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A leading global designer, producer and marketer of a wide range of mechanical power transmission components: Altra

thesiliconreview-carl-r-christenson-ceo-altra-17“Our products are used to control and transmit power and torque in virtually any industrial application involving movement.”

Altra is a leading multinational designer, producer and marketer of a wide range of mechanical power transmission products. Altra’s products are frequently used in critical applications, such as brakes for elevators, wheelchairs and forklifts.

With its global footprint, The Company sells its products in over 70 countries throughout the world we sell its products in over 70 countries throughout the world and serve a diverse group of industries including: energy, general industrial, material handling, metals, mining, specialty machinery, transportation, and turf & garden. The Altra portfolio of products includes Clutches & Brakes, Couplings, and Gearing & Power Transmission Components. It markets these products under well recognized and established brand names, most of which have been in existence for 50 to well over 100 years.

Altra also provides products for use in a wide variety of high-volume manufacturing processes, where the reliability and accuracy of our products are critical in both avoiding costly down time and enhancing the overall efficiency of manufacturing operations. Its products are marketed under a variety of well recognized and established manufacturing brand names. These leading brands are Ameridrives Couplings, Ameridrives Power Transmission, Bauer Gear Motor, Bibby Turboflex, Boston Gear, Delroyd Worm Gear, Formsprag Clutch, Guardian Couplings, Huco Dynatork, Industrial Clutch, Inertia Dynamics, Kilian Manufacturing, Lamiflex Couplings, Marland Clutch, Matrix International, Nuttall Gear, Stieber Clutch, Stromag, Svendborg Brakes, TB Wood’s Incorporated, Twiflex Ltd, Warner Electric, Warner Linear and Wichita Clutch.

Innovation Is a Prime Aspect in Altra

The company is dedicated to finding new and better ways of handling some of the most demanding power transmission applications. By working closely with its customers and applying the latest technologies in design, materials and manufacturing Altra has accelerated the development process of bringing new products to the marketplace. With state-of-the-art equipment at its disposal like the UniGraphics solid modeling design package, models can be generated quickly, expediting the initial phases of design and sales process. Altra’s experienced CAD design teams can create simple models, like standard, modular, worm gear speed reducers, for high volume projects as well as complex models for small or large scale custom jobs. Rapid prototyping utilizing 3D printing technology helps turn concept into reality.

We also have full service test labs to validate the integrity of new product designs before we manufacture the product. In the test lab, we are able to simulate many common application scenarios to evaluate problems you may be experiencing on your manufacturing floor. This can decrease down time and expenses associated with trouble-shooting. You can be confident that the Altra product you get is the product you wanted.

Altra Operational Excellence

At the core of its success is Altra’s operational excellence initiative, a comprehensive business management approach designed to drive world-class performance. Operational excellence begins with the Voice of the Customer. By understanding what the customer truly values in the goods and services we provide, we are able to focus our improvement efforts on the critical processes that provide value to the customer. As we make significant improvements in the Quality, Delivery and Cost of these processes, we satisfy our customers more thoroughly and consistently. Customer Satisfaction then translates to long-term, profitable growth for the corporation.

Products Portfolio

With thousands of product solutions, Altra provides true single source convenience while meeting specific customer requirements. Many major OEM’s and end users prefer Altra products as their No.1 choice for performance and reliability. Its comprehensive product offerings include various types of clutches and brakes, overrunning clutches, engineered bearing assemblies, gearing and gear motors along with linear products and belted drives. 9 major product categories are:

  • Electromagnetic Clutches & Brakes
  • Heavy Duty Clutches & Brakes
  • Overrunning Clutches & Backstops
  • Couplings
  • Gear Drives
  • Gear Motors
  • Belted Drives
  • Engineered Bearing Assemblies
  • Linear Actuators & Controls

Meet the Leader

Carl R. Christenson, Chairman and CEO: Carl R. Christenson, has been a director since July 2007 and our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since April 2014. Prior to his current position, Christenson served as our President and CEO from January 2009 to April 2014 and our President and Chief Operating Officer from January 2005 to December 2008. From 2001 to 2005, Christenson was the President of Kaydon Bearings, a manufacturer of custom-engineered bearings and a division of Kaydon Corporation. Prior to joining Kaydon, Christenson held a number of management positions at TB Wood’s Corporation (now a subsidiary of Altra) and several positions at the Torrington Company. Christenson holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and an M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic.

"With a strong long-term focus on Operational Excellence, organic growth and strategic acquisitions, Altra strives to create superior value for our customers, shareholders and associates."