Track, Train, Troubleshoot for Heavyweight Belting

Wednesday and Thursday
October 19-20, 2016

Minneapolis, MN

Ever wonder when observing conveyor operation if you know about all that your seeing? Track, Train and Troubleshoot will expand your vision. Attendees will participate in an interactive classroom session detailing industry standards on belt conveyor operation. Empowered with this knowledge, the class will engage in real world observation at a host aggregate facility and record observations which otherwise may go unnoticed. The end result is knowledge focused on solutions geared to maximize belt life. Whether you are new or seasoned in the industry, NIBA facilitators, with over 75 years of combined experience, will interact with participants to assure understanding of the topics covered.

Instructors are NIBA Education & Technical Committee members Mike Cremeens, Shaw Almex Industries, Dell Gutknetcht, Reichel-Korfmann Co Inc, and Dick McConnell, Flexco.  Click here for full bios.

Course Objective

To further educate and add value to those who are in the business of providing solutions to conveyor operational problems.

Who Should Attend?

Outside sales professionals, service technicians, belt maintenance providers, and other personnel concerned with improving conveyor belt performance.

Seminar Lodging

Please contact the hotel directly to book your room. Let them know you are with NIBA to receive the reduced rate. The room block will be held until September 27, 2016. 

Crowne Plaza Aire MPS Airport

Mall of America
3 Appletree Square (I-494 & 34th Ave South)
Bloomington, MN 55425 

Phone: 952-854-9000
Or 800-227-6963 

Room rate: $115/night*, plus taxes and fees
*Includes breakfast
Cut-off: September 27, 2016


The classroom sessions will be held at the Crowne Plaza Aire. The host quarry is Dakota Aggregates. *Attendees must have personal protection safety equipment – steel toe shoes, hard hat, safety glasses; safety vests will be provided.

Required Safety Equipment 

Safety equipment is required for the quarry visit. Please wear steel toed boots and bring safety glasses, hard hat, vest, and any other safety equipment. A limited number of safety equipment will be avilable on-site. NIBA strongly recommends that participants bring their own. Please contact the office with any questions. 


Course Fee

Course enrollment is limited to 25 registrants. 

  • NIBA Distributors: $595 before 9/27 ($670 after)
  • NIBA Manufacturers: $645 before 9/27 ($720 after)
  • Non-Members: $770

10% discount on all registrations from companies who send more than one attendee. 

Fee includes admission to the entire seminar, handouts and materials, breakfast, refreshment breaks and lunch each day, as well as transportation to and from the quarry site.

Rubber Ron Scholarship

At the completion of the NIBA Heavyweight Technical Seminar, instructors and NIBA staff will select one participant who was very active in their particpation during the class to receive the Rubber Ron Scholarship. $500 will be awarded to their NIBA member company following the class.

Cancellation Policy

A $50 cancellation fee is in affect prior to September 27, 2016. After that date, refunds cannot be guaranteed. 


Wednesday, October 19, 2016
8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Classroof Session 

  • Basics of heavy-duty conveyors
  • Rated vs. operating PIW
  • Influences causing tracking issues
  • Training solutions
  • Transition distances
  • Loading/staging areas of a conveyor
  • Splice selection and influence on a belt
  • Recommended belt maintenance/housekeeping
  • Structural and drive influences

Thursday, October 20, 2016
8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Site Visit
Host Property: Dakota Aggregates 

  • Observe and identify issues with operational belts
  • Increase knowledge of “acceptable” contrasts between industry standards and real world operation

Classroom review of findings

  • Review and summary of applied course information
  • Certification of completition 

Instructor Bios

Instructors are NIBA committee members Mike Cremeens (Shaw Almex Industries), Dell Gutknecht (Reichel-Korfmann Co Inc), Dick McConnell (Flexco), and Gary Dech  (Shaw Almex Industries).

Michael Cremeens brings experience and knowledge to the classroom, with industry exposure over the last 38 years that runs the gambit from field technician to conveyor belt manufacturing, rubber processing expert in various positions.  

He has led many well-attended multi-day technical training sessions in more than twenty-five countries and instructed more than 5,000 people in the last 25 years. 

Mike has authored numerous papers for industry publications and speaks at many industry gatherings (both private & public).

Mike was the Chair of the NIBA Edu/Tech Committee (National Industrial Belting Association) and has led their Heavy Weight Conveyor Belt training sessions for many years.

Mike works for Shaw Almex Industries and in his role as VP Training & Technical Support he does many sessions each year for service companies and global mining operations. He enjoys continuing to learn about unique applications and out of the box solutions on conveyor belt & splice performance.  

He brings fun and passion to these sessions.

Richard "Dick" McConnell 

With 30 years of experience in the industry, Dick McConnell combines understanding conveyor operation with the aptitude to engage attendees in training environments.  Throughout years troubleshooting conveyor performance in all manner of industries, he’s developed a basis for understanding big picture belt operations.  From field training on job sites to creating and presenting conveyor performance training on a national level, the focus is keeping the class on topic and interactive.

Dick is currently National Account/OEM Manager for Flexco focused on conveyor projects throughout North America and beyond.  He is active with industry trade organizations such as National Industrial Belting Association (former HD Sub-Chair, current Training Coordinator), National Stone Sand and Gravel Association (Material and Services Board Member) and active with Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association. 

Dell Gutknecht is General Manager of Reichel-Korfmann Co. Inc., also known as RKRubber. Dell started his thirty-three year career in the conveyor belt and rubber fabrication industry as a distributor and specialty fabricator. His years of specialty fabricating and splicing experience have allowed him to earn the respect of many industry experts as the "go to guy" for answers on some of the more obscure splicing and fabrication challenges.
Gary Dech began working in the conveyor belting business over 35 years ago and brings firsthand knowledge of splicing, sales and application engineering in both heavyweight and lightweight belting as well as peripheral equipment such as pulleys, idlers and belt cleaning components. As the Global Technical Sales Manager for The Almex Group Gary has facilitated and led multi-day conveyor belt splice training classes on three continents and brings experience, humor and a lighthearted attitude to any training or technical seminar.