MRO Magazine

PTDA launches new product training with PT Interactive Online

Chicago, IL -- Even in the toughest economic times, there is one investment that always provides positive returns -...


March 4, 2009
By MRO Magazine

Chicago, IL — Even in the toughest economic times, there is one investment that always provides positive returns – training for employees.


A knowledgeable and skilled staff improves a company’s competitive advantage by meeting customers’ growing demands for technical support, process improvement recommendations and improved production efficiency. The continuing challenge, even more evident in today’s marketplace, is how to deliver relevant and effective training in an affordable and time-efficient manner.



As an association for the power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) industry, the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) provides members with the exact training employees need to drive profitability. Capitalizing on the association’s recognized expertise in the PT/MC field, PT Interactive Online from PTDA teaches the basics of PT/MC products and applications including maintenance and diagnostic tips, application and selection criteria, and standards.


Using a series of 14 independent courses based on PTDA’s Power Transmission Handbook, employers can customize each employee’s training program to the following specific product categories:


  • Adjustable-Speed Drives
  • Bearings
  • Belt Drives
  • Chain Drives
  • Clutches and Brakes
  • Controls and Sensors
  • Conveyors and Components
  • Couplings and U-Joints
  • Fundamentals
  • Gears
  • Hydraulics and Pneumatics
  • Linear Motion
  • Motors
  • PT Accessories.




“We’re all feeling the pressure to step up our training programs, especially on the basics. As customers look to our companies for solutions support, PT Interactive Online delivers,” said Ken Miko, vice-president, BDI. “Due to the online format, PT Interactive Online is the next generation of product training. It’s basic, dynamic, customizable and truly interactive.”


Each of the 14 PT Interactive Online courses is independent, allowing users to customize each employee’s training program to the specific product categories a company distributes or manufactures.


Each course is two to three hours long and can be taken in any sequence. Using a multi-media format, including text, graphics, video and quizzes, PT Interactive Online maximizes comprehension of the materials by allowing the student to learn at his or her own pace. Students and supervisors can use the program’s online resources to monitor progress through the course.


PT Interactive Online courses are now available for an introductory registration fee of $75 per course for PTDA members and $125 per course for non-members, with additional savings for ordering 10 or 15 courses at a time.


For more information, visit or contact PTDA at or 312-516-2100.