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Fastening 101

Fastening 101-Understanding Threaded Fasteners with Emphasis on the Automotive Market
Laurence Claus, NNi Training
Presented by FTI
Sponsored by the Fastener Education Foundation

This one-day class is a must for anyone in the fastener industry-users, purchasers, engineers, sales-whether you are new to the industry or have been around for a while and want to learn more about the products that you make, buy and sell. This class will explore:

  • fastener engineering basics
  • automotive fasteners
    • product and design basics
    • how parts are made
    • trends in automotive and their impact on fasteners

Participants will learn about different market segments where threaded fasteners are used and the differences and cost requirements between them, as well as:

  • automotive quality systems and certification requirements
  • PPAP requirements
  • workmanship Issues
  • supply channel differences

Students will also delve into basic fastener engineering and learn about torque, stress, tightening strategies, bolt strength, tension control and other elements.


Laurence has over 30 years of experience in the fastener industry and 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. Most of his career was with a leading automotive fastener manufacturer, holding the roles of Application Engineer, Director of Engineering and Quality, Director of New Business Development, General Manager, and Vice President of Technology and Engineering.