Stats ConferenceFeel the need to share your thoughts and ideas regarding a potential AEM statistics program for a product your company manufactures? Want to weigh in on an existing stats program or related heavy equipment industry issue?

Make your voice heard at the upcoming AEM Annual Statistics Conference. Slated for May 22-24, this year’s conference will be held at the Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Whether it’s staying up-to-date on AEM and its stats programs and industry-related activities, or it’s having your voice heard in equipment meetings and elections, there’s tremendous value to be gained from attending this annual event.

"Attending the AEM Annual Statistics Conference helps AEM members ensure they continue to receive consistent, accurate, and reliable information from the programs they participate in and have input on the future direction and development of those programs," said AEM Director of Statistics Rex Sprietsma. "Whether the topic is focused on products being reported, metrics, geographic scope, level of granularity, or distribution rules, issues important to members are discussed in great detail in an effort to improve and enhance the usefulness of the information they receive."

With that in mind, here are three benefits to attending this year’s conference:

1. Have your voice heard on issues important to the industry by voting on proposals, discussing statistics programs and participating in elections. – It’s vitally important for AEM members to have a representative at the conference and participate in its committee meetings, particularly those which cover equipment your organization reports into each month. Each member company in attendance – regardless of its size – is allowed one vote.

"Each committee is tasked with guiding the direction of the programs they participate in, so it's up to AEM members to actively engage in discussions to ensure they are satisfied with the data they're receiving or make changes to the program if that's not the case," said Sprietsma. 

The following committee meetings are scheduled to be held at this year’s conference:

  •         Agriculture Equipment Statistics Committee (AESC) Meeting
  •         Commercial Worksite Equipment/Forestry, Earthmoving & Excavators (CWE/FEE) Joint Committee Meeting
  •         Aerial Work Platforms (AWP) Statistics Committee Meeting
  •         Ag Tire Statistics Committee (ATC) Meeting
  •         Crane Statistics Committee (CSC) Meeting
  •         Aggregates Statistics Committee (ASC) Meeting
  •         Road Machinery Statistics Committee (RMSC) Meeting
  •         Statistics Executive Committee (SEC) Meeting

2. Find out how AEM's recent acquisition of Hargrove & Associates, Inc. (HAI) and other noteworthy happenings will impact the statistics community. – At a time when the innovative use of data is transforming the equipment manufacturing industry, AEM’s recent acquisition of HAI has allowed the association to enhance and build upon its statistics program in an effort to better meet the needs of its membership.

While AEM was an HAI client for nearly three decades, January’s acquisition provided both organizations with a valuable opportunity to further their relationship and the statistics platform.

AEM President Dennis Slater will speak at the conference’s General Session, where he will provide an update on the HAI acquisition. In addition, AEM's Larry Buzecky will share key developments related to GDPR. In addition, business intelligence affecting the statistics community, the recent AEM Board Meetings in Washington D.C., and other topics will be discussed. 

You'll also hear from information service providers. HAI will provide updates regarding the iSTAT reporting platform, while Systematics International, Ltd. (SIL), will share a preview of a new business intelligence interactive tool that is being developed for AEM Statistics staff.

3. Learn how the latest technological trends will shape the equipment manufacturing industry, both now and in the future. – Technology can pose a wealth of challenges and opportunities for AEM members, so it’s critical they learn how to prepare for and ultimately take advantage of them.

AEM’s Al Cervero will also speak at this year's General Session, where he’ll highlight some of the emerging and disruptive trends organizations should keep an eye on moving forward. In addition, Cervero will provide information on upcoming AEM Thinking Forward events being held across the country in 2018. The events will include tours of some of the country’s top innovation centers, including 3M’s Innovation Center in Minneapolis, and Autodesk’s Gallery and Pier 9 Workshop in San Francisco.

For More Information

For additional details regarding this year’s AEM Annual Statistics Conference, or contact AEM's Rex Sprietsma (, tel: 414-298-4147).

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