Meet Derek Barnes – New CBM Fastener Specialist

Posted on: September 10th, 2020 by cbmEditor

CBM is very pleased to announce that, from 1st September, Derek Barnes has been appointed as its new Fastener Specialist, taking over from Phil Matten who is switching to a policy advisory role for the CBM.

The first and perhaps most important thing to say about Derek Barnes is that he is truly passionate about Cold Forging and dedicated to driving improvements in both processes and operator education and understanding. 

Derek has a wealth of experience in the fastener industry, specifically in production and engineering responsibilities, progressing from Machine Setter to Global Cold Forging Engineer for one of the most advanced and innovative cold forming manufacturers around. Along the way, he complemented that hands-on experience, by collecting a solid list of engineering qualifications, through a BTEC and HND in Engineering to a Bachelor of Science Degree. He also holds City and Guilds Training and Development and NVQ Assessors Awards.

Derek possesses a high level of expertise in the setting, operation and maintenance of single die, double die and multi-station machines, working with Carlo Salvi, National, Sakamura and Waterbury Farrel cold headers, and Saspi thread rollers. For the past 25 years Derek has worked closely with machine suppliers to implement improvements to manufacture performance critical fastening technologies. Successfully taking products from design through to manufacture has meant utilising progression and tooling design skills, coupled with finite element analysis knowledge.

Derek established a successful track record in building and managing cold forging departments, both in the UK and the United States. That’s meant mastering and demonstrating people management, tooling design, document and drawing control, machine and ancillary equipment specifications, supplier development and tooling purchasing. 

Passing on his knowledge has been a core element of Derek’s career. He has written, implemented and delivered in-house training programs and manuals to develop personnel in the efficient setting and operation of cold forging and thread rolling machinery.

Not surprising, then, that CBM is extremely pleased to welcome Derek as its new fastener specialist. That’s a welcome, we’re sure, will be echoed by CBM fastener sector members, many of whom already know Derek well, through his long-term support of and participation in CBM fastener sector events. 

Derek says, “my first priority is to visit all the CBM fastener sector members as soon as I can. It’s very important to me to get a first-hand understanding of the issues facing then right now and to explore how they see the CBM fastener sector moving forward, in order to support them and attract a growing fastener manufacturing membership.” 

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