Vulcanized and Mechanical Heavy Weight Splice Training
April 6-7, 2011
May 24-25, 2011
Kansas City, MO
By Galen Knight, Chair – Education and Technical Committee
The Education and Technical Committee presented the NIBA – The Belting Associations Lightweight Belting Basics 2011 Technical Seminar this past May 24th and 25th in Kansas City, MO. to a full class. Presenters were Dan Paustian, Ron Volk, Tom Richardson, and Roy Campen. The class was encouraged to ask questions and interact with the trainers, taking advantage of their combined 120+ years of experience. This experience, combined with the course work and many slides of Lightweight Belting applications, samples of virtually every belt style produced, along with the working conveyor used to demonstrate tracking influences, is evidence of the great effort put forth by the Committee to bring value to NIBA’s members and employees. In addition, while the class was in session, it was being filmed for a DVD to be made available the first quarter of 2012.
Production of the Committee’s 3T Track, Train, Troubleshoot for Heavyweight Belting DVD is now complete, which will be made available by the Marketing Committee at the convention in Las Vegas. These two new offerings will allow NIBA’s members to show the courses at your convenience to your employees that were unable to attend the classes, encouraging them to attend the next time those and others are presented to see the live presentations.
We are scheduled to present a fall class of the 3T Track, Train, Troubleshoot for Heavyweight Belting Oct. 25-26, 2011 in Nashville, TN with a site visit to Danley Quarry. For those who have new or employees with limited field experience, the site visits are invaluable in getting an up-close, real world experience in seeing how all of the components on the conveyors and the belting interact. We are fortunate to have Dick McConnell and Mike Cremeens as instructors with their knowledge and experience to lead the class. The seminar registration is now open, and classes fill quickly, so you will want to sign up right away to take advantage of this opportunity.
Lastly, we are in the final steps of making plans to present the Lightweight Splicing seminar this November 15-16th in Milwaukee, WI at Kaman Bearings belt shop. Look for details soon, but “Save the Date” for an opportunity to see first-hand experienced trainers present NIBA’s best.
Track, Train, Troubleshoot for Heavyweight Belting
October 25-26, 2011
By: Dick McConnell, Flexco
This year’s installment of Track Train and Troubleshoot, held in Nashville, TN, sold out before we had the chance to put the brakes on enrollment. In the end, 28 participants plus 2 representatives from Vulcan Materials’ Danley Plant, engaged in two days of activity focused on conveyor performance solutions. Day one focused on industry standards for conveyor construction, tracking, transition distances, splicing, and trouble shooting. Day two was the site visit, with our generous hosts from Vulcan Materials, where the class participants reviewed performance characteristics in a real world setting. The class concluded with rigorous discussion on the contrast between recommended and application standards.
Adding to the benefit of the four experienced presenters was the Nashville location. After class on day one, busses were arranged for transportation to Nashville’s ground zero for country music – Lower Broadway. Free entertainment and terrific restaurants helped to make the full day of classroom activity more balanced.
This year’s class had a broad range of NIBA member employees. Nashville Rubber and Gasket, Vulcan Materials, Rubber and Gasket of America, Belt Tech, Flexco, Goodall Rubber, Bullitt County Belting, All-State Industries, Blair Rubber, Lewis Goetz, Troy Belting, and Kaman Industrial Technologies were all represented. In addition to the usual presentation of the class creators Mike Cremeens and Dick McConnell, significant assistance by Wes Tyre, Almex Group, and Ron Schuring, Precision Pulley and Idler made the flow and interaction of the class better than ever. It always continues to benefit the class having two representatives from the host quarry. They were knowledgeable and colorful throughout the class providing insight and experience.
It should also be noted that NIBA Immediate Past President Don Garner was not only instrumental in convincing Vulcan to host the event, but opened the first day session with a welcome message and the role of NIBA in the conveyor industry. A tip of the hat to Don for his support.
Track Train and Troubleshoot was bigger and better than ever. Nashville and Vulcan Materials were perfect hosts. And the participants seemed to agree according to the excellent survey results. The Technical and Education Committee’s Heavy Duty group will continue to explore ways to improve upon the event in efforts to plan for 2012’s 3T event next October.
November 15-16, 2011