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Agenda for Digital GEARS 2020.

The British Gear Association is the UK Centre of Technical Excellence for gear design, manufacture & application technologies. The Annual Technical Awareness Event (GEARS) 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.

For the first time in our history this event will be held online from 17th – 19th November 2020. 

Registration for GEARS.

Attendance to Digital GEARS 2020 is completely free of charge to BGA Members. Non members can attend the first day of GEARS completely free of charge – subsequent days are charged at £100 per day.

To Register to this event please email Kirsty in the BGA office –


We have once again attracted the most pre-eminent gearing experts to present papers at Gears 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 click the button below to download full abstracts for each presentation.

17th November Session 1

9:45-10.00Welcome and introduction Graham Penning
10.00-10.30Structural Optimisation of an EV Gearbox Housing to achieve reduction in gear misalignmentBarry James, Dr. Annabel Shahaj, Dr. Bartosz Lukasik, Romax Technology Ltd.  Kyle Grubb, Martin Gambling, GRM Consulting Ltd
10.40-11.10The Design and Analysis of a High Temperature Gear Test RigReece Chohan
11.20-11.50Gear efficiency Jishan Zhang
12.00-12.30Fault Detection in a Fleet of Trains by Identifying Outlier Gearboxes using Smart Oil PlugN. Craig, S. Ellwood, S. Lowry, T. Rosinski, J. Rosinski and M. Nixon 
12.40-13.10Closing comments & intro to next sessions /Open for informal discussionGraham Penning

18th November 2020 Session 2

9:45-10.00Welcome and introduction Graham Penning
10.00-10.30GMaRC – Industrialists’ Roadmap UpdateBen Cook, Michael Farmery
10.40-11.10Modelling Gear Production by Skiving.M Fish / K Uriu
11.20-11.50Optimising efficiency of Gear Manufacture  Using design of experiments (DOE/DOX)Denis Sexton
12.00-12.30Power skiving – a step changing manufacturing process applicable to multifunctional 5-axis machine toolsBethany Cousins, Chao Sun, Ben Cook. 
12.40-13.10Closing comments & intro to next sessions /Open for informal discussionGraham Penning

19th November 2020 Session 3

9:45-10.00Welcome and introductionGraham Penning
10.00-10.30Why we need to measure gears differently- an introduction to the Met4Wind projectRob Frazer and Martin Stein
10.40-11.10Holistic evaluation of involute gears.Martin Stein, Anita Przyklenk, Robert Frazer. 
11.20-11.50Filtering effects on measured gear profile and helix errors.Tom Reavie
12.00-12.30BGA BSI standards and Special Interest Group updatesVarious
12.40-13.10Closing commentsGraham Penning
 Open for informal discussion