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MetalForming Live—July 13, 20 and 27

April 25, 2022

Three live online events in July assemble MetalForming’s stellar columnists to headline expert roundtable discussions on newer materials, progressive-die simulation and press-stroke optimization.

This summer, the pages of MetalForming magazine come to life via a three-part online event: MetalForming LIVE. Tune in for free from the comfort of your office, shop or living room to hear MetalForming’s three expert columnists, Pete Ulintz, Danny Schaeffler, Ph.D., and Eren Billur, Ph.D, host 90-min. roundtable discussions on three topics of critical importance to metal formers. The topics: newer materials, progressive-die simulation and press-stroke optimization. They’ll be joined on the online stage by metal formers dispensing their expertise gleaned from extensive experience with the chosen topics. And, attendees can participate in lively Q&A discussions. 

This three-part series details strategies that metal formers can use to get the most out of material, tooling and machinery, with emphasis on newer high-strength materials, techniques for effective die design and development, and economical optimization of press-stroke rates.

Here's the MetalForming LIVE schedule.

July 13: How Newer Materials—Advanced Steels, Aluminum Grades, etc.—Impact Metal Formers

Danny SchaefflerSchaeffler, president of Engineering Quality Solutions and chief content officer of 4M Partners, and author of MetalForming’s Metal Matters column, provides an overview of this roundtable discussion, focusing on how new sheet materials (i.e., aluminum alloys and advanced high-strength steels) impact die maintenance, die design and die processing. Following, our expert panel will go in-depth on challenges and solutions, with attendees learning:

  • How to better approach the stamping process (cold forming vs. warm forming) of newer materials
  • How to plan for and execute new die-maintenance strategies and techniques
  • How to alter your die designs to accommodate these new materials.

“Metal formers have a long history of working with mild steels and even some high-strength steels, and have developed effective design, processing and troubleshooting strategies,” Schaeffler says. “New sheet metals offer benefits such as an improved strength/ ductility balance; however, they have characteristics that limit your ability to simply upscale your existing knowledge. Many of these new grades no longer are commodities where you can swap suppliers to chase lower prices.  Understanding these new metals allows for reduced scrap, improved quality and increased profitability.”

July 20: Simulation of Progressive-Die Designs

Eren BillurAuthor of MetalForming’s Cutting Edge column, Billur, founder of Billur Metal Form, introduces attendees to the development of simulation technology for progressive-die design, then leads a panel discussion on related issues of interest to metal formers and tooling professionals. Tune in to learn:

  • When, why and where to use simulation technology
  • The importance of verifying simulations and comparing them to real world results
  • Why simulations results may be misinterpreted, how doing so can affect the stamping process, and how to avoid this situation
  • Why simulations may fail—the difference between garbage-in-garbage-out (GIGO) and garbage-in-gospel-out 
  • The importance of understanding material properties when performing simulations.

Billur stud­ied at Baskent University in Turkey and Virginia Common­wealth University, received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State Uni­versity, and worked as a researcher at the Center for Precision Forming. His areas of expertise include material characterization, sheet metal forming processes and finite element simulations.

July 27: Optimizing Press-Stroke Rate Without Investing a Lot of Money! 

Pete UlintzLong-time tooling and stamping professional, and technical director at the Precision Metalforming Association, Ulintz, who authors MetalForming’s Tooling By Design column, leads the discussion on this topic. He’ll detail ways that metal stampers can leverage opportunities to improve productivity and efficiency without investing a lot of money in new capital equipment. Then, our panel of experts will share their tips. During this session, learn:

  • How to better understand, and take advantage of, actual transfer-system and press capacity
  • How to optimize your transfer-system motion curves
  • How to optimize progressive-die performance through coil-line synchronization/feed timing, pilot-release timing, etc.

“Metal stamping companies are under constant pressure to increase the output of their stamping processes,” Ulintz says, commenting why metal formers should tune in to this presentation. “Often, this means increasing a press’ strokes/min. Unfortunately for many companies, the anticipated benefit of running higher strokes/min. is not realized because concepts such as press speed relative to stopping times, sensor signal windows, pilot-release timing, and the feed or part transferring system are not well understood.”

For more information and to register for MetalForming LIVE, visit Be a part of this brand-new information-packed MetaForming event! MF

Industry-Related Terms: Alloys, Center, Die, Ductility, Edge, Form, Forming, Scrap
View Glossary of Metalforming Terms


See also: Precision Metalforming Association, Engineering Quality Solutions, Inc., 4M Partners, LLC, Billur Metal Form

Technologies: Management


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