Forge Fair 2019, North America’s largest forging-industry trade show, was held in late May. The Forging Industry Association (FIA), which organized the event, claimed that overall attendance of nearly 2,000 people broke previous Forge Fair records.

The show was held at Cleveland’s Huntington Convention Center, the same modern venue that held the exhibition and conference in 2017 and 2015. It was announced that Forge Fair 2021 will be held May 18-20 in Detroit’s Cobo Center.

Forge Fair opened with a brief welcoming speech by FIA President Jim Warren. In a change from the previous two Forge Fairs, each day of the event was opened by a keynote speaker. On the first day, the keynoter was Jeremy Bout of Edge Factor, which creates cinematic media that addresses workforce challenges and business and career building.

After the keynote speech, the exhibit floor was opened to attendees, by which time all the 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. It was kicked off by the FIA Marketing Committee’s presentation “Forging 101 – Why Forgings?” All subsequent technical presentations were held in six concurrent tracks of 25-minute presentations. The six concurrent tracks were categorized as follows: Presses & Hammers, Heating, Tooling & Materials, Facilities & Processes, Software Simulation and Automation.  The technical program consisted of more than 60 papers.

 

Keynoters

Forge Fair 2019 was different from previous years in that each day began with a keynote speaker. During his talk, Bout spoke of entering the manufacturing industry, his relationship to it and how it inspired Edge Factor, which provides regional solutions to national workforce development challenges. He used a number of cross-metaphors to describe the way he saw the world of manufacturing. In one example, he portrayed machine-tool manufacturers as “surgeons of steel.”

“Edge Factor empowers communities across North America by telling manufacturing stories through filmmaking,” Bout said.

Dr. Amy Elliott, a researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, science TV personality and additive-manufacturing (AM) expert addressed the breakfast crowd on Wednesday before the exhibit floor opened. Dr. Elliott, who received her Ph.D. from Virginia Tech, spoke extensively about AM, its real-world applications and its potential applications in markets ranging from automotive, aerospace, medical devices, food, fashion and general manufacturing. Additionally, she cited some of AM’s benefits as keys to the success of the process. For example, it costs about as much to produce a complex part as a simple one with AM. “Complexity is free,” she said of the process. Her presentation ended with a brief panel discussion with Q&A from the audience.

Keynote headliner Rocky Bleier completed the guest speaking program on Thursday morning. He proved to be a well-prepared and engaging speaker and was a friendly presence on the exhibit floor during the rest of the morning. Bleier, a 16th round NFL draft pick in 1968, went from Notre Dame to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was also drafted by the U.S. Army to fight in Vietnam, where he injured his leg and was told he would never walk again. He spent months in the hospital, but through determination and hard work he not only walked again but rejoined the Steelers. He worked his way through the practice squad and into a starting role, where he became an important part of the Steelers’ dynasty of the 1970s, winning four Super Bowl rings that he brought along to show attendees. “We’re all in the hope business,” Bleier said. “All of us.”

 

Conclusion

There is nothing like the experience of a trade-show conference to gather an international group of presenters, exhibitors and attendees. Forge Fair 2019 was a record-breaking event, having attracted nearly 2,000 total attendees. The fair was well-organized, and the keynote speakers added some variety to the program.

See you in two years, when Detroit hosts the event.


 

2019 Forge Fair Exhibitor List

Exhibitors came from around the world to showcase their technologies and products at Forge Fair 2019.

About 180 companies and organizations offered displays in the exhibition hall.


ABP Induction LLC

Absolent Americas

Absolute Welding Inc.

ACE – Automated Cells & Equipment

Aceralava

Advanced Machine & Engineering

Advanced Machine Design Co., Inc.

Advanced Structural Technologies, Inc.

Advanced Technology International

AED Automation GmbH

Ajax TOCCO Magnethermic Corp.; Ajax-CECO

Alliance for American Manufacturing

Allied Mineral Products Inc.

Alpha 1 Induction

American GFM Corporation

AML Industries, Inc.

Anand Engineers Pvt. Ltd. (Molygraph Lubricants)

Angstrom Corporation

ArcelorMittal

Asahi Forge Group

Asil Celik Sanayi Ve Ticaret A.S.

ASO Siderurgica S.p.A. Unipersonale

ASW Steel, Inc.

B.O.S. Field Machine, Inc.

Bahco bandsaw Blades

Barnhart Crane and Rigging

Blast Cleaning Technologies,Inc

Bloom Engineering Co.

Bosch Rexroth Corporation

Bulldog Tools, Inc.

Campbell Press Repair

Carlesa NDE Services

CEFI Induction Heating

Charter Steel

Clansman Dynamics

Clinton Machine, an Inductotherm Group Company

CMI Industry Americas Inc. (EFCO)

CombusTech Ltd.

Condat Corporation

Consolidated Industries, Inc.

Cor-Met, Inc.

Dango & Dienenthal Incorporated

Direct Energy Business

DSS America Inc.

Dynamic Surface Technologies International

Eaton Steel Bar Company

Edgerton Forge, Inc.

EDRO Specialty Steels

Electralloy

Electrotherm

Ellwood Quality Steels Co.

Ellwood Specialty Steel Co./Walter Metals

Enomoto Machine Co., LTD.

Enprotech Industrial Technologies, LLC

Erie Press Systems

ERS Engineering Corp.

Eureka Welding Alloys

Fabreeka International Inc.

FAGOR ARRASATE S. Coop

Feedall Automation

FICEP S.P.A.

Finkl Steel

Fives North American Combustion, Inc.

Fontijne Grotnes, Inc.

Ford Tool & Machining

FORGE Magazine

Forge Die and Tool Corp./Forge Precision Co.

Forge Systems Inc.

Forging Equipment Solutions

Forging Industry Association (FIA)

Forging Industry Educational and Research Foundation

Forging Magazine

Friggi N. A. Inc.

FRISA Steel

Fuchs Lubricants Co. Lubrodal Division

Gasbarre Thermal Processing Systems

Gemini Precision Machining Inc.

Geo Corp, Inc.

Georg Maschinentechnik

Georgsmarienhütte GmbH

GERB Vibration Control Systems, Inc.

Gerdau (GSN)

GERLIEVA Spröhtechnik GmbH

GLAMA USA Inc.

HASTEC Group

Hatebur Metalforming Equipment Ltd.

Hauhinco

Heating Induction Services, Inc.

Heiko Machine Tools, LLC

HILMA - Division Carr Lane Roemheld Mfg. Co.

Hitachi Metals America, LLC.

Houghton International

Hydromec s.r.l.

Inductoheat Inc.

InfoSight

Interpower Induction USA

IQ Technologies Inc.

Jackson Transformer Company

Jade-Sterling Steel

Jorgensen Conveyors Inc.

Kinkelder USA

Kojima Iron Works

Kreher Steel Company, LLC

LASCO Engineering Services L.L.C.

Latrobe Specialty Steel Distribution

Linsinger

Long Reach Division/Allied Systems Company

Macrodyne Technologies Inc.

Mayfran International

Meritor, Inc.

MFRC (Metal Forming Research Corporation)

Midwest Brake

Moffitt Corporation

Moresco USA, Inc.

Moseley’s Equipment Repair LLC

National Machinery Exchange, Inc.

National Machinery LLC

NF&M Titanium

Nikolic Industries Inc.

Nord-Lock Group

Noritake/Daichi Jitsugyo America

Nucor Steel Memphis, Inc.

Nutec Bickley S.A. de C.V.

Oelheld U.S., Inc.

Oilgear

Onex, Inc.

Pangborn Group

Pat Mooney Saws - Nishijimax

Penn Fan and StarFlite Systems

PhotoGAUGE

Plant Engineering Services, Inc.

Powell Systems, Inc.

Premier Thermal

Presstrade AG

QForm/Forge Technology, Inc.

Raffin Construction Co.

Rattunde Corporation

Republic Steel

Rimrock Corporation

S & S Die Company

Saarstahl

Sander Automation

Schaefer Equipment Inc.

Schuler Group

Scientific Alloys Inc.

Scientific Forming Technologies Corp.

SGGT Hydraulik GmbH

Siempelkamp L.P.

Silini – Hot Forging Presses

SMS Group

Somers Steel

Spectrum, Inc.

Steel Dynamics - Engineered Bar Products Div.

Superior Die Set Corp.

Surface Combustion, Inc.

Sutherland Presses

System Seals

ThermTech

THORS eLearning Solutions

TimkenSteel Corporation

Titan Conveyors

Transcon Conveyor

Transvalor Americas Corp.

Triangle Die & Tool

Tsune America LLC

Turret Steel, A div. of J.T. Ryerson & Son,  Inc.

Uddeholm USA

Universal Stainless

V. K. Engineering

VACCARI

Valbruna Slater Stainless Inc.

Verichek Technical Services

Vibro Dynamics LLC

Videx Machine Engineering Ltd.

Weld Mold Company

Weldaloy Products Company

Wepuko Pahnke Engineering, LP