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keynote presenter: Laurie Harbour

President & CEO, Harbour Results, Inc.

Industry Benchmarking and Current Trends in Metal Stamping and Tool & Die

Utilizing research data and insights from Harbour IQ, this keynote presentation highlights the current state of the manufacturing and tooling industries. Data and trends that are impacting the future of manufacturing and, specifically, metal stampers and tool & die shops are also presented.

 “Excellent keynote speaker with relevant topics and considerable supporting data.” 

Keynote Presenter: Will Healy III

Strategic Marketing Manager - Welding & Stamping, Balluff Inc.

Why Metal Fabricators Should be Paying Attention to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) & Industry 4.0

Among metal fabricators across the country, there is a slow movement toward Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). This keynote presentation will share some of the immediate benefits metalformers are already experiencing with only small changes to their equipment. It will break down the basics of IIoT and Industry 4.0, briefly review key supporting technologies, and discuss simple decisions companies can make today to start enabling flexible manufacturing and efficient production.

“Excellent, relevant keynote speaker.”  

Tom Bell

Specialty Steel Group, Product Group Head, Hitachi

Tool-Steel Solutions for Forming Advanced High-Strength Steels

The utilization of advanced high-strength steels in the automotive industry has required higher performance from the die material. This presentation examines a new tool steel that is developed to handle the demanding requirements of AHSS materials. Attendees will discover how smaller, denser, more uniformly distributed carbides led to improved wear and galling resistance as well as greater toughness.

“He kept the typically boring stuff interesting.” 

David Bell

President & CEO, Phygen Coatings

Practical Considerations in the Successful Use of Coatings for Metal Forming.

Presentation will include discussion of success factors for coatings including the consideration of choices of substrate material, heat treatment, tool design, lubricants, and coatings methods and desired coating properties. These points will be illustrated with practical examples and case studies of the how to do’s of coating success for various applications including punching and deep drawing, with special emphasis on challenging applications, forming high strength low alloy materials, and forming stainless steel and aluminum, some of the more challenging applications today. Also included will be a survey of several leading coating methods and technology and coatings and the properties of coatings that result from these various processes. Ample time will be allowed for Q&A.

“I picked up a lot of valuable information.” 

Jian Cao

Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Associate VP for Research, Northwestern University

Double-Sided Incremental Forming for Low-Volume Sheetmetal Forming

Attendees will learn about Double-Sided Incremental Forming (DSIF), a novel manufacturing process that utilizes two generic tools to manipulate sheetmetal in an effort to produce free-form parts without the need for dies. DSIF potentially can achieve a cycle time of design-to-product within a few hours or days as compared to a typical period of 8-15 weeks required for conventional sheetmetal forming processes. Attendees will discover how predefined toolpaths are used to move numerically-controlled tools in such a way that a final part is manufactured without the need for geometry-specific tooling.

Joel Cegielski

Regional Manager, Dayton Lamina

Tooling Solutions for AHSS Stamping Applications

A collaboration of the Auto-Steel Partnership, its automotive OEM and steel committee partners and advisory members, and Dayton Progress constructed a 13-station progressive-die set to use as a test part to gather data for the evaluation of the types of tool steel and cutting clearances that are required to punch advanced high-strength steels (AHSS). Tests were conducted on a nonfunctional part strip to examine several tooling applications, including bending, forming and cutting; applying draw beads; punching slots; and perforating slots. This presentation looks at results produced from stamping dual-phase 780 (DP780) and dual-phase 980 (DP980) steels.

Jim Finnerty

Product Manager, Wintriss Controls Group

Sensors for Progressive Dies

This presentation will outline the types of sensors commonly used in progressive dies for die protection and in-die measurement. The speaker draws on his 30-plus years of experience with real-world sensor applications and will cover sensor selection, installation, wiring and programming logic for sensors used to monitor such events as part ejection, material feed, shut height, stripper position, cam/cylinder return, material buckle and other feed problems.

“The presentation concerning die sensors had a direct application to our facility.” 

Scott Fouts

Regional Manager, Industrial, KYZEN

Fighting Corrosion: A Common Enemy Around the Globe

This presentation offers a wide range of information to better understand corrosion in certain metals. Attendees will learn about the types of corrosion associated with the metals industry, corrosion’s leading causes, as well as ways to minimize it. If you are fighting corrosion in your manufacturing facility, you are not alone. A comprehensive overview of this global enemy, and ways to prevent it, will be presented to help get your company on track to a corrosion-free environment.

“I received some excellent information from Scott on corrosion which will help solve an issue with one of my customers.”

Robert Gunst

President, Jacar Systems

Compact In-Die Transfer Technology

Compact in-die transfer technology is a new and emerging technology in the sheetmetal-stamping industry. In this session, attendees will learn the key elements that will help them take advantage of this new transfer technology. This presentation examines the types of stampings that are good candidates for this technology and also shows examples of different types of tools. Case studies also are presented.

Mark Hansen

Simulation Supervisor, T-Sim Solutions

Transfer Die Process Simulation

This presentation will cover transfer press simulation: what it is, how it works, benefits, optimization, and the difference between animation and simulation. It also will include case studies, insight on ways to improve transfer-die designs and operator set-up tips. Attendees will learn how SPM equals increased revenue as well as the types of stamped parts that will most likely benefit and least likely benefit from transfer simulation. This presentation will include information on getting a programmable servo ram in sync with a programmable servo-transfer system. Hansen also will discuss up-and-coming technology for 2017 and beyond.

Michael Justice

President, UPA Technology

Current Technologies for Lubricant-Thickness Measurement

Why measure lubricant thickness? This presentation examines the effects of lubricant variation on manufacturing processes, the key aspects of lubricant measurement, methods and latest technologies for lubricant measurement, and how to select the correct measurement method to meet your requirements.

Beth Knueppel

Marketing Manager, Ulbrich Stainless Steels & Special Metals, Inc.

Stainless Steel 101

This presentation offers an in-depth description of the different types of stainless steels and provides insight on how to select a specific grade based on the forming, stamping and bending environments. The presentation also will include information on basic metallurgy and cold-roll processing.

Pat Saul

General Manager, RPS Quality Solutions LLC

New Technologies to Address Die-Shop Challenges

This presentation offers a high-level overview of some of the problems and issues facing the tool & die industry in the United States and presents some new technologies to address the issues. Issues include optical scanning (white-light and/or blue-light scanners) to capture and digitize dies and parts produced from dies in order to assess and appropriately modify the die face, and morphing solutions that enable rapid and repeatable development of compensated die surfaces.

“I enjoyed learning about new technologies and the challenges that our customers are experiencing.”  

Paul Thom

Sales Manager - Hydraulic Division, Schuler Group

Hot-Stamping Part Design, Feasibility Analysis and Optimization of Production Costs

Hot-forming processes are very different from traditional deep-drawing processes. The production dies are completely different: Cooling lines close to the die surface, special die steels with high heat-transfer rates and strength, and strong ejector systems for part removal are critical features for hot-forming dies. This presentation examines the importance of selecting the right production-line concept for the right purpose (e.g., the number of die sets on one line, total number of produced parts, etc.), considerations for part mix (e.g., material thickness and length), investment costs and part-production costs.

“The presentation on hot stamping was well done and did a good job explaining the process and issues.” 

Mike Tieri

Director Sales & Marketing, Chemcoaters

Processing With Dry-Film Lubricants

Dry-film lubricants make forming much easier with less wear on the tooling, better part yields, more time between die cleanings and other benefits. This presentation will focus on how stampers can utilize these benefits and, by doing so, how they can take advantage of competitive pricing.

Peter Ulintz

Technical Director, Precision Metalforming Association

Design Guidelines for Stamping Aluminum

This presentation will address common misconceptions and challenges regarding aluminum stampings while providing process guidelines and practical solutions to problems. Topics include: product design guidelines, material selection, tool-steel and surface-coating selection, establishing proper punching and cutting  clearances, and the importance of lubrication selection.

“I liked learning about aluminum. We continue to see more and more aluminum products and need as much information as possible to ensure that our tools are designed, built and maintained properly.”