MRO Magazine

BSA Fall Meeting sees several accomplishments

Glen Ellyn, IL -- The Bearing Specialists Association's (BSA) 2005 Fall Meeting, held Sept. 19-20, 2005, at the Dou...


October 25, 2005
By MRO Magazine


Glen Ellyn, IL — The Bearing Specialists Association’s (BSA) 2005 Fall Meeting, held Sept. 19-20, 2005, at the DoubleTree Hotel O’Hare, Rosemont, Ill., saw the second highest attendance ever for this event.

The association had successfully sought the participation of members beyond those actively serving on committees, and those in attendance came prepared to work, as BSA’s committees settled in to tackle a number of key projects designed to further various goals of the association’s strategic plan.

The BSA board of directors approved the recommendation of the Sales Training Task Force to enter into an agreement with Joe Ellers of Palmetto Associates to deliver that company’s sales training programs to BSA. The move fulfills a BSA Strategic Plan Objective to endorse an existing sales training program and promote at least one regional training seminar for BSA members at special member pricing.

The association’s industry-specific technical training programs, such as the In-House Training Guide and the Certified Bearing Specialist program, have become standards throughout the bearing industry. Association leaders determined earlier this year that a similar approach to sales training in the bearing industry would be equally advantageous. Ron Aupperle, vice president of sales, IBT, Inc. chaired the Sales Training Task Force.


The Information Technology and Logistics Committee approved the 2.0 version of the Product Price Information Format (PPIF). PPIF was originally designed jointly in 1998 with the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA). It has been widely adopted by a number of companies as yet one more way to streamline communications, improve customer service and save money. In 2005 a joint PTDA-BSA Task Force was formed to address requests for enhancements. As a result, the revisions in PPIF v. 2.0 include:

— Expanded field definitions and comments to address confusion over correct use and/or interpretation.

— Improved nomenclature to flag new, obsolete and price-on request (POR) products.

— New fields for minimum order quantity, conditional price multiplier, conditional invoice price, and user-defined use.

The Educational Services Committee approved a new ESC Report on ‘Bearings for the Food and Beverage Industry.’ Bearings used in these installations must meet the requirements of the industry including hazard assessment and prevention. The committee, which is chaired by Howard Gainey of Bearings & Drives, Inc., is especially appreciative of the contributions of Wendy Earle, SKF USA Inc., and Wally Budzielek, AMI Bearings, Inc., in developing the materials.

‘Bearings for the Food and Beverage Industry’ is the latest in a series of Educational Services Committee (ESC) Reports targeting specific, technical bearing issues and available free from the association’s website,

Fall Meeting attendees were pleased with the opportunity to tap into the BSA networking reservoir. As attendee Dan Spungeon, vice-president, Peer Bearing Co., pointed out, “The BSA has been good to Peer … it’s always tough getting away from the office, but once out, we’re into it.”

BSA’s 2006 Winter Meeting is planned for January 23-24, 2006, at the Club at Hammock Beach in Palm Coast, Fla. Association leaders will once again encourage the attendance of BSA members beyond those actively engaged in specific committee tasks.

The 2006 Annual Convention is planned for April 22-25 at The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, Sarasota, Fla.

BSA is an international service and educational organization of distributors representing more than 45 companies distributing factory-warranted ball-, roller-, and anti-friction bearings and 45 invited manufacturers of bearings and related products. For more information, contact the BSA office at 630-858-3838; e-mail, or visit