W. Daniel Kay
4 Lawton Drive
Simsbury, Connecticut, USA 06070-2706
Phone: (860) 651-5595
Fax: (860) 651-1919
Dan has an extensive background in brazing engineering, with 40-years of
hands-on experience in that field.
As a respected expert in brazing, Dan has become known worldwide as an excellent
seminar leader, trainer and speaker, as demonstrated by the fact that he was presented with the Materials Engineering
Institute Instructor of Merit Award by ASM International for "..excellence in
technical expertise, presentation skills, and quality support materials..".
Dan travels regularly around the US each year, and to many other countries of the world, not only teaching brazing seminars and conducting in-house brazing-training programs (as mentioned in more detail below in the "Background" section), but also visits many companies as a consultant and problem-solver. As a well-versed brazing auditor, Dan helps companies determine if they are doing the correct things to insure good brazing of components in their operations.
Dan has published numerous articles on the subject of brazing in leading journals in the
brazing/welding/heat-treating field, a partial listing of which appears below in the section entitled "Publications". These articles have been well received, especially by those who are responsible for running brazing-plant operations, and have generated many positive comments.
Dan also regularly publishes brief brazing articles on several blog-sites, including those hosted by
Industrial Heating magazine,
as well as by the
Heat Treat Forum . These are also shown in Dan's "Brazing Forum" tab, shown at the top of this page.
Dan's extensive knowledge and experience in brazing has also proven useful over the years when companies are seeking an "Expert Witness" in legal matters between themselves and their workers, suppliers, or customers. Dan's understanding of brazing has enabled clients to bring about resolution to their legal issues, usually without having to go inside a courtroom.
Dan has been operating his own brazing consulting and training business since 1996.
Background and Capabilities:
Brazing Training -- Dan has conducted intensive brazing-engineering
training seminars for 40-years, and continues to do so. These brazing training seminars (varying in length from 1-day to 5-days) are taught each year around the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and several Pacific-basin countries, consisting of regionalized general brazing seminars, as well as intensive
in-house specialized training seminars for individual companies, based on their particular needs.
In the past, Dan conducted, for many years, semi-annual 3-day furnace brazing seminars in Detroit for Wall Colmonoy along with Robert Peaslee. He also taught the ASM Brazing Fundamentals course
in Materials Park, Ohio for several years. Prior to that, Dan taught 3-day torch brazing seminars
several times each year for more than 7-years while at Handy & Harman.
Consultant -- Dan currently visits many companies each year, reviewing and auditing their brazing operations so as to help them define solutions to their brazing and metals-joining problems.
Communicator -- Dan speaks several times each year before trade, civic,
and church groups, meetings ranging in size up to several thousand people.
Trade Shows -- He has participated in many shows around the world during
last 40 years, as a technical speaker, as technical-session chair, as host at hospitality suites,
and working in booths on the trade show floor.
Brief Brazing Career Chronology:
Kay & Associates, Simsbury, CT. (1996 -- present)
(Leading independent US supplier of non-biased brazing training programs, audits, and brazing problem solving)
-- Dan continues to be the leading, independent consultant/trainer to the brazing industry on all aspects of brazing engineering, business development, strategic planning, and development of in-house technical expertise for brazing problem solving and problem prevention. Dan's training programs vary from hands-on training in torch and furnace brazing to large brazing forums at hotels around the world.
Wall Colmonoy Corporation, Madison Heights, MI. (l980--1995)
(Manufacturer of nickel-alloy powders for furnace brazing and thermal-spray, and a high
temperature heat treat and brazing processor of metal parts)
-- While at WCC, Dan held various operating postions, including: Asst. Vice President of Manufacturing (he was responsible for overall operations at all five of WCC's Nicrobraz Division processing plants around the US; plant general manager for the Detroit Processing Plant (this plant manufactured all the company's brazing products, and also had numerous vacuum and atmosphere furnaces for commercial brazing and heat-treating operations); Brazing Products Manager (world-wide); and also was the director of the Brazing Engineering Center (WCC's Detroit-based R&D center for development of brazing products and applications for same).
Handy & Harman, New York, N.Y. (l974--l980)
(Leading manufacturer, supplier, and refiner of precious metal alloys)
-- Brazing Products Engineer. Dan was the head brazing engineer on corporate engineering staff involved in customer liaison, brazing-training, new product development, and the marketing and advertising for the brazing product line. Also responsible for trade show development, salesmen training, and problem solving for customers.
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
Michigan State University, Management Education Center, Troy, MI
Bachelor of Metallurgical Engineering (B. Met. Eng)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y.
Authored article "Liquation of Brazing Filler Metals -- Good or Bad?" for November 2009 issue of Industrial Heating magazine.
Authored article "Controlling Suppliers and Customers: Key to Successful In-House Brazing?" for November 2004 issue of Industrial Heating magazine.
Authored article "Honeycomb-Brazing Essentials for Successful Use As Turbine Seals" for November 2003 issue of Industrial Heating magazine.
Authored article "Fillets in Brazing: Good or Bad" for October 2003 issue of the AWS Welding Journal.
Authored article "Ten Reasons to Choose Brazing" for September 2000 issue of the AWS Welding Journal.
Authored article "Repair Brazing" for May/June 2000 issue of Practical Welding Today magazine.
Authored article "Braze-Fixturing: A Key to Higher Productivity or a Thief?"" for January, 1994 issue of
Industrial Heating magazine.
Authored article on "Diffusion Brazing" for
ASM Handbook, Vol. 6, Welding, Brazing, and Soldering
(©1993, ASM Int'l)
Contributed to, and reviewed, brazing information for inclusion in the
AWS Welding Handbook, Vol. 4, Metals and their Weldability (Seventh Ed., ©1982, AWS)
Revised and rewrote Chapter 34 (Honeycomb Brazing) for the Fifth Edition (©2007, AWS) of the AWS Brazing Handbook . Also contributed to, and reviewed, brazing information for inclusion in the
AWS Brazing Handbook (Fourth Ed., ©1991, AWS).
Have written additional, earlier articles on brazing design and techniques which have appeared
in the Welding Journal (American Welding Society), in Heat Treating magazine, in Industrial Heating magazine,
and in Practical Welding Today magazine.
Wrote and published the Nicrobraz News
TM, a highly successful, technical brazing newsletter
for Wall Colmonoy Corporation (issued 2-3 times per year).
It achieved worldwide distribution to over 4000 recipients.
Dan is a "Life Member" in both the American Welding Society (AWS) and in ASM International .