Track, Train, Troubleshoot for Heavyweight Belting-2018

Tuesday and Wednesday
April 10-11, 2018
Nashville, TN

Registration is now closed 

Ever wonder when observing conveyor operation if you know about all that you're 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.

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

Doubletree Suites Nashville Airport
2424 Atrium Way
Nashville, TN 37214

To make your reservation online or call the hotel at 615-889-8889 or on before the cut off date of April 5, 2018. Please identify yourself as part of the NIBA Technical Seminar group for the discounted $154 nightly rate.  Hot breakfast and complimentary wifi are included.


The classroom sessions will be held at the Doubletree Suites Nashville Airport hotel.

Host quarry: Rogers Group, Inc. Whites Creek Quarry.
*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 available 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 3/20 ($670 after)
  • NIBA Manufacturers: $645 before 3/20 ($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 NIBA Heavyweight Technical Seminars, the instructors will select an attendee based on their perspective of the trainees, their involvement, and interaction during the trainings to receive the Rubber Ron Scholarship. The sponsor company will receive notification that their employee was awarded this scholarship, as well as a $500 award back to the company that sent the trainee.

Cancellation Policy

A $50 cancellation fee is in effect prior to March 20, 2018. After that date, refunds cannot be guaranteed. 


Tuesday, April 10, 2018
8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Classroom 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

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Site Visit
Host Property: Rogers Group, Inc. Whites Creek Quarry

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

Classroom review of findings

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


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 has 30 years of experience in the industry.  He 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.

For any questions about this training please contact Amanda Stimart at