Monday, June 5th
Why Fasteners Fail
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m./Room TBA
Presented by the Fastener Training Institute®
Instructor:  Laurence Claus, from NNi Training and Consulting, Inc.
Registration Fee:
Fastener Association Members, $299
Non-members, $399
  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.
Morning pastries and afternoon snacks with refreshments will be provided.
All students will receive a certificate of completion and printed binder of course material.
Tuesday, June 6th
Introduction to Coiled Spring Pins
10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m./Room TBA
Registration Fee: No Charge, Sponsored by SPIROL
Using Coiled Spring Pins as an alternative to bolts, rivets, dowels, slotted spring pins, welding, adhesives, and other joining methods can help businesses achieve a competitive advantage. This presentation will provide an overview of how you can improve the quality of assemblies, extend the life of products, and reduce manufacturing costs, through designing Coiled Spring Pins into assemblies. You will also learn why many engineers at leading companies are choosing Coiled Spring Pins as their go-to for fastening and joining applications.
Attend this presentation to learn about:
• Types of Coiled Spring Pins
• The benefits and limitations of Coiled Spring Pins
• Basic design principles for Coiled Spring Pins
• Coiled Spring Pin selection criteria, including installation considerations
Christie Jones has been employed at SPIROL International Corporation since 1994. SPIROL is a global manufacturer of engineered components and installation equipment producing over 2 billion components a year and servicing over 15,000 customers worldwide. Over her 22 year tenure at SPIROL, Christie has worked as an Applications Engineer, Operations Manager, North American Sales Manager, and Market Development Manager. Christie’s strong technical knowledge and broad background in fastening, joining and assembly make her an industry expert. Product design and enhancement, process development, product application, and Advanced Quality Planning have all been major aspects of her responsibilities. She has assisted countless companies in enhancing their competitiveness by reducing costs through fastener and component design. In addition to her current Marketing responsibilities, Christie also doubles as the chief trainer for the Sales Engineers and Customer Service teams at all of SPIROL’s global locations. She presents at several technical seminars each year and has authored numerous articles on the importance of fastening and joining in the marketplace. Christie received her Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester, MA) in 1994, and her Masters of Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island (Kingston, RI) in 2005.
Fastener Tech ’17 Exhibits
Tuesday,10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. /Hall F
Tuesday,9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. /Hall F
Registration Fee: Complimentary thru 5-26, After 5-26 fee is $50
Fastener Tech ‘17 is a biannual show, in the heart of the fastener industry, for the industry by the industry. Show income is returned to the industry through Education Programs and Scholarships. The show features exhibitors from the manufacturing, secondary processes, and services sectors of the fastener industry. This is the largest fastener show in the Midwest where you can one-stop source products. Located in the Midwest, the show features vendors from across the country.
Making Fasteners from Beginning to End
1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m./TBA
Registration Fee: $95.00
Presented by Fastener Technology International
Learn the fundamentals of fastener manufacturing from industry experts. Presentations include excellent graphics, videos and simulations. Topics covered include the following:
• Cold Forming, Thread Rolling
• Heat Treatment
• Coating and Plating
• Quality Control
• Packaging
Technology Center Reception
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m./Hall F Technology Center
Registration Fee:  Complimentary
All Industry Reception
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Registration Fee:
Complimentary admittance to badge holders.
Wednesday, June 7th
Fastener Summit
1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m./Room TBA
Presented by Fastener Industry Coalition
Registration Fee: 1st Attendee - $150
Additional Attendees - $100
The Fastener Industry Coalition (FIC) will sponsor its first Fastener Industry Summit on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at the Donald E. Stephenson Convention Center, immediately following the conclusion of Fastener Tech ’17.  The Fastener Industry Summit will include programs relevant to all segments of the fastener industry
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Government Relations (includes lunch)
The Lauren Baker Group, LLC, an organization with more than 40 years of experience in government relations has worked with the IFI for many years.
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Market Research
The Freedonia Group, a leading international business research company, will provide insights on the U.S. and global market for fasteners. 
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM Training for the Fastener Industry
Rock Valley College Manufacturing Training Center will share information about its program for training cold heading operators, tool design and other skills related to fastener manufacturing. 
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM Sales & Management
The Fastener Summit will conclude with a keynote presentation by Bob Davies, a speaker known for his ability to connect with crowds through humor while teaching them how to achieve their career goals through effective time management.
Due to our wonderful sponsors, registration fees are $150 for the first person from a company, with a discounted rate of $100 for each additional person from that company.
Sponsors for the Fastener Industry Summit include
  • Fastener Education Foundation                          
  • Industrial Fasteners Institute
  • National Fastener Distributors Association
  • Mid-West Fastener Association
  • Mid Atlantic Fastener Distributors Association
  • New England Fastener Distributors Association
  • North Coast Fastener Association
  • Southeast Fastener Association
  • Women in the Fastener Industry
Additional sponsorships are available and include passes to the summit and promotional opportunities for the sponsoring company.  Please contact Marty Nolan (216-389-2405) for further details.
About the Fastener Industry Coalition
The Fastener Industry Coalition (FIC) is made up of thirteen North American regional and national associations concerned with the distribution, manufacturing and/or importation of fasteners and/or services to the fastener industry. It’s mission is to provide support and resources to participating fastener industry associations, to help them improve efficiency, effectiveness, and membership value.
For more information about FIC contact Marty Nolan,, telephone 216-389-2405, or visit
More About the Summit Speakers
The Lauren Baker Group, LLC
With a new administration in Washington, there will be many changes in laws and regulations that will have an impact on the fastener industry. The summit will begin with a lunch program on the regulatory climate, featuring representatives from The Lauren Baker Group, LLC, an organization with more than 40 years of experience in government relations, communications and public affairs.  The Laurin Baker Group, LLC has been the voice of the Industrial Fastener Institute in Washington D.C. since the rewrite of the Fastener Quality Act.  As IFI’s representatives in Washington, The Lauren Baker Group, LLC has provided ongoing counsel on legislative and regulatory issues affecting IFI members. 
The Freedonia Group
Sound business decisions are based on market data, and the summit will include insights on the U.S. and global market for fasteners provided by The Freedonia Group, a leading international business research company.  More than 90% of the industrial companies in the Fortune 500 use Freedonia research to help with their strategic planning.  Since it’s founding, Freedonia has published 14 editions of its study on the US industrial fastener industry and 8 editions of its study on the global industrial fastener industry.
Rock Valley College
There’s no doubt about it: there is a lack of skilled workers for fastener manufacturers in the US. A representative from the Rock Valley College Manufacturing Training Center will share information about its program for training cold heading operators, tool design and other skills related to fastener manufacturing.  In two years they will be moving into a remodeled 50,000 square foot facility in Rockford and several pieces of cold heading equipment have already been donated to the College.  Additional training opportunities in the fastener industry will also be reviewed during this segment.
Bob Davies
The Fastener Summit will conclude with a keynote presentation by Bob Davies, a speaker known for his ability to connect with crowds through humor while teaching them how to achieve their career goals. His ability to provide an affirmative message while making his audience laugh earned him a spot as one of the top 100 Greatest Minds of Personal Development by Excellence Magazine.  Bob Davies has decades of experience working with a diverse set of clients around the country, helping teams and managers break free from their routine and discover their unrealized potential. Mr. Davies taps into a deep well of personal anecdotes and professional training to deliver a message that is clear, engaging and compelling.  
Thursday, June 8th
Golf Outing/Chevy Chase Country Club
Sponsored by Mid-West Fastener Association
11:00 a.m. Golf Registration & Lunch
12:00 p.m. Shot Gun Start
6:00 p.m. Awards
Registration Fee:
Golf Package
$165 Golf, Cart, Lunch and Beverages
Premium Golf Package
$195 Golf, Cart, Lunch, Beverages, Mulligans, & Contest Tickets
Chevy Chase Country Club is located at 1000 N. Milwaukee Ave in Wheeling, IL. The course is just 25 minutes from the convention center.   The Outing will feature various contests including a Bazooka Shot hole, allowing many opportunities to win cash prizes!! Join the MWFA as they host their 65th Annual Golf Outing.