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Fastener Technology Workshop – Why Fasteners Fail / Rosemont, IL

06/05/2017 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm


You may click here to register Fastener Tech 2017.

The Unappreciated Fastener

Like no other highly engineered product, the importance and criticality of the ‘lowly’ threaded fastener is routinely under valued and misunderstood. No other product is used in such quantities and expected to perform at such high levels for such low cost. And yet, most of the fastener consuming world simply considers these products to be “just” a bolt, screw, or nut. Ironically, experts say that as many as 95% of all fastener failures are the result of improper design, selection, and installation.

Using real world examples of fastener failures, this workshop will explore how threaded fasteners are supposed to function and why they fail. In particular, this workshop will address failures in service due to improper selection and design, improper installation, and corrosion/embrittlement. It will also investigate the relationship between design characteristics and manufacturing, and how these can play a role in fastener failure.

This workshop is designed for anyone, new or well established in the industry, that desires to learn more about what causes threaded fasteners to fail. Upon completion, participants will, likely, forever scrap the notion that a fastener is “just” a bolt, screw, or nut.

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.

Pricing Info:
Fastener Association Members, $299
Non-members, $399

Time: Monday, June 5, 2017 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Registration Includes:
A full day of training and a printed binder of course materials. Morning pastries and afternoon snacks with refreshments. A certificate of completion will be provided.

This seminar is presented in conjunction with Fastener Tech 2017. You may click here to register Fastener Tech 2017.


8:30 am - 4:30 pm


Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
5555 N River Rd
Rosemont, IL 60018 United States