The Inn at St. Johns in Plymouth, Mich., was the site of this multi-faceted conference that brought some of the industry’s best technical people together to exchange ideas and present updated technologies.
In Sept. 8-9, about 185 forging-industry professionals, suppliers, academics and students gathered in Plymouth, Mich., to catch up on 18 months of technical developments. Most attendees were from North America, though some European forging professionals were on hand to present their papers.
Although Forging Foundation technical oversight committees met during the morning of Sept. 8 to discuss business matters, the conference’s formal sessions did not begin until that afternoon. After a welcome from FIA President Roy Hardy, who covered the state of the forging industry, and an additional welcome from Dr. Valery Rudnev (aka Professor Induction), chairman of the Technical Committee, the formal technical program began.
For the entire two-day conference there were two afternoon sessions and one morning session, during which 31 papers were presented. A total of about 17 hours of technical presentations were given in approximately 20-minute segments.
The first technical session focused primarily on Forging Foundation-sponsored research on topics ranging from additive manufacturing to temperature measurement (see the sidebar on the Technical Program).
On the second and final day of technical papers, the morning session was split into two tracks held concurrently: Track A concentrated on R&D activities, and Track B was about Applied Technology. Attendees were free to alternate between tracks according to their interests and needs.
The afternoon session of the second day was another joint session that contained papers on an assortment of topics.
Tabletop exhibits from 26 different organizations were on display in the Grand Ballroom of the Inn at St. Johns. All meals and break-time refreshments were served in the exhibit area so that attendees could mix and socialize with colleagues, discuss business, renew friendships, make new ones and view the tabletop displays at their leisure (and on a full stomach or with beverage in hand). About five hours of break and meal time were spent in the exhibit area during the entire conference.
Of the many positive aspects of the Tech Conference, one of the most encouraging was the participation of several undergraduate and graduate students in delivering papers to attendees.
In addition, a poster session in the exhibit hall on the final day featured two student projects from the Colorado School of Mines. The first, called Processing Maps for the Analysis of Hot Workability of Two Microalloyed Steels, was by R.S. Septimio, S.T. Button and C.J. Van Tyne. The second poster was titled Cooling Behavior of Microalloyed Forging Steels by Sami Syammach, Kip O. Findley and C.J. Van Tyne.
FIA Technical Conference Program
Welcome and Overview of the State of the Industry
Roy Hardy,FIA President
Valery Rudnev, Inductoheat and Chairman of the FIA Technical Committee
FIA & FIERF Activities
Karen Lewis and Carola Sekreter,FIA and FIERF
Guidelines for Warm Forming of Steel Parts*
Taylan Altan, Adam Groseclose and Xi Yang
Best Practices in Temperature Measurement on the Shop Floor*
Justin Kurk, Marquette University
Centerline Defect Closure Analysis for Open Die Forgings*
Improving Forging Tooling Performance and Durability by Additive Manufacturing Cladding and Repair*
David Schwam,Case Western Reserve University
Evaluation of Die Heating Methods*
Natalie Pohlmann, Michigan Technological University
Role of AlN During Hot Fracture of In-Situ Melted Steel Samples*
Brendan Connolly, University of Pittsburgh and Ellwood Group, Inc.
Recent Trends in Forging Steels
Chester Van Tyne, Colorado School of Mines and Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center
* Forging Foundation-sponsored research
R&D - Track A
Design of Experiments and Optimization in Process Simulation
John Walters, Scientific Forming Technologies Corporation
Combining Computer Modeling and Process Data Acquisition for Forge Furnace Optimization
Justin Dzik, Fives North American Combustion
Holistic Modeling of the Entire Forging Process from Initial Heating to Final In-Use Properties
Harihar Sistla, Transvalor Americas Corp.
FEA Simulation to Predict Individual Press Column Forces for a Closed Die Hot Forging Process on a 4,000 ton Mechanical Press
Laser Surface Treatment Technologies for Tooling
D. Heinen and K. Arntz,Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT
Hybrid Simulation Techniques Utilizing Finite Element Mesh and Voronoi Cells
Nikolay Biba,Quantor-Form LTD
Simultaneous Five-Axis Milling to Increase Efficiency when Machining Titanium and Nickel-Based Alloys
K. Arntz, Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT
Aging Behavior of Extruded and Forged 2195 Al-Li Alloy
Blair London, California Polytechnic State University
Applied Technology - Track B
Polymeric Forging Lubricant: A New Class of Die Lubricants
Tom Camel, Cross Technologies Group Inc.
3D Laser Scanners for Forging and Die Inspection
Marty Hausermann, Hausermann Die & Machine Co.
Press Maintenance: How to Prepare for the Unknown
Pete Campbell, Campbell Press Repair
Pre-Forming by Cross Wedge Rolling to Increase Efficiency
Jürgen Steger, Fraunhofer Institute for Forming Technology IWU
Present and Future Applications of Light-Weighting Technology in Forging
Taylan Altan, Engineering Center for Net Shape Manufacturing at OSU
Induction Forging Systems – Quality Assurance and Process Enhancement
Collin Russell, Inductotherm Group
Factors Affecting the Selection of the Correct Type of Forging Equipment and Process to Minimize Operating, Maintenance and Repair Cost
Roger Rees, SMS Meer Inc.
Selection Criteria for Forging Press Technology
Andreas Kress, Schuler Group
Afternoon Joint Session
Applications of Finite Element Modeling in Material Conversion at TimkenSteel Corporation
Krich Sawamiphakdi, TimkenSteel Corporation
Utilizing Simulation to Design New Manufacturing Processes for Titanium Closed Die Forgings
Kevin Kacinskas, Weber Metals Inc.
Lightweight Automotive Design – The Potential of Forging
Kai Ruge and Stephen Lutzenberger, Hirschvogel Inc.
Simulation of the Heat Treatment of AISI 8630
Jorge Ortiz, FRISA Industries
Latest Forging Developments at HHI
Markus Knoerr, HHI Forgings LLC
List of Exhibitors
Nearly 30 companies displayed their products and services in the exhibit hall.
• A. Finkl & Sons
• Ajax Tocco Magnethermic
• American Iron & Steel Institute
• Budenheim USA
• Campbell Press & Hammer Repair
• Condat Corp.
• Cross Technologies Group
• Dynamic Surface Technologies International
• FORGE magazine
• Inductotherm Group,
• J.L. Becker/Gasbarre Furnace Group
• LASCO Engineering Services
• Lazar Sales
• Nutec Bickley
• Qform/Forge Technology
• Schuler Group
• Scientific Forming Technologies
• SMS Meer
• Superior Die Set Corp.
• Transvalor Americas Corp.
• Vibro/Dynamics Corp.
• Weld Mold Company
30th Technical Conference Countdown ...
185 People in attendance
36 Authors and co- authors of papers
31 Papers presented
26 Tabletop exhibitors
6 Colleges and universities represented
8 Papers presented based on Forging Foundation-sponsored research
1 Industry magazine present at the event