Coundown to Fastener Fair USA


Educational Sessions

No matter where you fit in the fastener supply chain or what your experience level is, you will find information to take back and implement immediately in your workplace. Our sessions are led by industry experts from a variety of backgrounds and will cover topics on maintenance and repair, growing your distribution business, managing data, fastener basics for newcomers to the industry, and much more.

Below is the current schedule (plus session information and speaker bios), but more sessions are being added regularly! Check back to view what other education opportunities will be available.

April 10, 2018

8:30 am – 4:30 pm Fastening 101
Laurence Claus, NNi Training & Consulting, Inc. - Sponsored by Fastener Training Institute

A must for those new to the industry as well as anyone who wants to know more about the products they buy, sell, warehouse and use. This class will explore how threaded fasteners are manufactured as well as some basic engineering concepts. Even though they may look alike, not all threaded fasteners are the same!

Topics to include:

  • Fastener Design & Material Options
  • Head Styles & Drive Features
  • Heat Treatments, Platings & Coatings
  • Cost Differences from One Fastener to Another

Speaker Bio

Laurence has over 30 years of experience in the fastener industry. Most of those years, he worked with a leading automotive fastener manufacturer, holding roles of Application Engineer, Director of Engineering and Quality, Director of New Business Development, General Manager, and Vice President of Technology and Engineering. He is a degreed Mechanical Engineer with a broad knowledge of fasteners and special experience in materials, thread forming screws, and automated assembly of small parts. He has participated for many years in technical standards activity with the IFI, SAE, ISO, ASME, ASTM, and NASC. He is knowledgeable in the manufacture and use of automotive, industrial, and aerospace fasteners. Most recently he formed NNi Training and Consulting, Inc., a consultancy company serving fastener manufacturers, distributors, and automotive suppliers.

Price before March 30:

Regional Fastener Association Member: $349
Non-member: $449

Price after March 30:

Regional Fastener Association Member: $449
Non-member: $549

8:30 am – 4:30 pm Understanding the Bolted Joint
Carmen Vertullo, CarVer Consulting - Sponsored by Fastener Training Institute

This one- day class will provide a critical foundation to learning how bolts work. Did you know all bolts stretch when they are tightened, even grade 8 bolts, and that is why they keep assemblies together? Do you know why tension in bolts is critical to making a joint secure?

Attend this class to learn these answers plus:

  • How to calculate torque recommendations
  • How to access an automated resource for determining complete technical information on bolted joints
  • How to determine optimum tightening torque values for specific applications

Speaker Bio

Carmen is the founder of CarVer Consulting, a San Diego-based consulting, engineering and training company specializing in fasteners and bolted joints. He has experience in fastener quality assurance, manufacturing, sales, and inventory management programs. Carmen is a designer and producer of aircraft support equipment and tooling for all branches of the U.S. military, prime contractors and foreign military sales. He has developed and teaches a series of advanced fastener training classes for the Fastener Training Institute. Carmen is a Certified Fastener Specialist through FTI, and he holds a BS in Manufacturing Engineering Technology from National University, San Diego, CA.

Price before March 30:

Regional Fastener Association Member: $349
Non-member: $449

Price after March 30:

Regional Fastener Association Member: $449
Non-member: $549

April 11, 2018

9:00am – 9:45am The Future of the Fastener Industry Expert Panel
- Sponsored by Earnest Machine Products

Dr. Andrew Gyekenyesi
Phil Matten
Kirk Zehnder
Stuart Southall
Greg Terrell
Graham Immerman
…and more to come!

10:00am – 11:00am Looking Into the Future of Space Technologies
Dr. Andrew Gyekenyesi, Associate Chief Scientist & Research Team Manager, Ohio Aerospace Institute + Speaker TBD, NASA Glenn Research Center

Speaker Bio

Dr. Andrew L. Gyekenyesi is an Associate Chief Scientist and Research Team Manager at the Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI) in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the Principal Investigator (PI) of multiple projects and consortia as well as the lead of the Turbomachinery and Propulsion Systems Team at OAI. Dr. Gyekenyesi has conducted contracted research for multiple federal agencies, and has worked on-site at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. His technical background includes managing various laboratories dealing with mechanical testing of advanced materials. Activities also include developing and testing structural health monitoring approaches specific to aerospace propulsion systems.

11:15 am – 11:45 am The Basics of Thread Rolling
Liberato Pietrantoni, Director of Global Sales, CJWinter

Speaker Bio

Liberato Pietrantoni earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering, with a minor in Economics in 1986 from Rochester Institute of Technology. He has been with Brinkman International Group, Inc. for the last 29 years. He has been involved with new product development and design, developing processes for their CJWinter thread rolling product line, Davenport product line, medical and aerospace components. Over the years he has held numerous positions – Engineering, Operations, Sales, and Product Manager with Brinkman International Group and its manufacturing divisions. Currently, Liberato is the Director of Global Sales for the CJWinter product division. He has been awarded several patents associated with improving tooling for the thread rolling industry. He is currently a member and served on the governing boards for the Society of Automotive Engineers and the Precision Machined Products Association.

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Guiding Millennials through Leadership
Baron Yarborough, Director of Sales, Spring Bolt & Nut and President, Young Fastener Professionals - Sponsored by the Young Fastener Professionals

Baron Wayne Yarborough is a third-generation fastener professional holding a B.B.A. in Management from Texas Wesleyan University. After graduating in 2013 Baron took on a business development position at a data and analytics company and was quickly moved into the role of training and managing the inside sales department. In 2014, Baron was offered the Director of Sales position at Spring Bolt and Nut Manufacturing which he accepted. After acquiring a base knowledge of Spring Bolt’s manufacturing process, Baron went on to be trained and mentored by the President of the company, Tim Malone. During this time, Baron gained understanding of the mechanical and chemical properties within fasteners, and the testing required for the different specifications and grades. Now Baron’s focus is on the sales and marketing of Spring Bolt. Duties Include: quoting, new business development, online marketing, attending conferences and tradeshows, and being forced to play golf

12:45 pm – 1:15 pm Stress in the Workplace
Christine Hunt, RD, LD, Health Director, Brighton-Best International - Sponsored by WIFI

Everywhere we turn these days, we hear about stress. But what impact does stress on your overall health and well-being? This session will discuss the role that stress can play in the state of your physical and mental health, outline practical steps you can take to reduce stress, and identify the Do's and Don'ts of workplace wellness.

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Digital Distribution Trends and Amazon's Effect on Distributors
Ian Heller, President/COO Modern Distribution Management (MDM)- Sponsored by Earnest Machine Products

Ian Heller of Modern Distribution Management (MDM) will speak about digital trends in distribution, marketing, and the effect Amazon is having on MRO distributors.

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Speed Networking Event
Hosted by Young Fastener Professionals

Take your networking activities to higher level by Speed Networking, sponsored by Young Fastener Association. What is Speed Networking? Speed Networking delivers an exciting, high-impact and structured networking event that produces exceptional results for participants. Get engaged by enhancing your networking opportunities by being in control of who you connect with. Speed Networking will help you build valuable connections and a network of meaningful professional relationships.

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2:45 pm – 3:15 pm Efficient and Sustainable: New Ways to Plate Fasteners
Dennis Stritter, R&D Fastener Specialist, Atotech

The demand for zinc nickel coatings continuously increases in the automotive industry due to their high corrosion protection as well as superior wear and heat resistance compared to pure zinc platings. The state-of-the-art plating systems for fasteners are alkaline zinc nickel electrolytes, as they show better thickness distribution especially on complex fastener geometries compared to acid zinc nickel electrolytes. Disadvantages of alkaline zinc nickel electrolytes are still a lower productivity due to the lower current efficiency.

This presentation will introduce Atotech’s new ammonium and boric acid-free acid zinc nickel electrolyte - Zinni® 220 – which sets new standards in acid zinc nickel plating. It opens enormous possibilities to improve quality and productivity while keeping the highest corrosion protection and perfect appearance. The superior thickness distribution and nickel incorporation will be presented and compared to conventional acid zinc nickel & alkaline zinc nickel electrolytes. Furthermore, the usage of patent protected auxiliary equipment provides solutions for known challenges of acid zinc nickel electrolytes like an increase of the metal concentration or self-passivation of the anodes. Overall, this results in higher plating quality at reduced cost and improved productivity.

3:30 pm – 4:15 pm Aerospace: Taking the Cost Out of the Cost
Gavin Brown, Executive Director, Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association

Speaker Bio

Gavin Brown is recognized as the leading driving force for promoting aerospace companies active in the State of Michigan by providing aerospace prime contractors and top-tier system integrators with highly qualified sources for their part procurement in commercial, general aviation, rotor and defense. In 2007, the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association (MAMA) was founded by Gavin and was officially launched as a fully-fledged association with an active membership. The initial membership consisted of thirteen Michigan manufacturing companies.

Since then, Gavin Brown, as the executive director, has worked to promote Michigan manufactures and procure contracts for members companies active in the aerospace and defense markets. The growth of MAMA to over fifty companies continues to increase MAMA presence as an international aerospace component supplier. OEMs, primes and sub component aerospace suppliers all use parts manufactured by MAMA members.

April 12, 2018

10:00 -11:00 am The Future of Sales
Paul Reilly, Author of Value Added Selling & President, Reilly Sales Training - Sponsored by Earnest Machine Products

Speaker Bio

Paul Reilly is the founder and president of Reilly Sales Training. He began his training career by joining Tom Reilly Training. Although Tom Reilly Training has a rich 33-year history in Value-Added Selling, he decided to start a new sales training company with a different focus. Reilly Sales Training offers a complete range of training programs, consulting services, and training assessments. Paul’s training methods draw from a diverse sales background. He has sold commodities, market-leading brands, and low-cost products; in the construction, industrial, and medical fields. He can relate to your salespeople because he has faced the same challenges and opportunities they face on a daily basis.

11:15 am – 11:45 am Creating Your Own Brand
Gail Friedberg, Vice President & Co-Owner, Zago Manufacturing Company - Sponsored by WIFI

As a woman in a male dominated field (the manufacturing industry in general and the fastener industry in particular), there are both challenges and opportunities. By creating your own brand, through networking, engagement in industry groups, social media platforms and even running for office, you establish yourself as someone. When you walk into a room of men, if you're not "someone," you're no one. And on your way to becoming someone, you'll have much more fun if you bring other women along for the ride!

Speaker Bio

Gail Friedberg is Vice President and co-owner of Zago Manufacturing Company, Inc. For 25 years, Zago has manufactured and sold sealing fasteners and components in Newark, New Jersey and was named Manufacturer of the Year by the New Jersey Manufacturers Extension Program (NJMEP) in 2017. Under Gail's leadership of Zago, and due to her commitment to continuous improvement, Zago was Certified ISO 9001:2015 compliant. In addition, Zago was recognized as a member of the New Jersey Sustainable Business Alliance and is committed to having a positive social impact on its community. Gail believes that in order to be successful in business (and politics) women must create their own brand. Two of the most important elements of that brand are strength, gained by constantly tackling new challenges, and compassion.

12:00 – 12:30 pm Perceptions from Across the Pond
Phil Matten, Executive Editor, Fastener+Fixing Magazine -Sponsored by Fastener + Fixing Magazines

Looking at the most significant trends and issues - global and local - affecting the European fastener industry right now. A chance to compare notes, ask questions and explore shared and differing concerns.

Phil joined Fastener + Fixing Magazine as Editor in 2002, having spent the previous dozen years in director level roles for a major UK engineering fastener importer/wholesaler, the UK subsidiary of a leading German woodscrew manufacturer, and a fastener industry software specialist. Leaping the fence to join an industry publication, Phil set out to ensure Fastener + Fixing was all the things he’d wanted trade publications to be in his previous career. Top priority was a genuine depth of understanding of the fastener and fixing industry, only achievable by spending time in and with literally hundreds of fastener manufacturers, distributors and machinery-builders and service specialists.

Phil was also one of the small team who envisioned, initiated and developed Fastener Fair Stuttgart during its first decade towards becoming the biggest fastener and fixing exhibition in Europe.

Phil now also dedicates his skills in supporting the industry through its UK and European trade bodies. The common ground is an unimpeachable level of personal integrity, combined with an extensive understanding of fastener manufacturing and distribution and their markets, which underpins a rare ability to deliver news, knowledge and analysis, as well as developing training and educational resources.

12:45am – 1:15 pm Liberating Data from Existing Industrial Equipment, and Making Sense of It
Willem Sundblad, CEO & Founder, Oden Technologies

Every manufacturer dreams about having perfect transparency into their manufacturing processes so they can continuously diagnose and improve production, efficiency, and quality. Using data is the key to optimizing recipes, quality, and capacity to ensure factories stay competitive. The problem is that data tends to live and die in the equipment, without being recorded or utilized anywhere…until now.

The latest technological advancements are finally available to make your existing production equipment truly digital. Now you can collect and analyze all data from your all your existing machines and sensors simply by attaching small transmitters to serial ports. Monitor all the metrics you value, together, in real time. Increase the efficiency and value of your existing extrusion lines. No lengthy IT projects, hardwired networks, or new equipment required.

Willem Sundblad will give an update on the current Industry 4.0 landscape, where the market is heading, and what concrete solutions looks like for fastener manufacturers in addition to giving a demo of how machine-learning algorithms can and are being used in the industry.

Speaker Bio

Willem is the founder and CEO of Oden Technologies, an Industrial Internet of Things company offering wireless and cloud-based tools to manufacturers to analyze and optimize production. Willem studied Industrial Engineering specialized in production at Lund University and Ecole Centrale Paris. Oden has raised venture capital from prominent investors like EQT Ventures, Saul Klein and Tesla's previous CPO & Head of supply chain Peter Carlsson.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Self-Sealing Fastening Without Chemistry
John Doda, Director of International Business, APM HexSeal

Preventing fluid/gas fastener leakage from within process equipment or preventing harsh environments (water submersion, dust, hose down, etc.) from attacking critical electronic and mechanical parts inside the equipment requires a reliable sealing barrier. Various sealing methods have been used to seal equipment and we will review the options available, focusing on readymade, self-sealing hardware, and how this approach can save assembly costs and produce a consistently high-quality seal. Application guidelines and hints will be discussed, followed by Q&A and distribution of samples.

2:15 pm – 2:45 pm Lightweight Fasteners and Why Contact Area Matters
Michael Mowins, President, Phillips Screw Company

This session will discuss the evolution of light weight threaded fasteners and why the contact area between the driving tool and the fastener is critical. Examples and case studies will be provided.

Michael Mowins is the President of Phillips Screw Company and is an experienced global executive with a demonstrated history of working in the mechanical or industrial engineering industry. Skilled in Root Cause Analysis, Continuous Improvement, Product Development, U.S. Department of Defense, and Government Contracting. Michael is a strong business development professional with a MBA focused in Strategy, M&A from University of Rhode Island - College of Business Administration.

*Schedule subject to change

All sessions offered on April 11 and 12 are included in your exhibit hall pass purchase.