May 17 – 19, 2022
TCF Center | Detroit, MI



The conference program at Fastener Fair USA has expanded. Developed in partnership with Fastener Training Institute (FTI), Industrial Fastener Institute (IFI), and the Mid-West Fasteners Association (MWFA), industry professionals may invest in a full-day of immersive, expert-led conference tracks. 

Monday, November 8, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM | Fastening 101 – Understanding threaded fasteners and the industry that produces them
This one-day class is a must for anyone in the fastener industry… users, purchasers, engineers and sales, whether you are new to the industry or have been around for a while and want to learn more about the products that you make, buy and sell.  This class will explore fastener engineering basics plus product and design fundamentals.  Participants will learn about different market segments where threaded fasteners are used and the cost differences between them.  Students will delve into basic fastener engineering and learn about torque, stress, tightening strategies, bolt strength, tension control and other elements.  

Topics include:

  • Types of thread pitches, why they are different, and the basic concept of thread fit
  • Fastener terminology
  • Platings, coatings and the effect on thread
  • Head styles, drives and recesses
  • Fastener materials and considerations when selecting
  • Thread forming in steel, light metals, aluminum, magnesium and plastic
  • Fastener market segments – construction, aerospace, industrial & automotive
  • Properties of steel and their strength considerations
  • Fastener manufacturing – cold heading and secondary operations

Instructor: Laurence Claus