2012 Technical Seminars


Splice Training for Lightweight Belting – cancelled

November 6-7, 2012
Milwaukee, WI

The minimum attendance for this class was not met and the seminar was cancelled.



Track, Train, Troubleshoot for Heavyweight Belting

October 30-31,2012
Little Rock, AR


Track, Train, and Troubleshoot 2012: Large Turnout in Little Rock

By Dick McConnell, Flexco, 2012 Education/Technical Committee

For six years, NIBA’s Track, Train, and Troubleshoot seminar has been a full house. After careful consideration, it was decided to expand the class size to 30 participants. The result was another full classroom this year, which has made the discussion of ideas and personal experience even more diverse than ever before. The larger class size had allowed the facilitators to direct the exchange through a broader member base while tying discussion in through specific conveyor industry standards. The classroom session was followed by a site visit to review the findings of the previous day. In Little Rock, NIBA was benefitted by the support of a large granite quarry operation with plenty of “real world” conveyors to review. The result was a forum carefully crafted to build on everyone’s knowledge of belt performance.

The areas of discussion were expanded this year to not only include belt construction, operating parameters, transition distances, and PIW values, but also operational knowledge of idler and pulley performance. With the expansion of the attendees this year, the number of facilitators also grew. Special thanks to Ron Shuring (PPI) and Del Gutnecht (RK Rubber) for joining the team.

So, who should consider attending? Simply put, anyone dealing with heavy-duty belting and/or conveyor operation issues. The focus is to contrast industry standards with real world applications. This year’s member-supported 3T class included a broad spectrum of service, sales and manufacturing personnel, including both upper management and labor-focused member employees ranging from 30+ years of experience to just a few weeks in the industry. This diversity was reflected on in a very positive way in the remarks of the class evaluation. NIBA wishes to thank the following members who participated in this year’s program: Accurate Industries; Allstate Belting; Belt Service; Conveyors and Equipment; Conveyor Belt Service (Mars Supply); Garlock Rubber Technology; Lewis and Goetz; Lufkin Rubber and Gasket; Ram Enterprises; R-K Rubber; and Texas Rubber and Supply. We wish to express our wholehearted thanks to these members for their support in making Track, Train, and Troubleshoot a continued success.

The Technical and Education Committee would also like to thank the NIBA Board for their continued support, and our management group, SAMI, for their efforts in handling the details of the two-day seminar.




On-site Materials

12Oct3T_ReleaseWaiver  12_3T_Evaluation


Lightweight Belting Basics

May 8-9, 2012
Dallas, TX


Lightweight Seminar Recap

By Roy Campen, Retired-Midwest Rubber Service & Supply

This past May 8-9, the third Lightweight Belting Basics Seminar was held in Dallas, Texas, with the largest attendance to date. The attendees included 17 from Distributor members and six manufacturer members from all parts of the country. Instructors included Tom Richardson (Conveyor Accessories, Inc.), Todd Miller (Beltservice Corporation) and Roy Campen (Retired-Midwest Rubber Service & Supply).

It was encouraging to find attendees who were energetic and ready to learn more about their new industry. Many of the members had been with their respective companies for less than a year. After attending this class the group was well on their way to achieve their personal goals for attending the seminar.

The seminar evaluation included statements like:

• “Help fix conveyor problems” (not always a belt problem)

• “Since it wasn’t such a big class I liked that we all had the chance to ask questions and get involved in the seminar.”

• “I would like to see in the near future for NIBA to have more hands-on. Splicing techniques that all can share.”

• “Learning how and why tracking a conveyor is important for customer satisfaction…attendees applied their learning to tracking a conveyor.”

• “Enjoyed the balance of lecture, discussion & hands-on applications.

This group was now ready to seek ways to assist their customers with this new body of knowledge. The instructors were encouraged to see a new group of eager learners that will make our industry stronger and better prepared for the future. Watch for notification of future training options in lightweight belting offered by NIBA.

Registration On-site Materials

NIBA-tents NIBA_Badges NIBA_Certs EvaluationAttn  0508_LW_Schedule

Technical Seminar: Vulcanized and Mechanical Heavy Weight Splice Training

April 17-19, 2012
Cincinnati, OH


NIBA 2012 HD Splice School – A Seamless Event

By Dick McConnell, Flexco, Education/Technical Committee

The Education and Technical Committee is pleased to announce the 2012 HD Splice School held April 17, 18 and 19 in Cincinnati, Ohio, was a well-received success. This year’s installment went without a hitch due in no small part to the efforts of Thaman Rubber, NIBA member and host distributor. Bill Thaman and his assistant Leslie Kohlman saw to it that every detail with the classroom, lunch area, and belt shop was set up to meet or exceed the demands of the seminar. And since there was a full house, this greatly facilitated an uninterrupted and smooth flowing interaction.

Registration for the event started off slowly. But, by the early bird deadline, it had sold out. One of the key reasons for this event’s continued success is the constant improvement of course content. This year, by extending the course for an extra half day, finger splicing was included along with the traditional step and mechanical splicing options. Class began with understanding conveyor belt construction, performance parameters, and operating PIW calculations. Once the basics of belt conveyor operation were founded, the choices for splicing the belt ends become more clearly defined. Many in the class had extensive experience on how to install lap or mechanical splices, but not necessarily the best application for either. And then came the finger slice and added new criteria.

Limitations on lap splicing can include from 20% to 50% loss of break strength in a typical application. Mechanical splicing can perform well within the operating recommendations of the belt construction, but has limited safety factors. The finger splice, when properly installed, can provide nearly 100% of the break strength of a belt’s rating. Many attending this year’s class gained their first close look at this option.

The result of the 2-1/2 day seminar was stellar reviews from the attendees, a tremendous host in Thaman Rubber, and the introduction to the latest splicing option in the industry. Special thanks to Sandy with SAMI for making certain no one got lost or went hungry, and to the NIBA Board for their continued support.




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