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Calendar - March 2018

March 22–23—PTDA Leadership Development Conference San Antonio, Texas. PTDA 2018 Spring Meetings combine governance meetings and the Leadership Development Conference to offer networking opportunities along with powerful education for those looking to enhance their leadership skills and to achieve the goals set forth in the PTDA Strategic Plan. The PTDA Leadership Development Conference is for any up-and-coming leader, including Next Genners or established leaders seeking a skill set refresh. Step up your leadership game, while networking with your power transmission/motion control industry peers in an intimate and relaxed setting. Educational sessions are designed for emerging and seasoned executives who want to build executive leadership skills. Open to all employees of PTDA member companies. For more information, visit

April 3–6—Basic Training for Gear Manufacturing (Spring) Hilton Oak Lawn, Chicago, Illinois. Learn the fundamentals of gear manufacturing in this hands-on course. Gain an understanding of gearing and nomenclature, principles of inspection, gear manufacturing methods, and hobbing and shaping. Utilizing manual machines, attendees will develop a deeper breadth of perspective and understanding of the process and physics of making a gear as well as the ability to apply this knowledge in working with CNC equipment commonly in use. Instructors include Dwight Smith, Peter Grossi and Allen Bird. For more information, visit

April 26–28—AGMA/ABMA Annual Meeting 2018 The 2018 Annual Meeting combines the expert knowledge of the gear and bearing industries with the latest emerging technologies that influence manufacturers and suppliers. More than 300 executives will gather this April to experience the information-packed week full of top-tier speakers. Members will be connected to innovation and opportunities in the industry with potential to strengthen business connections and relationships. Join AGMA & ABMA for an event that is tailored directly for its members to address trends, successes and future possibilities. For more information, visit

April 30–May 3—OTC 2018 Houston, Texas. The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is where the world’s energy professionals meet to exchange ideas and opinions to advance scientific and technical knowledge for offshore resources and environmental matters. OTC is the largest global event for the oil and gas sector featuring approximately 2,000 exhibitors and attendees from across the globe. The event provides excellent opportunities for global sharing of technology, expertise, products, and best practices. OTC brings together industry leaders, investors, buyers, and entrepreneurs to develop markets and business partnerships. Technical highlights include updates on world-class projects, offshore renewable energy, the digital revolution, safety and risk management and more. For more information, visit

May 6–9—CIM 2018 Convention Vancouver, British Colombia. Founded in 1898, the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) is the leading technical society of professionals in the Canadian Minerals, Metals, Materials and Energy Industries. The CIM Convention and Expo features 450+ companies showcasing the latest in mining equipment, tools, technology, services and products. The event includes plenary sessions intended to bring focus and start dialogue around the conference theme of “Thinking Differently.” Leaders from all aspects of mining and some from unexpected tangential sectors are brought together in these thought-provoking discussions. For more information, visit

May 7–10—AWEA Windpower 2018 Chicago, Illinois. Windpower 2018 is the wind industry’s premier North American event with wind energy professionals from all over the world gathering in one place. It’s the most effective way for attendees to expand their knowledge base and business network. With competitive pricing and stable policy in place, the wind industry is booming. Now the industry can focus on the future and the other drivers that will propel the industry forward through the 2020s. The program will feature speakers with “disruptive” and innovative ideas that will continue to strengthen wind energy’s value proposition and challenge the current way we do business. Attendees will hear about how technology advances will continue to lower LCOE, and learn lessons from other industries that are more mature or have experienced similar rapid growth. They will also receive updates on: state policy support, transmission infrastructure efforts, and emerging and growing offtake trends. For more information, visit

May 7–10—AISTech 2018 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This event will feature technologies from all over the world that help steel producers to compete more effectively in today’s global market. AISTech 2018 provides perspective on the technology and engineering expertise necessary to power a sustainable steel industry. More than 7,000 people are expected to attend AISTech 2018. Along with over 500 exhibiting companies, AISTech 2018 allows attendees to meet face-to-face with key individuals involved in the production and processing of iron and steel. The comprehensive conference schedule includes topics on metallurgy, safety, material handling, energy, maintenance and reliability, lubrication and more. The Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST) is a non-profit organization with 17,500 members from more than 70 countries. For more information, visit

May 7–11—NPE 2018 Orlando, Florida. NPE2018 provides exclusive access to the innovations, people, processes, science and ideas that are shaping the future of plastics. Attendees will build connections, exchange ideas and explore the largest concentration of machinery, tools, technology and professional training available in today’s plastic industry. On the show floor, attendees will meet with the 2,000+ of the world’s leading plastic manufacturers and suppliers to gather important information and insights on the latest equipment, products and materials for every phase of plastics production. Focus areas include 3D/4D printing, moldmaking, material science, medical parts, processors and more. For more information, visit

The article "Calendar" appeared in the March 2018 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.