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Webinar: Fastening Into Plastics

09/21/2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Sponsored by: Semblex

In the 1967 movie “The Graduate”, the young 21 year old protagonist Benjamin receives some advice from his middle age neighbor, Mr. McGuire, “ I just want to say one word to you. Just one word….Plastics….There’s a great future in Plastics.” The producers of this movie probably had no idea just how prophetic these famous lines would become. Today, plastics have become a common part of everyday life and their use continues to accelerate and grow. In fact, as an example, global industry analyst IHS predicts that by 2020 the average automobile will have 350kg of plastic content up 75% from the average 200kg of content in 2014.

Thermoplastics, however, are a unique breed of materials and behave differently than many of the materials traditionally utilized by manufacturers and designers. This means that we must evolve our understanding of how we use and apply these materials. Perhaps no discussion on this subject is more important than understanding how to fasten and connect these materials.

In this webinar we will:

  • Explore the basics of using thread forming fasteners with plastics
  • Seek to gain a basic understanding of the plastic materials used
  • Explain why such joints may differ in both concept and practice from the traditional bolted joint
  • Look at the thread forming process to understand assembly parameters and long-term durability of the joint
  • Discuss design and installation best practices
  • Upon completion of this Webinar, participants should have a fundamental understanding of thread forming into plastics, what constitutes best practice, and why some screw designs are better suited for these applications than others.

    Instructor: Laurence Claus
    Image - Laurence Claus

    Laurence has over 30 years of experience in the fastener industry. Most of those years he worked with a leading automotive fastener manufacturer, holding roles of Application Engineer, Director of Engineering and Quality, Director of New Business Development, General Manager , and Vice President of Technology and Engineering. He is a degreed Mechanical Engineer with a broad knowledge of fasteners and special experience in materials, thread forming screws, and automated assembly of small parts. He has participated for many years in technical standards activity with the IFI, SAE, ISO, ASME, ASTM, and NASC. He is knowledgeable in the manufacture and use of automotive, industrial, and aerospace fasteners. Laurence is a certified Six Sigma Black belt. Most recently he formed NNi Training and Consulting, Inc., a consultancy company serving fastener manufacturers, distributors, and automotive suppliers.

    Date: Friday, September 21, 2018

    Time: 11:00 a.m. PDT


      Pricing Information:
      Single Participant: $125.00

      Multiple attendees: $225.00 Registrants for multiple attendees will receive a video/audio replay of the webinar accessible for 1 week.

      Please contact Jo Morris for details on discounts and subscription package or
      562.473.5373 x 104

      Cancellations and requests for refunds must be made no later than September 20, 2018.

      Cancellations must be made with Jo Morris. Cancelling registration with GoToWebinar does not cancel class registration. Thank you.

      The Fastener Training Institute reserves the right to change instructors or cancel seminars and cannot be held responsible for costs incurred other than the registration fee.


    11:00 am - 12:30 pm