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Tech Talks Theater

Introducing the Tech Talks Theater! The sessions featured on this stage will be more technical in nature, giving you insight to what pushes the industry forward, the latest products and technology, all the way down to what kind of material will work best for your application. Check out the session information below!

Bolted Joint Consistency with Stainless Steel Fasteners
Derek Dandy, Bodycote

Derek graduated from Rutgers University with a B.S. in Materials Science Engineering. During his career he has spent time in various industries in technical sales roles bringing solutions to his customers. A majority of this time was spent in the fastener industry in both distribution and manufacturing. Since joining the Bodycote S3P group he has spent time generating industry relevant information to address common problems with respect to Stainless and Nickel based alloy fasteners.

Combining Zinc Nickel & Dip Spin for Superior Corrosion
Andrew Pfeifer, Atotech

There are numerous specifications for Atotech's products that use this approach, ranging from Construction to Automotive applications. The approach that Atotech uses is different from many, because, since we offer both technologies, we are a neutral advisor, guiding the customer to select the technology that is best for their application.

Andrew Pfeifer is the Business Manager of Corrosion Protection – North America for Atotech. He has been in the Fastener / Finishing market for over 20 years, the majority of the time has been on the chemical side (plating/coating products manufacturer), but has spent 8 years in fastener distribution also. Andrew is also a member of ASTM, SAE and IFI, actively participating in their technical committees and standards development.

Consistent Global Quality Assured in an OEM World
Lammert DeBoer, ZinKlad, DecoKlad & XMAPP

As automotive OEM performance requirements continue to increase, coupled with sourcing from multiple suppliers globally, present increased challenges to the supply chain to provide consistent quality parts. The need for more robust quality systems becomes critically important as OEM’s and Tier 1’s suppliers must be confident that the same coatings and consistent performance are available worldwide. This presentation will discuss a unique new quality assurance program that tackles the challenges for high performance automotive coatings throughout the applicator network.

Lammert DeBoer is presently Global Director of ZinKlad, DecoKlad & XMAPP (Quality Performance Systems) at MacDermid Enthone Industrial Solutions. Prior to this appointment he served the company in a variety of marketing, R&D, technical service and management positions. Lammert holds an MBA degree in the field of Sales and Marketing from the Business School Nederland, a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Hogeschool voor Economische Studies Rotterdam and a technology degree in metallurgy and electro plating chemistry from Christiaan Huygensschool.

The Key to Industry 4.0 Success: Why Most Projects Fail and How You Can Learn From Their Mistakes
Graham Immerman, MachineMetrics

Of the many manufacturers that are in pursuit of digitization, a large number of these projects are unlikely to succeed. According to a 2017 Cisco study, 74% of companies that begin an IoT initiative fail. More often than not, projects go over budget, deployment times run long, interoperability issues occur across legacy platforms or planning and resources aren’t allocated appropriately, leading to their cancellation. This failure rate has led to a greater hesitation for manufacturers to embark on their digital transformation journeys. So, what's the key to Industrial IoT success? We think we've figured out the secret sauce and we'd like to share that sauce with you.

Risk Management
Carmen Vertullo, Carver Consulting, and Rob LaPointe, AIM Testing Laboratory

What steps need to be taken to ensure your risk management plan is ready? Join Carmen Vertullo during this presentation to uncover the ways successful businesses use quality management to identify, assess, assign and strategize for risk management.

Carmen Vertullo, Carver Consulting
Carmen Vertullo is the founder of Carver Consulting, a San Diego-based consulting, engineering and training company specializing in fasteners and bolted joints, and a founder and Vice President of AIM Testing Laboratory. He has experience in fastener quality assurance, manufacturing, sales, bolted joint design and inventory management programs. He holds a degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology and is a member of the ASTM Committee F16 on Fasteners, the ASME B18 Fastener Standards Committee and the Research Council of Structural Connections (RCSC). Carmen is well informed on compliance issues relating to fastener supplier, especially California Proposition 65.

Rob LaPointe, AIM Testing Laboratory
Rob LaPointe is a noted authority in materials and fastener technology. With extensive experience as general manager and chief scientist of a materials testing laboratory combined with master’s degrees in physics and education, he excels at bringing solutions to the client. Working specifically in the fastener testing industry, he built a lab to include mechanical, nondestructive, metallurgical, and chemical testing. With a background of 20 years in physics education, Rob has become extremely effective at communicating complex ideas in a simple and understandable manner. He not only communicates well with clients but helps them to understand the details necessary to make informed decisions about their products and business. He is a client’s advocate.

Fundamentals of Threaded Fasteners
Dr. Sayed Nassar, Fastening and Joining Research Institute and Oakland University

This presentation highlights the key aspects necessary for ensuring the safety, quality, and reliability of threaded fastener systems. It will pointed out that the bolt group of variables are just one group out of six groups that collectively determine the overall bolted system reliability. Beyond corrosion protection function of fastener coating, other significant effects of coating (friction) are also emphasized; that includes torque-tension relationship, selection of control methods, and in-service performance of bolted systems under static and dynamic loads. A hands-on software tool ( is used to calculate determine (calculate) the necessary friction coefficient that would prevent bolt loosening under vibration loads.

Dr. Sayed Nassar is a Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering and is the Founding Director and Principal Investigator (PI) of the Fastening and Joining Research Institute (FAJRI) at Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan. His research and teaching interests are in the solid mechanics area with emphasis on advanced topics on fastening and joining of metallic and non-metallic materials, fastener fatigue, vibration-induced loosening, elastic-interaction, testing, mathematical and simulation. He has published over 200 technical articles and is routinely a regular presenter on fastening and joining at national and international conferences. He consulting experience also includes providing fasteners and bolt joints training courses, workshops, and consultations to a list of clients that includes GM, Ford, FCA, NASA, Hyundai, and John Deere.