2013 Education Technical Committee


Committee Chair

Mike Cremeens, Shaw Almex Industries

2013 Committee Members

Bert Flieger, Habasit America
Dell Gutknecht, Reichel-Korfmann Co, Inc
Joe Haen, Kaman Industrial Technologies
Gregg Hanson, BDI Belt Network
George Houston, Richwood
Dick McConnell, Flexco
Todd Miller,Beltservice Corporation
Scott Phillips, Global Belting Technologies
Ron Schuring, Precision Pulley and Idler
Glenn Siemer, Accurate Industrial, Inc.
Erika Stoltz, Veyance Technologies, Inc.
Don Sublett, Fenner Dunlop Americas
Michael VandenAkker, Sparks Belting Company

Mission Statement

To educate NIBA members by providing technical information and training materials relative to conveyor belting, flat power transmission belting and accessories.

Committee Members

The Committee is comprised of thirteen members plus the Chair. Both distributor/fabricator and manufacturer members are represented on the committee. Their product or service background is taken into account as much as possible.


  1. The committee surveys the membership to determine specific training and education needs.
  2. The committee studies, monitors, and presents to the membership updates in advances in EDI, bar coding and other technologies important to the membership.
  3. The committee provides belting-related training materials in a variety of mediums.
  4. The committee is responsible for maintenance of, and additions to, the Engineering Handbook and NIBA Tech-Notes.
  5. The committee organizes and conducts Technical Seminar trainings.
  6. The committee participates in the annual Convention by making technical presentations as requested by the Program Committee.
  7. The committee collects various current belt standards and maintains a library of them for distribution to the NIBA membership upon request.

2011-13 Strategic Goals

  • Establish Manufacturer Meeting – Conduct as a component of the Annual Convention to nurture enhanced communication between Manufacturer members and the Committee.
  • Increase Manufacturer Buy-in on Programs and Products – Work closely with Manufacturer members to gain support and endorsement of NIBA products and programs. This may eventually become an element of a certification program.
  • Alternative Trainings/Expanded Education – Extend discounts to NIBA members on University of Industrial Distribution sessions by becoming a partner in executing the programs. Examine ways to provide training on issues as they arise, design trainings around member requests.
  • Explore Institutional Knowledge Trainers – Research risks and reward on having individuals who are able and willing to provide unbiased support and education for NIBA trainings. (e.g.: retirees)
  • Create Training Course by Product – Create short, single-topic segments and multiple delivery methods for that information.