TITLE: Troubleshooting of Gearboxes

PRICE: AGMA Members: Free

             Non-members:     $99

DATE: February 19, 2014 at 1:00 PM ET

PRESENTER: Richard Schrama, PE, Tribological Services


The objective of this webinar is to examine the basics for troubleshooting gearbox problems. The presentation will define the main problem areas for gearing and gearboxes including vibration; heat generation; noise alignment; wear on gearing, bearings seals and gearbox casing; lubrication; and then failures. Each set of problems will have causes and possible solutions provided.



Following this webinar, attendees will be able to: 

  • Understand the basics of the predictive maintenance techniques available
  • Identify possible gearbox problems and failures
  • Provide solutions that will prevent the problems and failures from re-occurring
  • Identify various failure mechanisms and modes for gearing
  • Identify the failure mechanisms and modes for bearings, seals and couplings



  • Maintenance millwrights and industrial mechanics
  • Lubricant vendor technical advisors
  • Gearing manufacturers' service engineers
  • Gearing manufacturers' design engineers
  • Mechanical maintenance engineers
  • Reliability engineers
  • Bearing and seal manufacturers technical support engineers
  • Repair shop personnel



  • Vibration
  • Temperature
  • Noise
  • Alignment
  • Lubrication
  • Wear



Course Information
Date Presented:
February 19, 2014 1:00 PM Eastern
1 hour, 30 minutes
Troubleshooting of Gearboxes
Rick is a licensed professional engineer in the Province of Ontario. He has worked for Dofasco Inc. and then ArcelorMittal Dofasco for 32 years as a mechanical engineering staff specialist dealing with oil film bearings; roller bearings; gearing, gearbox design and maintenance; lubricant selection and testing; lubrication system design and troubleshooting; sealing devices; coatings and wear materials; rolling mill stack machinery design; maintenance and troubleshooting and the troubleshooting and maintenance practices of rotating machinery. Rick semi-retired from ArcelorMittal Dofasco in July 2012. He is expanding his own consulting company – Tribological Services- for training in lubrication and lubricants, bearing technology and gearing technology; design, troubleshooting, maintenance and failure analysis of heavy machinery. 

Rick has been involved with the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) since the mid 1980’s, both on the local section side in Hamilton Ontario and nationally. Locally, he was chairman and in recent years, the education day chairman. Nationally, Rick chaired the Grease and Steel Committees for several years, then went onto the Certified Lubrication Specialist (CLS) Exam Committee and went through the executive. He is one of the first group to achieve his CLS Certification with the number 13 certificate. Rick has also been part of the Association of Iron and Steel Technology’s Lubrication and Hydraulics Division for many years. 

Rick has given many presentations and taught at seminars on bearings, gearing, lubrication and sealing in his 32 years in the industry. He has co-authored chapters in the AIST Lubrication Engineers Manual, STLE/CRC Press Tribology Handbooks Volumes 1 and 4. He has contributed several articles to both the STLE and AIST journals. In 2013 Rick presented a webinar for the STLE on lubrication and machinery in the steel industry. Rick also developed and taught a one day course for AGMA (American Gear Manufacturers Association) on “Inspection Criteria for Gearboxes”.  He is also a member of the ASME, ASM International and AWS.  

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