THE AMERICAN CHAIN ASSOCIATION
The American Chain
Association (ACA) traces its heritage to 1930 when the Association of
Roller and Silent Chain Manufacturers (ARSCM) was formed. In 1955 that Association
changed its name to the American Sprocket Chain Manufacturers Association
(ASCMA), and in 1971 the Association was again re named as the American Chain
The purpose of the
Association is to encourage the cooperation of, and to assist, member companies
in promoting the interests of the power transmission and conveying chain industry.
To this end the Association does the following:
- Establishes and
maintains standards for power transmision and conveying chains, sprockets,
wheels, and allied products used for the mechanical transmission of power,
or for conveying, or for elevating.
- Promotes the
use of domestically manufactured power transmission and conveying chain in
the United States.
- Promotes high
standards of product quality.
- Promotes the
increased use of power transmission and conveying chains in improved and new
- Publicizes the
products of the power transmission and conveying chain industry to promote
a better understanding of the industry.
- Cooperates with
private and public organizations and officials in dealing with problems of
common concern to the power transmission and conveying chain industry.
- Undertakes and
supervises technical research and development.
- Compiles trade
statistics for industry products.
- Studies employer-employee
relations to improve in-plant operating efficiency and plant safety.
- Protects the
power transmission and conveying chain industry from unfair and excessive
burdens and extractions.
Membership in the
Association is available to any person, firm, or corporation that, for a period
of three years or more immediately preceding the date of its membership application,
has been engaged within the United States in the manufacture and sale of a substantial
and representative series of chains for the mechanical transmission of power
for conveying or elevating.
- For purposes
of membership, manufacturing is defined as converting raw or semi-finished
material into chain components and assembling such components into finished
- The term does
not include merely assembling or combining components produced by others.
Those wishing to
join the American Chain Association (ACA) may address their request in writing
to the Executive Secretary of the Association at its Naples, Florida Headquarters.
(6724 Lone Oak Blvd., Naples, Florida, or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Applicants should
furnish evidence as to their eligibility for membership and the product section
or sections to which they would contribute. ACA currently has two product
sections: The Engineering Steel and Malleable Chain Section, and the Roller
and Silent Chain Section.
A membership committee
appointed by the ACA Board of Directors will verify eligibilty. Applicants
shall become members of the Association upon the favorable vote of a majority
of the members of the Board of Directors.
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- Applicants shall
agree to abide by the Bylaws of the Association and shall agree to pay all
dues and assessments required of members of the Association.
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