Why a trade association might be that missing piece for your company


Is there something missing in your business strategy? Do you find that you have a great product, a strong workforce, and some advertising channels, but you still feel that your name isn’t getting the attention it deserves? Often times, that missing piece is the industry intel and networking that you can only get through being an association member.

AGMA has always been a member-driven trade association. The board of directors, the committee involvement, events, and even the strategic plan is led by member volunteers who work directly in the power transmission supply chain.

AGMA and its members drive power transmission innovation — it’s a bold vision, crafted with care by members, for members, as we collaborate together and shape the future of AGMA and our industry.

Why is this important to your business? Well, if you are not part of an association, you are not involved with those who are making decisions on behalf of your industry. Additionally, you are not establishing yourself or your team as experts in your sector. Joining a trade association can truly help get your name out there and connect you to the full supply chain. Being a part of an association means you are a part of the big picture, and the investment you make into membership will add great value to your bottom line.

Membership benefits include:

  • Direct connection to industry experts and peers.
  • Exclusive access to important economic data and reports.
  • Opportunity to join active and engaging committees that develop standards, policy, and events for industry.
  • Marketing platforms and tradeshows that enhance your company’s abilities to get your products into the right hands.
  • Discounted education courses to help train your workforce and develop professionally.
  • Establishment of your company as a leader and contributor to the future of your industry.
  • A team of people always looking for the best ways to support you and your company.

Membership is an incredible tool, but it isn’t free. It is important to do your research and to set up a meeting with the association before joining. Bring your team members who touch different aspects of your business and find out what resources you will have access to. Make sure the association gets to know you and your business. If you want to hear testimony, ask for a board or committee member from the association to tell you why they joined. Do not be afraid to ask questions and to fully understand what your investment gets you.

The competition out there is tough, especially for manufacturing. Supply chains are global, the trade laws are changing all the time, hiring economists and getting a real look into the future of technology is not easy, and can be very expensive. But, when you belong to an association, that work is done for you.

For those of you in the gear industry who do not yet belong to AGMA, contact Rebecca Brinkley at brinkley@agma.org. Let us show you how being a member of our association can give you that missing piece to your business and, hopefully, help you grow.

Upcoming Education

Fundamentals of Gear Design & Analysis (In Person)
July 20-22, 2021

Gain a solid and fundamental understanding of gear geometry, types and arrangements, and design principles. Starting with the basic definitions of gears, conjugate motion, and the Laws of Gearing, learn the tools needed to understand the inter-relation and coordinated motion operating within gear pairs and multi-gear trains. Basic gear system design process and gear measurement and inspection techniques will also be explained.

This course is IACET accredited and worth 1.7 CEUs.

This course is taught at Ranken Technical College. A shuttle bus is available each day to transport students to and from the hotel. Class are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. each day.

Basic Inspection for Operators (In Person)
August 10-11, 2021

This course will provide a solid foundation for anyone going into gear inspection. Learn the common, current, and basics of the tools and techniques used to measure and inspect gears. Understand the four main categories by which a gear is evaluated and classified. Gain proficiency in understanding gear quality by learning the numerical scale on which gear design, manufacture, and inspection are based, and more.

This course is taught at Daley College. A shuttle bus is available each day to transport students to and from the hotel. Class are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. each day.

This course is IACET accredited and worth 1.3 CEUs.

Upcoming Webinars

When Discussing Electric Vehicles You Must Talk About the Consumers
August 4, 2021 | 1-2 p.m.

We continue to discuss the paradigm shift in automotive manufacturing. The future is uncertain. In order to have a comprehensive picture, one must include the consumers. Escalent’s EVForward™ is the largest EV study of the next generation of EV buyers. Mike Dovorany and his team talked with 10,000 new vehicle buyers. Come and listen to what they discovered from this research as we work to move forward in this space.

Latest Trends in Trade Secrets Protection and Enforcement for the Bearing and Gear Industries
July 14, 2021 | 1-2 p.m.

This webinar will survey recent developments in trade secrets protection and enforcement and issues affecting the bearing and gear industries. Topics include:

  • Corporate best practices for managing and protecting trade secrets.
  • Remote workforce risks and mitigation issues, post-pandemic lessons learned, and new protective measures.
  • Patent vs. trade secret protection.
  • Trade secret audits and tracking.
  • Restrictive covenants and non-competes, new challenges.
  • Employee lifecycle:  Tips for employee on-boarding and exit interviews.
  • Interplay between cybersecurity and trade secret protection.
  • Use of cybersecurity tools to detect external and/or internal threats.
  • Managing risk with JV partners, vendors, and independent contractors.

AGMA’s Emerging Technology Efforts – What’s Next?
September 1, 2021 | 1-2 p.m.

The goal of the AGMA Emerging Technology committees is to Identify, investigate, and inform AGMA members of Emerging Technologies that may disrupt or significantly affect the power transmission industry. As we enter our fourth year of work in this space, join us for an overview of what we have accomplished and a roadmap of where we hope to go next.

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Calendar of Events

July 15 — Nomenclature Committee Meeting — WebEx

July 19 — Materials 7 Metallurgy Committee Meeting — WebEx

July 20 — Fundamentals of Gear Design & Analysis Course — St. Louis, Missouri

July 29 — TDEC FTM Review — Chicago, Illinois

August 4 — Lubrication Committee Meeting — WebEx

August 4 — Emerging Technology Webinar — WebEx

August 5 — Gear Accuracy Committee Meeting — WebEx

August 5 — IIoT Committee Meeting — WebEx

August 10–11 — Basic Gear Inspection for Operators Course — Chicago, Illinois

August 12 — Plastics Committee Meeting — WebEx

August 17 — Powder Metallurgy Committee Meeting — WebEx

August 18 — AGMA Board of Directors Meeting — Alexandria, Virginia

August 19 — Nomenclature Committee Meeting — WebEx

August 20 — 3D Printing Committee Meeting — WebEx

August 24 — Metallurgy & Materials Committee — WebEx

August 24–26 — Detailed Gear Design Course — Chicago, Illinois

August 31 — Robotics & Automation Committee Meeting — WebEx