A group of forging professionals recently gathered in Long Beach, Calif., to attend the Forging Industry Educational and Research Foundation’s (FIERF) 32nd Technical Conference. Attendees were treated to a great plant tour, two days of technology, and a chance to greet old friends and network with new ones.
Long Beach, Calif., is perhaps best known as the retirement home of the legendary cruise ship Queen Mary, which is permanently moored there and is currently an operating hotel and museum. But on Sept. 11-12, Long Beach hosted some of the forging industry’s best and brightest technical people, industry professionals, suppliers and educators at what was FIERF’s 32nd Technical Conference.
Germany’s SMS group won the German Design Award in the “Industry” category for an additively manufactured spray head used to cool dies in the forging industry. The award recognizes innovative products and projects and the companies or individuals who have fabricated and designed them. In this case, it was not only the spray-head component that was noteworthy, but also that additive-manufacturing (AM) techniques were used to produce the part.
New process development or the redesign of an underperforming job gives engineers a chance to investigate process influences and design alternatives. Examples of how process simulation has been used in design-optimization projects are detailed.
Of all hardfacing applications, tool-and-die repairs are one of the most metallurgically challenging. What makes it so challenging is the metallurgy of the base materials and their compatibility with the hardfacing products, as well as the post-weld heat treatments required.
Metal-forming simulations are used to develop unique processing techniques by eliminating the high number of laboratory tests required in such research, but they are also used extensively for the predictive detection of possible material failures, forging force detection, proper die design and topology optimization in the industry.
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