Vulcanized and Mechanical Heavyweight Splice Training-2018

Vulcanized & Mechanical Heavyweight Splice Training

Tuesday Through Thursday
April 24-26, 2018
Decatur, GA

Registration is now closed. 

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

2933 Miller Road
Decatur, Georgia 30035

Course Fee

Course enrollment is limited to 25 registrants. 

  • NIBA Distributor/Fabricator: $775 
  • NIBA Manufacturer or Affiliate: $825
  • Non-Members: $925

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.


Seminar Lodging

Courtyard Atlanta Decatur Downtown/Emory 
130 Clairemont Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030

Reserve your guest room online or call Marriott Reservations at 1-888-236-2427 or 404-371-0204 on or before the cut off date of April 1, 2018.  Please identify yourself as part of the NIBA Heavyweight Splice Technical Seminar group staying at the Courtyard Atlanta Decatur Downtown/Emory Hotel for the discounted $159 rate.  Please note that wifi is included but breakfast is not.  A light continental breakfast will be provided at the start of the training.  If you prefer something more hearty there are several options close to the hotel.   

Cancellation Policy

A $50 cancellation fee is in effect prior to April 3, 2018. After that date, refunds cannot be guaranteed. 


Tuesday, April 24, 2018:

8:00am - 8:30am    Welcome and introductions

8:30am – 12:00pm    Classroom Session

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

12:00pm - 1:00pm    Lunch

1:00pm – 4:30pm    Hands-On Session

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

Wednesday, April 25, 2018:

  • 8:30am - 9:30am    Mechanical Fasteners – Classroom Session
  • Mechanical Fastener Selection and Installation
  • Mechanical Splices vs. Vulcanized Splice Discussion
  • Mechanical Splice Troubleshooting

9:30am – 11:00am    Mechanical Fasteners – Hands-On Session

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

11:00am - 12:00pm    Vulcanized Finger Splicing – Classroom Session

  • Understanding the Finger Splice Process for HW Belting

12:00pm - 1:00pm    Lunch

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

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

Thursday, April 26, 2018:

8:30am - 10:30am     Hands-On Session

  • Finger Splicing of HW Belting

10:30am - 2:00pm    Classroom Session

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



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