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Distributor's Link Magazine Spring Issue 2013 / VOL 36 / NO.2

74 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S

74 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK Industrial Fasteners Institute 636 Oak Tree Blvd. • Independence Ohio 44131 Phone: 216.241.1482 • Fax: 216.241.5901 www.indfast.org IFI PUBLISHES NEW MUST-HAVE BOOK FOR THOSE IN THE FASTENER INDUSTRY by Joe Greenslade Director of Engineering Technology, IFI The Industrial Fasteners Institute (IFI) has long been recognized as the leading publisher of fastener standards books. In 2013 the IFI has branched out into publishing technical books to provide fastener manufacturers, re-sellers, and end-users helpful information to understand the technological foundation upon which the fastener industry is based. The first of a series of planned books will be available by the end of the first quarter of 2013 which is titled Mechanical Fastening and Joining by Bengt Blendulf. Bengt Blendulf is the president and principal lecturer of EduPro US, Inc., a company specializing in fastener engineering education and consulting. Bengt’s involvement in fastening technology goes back to 1966 when he joined Bulten, one of the leading European fastener manufacturers. Educated in mechanical engineering in Sweden, he moved to the United States in 1974 to start a subsidiary for a Swedish fastener manufacturer. After serving for 8 years on the faculty in the College of Engineering and Science at Clemson University, he (EduPro) teaches highly rated courses in Fastening Technology and Bolt/Screw joint Design in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia, primarily for engineers, but also for other fastener professionals. Bengt was the chairman of ASTM F16.96 Bolting Technology from 1996 to 2006. In 2006 he received the Fred F. Weingruber award from ASTM for “his efforts to promote and develop standards for the fastener industry.” He is the author of an extensive lecture book as well as over 100 technical papers and articles related to fasteners and international standardization. In the foreword of Mechanical Fastening and Joining Joe Greenslade of the IFI writes, “It has been my pleasure to know Bengt Blendolf since the late 1970s. From the first time we met it was obvious to me that he was one of the brilliant minds in the field of fastener technology. Bengt is one of those rare individuals who can explain technically complicated subjects in terms that can be comprehended by his audience regardless of their educational background. He is not only highly technically educated and competent in fastener technology, but he is also a very practical thinker and teacher. He clearly understands the difference between fastening theory and the practical application of those theoretical principles. Bengt has been involved in the application of metric fasteners his entire career. He and I have been in complete agreement since our first meeting that the ISO fastener standards should be adopted as the sole metric fastener standards throughout the world. We both hope to see that as a reality before our retirement from the fastener industry. This book is a compilation of articles written by Bengt over approximately 30 years. This is a “must read” for all fastener engineers, fastener industry quality assurance people, and those involved the technical sales of fasteners and related products. Those reading and comprehending this book will be well informed on the technical and practical principles of applying threaded fasteners.” The book is an edited compilation of Bengt Blendulf’s articles published in the Distributor’s LINK Magazine. Permission to use this material was generously granted by Leo Coar of LINK so that this valuable material can be made readily available to those in the fastener industry now and into the future. The book covers a wide range of subjects related to why fasteners work, how to properly design joints, and how to properly install fasteners. please turn to page 174

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