For the second consecutive time, Cleveland hosted Forge Fair during the first week of April. The event was a rousing success, as forging industry executives and technical experts from around the world converged on the shores of Lake Erie for three days of exhibitions and technical sessions. North America’s largest forging event, Forge Fair 2017 was billed as the International Showcase of Forging Technology. It was held at Cleveland’s Huntington Convention Center and sponsored by the Forging Industry Association, Cleveland, Ohio.
Before the exhibition floor opened, FIA’s Marketing Committee gave a presentation titled “Why Forging?,” which was designed to welcome attendees to the event and discuss forging processes and the benefits of using forged parts in applications where reliability and safety are critical.
At 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 4, the exhibit floor opened to attendees, by which time all of the 160 exhibitors had their booths ready for floor traffic. Some meals and beverages during the event were served on the exhibit floor and sponsored by major participating companies. This format gave exhibitors and attendees a chance to conduct business over a light meal.
After lunch on the exhibit floor, the technical program began. The technical program consisted of 60 25-minute technical papers presented in groups of five concurrent tracks. The papers covered the usual range of topics, including thermal technologies, press technologies, computer simulations, process controls, metals and alloys, and many others. The technical program started the afternoon of the first day and finished on the second day. On the morning of the third day there were a series of 10 informal roundtable discussions that covered an assortment of maintenance and management topics.
A combined total of about 1,637 attendees, exhibitors, speakers and students attended this event. Having made the transition from a triennial to a biennial show, Forge Fair 2019 will again be held in Cleveland’s Huntington Convention Center on May 21-23, 2019.
Exhibitors came from around the world to show their technologies and products at Forge Fair 2017. About 170 companies and organizations offered displays in the exhibition hall. On display was a wide assortment of equipment, ranging from large presses to induction and gas-fired furnaces to additive-manufacturing demonstrations to computer modeling and much more.
FORGE FAIR 2017 EXHIBITOR LIST
ABP Induction LLC
Absolute Welding & Machining
Aceria de Alava, S.A.U., Tubacex Inc. Group
AED Automation GmbH
Ajax TOCCO Magnethermic
Alliance for American Manufacturing
Allied Mineral Products, Inc.
Alpha 1 Induction Service Center, an Inductotherm Company
Amada Machine Tools America, Inc.
Ambrell Induction Heating Solutions
American GFM Corporation
ANDRITZ Metals Inc.
Anyang Forging Press (USA)
Asahi Forge Group
Asil Celik Sanayi Ve Ticaret A.S.
ASW Steel Inc.
ATS Applied Tech Systems LLC
Automatic Systeme Dreher GmbH
Bar Source International, LLC
Bechem Lubrication Technology
Behringer Saws, Inc.
Beijing Leegn Culture Company LTD
Blast Cleaning Technologies
Bloom Engineering Co.
Breezer Holdings, LLC/Breezer Mobile Cooling
Buderus Edelstahl GmbH
Bulldog Tools, Inc.
Campbell Press Repair
CAN-ENG Furnaces International Ltd.
CEFI Induction Heating
China Forging Machinery Co., Ltd.
Clinton Machine, an Inductotherm Group Company
CMI Industry Americas Inc. (EFCO)
Consolidated Industries, Inc.
Dango & Dienenthal
Daye Xinghe Molding Material LTD
Dong San Industry Co., Ltd.
Dynamic Surface Technologies
Eaton Steel Bar Company
Electrotherm Industries Ltd.
Ellwood Quality Steels Co.
Ellwood Specialty Steel
Enprotech Industrial Technologies
Erie Press Systems
Eureka Welding Alloys, Inc.
Fabreeka International Inc.
Fives North American Combustion, Inc.
Ford Tooling & Machining
Forge Enterprises International
Forge Systems Inc.
Forge Technology Inc.
Forging Equipment Solutions
Forging Industry Association
Fuchs Lubricants Co., Lubrodal Div.
Gemini Precision Machining Inc.
Gerb Vibration Control Systems, Inc.
GLAMA Maschinenbau GmbH
Haas Saw & Supply
Hardface Technologies by Postle
Heiko Machine Tools, LLC
Hilma Division of Carr Lane Roemheld Mfg. Co.
Hitachi Metals America, LLC
Hohl Industrial Services
Houghton International Inc.
Inductoheat Inc., an Inductotherm Group Company
J.L. Becker, A Gasbarre Furnace Group Company
Jiangsu Baixie Precision Forging Machinery Co.
Kowon Metal Co., Ltd.
Kreher Steel Co., LLC
LASCO Engineering Services, LLC
Linamar Forgings Carolina
Macrodyne Technologies Inc.
Metal Forming Research Corporation
Moseley’s Equipment Repair, LLC
National Machinery LLC
oelheld U.S., Inc.
Pat Mooney, Inc.
Penn Fan Company
Powell Systems, Inc.
Roberts Sinto Corporation
S & S Die Company
SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH USA
Scientific Forming Technologies Corp.
SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd.
Shandong Rongtai Inductive Technology Co. Ltd.
Siempelkamp Maschinen und Anlagenbau GmbH
Silini Press and Hammer Trade SRL
SMS Technical Services LLC
SONA BLW Präzisionsschmiede GmbH
Steel Dynamics Engineered Bar Products
Superior Die Set Corporation
Surface Combustion, Inc.
The Oilgear Company
Tianjin Tianduan Press Co., Ltd.
Top Cat Air Tools
Transvalor Americas Corp.
TrueForge Global Machinery Corp.
Tsune America LLC
Union Electric Steel Corporation
Valbruna Slater Stainless, Inc.
Viking Blast & Wash Systems
Walter Metals LLC
Walther Trowal LLC
Weld Mold Company
Wepuko Pahnke Engineering LP
West Penn Testing Group
Yiyou Machinery Co.