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Distributor's Link Magazine Winter 2019 / Vol 42 No1


30 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK Salim Brahimi Director of Engineering Technology INDUSTRIAL FASTENERS INSTITUTE 6363 Oak Tree Boulevard, Independence, OH 44131 TEL 216-241-1482 FAX 216-241-5901 EMAIL WEB ISO TECHNICAL COMMITTEE ON FASTENERS HELD ITS 2018 PLENARY MEETINGS IN MONTREAL, CANADA ISO Technical Committee on Fasteners (ISO TC 2) held its 2018 plenary meetings in Montreal (October 15-19). Montreal has been the site of past ISO TC2 ad hoc group meetings, but this occasion marked the first time that Canada hosted the plenary meetings. The Canadian delegation welcomed 40 delegates and experts from 12 member countries to Montreal. Hosting this event is part of IFI’s continuing effort to promote and increase the contributions of North American experts on the evolution of ISO metric fastener standards. Montréal is a beautiful and truly diverse place. A continental meeting point and trading crossroads, the city is at the heart of the history of Canada. The ISO TC 2 meetings were held at the OMNI Hotel, at the foothill of Mont-Royal across the street from McGill University’s campus. This historical place was the ideal setting to host the ISO TC 2 gathering, which is always an engaging international event. The highlight of the week was the social event, during which the delegates were treated to a walking tour and experienced the sites and sounds of Old Montreal before enjoying a hosted dinner at the iconic Auberge St. Gabriel restaurant. ISO TC 2 is always a remarkable gathering of fastener experts from around the world who collaborate and share WALKING TOUR OF HISTORIC OLD MONTREAL BEFORE THE SOCIAL EVENT DINNER TECHNICAL ARTICLE ISO TC 2 DELEGATES IN MONTREAL WELCOMED BY THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE their knowledge to develop state of the art ISO metric fastener standards. This year was no exception. In the course of 2018, significant progress has being made on several key ISO standards, such as ISO 4042, ISO 10683, ISO 3269, ISO 898-2 and ISO TR 20491. This year’s meetings also provided a great platform to connect scientific research with fastener standards and practices because McGill University Hydrogen Embrittlement Facility (MHEF) co-hosted the event. Founded in 2006, in part with a grant from IFI, the McGill Hydrogen Embrittlement Facility (MHEF) has a globally recognised reputation of research on hydrogen embrittlement, coatings and high-strength fasteners. We are proud that several important standards in the fastener industry are being revised thanks in part to research conducted at MHEF. As IFI Technical Director and Head of Delegation for Canada, I would like to express great appreciation to the sponsors. I thank IFI membership, as IFI was the principal sponsor of the event. I also thank Ifastgroupe, Leland Industries, Endries International and IBECA Technologies without whose generous support, this important and well-attended international event would not have been possible. SALIM BRAHIMI | INDUSTRIAL FASTENERS INSTITUTE



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