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Distributor's Link Magazine Spring Issue 2016 / Vol 39 No2

36 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S

36 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK Salim Brahimi Director of Engineering Technology INDUSTRIAL FASTENERS INSTITUTE 636 Oak Tree Blvd., Independence, OH 44131 TEL 216-241-1482 FAX 216-241-5901 EMAIL sbrahimi@indfast.org WEB www.indfast.org INTRODUCING SALIM BRAHIMI, DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY Salim Brahimi is president of IBECA Technologies Corp. and also beginning January 1, 2016, he was appointed Director of Engineering Technology at the Industrial Fasteners Institute (IFI). He is a licensed member of the Quebec Order of Professional Engineers. He has accumulated over 26 years of experience that have made him into a complete fastener an bolting professional. He holds a master’s of materials engineering and a graduate diploma in management from McGill University in Montreal, where he is completing a doctorate on the topic of fastener hydrogen embrittlement. Mr. Brahimi also serves as chairman of ASTM Committee F16 on Fasteners, as head of the Canadian delegation to ISO Committee TC2 on Fasteners, and as vice chair of the Research Council on Structural Connections (RCSC). Experience Mr. Brahimi began his career in 1989 with Ifastgroupe, an integrated fastener manufacturing group headquartered in Marieville, Quebec. He served as Process Engineer then Quality Manager at Galvano, a coatings division, where he gained in-depth expertise of fastener coating processes. In 1996 he moved to Infasco, the primary manufacturing division, where he served as Metallurgist. In 1999 he took a position in Troy, Michigan as Director of Applications Engineering and Quality at Kamax, a German based tier one manufacturer of critical fasteners, supplying the automotive and heavy truck industries in Europe and North America. In 2002, he founded IBECA Technologies, an engineering consulting business through which a growing number of clients are well served by his expertise, experience and versatility. Mr. Brahimi is recognized and highly respected throughout the fastener industry as a leading expert in fastener manufacturing, fastener metallurgy, application engineering, corrosion prevention, failure analysis, and hydrogen embrittlement. He is a lead instructor with the Fastener Training Institute. Awards 2015 – IFI Soaring Eagle Technology Award: bestowed by the Industrial Fasteners Institute in recognition for “his past and on-going contribution to the fastener industry’s body of knowledge in the areas of materials and finishes, and their impact on hydrogen induced failures in high strength fasteners.” 2004 - Fred F. Weingruber Award: bestowed by ASTM Committee F16 in recognition for “his outstanding contributions to the development of fastener standards, especially in the field of hydrogen embrittlement.” Research In 2006 Salim Brahimi initiated and oversees collaborative academic research programs at McGill University on fastener related topics, notably: (i) high strength material susceptibility to hydrogen embrittlement, (ii) characterization of metallic coating materials. These programs are co-funded by the industrial partners including Industrial Fasteners Institute (IFI), the Canadian Fasteners Institute, (CFI), Boeing, Infasco, Pratt & Whitney, Heroux-Devtek and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). TECHNICAL ARTICLE CONTINUED ON PAGE 124

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