Metal Stamping and Tool & Die Conference

Metal Stamping and Tool & Die Conference


Monday, January 29, 2018

6:00 p.m.

Exhibit setup starts

10:00 p.m.

Exhibit setup ends

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

7:00 a.m.

Exhibit setup

8:00 a.m.

Check-in / Breakfast / Exhibits Open

9:00 a.m.

Introductions / Welcome

9:15 a.m.

Keynote – Joint Session

Stay Tuned!

Adam Argullin
Drug Recognition Expert and Drummer Adam delivers a high-energy, entertaining and informative experience that provides a look at the harmful effects of various drugs and how to recognize the signs of drug abuse. Also, wellness, health and causes of stress, and how to avoid and lessen it, will be addressed. Adam combines his vast drug knowledge with his musical and undercover experience to produce the perfect blend of “edu-tainment”!
10:45 a.m.


11:00 a.m.

STAMPING TRACK : Latest Trends in Die Protection and In-Die Sensing

David Bird

Shawn Day
Balluff This presentation employs a combination of pictures, success stores and interesting metal stamping projects involving: RFID for die tracking; dunnage rack and material transfer cart tracking by means of HF and UHF communication technologies; using industrially robust RFID systems for shut height validation; new mechatronic systems for monitoring progressive out feed process and value-added in-die validation error-proofing, such as confirming welded nuts on stamped panels. Rapid die change technologies using remote energizing/information transfer via wireless couplers on transfer dies and in progressive stamping dies also are presented.

TOOL & DIE TRACK : Tooling Steel Technology for AHSS Applications

Tom Bell
Hitachi Metals Advanced high-strength steel stampings are often achieved through cold-working and now hot-stamping processes. This is an in-depth presentation on technology-based application developments in cold-work and hot-stamping tools. Tool steel selection criteria and best practices (heat treat, grain orientation, etc.) also are presented for forming, trimming and piercing of advanced high-strength steel grades. Case studies of improved die performance when using newly developed tool steels also are presented.
12:00 p.m.

LUNCH / Exhibits Open

1:30 p.m.

STAMPING TRACK : In-Die Welding of Assemblies

George Keremedjiev
Tecknow Education Services, Inc. This session offers a thorough presentation on the various techniques for in-die resistance/spot welding for the assembly of components within progressive or transfer dies. Technologies and approaches will be shown to achieve speeds to 500+ strokes per minute when in-die welding multiple hardware components to stamped parts and in-die welding of multiple stamped parts to each other.

TOOL & DIE TRACK : Planning and Realization of Material Savings

Todd McClanahan
AutoForm In the sheetmetal forming industry, material loss generates one of the largest recurring costs in the manufacturing process. Reducing waste is paramount to controlling production costs and increasing profitability. Modern computer simulation technology allows tooling professionals to more accurately predict blank size, and optimize layout within a coil. This can be accomplished early in the planning stages and further optimized using process planning tools to define the process and validate through simulation, ensuring that maximum benefit is achieved. This presentation will walk attendees through the process from part import and initial blank estimation to refinement of blank size with a defined processing image. This presentation provides attendees with potential solutions to an ongoing industry challenge.
2:30 p.m.


2:45 p.m.

STAMPING TRACK : Fundamentals of Stamping and Joining of Aluminum Alloys - An Introduction

Danny Schaeffler
Engineering Quality Solutions, Inc. Stamping and joining of sheet aluminum alloys typically require different practices than what is needed for sheet steel grades. Danny will provide insight on what makes aluminum different and where you might need to adjust your current procedures for optimum forming and joining. His presentation also covers stamping, cut-edge quality, dimensional control and several joining methods.

TOOL & DIE TRACK : Motion Simulation: Bringing the Next Design Revolution Closer

Aaron Guo
Longterm Technology Services Die and mold designers are under increased pressure to shorten lead-time while reducing errors. Speeding up innovation and accelerating time to market while maintaining quality is a constant challenge. Learn how to unleash the full potential of your CAD/CAM software by making designs live. With input from local tooling and mold shops in North America, this state-of-the-art technology provides a user-friendly interface for simulating motion and interaction of complete die and mold tooling systems and is ideal for transfer dies and progressive dies. The trial-and-error approach on the shop floor can be avoided by testing designs in a virtual environment and, thereby, eliminating waste.
3:45 p.m.


4:00 p.m.

STAMPING TRACK : Japan in a New Era: The Convergence of Future Technology and The Traditional Mindset of Monozukuri

Kevin Kalb
JETRO It often takes a long-term mindset and patience to establish business with Japanese OEMs and Tier One suppliers. This session will help attendees understand the concept of ‘Monozukuri’ and provide a better understanding of how to conduct business when establishing or expanding their business with Japanese manufacturers. This presentation examines industry trends and business developments in Japan, including an overview of the tool and die and automotive manufacturing markets; trends in the tool and die and stamping markets; how new technologies, such as Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), are being implemented in Japan; and examples of companies who have successfully penetrated the Japanese market.

TOOL & DIE TRACK : An Inside Look at In-Die Transfer Technology

Bob Gunst
Jacar Systems In this presentation, attendees will learn key elements that will help them take advantage of the latest in-die transfer technology. Attendees will learn from an industry leader about how to apply the technology to win more work, reduce costs and improve stamping efficiencies. Become knowledgeable about the different styles of in-die transfer technology, see examples of the different types of in-die transfer applications and take away valuable real-world case studies.
5:00 p.m.

Reception / Exhibits Open

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

7:15 a.m.

Breakfast / Exhibits Open

8:00 a.m.

Keynote – Joint Session

Tooling at a Crossroads: Integrating Technology and Talent

Susan Helper
Professor of Economics, Case Western Reserve University This presentation will address some of the supply-chain issues in the tool and die and stamping industries that lead to perceived skill shortages, particularly for “middle-skill” occupations. Solutions to improve the vitality of the industry also will be proposed.
9:00 a.m.


9:15 a.m.

STAMPING TRACK : Applications of Real-Time and Nondestructive Evaluation Tools to Achieve the First-Time Quality Stampings

Hyunok Kim
EWI Real-time and nondestructive monitoring tools have been widely used for various manufacturing areas such as joining and fabrication. This presentation will introduce present and possible applications of real-time and nondestructive evaluation tools to monitor and assess the incoming coil properties, blank surface finish/lubrication, die stress, part temperature, final stamping quality such as springback and geometry tolerances for metal stamping processes.

TOOL & DIE TRACK : Sensors for Die Protection

Jim Finnerty
Wintriss Controls Group This presentation outlines best practices for applying electronic sensors to detect and prevent the most common causes for die crashes. Special focus will be placed on how to select and install sensors that will minimize the frequency of nuisance stops, as well as wiring techniques that maximize sensor longevity and minimize setup time.
10:15 a.m.


10:30 a.m.

STAMPING TRACK : Managing Your Business in an Uncertain World

Bill Frahm
4M Partners Industries are facing disruptive changes. Retail is moving from storefronts to websites. The car, as we know it, is changing in both the energy sources used and the way consumers view transportation. Businesses have more choices than ever in materials, competition is global and new demands are being placed on the components we manufacture. This session will assist business managers in building productive supply chain relationships, controlling manufacturing costs, and addressing the challenges of hiring and retaining a skilled and motivated workforce. Manufacturing’s history placed obstacles to attracting smart, motivated students to our manufacturing plants. This presentation engages the attendee in a serious discussion about how manufacturing industries can meet young people where they are, identify the people who influence youth and present a better picture of the opportunities available in manufacturing.

TOOL & DIE TRACK : Advances in Materials for the Metalworking Industry

Patricia Miller
Bohler-Uddeholm Choosing the right tool steel for your cutting or forming applications can be a difficult decision. This presentation will look at the many factors that affect tool steel material choice and also provide best practices for optimum results. Factors that will be discussed include: steelmaking practices, grade characteristics, heat treatment recommendations and the impact of manufacturing practices on the tool performance.
11:30 a.m.

LUNCH / Exhibits Open

12:15 p.m.

Joint Session : Innovative Solutions in Die & Forming Technologies

Paul Thom
Schuler Group

Mohammed M. Gharbi
Schuler Group The presentation will address efficient die technology for hot stamping. The hot-stamping market is growing every year and its importance also is growing within the tooling business. With this growth, many strategies for hot-stamping dies were developed with different effects on efficiency, wear and costs. Key information on design, material and forming technology can help metalformers produce more efficient parts and reduce die wear. And, with a shorter period for development, pressure increases to shorten die-tryout times. With cushion technology, die-tryout times can be reduced enormously and proper cooling processes can be secured.

1:15 p.m.


1:30 p.m.

STAMPING TRACK : A Practical Test to Separate Fact From Friction

Jeff Jeffery
IRMCO Testing and comparing various metalforming lubricants can be time consuming and risky to production tools. Most new lubricant formulas are based upon wet bench chemistry – not actual field trials in an actual tool. This presentation provides cup draw test results for a variety of trial lubricants and different advanced high-strength steel sheetmetal substrates. The test results show a statistically high correlation to real-life press applications – limiting the risk to actual tools nor wasting valuable production time.

TOOL & DIE TRACK : Machine Hammer Peening / Micro Cold Forging – Novel Technology for Surface Enhancement and Polishing Automation

Brian Guild
Accurapuls Canada, Inc.

Thomas Pickhardt
Accurapuls Canada, Inc. This automated process is applied through the operation of a controllable electro-magnetic hammer head imparting rapid reciprocal motion of a striker ball against a work-piece surface. The presentation demonstrates how machine hammer peening can eliminate manual polishing in dies and molds, improve wear resistance by increasing hardness in the surface layer, reduce friction in deep-drawing applications, and potentially eliminate secondary processes such as heat treating, coating and nitriding, or where such processes are applied results are improved.

2:30 p.m.

General Session Closing Remarks

Peter Ulintz
Precision Metalforming Association
3:00 p.m.