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ABMA's committees address critical issues impacting the global bearing industry and enhance the value of membership in association. Committees are made up of volunteers from member companies and the engine for many of ABMA’s programs and services. These committees create a special partnership with ABMA staff to accomplish their goals.

At a minimum, each committee meets twice a year face-to-face at Annual and Fall Meetings, supplemented by conference calls and webex meetings when necessary.

For additional information regarding any of ABMA's committees please contact us at info@americanbearings.org or staff liaisons listed below.

 


Anti-Counterfeiting Committee
Chair: Theresa Orr, NSK 
Staff Liaison: Martin Jimenez, ABMA
 

The anti-counterfeiting committee focuses domestically on attacking the issue of counterfeit bearings and protecting the U.S. borders. This committee has built an effective partnership with U.S. Customs and Border Protection within the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Center. ABMA has also partnered with the Bearing Specialists Association (BSA) through the committee to engage distributors and OEMs in the fight against this important issue.

The committee coordinated three U.S. Customs Education Seminars in Glynco, GA at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and Ports of Cleveland, OH, Long Beach, CA and LAX.

 


Associate Council
Chair: Tony Richey, Specialty Steel Treating, Inc.
Staff Liaison: Martin Jimenez, ABMA
 

The associate council offers a voice to our associate members with the ability to influence the strategic direction of the association and create a platform to focus on the supplier relationship. The chair of this council also has a voting seat on the ABMA board of directors.

 


Bearing Technical Committee
Chair: Alex Garcia, New Hampshire Ball Bearings
Technical Director: Jim Converse, ABMA
Staff Liaison: Cheryl Caulfield, ABMA

In addition to developing industry standards, which are submitted to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for approval as American National Standards, ABMA serves as the Secretariat of the ANSI Accredited National Standards Committee B3. The B3 Committee is responsible for the approval of American National Standards for bearings and has a balanced membership of bearing producers, users and general interest experts. With the world - and our industry - shifting to metric standards, much of the work in developing U.S. metric bearing standards has changed. Instead of developing solely U.S. metric bearing standards, ABMA Members actively participate in the development of international standards that can be adopted as American National Standards. B3 also decides on revision or withdrawal of existing standards. The ABMA professional staff records the minutes, circulates papers representing different points of view, prepares drafts of the standards, conducts voting on the drafts, and when approval has been reached, publishes the approved American National standards.
 

ABMA also serves as the secretariat for four subcommittees of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee 4 on Rolling Bearings and Spherical Plain Bearings. These subcommittees cover: insert bearings, tapered roller bearings, miniature/instrument bearings and linear motion bearings. ABMA Members also participate on the Tolerances and Load Rating Subcommittees, plus those on needle roller and spherical plain bearings. Additionally, ABMA is the secretariat for the subcommittee on airframe bearings for SC 15 for ISO Technical Committee 20.

Positions on international standards issues are developed by the BTC and recommended to the U.S. TAGs to these ISO Technical Committees and Subcommittees. As administrator of the USA Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for ISO/TC4 and TC 20/SC 15, ABMA is responsible staff assists the TAG in for developing and conveying the United States' position on all proposals concerning bearings. ABMA members are encouraged to participate as delegates to ISO technical committee and subcommittee meetings.

The committee’s current focus is the reaffirmation and revision of ABMA standards.

 


Education Committee
Chair: Les Miller, Kaydon Corporation
Staff Liaison: Martin Jimenez, ABMA and Valerie Fry, ABMA

  

The education committee oversees the association’s curriculum and new course development for continuing education program focused on engineers working with bearings. Its primary focus it to build a continuous, education program to support bearing engineers and other engineering professionals around the world and develop educational programs and enduring materials on the bearings industry. The current committee is comprised of representatives from twelve member companies.

A subset of the committee, the Development Team working with ABMA staff, leads new program development and is made up committee chair Les Miller, Kaydon’s VP Engineering, lead course instructor Dan Snyder, Former Director of Application Engineering for SKF USA Inc and Course Instructor Michael Kotzalas, Timken’s Chief Engineer Product Design—Global TRB.

This committee was influential in the re-imagined Advanced and Essential Concepts Course in 2010 and creation of the Basics of Bearings online course pre-requisite. The revised curriculums give participants group exercises throughout the course for immediate real world application of bearing theory.

In 2013 a curriculum of online webinars was developed and introduced.


 

Statistics Committee
Chair: Alex Garcia, New Hampshire Ball Bearings
Statistical Specialist: Vince Loconti, ABMA
 

The statistics committee oversees and administers statistics reports for ABMA members and participating companies. The committee is made of statistics experts from member companies are constantly working on ways to get better reports to the ABMA membership.

The following reports are released only to those member companies who furnish the data.

  • Quarterly Statistics Report – Detailed Total Domestic and Export Shipments
  • Year End Survey of Profitability, R&D, and Capital Expenditures
  • Annual Bearings Market Survey

In addition, ABMA has a new quarterly report for all ABMA members regardless if they participate in the statistics program. This high level report includes key bearing statistics along with other economic indicators and an executive summary. To view the statistics reports, please visit the ABMA Members Only Page. 


For additional information regarding any of ABMA's committees please contact us at info@americanbearings.org or staff liaisons.

 

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