Kay & Associates 3-Day Brazing-Training Seminars

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Brazing is expanding in today’s world of joining technologies! Do you REALLY understand how to braze correctly, using today’s BEST brazing practices? Or, does your company operate only on “TRIBAL KNOWLEDGE” passed along from generation to generation?

There are SEVEN (7) FUNDAMENTAL ITEMS that you and your company MUST master in order to significantly improve your brazing operations so that you can significantly reduce scrap and rework, thus improving your productivity and operational profitability!

Kay & Associates has set up regionalized brazing seminars around the country for your convenience so that YOU can learn how to effectively and efficiently implement improvements to your company’s brazing operations.

Thousands of people from around the world (yes, thousands!) have attended one of the many intensive 3-day Kay & Associates Brazing Seminars held during the last 25-years at locations from Hartford to Singapore. Many of the attendees said that it was the best seminar they had EVER attended, on any subject! Thus, a double benefit for them: a great seminar, and close to home, too! See for yourself!

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you want to register online now, using a credit card, CLICK HERE!

SEMINAR Location and Dates 2019:

April 9-11, 2019 - Simsbury, Connecticut (CT)

May 14-16, 2019 - Los Angeles, California (CA)

October 1-3, 2019 - Spartanburg, South Carolina (SC)

November 12-14, 2019 - Simsbury, Connecticut (CT)

Notify your associates, your suppliers, your customers……anyone who needs to understand brazing! You and they both benefit!

Here's just a few typical comments received from attendees at these seminars:

  • "I've attended many seminars on many subjects over the years, but this was the best, and most practical one I have ever attended. I could use the information right away! (Erick B.)"
  • "Dan Kay gave one of the best and most knowledgeable seminars I have ever attended. He was energetic and kept the lessons interesting and fun! (Jeff S.)"
  • "I learned more in 3 days here than I ever have in 2 weeks anywhere else! (Prentice L.)"

You, too, will find the seminars stimulating and enjoyable! So register today for a seminar near you!

Who should attend this seminar?

Anyone who, by their decisions or actions, has an impact on the brazing operations in their plant: owners, managers, design engineers (brazing begins on the "drawing board"), metallurgists, process engineers, shop leadpersons, operators, quality control and inspection personnel, maintenance personnel, salespersons. When you understand the brazing process, you'll be able to help your customers better.

What is the cost of these seminars?

Seminar cost is $1975 (NOTE: Price can no longer include a copy of the AWS Brazing Handbook – since the new 6th edition that is coming out will be a multi-volume publication).

Group-registration discounts:

When two (2) or three (3) persons (attending from the SAME company location) register together at the SAME time -- on the SAME registration form -- the seminar fee is reduced to only $1925/person --- OTHERWISE, ANY REGISTRATION FORM THAT IS SUBMITTED FOR ONLY ONE PERSON WILL BE CHARGED THE FULL $1975 PRICE.

You can register by one of several different methods:

You can register ON-LINE using your credit card.

Need to download a hard-copy of the Registration Form?

You can download a hard copy of the Registration Form by clicking here, then fill in all the requested information, scan the Form into your computer, and then e-mail a copy of it to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  ---  Or you can send the Registration Form to us via the postal system, along with your payment check (made out to Kay & Associates) for the appropriate amount, sending it directly to: Kay & Associates, 4 Lawton Drive, Simsbury, Connecticut USA 06070-2706).

If you wish to download a 5-page, more detailed description about these seminars (including the Registration Form) and a typical class schedule, which you can forward to others as well, click here.

You can also call us and a form can be e-mailed to you if you prefer.

It can't get much easier than that!


Brazing - A Great Joining Process for the 21st Century!

Since brazing plays an important part in some of your company’s products, plan to have one or more of your people attend one of the high-powered, three-day (Tues-Thurs) seminars being held in 2019. Contact your people today to have them register!  They WILL truly benefit from having attended this program!

These high-powered, 3-day programs cover all the essentials for successful brazing of commercial and aerospace components.  The improvements to brazing operations that have resulted from these seminars have paid for the cost of the seminar many times over at many companies!

Brazing is a unique joining process that has proven to be one of the most versatile methods by which to permanently join many different kinds of metals/non-metals together in a variety of industries, including aerospace, automotive, electrical power, petrochemical, etc.

Many people think they know how to braze, but they often don’t really understand why brazing works. It has been proven over the years that when people involved in brazing understood the concepts taught in these seminars and implemented them in their operations, the vast majority of their brazing problems disappeared! Result: higher productivity, lower rework, higher customer satisfaction, and higher profits!

Kay & Associates high-powered three-day intensive seminars cover all the essential elements of brazing in a way that is not only easily understood, but very interesting as well. All seminars run from 8:00 AM until 5 PM each day.

Attendees will learn answers to:

  • What are the most common mistakes made in brazing shops today that lead to poor brazements and rejected parts, and how to avoid those mistakes.
  • How to significantly reduce the cost of your current brazing process, and get a better braze with improved customer satisfaction. Yes, it can be done.
  • How to gain confidence that your brazing process is optimized for your customers’ needs, by knowing which things should and should not be included in your process.
  • What specific things must be included in any inspection process after brazing, and which procedures might strictly be wasteful of your time and money.
  • Which brazing process is best for certain base metals, and why? For example: should you use vacuum or induction-brazing? Which is best for different base metals?
  • How important is fluoride-ion cleaning (FIC) in repair brazing? How should it be used most effectively?
  • Is there a “best way” to build-up worn surfaces for long life?
  • These are just a few of the many topics that will be covered in this intensive 3-day seminar.

Here are some of the topics that will be covered during the Seminar:

  • What is brazing, and why does it work?
  • Metallurgy of brazing
  • Capillary action
  • Joint design
  • Impact of service stresses on strength
  • Atmospheres (vacuum, and gaseous: hydrogen, nitrogen, argon, etc.)
  • Brazing filler metals (BFM)
  • Furnace brazing: vacuum, belt, and retort
  • Torch brazing
  • Induction brazing
  • Resistance brazing
  • Preparation of parts for brazing
  • Fluoride ion cleaning (FIC)
  • Repair brazing and surface build-up
  • Honeycomb brazing
  • Assembling and fixturing parts the right way
  • Thermocouples
  • T-specimens in brazing
  • Distortion control
  • Optimal brazing cycles
  • Quality control and inspection in brazing


Instructor: Dan Kay (BMetEng, MBA), who operates his own brazing consulting practice based in Connecticut (since 1996), has been involved full-time in brazing for more than 45-years and has taught brazing seminars throughout that entire time period. He received his Bachelor of Metallurgical Engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1966 and his MBA from Michigan State University in 1982. He spent seven years with Handy & Harman, where he not only taught their torch-brazing seminars but spent a lot of time in the field helping customers solve both torch and induction brazing problems. From there he went to Wall Colmonoy Corporation, where for fifteen years he worked closely with furnace brazing operations around the world, both atmosphere, and vacuum, still teaching brazing seminars every year along the way.  He was also responsible for the production of a highly successful brazing-newsletter that went out to thousands of people around the world. Whatever method of brazing you are using (torch, induction, resistance, or furnace), you will find that Dan will provide much valuable information that you will be able to quickly apply in your operations to increase productivity.


Dan Kay's Biography

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