmission Error Measurement.



    Gear Noise and Transmission Error Measurement.

    Date: 7th September 2016

    Location: Romax Technology NG7 2TU

    Times: 9.30 am to 4.30 pm with refreshment breaks

    Tutor: Dr Michael Platten

    This seminar is aimed at both gear users and gear manufacturers. Dr Michael Platten will examine the basic causes of gear noise and the path from initial gear design and manufacturing errors to the final noise generation.

    Please click here for full details including booking information.

    Please - Click to Download the full 2016 KT programme

    Gears Technical Awareness Seminar 2016



    GEARS 2016 is to take place at The University of Birmingham on Thursday 10th November.

    The British Gear Association is the UK Centre of Technical Excellence for gear design, manufacture & application technologies. The Annual Technical Awareness Event is the leading conference for the Gear Industry in the UK and this long running seminar is considered an essential event for manufacturers, distributors and academics involved in the UK Gears Industry.

    Gears 2016 provides an outstanding forum to generate discussion and share ideas with others on all aspects of power transmission technology, commercial interests and the future of manufacture within the UK. With papers crossing the borders from renewable energy, design software, defence and technical notes, there should be something of interest for everyone.

    In addition to the cutting edge lectures and speeches from pre-eminent experts there will be plenty of opportunity to network with the leading Gear companies, manufacturers, distributors and academics. This will be your chance to share opportunities, discuss challenges and promote your interests to like minded people.

    The full running order for the GEARS 2016 programme, as well as the informal Gears dinner on 9th November, will be finalised shortly and details will be available on the BGA website

    www.bga.org.uk.

    VDI International Conference on Gears 2017



    W3Schools


    The 7th International Conference on Gears 2017 will be held in Garching, Munich at the Gear Research Centre (FZG) of the Technical University of Munich from September 13th to 15th, 2017. Supported by national and international associations, the conference brings together over 600 leading experts from the international gear and transmission industry.

    For full details please click here

    BGA Technical Publications

    The BGA produces a wide range of literature including Codes of Practice, Gear Technology Manual and Technical publications on topics from Worm Gears to Gear Geometry Optimisation. These invaluable information resources are available completely free of charge to BGA Members to BGA Members.

    To see which publications are available to you please click here - click here



    BGA Technical Hotline....

    Set up for BGA Members at the end of 2015 the BGA Technical Hotline connects you directly to a "gear" expert who is there to help you with any gear related questions or quandaries.

    No matter how big or small your question the BGA Technical Hotline are waiting for your call.

    Our technical expertise includes but is not limited to: Gearing and mechanical power transmission technologies in aerospace, agriculture, automotive, rail, renewables, marine, minerals, energy and water.

    Thanks to our network of industry wide experts in the unlikely event that the person manning the technical hotline cannot answer your question themselves your query will be relayed to a relevant party who will have an answer for you.

    Whether you are looking for some technical expertise to help you with a specific problem or are simply looking for a second opinion from an industry expert the BGA Technical Hotline is here to help.

    If you would like to speak to the BGA Technical Hotline please call 07973 904331.

    Get Involved : BGA Special Interest Groups.



    Special Interest Groups are a semi-structured group of BGA members with a common interest in a specific area of relevant technology.

    The purpose of the groups is to provide a forum for BGA members to discuss common problems or topic areas to a common benefit. The outputs for these groups can be to develop more structured research opportunities or to simply address specific topics for the moment in a particular subject area.

    A SIG can be initiated by any BGA member who presents a proposal statement where other members share a common interest. As with the research projects the BGA provides an area within the web site for the communication and sharing of documentation within a SIG.

    CURRENT SIG's

    Splines - Chaired by Dr Paul Bradley.

    The Splines SIG is addressing the design, specification, stressing and performance of splines, splined joints and splined couplings. The motivation for the formation of the group is a result of a fairly widely shared opinion that the design and stressing of splines is an area of little standardised methodology where the amount of published information for spline design is very limited... click to continue reading

    Gear Measurement - Chaired by Dr Rob Frazer.

    The initial meetings of the Gear Measurement SIG agreed that the highest priority was to arrange some informal measurement comparisons (round robin exercise) to assess the capability of industrial gear measuring equipment. This allows participants to benchmark their own gear measurement capability. Results will be coded for confidentiality... click to continue reading

    In service load measurement- Chaired by Jarek Rosinski.

    The activity of this group is concentrating mainly on the mutual exchange of experience and case studies. A long-term aim is to update the Application Factors used in various fields of gearbox implementation and feed through into the relevant national and international gear design standards...click to continue reading

    Tooth Flank Breakage - Chaired by Dr Paul Bradley.

    The failure mode under consideration is one where gear tooth failure originates (typically on surface hardened gears) at a point below the working surface of the gear tooth at a location generally un-associated with the Hertzian point of maximum shear stress or case/core interface.

    The motivation for the formation of this group is a result of a growing identification of this previously uncharacterised failure mode across a range of transmission products, applications and gearing types... click to continue reading

    If you are interested in the subject matter described here and would like to be involved in any of the BGA SIG's, please contact the BGA : admin@bga.org.uk or 0191 208 6160

    BOOKING NOW: Gear Noise and Transmission Error Measurement



    Gear Noise and Transmission Error Measurement.

    Date: 7th September 2016

    Location: Romax Technology NG7 2TU

    Times: 9.30 am to 4.30 pm with refreshment breaks

    Tutor: Dr Michael Platten

    This seminar is aimed at both gear users and gear manufacturers. Dr Michael Platten will examine the basic causes of gear noise and the path from initial gear design and manufacturing errors to the final noise generation.

    Please click here for full details including booking information.

    Please - Click to Download the full 2016 KT programme

    COURSE FULL: Introduction to Gear Cutting & Measurement - Tuesday 27 September 2016 to Friday 30 September 2016

    Please note that the BGA Seminar Introduction to Gear Cutting & Measurement on Tuesday 27 September 2016 to Friday 30 September 2016 is now fully booked.

    If you have missed out on a place and would like to attend a future Introduction to Gear Cutting & Measurement course please email admin@bga.org.uk



    Please - Click to Download the full 2016 KT programme

    New KT Seminars added for October and November 2016

    The following two courses have been added to our Knowledge transfer program for 2016.

    Gearbox Systems Problems & Solutions - Tuesday 4th October 2016

    Many reliability and wear problems in transmission systems are not directly associated with the design of the components themselves but are the result of system dynamics: starting and transient torques, self-excited vibration and the dynamics of the motor or engine and of the driven machine. Particular characteristics of bearings, couplings and gearbox mounting can also significantly affect system performance. Typical problems and solutions are discussed and instrumentation for troubleshooting noise, bearing failures, vibrations and in-service load measurement demonstrated.

    Please click here for full details

    Heat Treatment of Gear Steels - Wednesday 23rd November 2016

    Philip Clarke will describe the heat treatment of gear steels assuming minimal prior knowledge. After an introduction to the basic metallurgical concepts and key principles, the enhancement of surface properties by carburising and induction hardening will be explained. The properties imparted by, and the consequences and problems of the chosen process with reference to material selection, distortion and growth will be covered with the aid of case histories.

    Please click here for full details



    Please - Click to Download the full 2016 KT programme

    BGA / I Mech E Student Prize 2016 Deadline Extended



    The joint BGA / IMechE annual student prize has been established since 2000 and is considered one of the most prestigious Student prizes in the field of Mechanical Engineering.

    The goal of the prize is to encourage and support the growth of the next generation of UK engineers

    The prize is awarded for the best Final Year Project on any topic broadly related to the field of mechanical power transmissions.

    We have just extended the deadline for applications and submissions so you are not to late to enter.

    In order to register, application forms for individual or team projects completing in summer 2016 must be sent to the British Gear Association by Monday 1st August 2016.

    A copy of the completed project report (in Word or pdf format) will be required by Wednesday 31st August 2016.

    Please Click to Download full details.

    Please Click to Download an application form.

    We have moved !

    British Gear Association are delighted to announce we have moved into our brand new offices in Newcastle.

    Your new contacts at the BGA are Kirsty McGregor and Lindsay Lackenby.

    Please update your address book with the new BGA contact details.

    The British Gear Association

    Stephenson Building

    University of Newcastle upon Tyne

    Newcastle upon Tyne

    NE1 7RU

    0191 208 6160


    admin@bga.org.uk

    BGA / I Mech E Student Prize 2016

    The BGA and I Mech E award an Annual Prize of GBP 400 for the best Final Year Student Project on any topic broadly related to the field of mechanical power transmissions.

    For further information and an entry form, please send an email to admin@bga.org.uk

    Interested in Barkhausen Noise?

    The BGA ran a successful collaborative research project on Magnetic Barkhausen Noise (MBE) which completed in 2006. Please see Click to Download.

    There has been considerable interest since then in looking at the MBE technique as an NDT tool to investigate parameters other than its traditional application to detect grinding burns. These possible areas include case depth measurement, residual stress measurement and the detection of early onset surface contact- and bending fatigue. It was also raised at the last ISO/TC60/WG14 meeting in November 2015 that MBE could be a subject for standardisation (either a full ISO standard or a Technical Report) and this is an opportunity to ensure that UK industry interests are represented within such a document.

    It is therefore proposed that if there is sufficient interest from the members that we form a Barkhausen Noise Special Interest Group(SIG).



    Please contact Martyn English at martyn.english@bga.org.uk in the first instance.

    British Society for Strain Measurement

    1. British Society for Strain Measurement's 12th International Conference

    on Advances in Experimental Mechanics, to be held between 29-31st August 2017,

    at the University of Sheffield

    2. The 11th in a series of conferences showcasing novel and innovative research in Experimental Mechanic.

    The conference is organised by the British Society for Strain Measurement and chaired by Professor Chris Smith from the University of Exeter.

    For more details of both vents please click on the following link:-

    Click to Download

    Gears 2016

    GEARS 2016 is to take place on Thursday 10 November 2016 at the University of Birmingham

    CALL FOR PAPERS

    Each year the BGAs Technical Awareness Seminar provides an outstanding forum to share ideas with others on all aspects of power transmission technology. Authors have the opportunity to present their work to an audience of knowledgeable professionals from the UK and abroad and to participate in discussions with that audience. Ideally, papers (or an extended abstract and a presentation when appropriate) should be original to the UK audience but previously presented material may be accepted at the discretion of the GEARS 2016 Chairman. Your material should be technically accurate, relevant to power transmissions technology and free of commercialism.

    For more information and suggested application areas please see the following link-

    Click to Download

    BGA Knowledge Transfer Programme 2016

    Please

    Click to Download

    How to register on the BGA website and Event/Seminar registration

    In order to register your interest in a BGA event or seminar you must first register on the BGA website.

    For details on how to do this please click here:-Click to Download

    If you wish to register interest in an event please see the following document:-Click to Download