2014 Technical Seminars


Track, Train, Troubleshoot for Heavyweight Belting
October 28-29, 2014
Charlotte, North Carolina


Vulcan Charlotte Plant Hosts 3T

By Dick McConnell, 2014 Education/Technical Committee, Flexco

The 2014 installment of Track Train and Troubleshoot was successfully conducted at the Crown Plaza in Charlotte, NC. Traditional classroom topics on industry standards such as belt construction, rated versus operational PIW, tracking, transition distances, load points, housekeeping and drive influences were augmented this year with the addition of lagging types and expanded splice considerations. The keystone of the seminar was being hosted by Vulcan materials at their 1.5 million ton per year granite quarry where attendees were offered an up close inspection of real world application of the previous days’ information exchange. The event concluded with lively discussion on the contrast between recommended and operational principles.

3T could not be successful if not for the pro-active participation from NIBA membership. Special thanks go out to Accurate Industries, Apache, Beltservice, Conveyors and Equipment, Flexco, Industrial Supply and Solutions, ITW Polymers, Rema Tip Top, Rubber and Accessories, and Stroup and Son. These NIBA members are the very core to making this year’s installment a highly evaluated success. In addition, this year’s event was attended by one of the premier conveyor OEM’s in North America, Kolberg Pioneer out of Yankton, SD. This is the second training in which they have participated.

And, as always, the support of the NIBA board members and SAMI continues to provide the sourcing necessary to continually improve and expand the content of the program.

The impact of 3T has for the first time has gone beyond the annual event traditionally held in October. With the unwavering assistance of George Houston, Richwood, an eight hour training time was secured in St. Louis at the Coal Handling and Storage Expo where an abbreviated version of 3T was conducted under the NIBA banner. It is hoped that such efforts will bring expanded recognition to our organization as a leader in the industry.

As a final thought, Mike Cremeens and I are humbled by the recognition so generously afforded us at this year’s Seattle convention. It is profoundly heartwarming to be able to play a small role for the benefit of such a great organization such as NIBA. We could not do it alone. Many have supported us conducting these training events. Most recently, Del Gutknecht/R-K Rubber, Wes Tyre/Almex, and George Houston/ Richwood have stepped up to assure successful input and implementation of these seminars. It is with this collective toolbox of support that allows for the heavy duty training events to continue prospering.



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Vulcanized and Mechanical Heavyweight Splice Training 
April 8-10, 2014
Atlanta, GA


2014 Heavy Duty Splice School – More Than a Joint Effort!

By Dick McConnell, Education/Technical Committee, Flexco

This year’s installment of NIBA’s Heavy Duty splice seminar offered a broader picture of industry standards, greater shop time for step and finger vulcanizing processes, and detailed discussion on testing the final results. In addition to the value of establishing industry standards, many myths were dispelled of the benefits of traditional thinking about standard operating procedures. Case in point is a new section devoted to understanding forces placed on a belt conveyor as it cycles through standard and non-standard drive configurations. This information was then applied to how these forces affect the performance value of correctly crafted splices versus compromised efforts. The result was a full circle of interactive training with the participants empowered to improve splice performance.

NIBA is grateful for the wide range of support for this seminar. This year seven distributor members (AFM Industries, All-State Belting Inc, Baltimore Rubber and Gasket Co Inc, Knoxville Rubber & Gasket Co, R/W Connection Inc, Snake River Supply Inc, and Turner Supply Company), one Component Manufacturer (ITW Polymers Adhesives), and one Belting Manufacturer member (Garlock Rubber Technologies) made up the membership portion of attendees. This year also provided an additional bonus. Due to the history the content of this school has established, we were fortunate enough to also have an end user (Carolina Stalite Co), a conveyor OEM (Kolberg Pioneer Inc), as well as participants from Shaw Almex Industries, and Kelly General Construction of Decatur that brought added value to the discussion created through the exchange of information.

Many thanks to the NIBA Board for their continued support; to Del Gutknecht from Reichel-Korfmann Co Inc and to Wes Tyre from Shaw Almex Industries for their supporting role in the classroom; and to Mike Cremeens who continues to champion the course content. And finally to SAMI for making certain a flawless experience for the attendees was assured.



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Key Principles & Best Practices of Lightweight Belting
March 25-26, 2014
Atlanta, GA


NIBA’s Education/Technical Committee Brings New Lightweight Technical Seminar to Atlanta

By Todd Miller, Education/Technical Committee, Beltservice Corporation

The NIBA Education/Technical Committee rolled out its new and improved Key Principles & Best Practices of Lightweight Belting Technical Seminar in Atlanta, Georgia on March 25th & 26th, hosted by the Almex Group. With registration slated to be capped at 25 attendees, their facility in Decatur, GA, allowed for the accommodation of more than 30 attendees across a wide cross section of both distributors and manufacturers. Those companies in attendance included Jerry Bros Industries Inc, Belt Power LLC, ASGCO – Complete Conveyor Solutions, Midwest Rubber Service & Supply Co, Chemprene Inc, Applied Industrial Technologies, Flexco, R/W Connection Inc, Sampla Belting s r l, Kaman Industrial Technologies, Nashville Rubber & Gasketn Co Inc, Beltservice Corporation, Chiorino Inc, Veyance Technologies and Shaw Almex Industries. The broad range of experience between veterans and relative newcomers provided for a particularly enjoyable and informative exchange of ideas and experiences.

Primary presenters Mike VandenAkker from Sparks Belting Company and Gregg Hanson from Apache Inc did an excellent job laying out the initial concepts, then expanding the dialog and best practices in such a way that seemed to resonate with those in attendance and relate back to their daily work life. As Mike and Gregg shared their expertise and experiences from the field, many constructive group discussions followed with class attendees providing examples of their success stories and epic failures. This spurred lively debates and interactive dialog. These experiences supported the theme of this particular class, how to best utilize Key Principles & Best Practices to create value as an individual to your companies and your customers. Kudos to both the instructors and all of the attendees for their engagement and active participation throughout the class, making it an enjoyable experience for everyone involved.

The Education / Technical Committee is extremely grateful for the continued support of both the member organizations and the NIBA Board of Directors. A very special thank you to the Almex Group for hosting this event in their spacious new facility, and to Sandy Kaye in the NIBA office for coordinating everything required to make this event a success. Key Principles & Best Practices of Lightweight Belting would not have been possible without their assistance and many others behind the scenes.

Though the class evaluations and feedback were extremely positive, the Education / Technical Committee is steadfast in our commitment to offering the NIBA membership the most beneficial educational opportunities that provide the best value to our member organizations. This can only be accomplished through open dialog with our members and continuing efforts to improve upon previous programs. We encourage everyone to pass along suggestions regarding future educational opportunities thru feedback on previous trainings and suggest additional ideas to improve our service to our membership. Please feel free to contact any of the Education / Technical Committee members with your feedback.


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