Gear Failure Analysis - November 10-12, 2020

Who Should Attend:

Suitable for gear engineers



Maintenance technicians 

Lubricant experts 


Expected Student Learning (Course Level) Outcomes:

Identify the primary and secondary failure modes

Use the proper nomenclature to describe the morphology of gear failure

Diagnose the root causes of failure

Prescribe remedies to prevent repeat failures

Use the GEARTECH textbook and other provided resources for ongoing study of gear failure analysis

Tailor failure analysis techniques for their specific requirements

2.0 CEUs

Andrew "Andy" Milburn (Moderator)

Consultant, Milburn Engineering, Inc

Andy is currently president of Milburn Engineering, Inc., a consulting firm located near Tacoma, Washington and has 41 years experience in the design and analysis of gears and gearboxes.  Prior to starting his own consulting firm in 1989 he worked at The Gear Works in Seattle, WA for 15 years and was involved in all aspects of gear manufacturing, gear failure analysis and designed a number of custom industrial gearboxes that included the design and full load testing of drives transmitting over 2,000 horsepower.  As a consultant he has continued to design custom gearboxes, investigated numerous gear and bearing failures, and helped clients improve their gear products.  During the past 16 years he has been very active in the wind industry investigating gearbox failures, developing gearbox modifications and participating in due diligence design reviews.  He has been active on the AGMA/AWEA committee developing standards for wind turbine gearboxes and was a US delegate to ISO TC66 working on the new international gearbox standard, IEC 81400-4.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Washington, has a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington and is a member of AGMA, ASME, and STLE.

Robert Budny (Moderator)

Owner, Principal Engineer - RBB Engineering LLC

Rob Budny is President of RBB Engineering, a consultancy providing service to the rotating equipment industry. Rob is a mechanical engineer, with 20 years of industry experience. He spent 8 years at a large wind turbine OEM where he led the mechanical engineering department. Prior to working in the wind industry, Rob worked in aerospace for Lockheed-Martin and Northrop Grumman. Rob was co-author of a paper on wind turbine bearing failures that won the 2015 STLE Bisson award for best paper published by STLE in the previous year. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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