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Roll-Kraft recently conducted a corporate in-house roll form training seminar for ClarkDietrich Building Systems, one of the major suppliers of stud and track for the drywall industry.
Frank Gomez, Operations Trainer and Procedure Manager, as well as Mike Collins, Operations Director, and Jimmy Rickett, Director of Corporate Engineering for ClarkDietrich, coordinated the training event with Robert A. Sladky, Vice President of Tube Mill Engineering of Roll-Kraft, bringing in attendees from several of their plants across the nation to their Warren, Ohio, facility.
Robert Sladky, as well as Dave Rostocil, Director of Product Applications for Roll-Kraft, were co-speakers at the event, covering the important areas of mill integrity, alignment, setup, and trouble shooting for the roll form applications of ClarkDietrich.
The attendees were from a wide variety of experience levels, from the very new hires, to seasoned veterans of 20+ years.
“What made this program such a success, is that ClarkDietrich had key management personnel from many of their departments attend the program,” Sladky said. “So many times, only the operators are present for the instruction. Management, supervisors, and lead men are vital to the success of any in- house seminar. This helps to develop a standard for all to follow, organizing a ‘team effort’ of putting into practice all that was learned in the seminar.
“The other key factor is ‘they took the time’ to have this training. All too often, plants are too busy to have training, to do maintenance on their mills, or to refine the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) for their operation. The correct approach is: “You can’t afford not taking the time.”
The seminar attendees each received guide books that follow the PowerPoint presentation step-by-step. The in-house seminar presentation included action and procedural videos and was also supported by a real-life operating roll form display that actually produces parts. This allowed the instructors to illustrate the effect of an improper adjustment that would result in producing a problem part from the roll former. Roll-Kraft’s combination of resources and presentation materials offers one of the most comprehensive training programs known to the industry.
Upcoming Regional Seminars
Roll-Kraft’s commitment to excellence in the tube and pipe and roll forming education field continues in 2015 with several planned events. This June, Roll-Kraft will head to the West Coast for its regional seminar training programs. A tube and pipe seminar will be held on June 24th and a roll forming seminar will be held on June 25th.
In addition, Roll-Kraft will host its annual training seminars at its Mentor, Ohio, headquarters. The tube and pipe event will be held on August 19th and the roll forming event will be held on August 20th.
About ClarkDietrich™ Building Systems
ClarkDietrich™ Building Systems is the leading manufacturer of a full line of drywall studs and accessories, structural studs and joists, metal lath and accessories, shaft wall studs and track, interior finishing products, and connectors and accessories for commercial and residential construction. Quality manufacturing, a full-line offering, national distribution, engineering services and responsive customer service position ClarkDietrich Building Systems as the largest manufacturer of light gauge steel framing in North America. Clarkwestern Dietrich Building Systems is a 75/25 joint venture with Marubeni-Itochu Steel America Inc. (MISA) and Worthington Industries, Inc.
Roll-Kraft has its headquarters in Mentor, Ohio, and maintains other facilities in Frankfort, Illinois (Roll-Kraft Northern), and Ontario, Canada (Roll-Kraft Ltd.). Calls to the company‘s main line, (888) 953-9400 or (440) 205-3100, are greeted by a live operator who can assist callers in quickly reaching a technician, engineer, or sales staff, who can provide immediate assistance. The fax number is (440) 205-3110. Learn more about Roll-Kraft by visiting the website at roll-kraft.com. For easy and immediate contact with Roll-Kraft that transcends time zones and working hours, the website features Dr. Resolve. Simply complete and submit an on-line form and Roll-Kraft will respond.
Seminar Session at ClarkDietrich Building Systems
Dave Rostocil discusses roll forming applications
Roll Form Engineering Technician
Shiroki North America
Minteq International, Inc.
Kenney Manufacturing Company
Roll-Kraft’s latest tube and pipe mill training seminar was held on October 24, 2023 at the Waverly, Nebraska Venue location.
Mill operators, maintenance supervisors, engineers, tool room personnel and management will all benefit from the program by learning new skills & produce a better quality product in less time.
Robert's extensive expertise in the tubing industry spans over five decades, including 33 years of service at Roll-Kraft.