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Distributor's Link Magazine Fall Issue 2017 / Vol 40 No4


88 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK Jo Morris Marketing Director, Fastener Training Institute ® FASTENER TRAINING INSTITUTE ® 5318 East 2nd Street #325, Long Beach, CA 90803 TEL 562-473-5373 FAX 661-449-3232 EMAIL WEB MANAGEMENT MYTH: WE HAVE NO TIME FOR TRAINING The Fastener Distributor Index reveals that the fastener industry is in expansionary territory. Sales figures remain strong indicating market conditions are solid and strengthening. People are busy, backlogs are high and customer activity is demanding. Is on-going training even important? Employee training is something many organizations struggle with. There are issues with inadequate resources to facilitate the training and the downtime associated with pulling employees out of their job for a period. No time is convenient to take a break from the day to day battles of producing & delivering parts on time. When business is strong, analyzing employee training needs may seem like a waste of time or a misuse of resources. Yet there is no better time to review strategy and invest in your team. The Association for Talent Development (ATD) published a study exploring why training is important and directly tied training to increased employee engagement. “Disengaged employees and a high turnover rate impact your business’ productivity.” This statement is not news to any of us so if you have a great team of players, keep them engaged and invest in training! The Fastener Training Institute, already known for high content fastener product and technical courses, will be expanding the curriculum in 2018 to include classes to support fastener sales, management & operational processes. All the classes at the Fastener Training Institute are developed and instructed by fastener industry experts. Direct access to these specialized experts is an immeasurable benefit to those attending classes with the Fastener Training Institute. Growing our team of instructors is important to FTI and industry involvement is paramount. Please contact us if you’re interested in giving back to the industry by bestowing your knowledge and experiences. TECHNICAL ARTICLE Speaking of leading industry experts, Bengt Blendulf one of the most distinguished and dynamic fastener instructors in the U.S. and Europe, will be teaching “Fastener Technology Workshop” on October 17th in Las Vegas. This day-long seminar will focus on the practical aspects of working in the fastener industry. Students will learn how to respond to technical questions from engineers and technicians and how to find the appropriate answers. Subjects covered will include: ¤ Product standards and materials ¤ Heat treatment ¤ Thread types and selection criteria ¤ Corrosion and prevention/protection ¤ Quality issues ¤ Vibration loosening and locking technologies ¤ Tightening tools and methods Also new in 2018 is our expanded webinar series featuring proprietary products. This is where the Fastener Training Institute needs YOU. If you are an expert in your field and would like to educate the fastener industry on YOUR product, please reach out to us. We will assist in the production and marketing while you handle the instruction. We are seeking instructors for threaded inserts, rivets, anchors, self-clinching fasteners… and many more. Please contact Jo Morris at for more information. In December, FTI instructors Laurence Claus, Salim Brahimi and Jim Speck will present Fastener Training Week. This is a week-long training program, co-produced with the Industrial Fasteners Institute (IFI), for fastener distributors, manufacturers and end-users. The subjects include manufacturing processes, consensus standards, quality control and much more. JO MORRIS | FASTENER TRAINING INSTITUTE


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