What are power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) products?

Power transmission/motion control products drive machinery and are therefore found in virtually every industrial application. These products make machines move and accomplish the work for which they were designed. PT/MC products are found inside machines, factories, equipment―anywhere work is being done, you're likely to find PT/MC product. If you’ve ever watched the television show "How It's Made," you've seen PT/MC products in action. Some of the larger markets for PT/MC products include machinery manufacturing, mining & natural resource extraction, food & beverage processing, forestry, agriculture and automotive manufacturing.

Products include:

  • Adjustable/variable speed drives
  • Bearings
  • Belt drives
  • Chain drives
  • Clutches and brakes
  • Conveyors and material handling components
  • Gearing
  • Hydraulics and pneumatics
  • Industrial specialty chemicals
  • Linear motion
  • Motors
  • Motor/motion control devices
  • Pumps
  • Shaft couplings and U-joints

According to the Power Transmission & Motion Control Market Size Report (developed exclusively for PTDA by Industrial Market Information, Inc., in 2013, updated in 2016 and 2020), the total estimated market for PT/MC products in North America is $79.5 billion. The U.S. total market size is $65 billion with Canada and Mexico at $7 billion each.