Key Principles & Best Practices of Lightweight Belting-2017

Tuesday and Wednesday
October 10-11, 2017
Grand Rapids, MI


NIBA's new and improved Key Principles & Best Practices of Lightweight Belting course offers employees new to your organization or those who are interested in learning more about lightweight belting, the opportunity to become acclimated with fundamental principles and essential techniques in a focused, two-day classroom setting.

Upon completion of this class, attendees will have a practical understanding of lightweight belting. They will learn the composition and general manufacturing process of the belts. They will be exposed to assorted fabrications which enhance the value and functionality of the product. Instructors will present key features and benefits of the various styles of lightweight belting, discuss common industry standards, as well as offer tips on trouble-shooting, belt tracking and how to avoid common and costly failures in the field. Attendees will also have the opportunity for ample Q&A with top industry professionals.

NIBA training courses educate and add real world value for those who are in the business of providing solutions to operational problems on conveyors. By combining knowledge of lightweight belting, explaining features and benefits of the products, conveyor system design attributes and requirements, as well as trouble shooting skills, this valuable learning opportunity is great as an introduction to the industry or a refresher course to an industry veteran. Classroom interaction among participants enhances learning opportunities and provides attendees with valuable industry relationships. Our course provides an interactive format with hands-on learning and demonstrations, as well as immediate answers to questions.  Make plans now to attend this dynamic, interactive seminar, but hurry, space is limited.

Instructors are NIBA Education & Technical Committee members Steve Fournier, Apache Inc; Tom Archer, Vaughn Belting Company, Inc.; and Beth Miller, Flexco.



Tuesday and Wednesday, October 10-11, 2017

  • Definition of Lightweight Belting
  • What makes up a conveyor belt
  • Fabrics
  • Covers
  • Thermoplastic vs. Thermoset
  • Profiles
  • Additives
  • Key Info on Data Sheets
  • Standards
  • Accessories (Custom Fabrications)
  • Splicing
  • Common Industries Using These Types
  • Compounds
  • Other Lightweight Belt Types
  • Other Topics

Course Objective

To learn the basics of lightweight belting, which includes synthetics, rubber, nylon core, quick splice, all plastic, and modular belting. The course will cover belt construction, splicing options, accessories and more.

Who Should Attend?

All persons in the light-duty belting industry who would benefit from utilizing the latest technology and applications. Attendees will be exposed to comprehensive information providing a means to increase equity with their customer base.

Seminar Lodging

A block of rooms has been reserved for NIBA at the Country Inn & Suites in Grand Rapids - East. 

Country Inn & Suites Grad Rapids - East
3251 Deposit Dr. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Tel: 616-942-7000

Special group rate: $109.99/night plus tax. 
*Includes breakfast
*Deadline to make a reservation is September 10, 2017

To make a reservation, call 616-942-7000 and reference 'NIBA Seminar' to receive special rate.


1995 Oak Industrial Dr. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

A shuttle will take participants from the hotel to the Flexco where the class will be held and back again.  Please note: there is limited parking available at the class, so students are asked to take the shuttle.

Course Fee

Course enrollment is limited to 25 registrants.

  • Distributors: $595 before 9/10/17 ($670 after)
  • Manufacturers: $645 before 9/10/17 ($720 after)
  • Non-Members: $770

Fee Includes: Admission to the entire seminar, handouts, and materials, transportation to and from class, breakfast, refreshment breaks and lunch each day.

A 10% discount will be applied to the fee when sending more than one participant.

Cancellation Policy

A $50 cancellation fee is in effect prior to September 10, 2017. After that date, refunds cannot be guaranteed. 

Instructors Bios

Instructors are NIBA committee members Steve Fournier, Apache Inc; Tom Archer, Vaughn Belting Company, Inc.; and Beth Miller, Flexco.

Steve Fournier has 23+ years’ experience in the belting industry. His experience includes onsite lightweight installation, system troubleshooting , and product recommendations as well as application training. His roles have included territory sales & installation, Regional Manager, Lightweight Product Manager, and currently the Director of Strategic Accounts at Apache, Inc.

Beth Miller is Director of Marketing - Light Duty at Flexco, and has more than 27 years of experience in serving global end users, distributors, OEMs, and belting companies engaged in various light duty applications, including package and parts handling, agriculture, food processing, commercial laundry, corrugated boxboard, filter media, and related industries. She is responsible for the development and implementation of marketing strategies for these markets and the light-duty product lines. Miller holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hope College and has taken numerous M.B.A. classes from Western Michigan University.

                Tom Archer is Vice President and Sales Manager for Vaughn Belting Co. He has spent over 30 years in the belting industry working for both Manufacturer’s and Distributor’s. With a specialty in paper manufacturing and converting, Tom has been engineering and troubleshooting belting in paper mills for his entire career. With a focus on lightweight  and nylon core belting, his experience in the industry helps him solve problems and create positive results for the customer. Tom is a graduate of Western Carolina University with a degree in finance.