Vulcanized and Mechanical Heavyweight Splice Training

Vulcanized & Mechanical Heavyweight Splice Training

Tuesday through Thursday
April 4-6, 2017
Montgomery, AL

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Do you have sales or belt shop personnel in need of maximizing their conveyor belt splicing knowledge? Are you a conveyor operator who wants to optimize conveyor belt splicing? NIBA has the solution for you with this splice training seminar.

Over three days, participants will be empowered to make the correct splicing choice as well as gain valuable installation knowledge through this hands-on, interactive seminar. Sales personnel will gain equity with their accounts. Belt shop technicians will gain value with their service. And operators will prolong belt life and minimize maintenance concerns.

Many interactions among students and with the instructors will enhance and maximize the learning experience.

Course Objective

This educational program combines practical classroom session with hands-on training to enhance splicing skill level and to increase the knowledge of standard splicing and fastening procedures.

Who Should Attend

Splicing technicians, sales personnel, plant operators and any other personnel directly involved with belt performance issues are encouraged to enroll to gain a competitive edge in the belt service marketplace.

Seminar Location

Price Rubber Corp
2733 Gunter Park Dr W
Montgomery, AL 36109

Class vulcanizing equipment, tools, and materials supplied by Shaw Almex

Seminar Lodging

DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown Montgomery
120 Madison Ave.
Montgomery, AL 36104

Please make your room reservations directly with the hotel. Room rates are $124/night plus tax for single/double accommodations and includes breakfast for one in each room. A block of rooms is reserved. Please mention NIBA when you call 334-245-2320. Reservations must be made by 3/19/2017.


Tuesday, April 4

Splice Technology 
Classroom Session | 8:30 am – Noon

  • Understanding of Conveyor Belt Operational Forces 
  • Vulcanized Step and Finger Splice Design and Installation 
  • Dynamic and Static Properties of Splices (Mechanical & Vulcanized)

Vulcanized Step Splicing 
Hands-On Session | 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

  • Hands-On Step Splicing of HW Belting
  • Vulcanizer Set-Up and Operation for Step Splice

Wednesday, April 5

Mechanical Fasteners 
Classroom Session | 8:30 am – 9:30 am

  • Mechanical Fastener Selection and Installation
  • Mechanical Splices vs. Vulcanized Splice Discussion
  • Mechanical Splice Troubleshooting 

Hands-On Session | 9:30 am – 11:00 am

  • Mechanical Fastener Tooling
  • Squaring and Skiving Techniques
  • Installation of Bolt and Rivet-Style Fasteners

Vulcanized Finger Splicing
Classroom Session | 11:00 am – Noon

  • Understanding the Finger Splice Process for HW Belting

Hands-On Session | 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

  • Finger Splicing of HW Belting
  • Vulcanizer Set-Up and Operation for Finger Splice

Thursday, April 6

Hands-On Session | 8:30 am – 10:30 am

  • Finger Splicing of HW Belting

Classroom Session | 10:30 am – 3:00 pm

  • Test Vulcanized Splices Made in Class
  • Participant Evaluation of Class and Instructors
  • Participant Test for Class Content


NIBA Members:
Distributors: $775 ($850 after 3/19)
Manufacturers/Affiliates: $825 ($900 after 3/19)
Non-Members: $925

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

Fee Includes

Admission to the entire seminar, group transportation between hotel and class site, splice manuals, handouts and materials, breakfast, refreshment breaks, and lunch each day.

Course enrollment is limited to 25 registrants.

Cancellation Policy

A $50 cancellation fee is in effect prior to March 19, 2017. After that date, refunds cannot be guaranteed.

Instructor Bios

Instructors are NIBA members Mike Cremeens, Almex Group; Gary Dech, Almex Group; Dick McConnell, Flexco; Dell Gutknecht, Reichel-Korfmann Co Inc


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.


Dell Gutknecht is General Manager of Reichel-Korfmann Co. Inc., also known as RKRubber.  Dell started his thirty-two 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.


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. 


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.