Michael Vohland Michael Vohland
Vice President of Sales/Publisher

No Tradeshows? We've Got You Covered

August 31, 2020


Since I joined the team at Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) and MetalForming magazine back in February, as vice president of sales/publisher, a lot has happened—in the world and throughout manufacturing.

Okay, that might be the biggest understatement ever, but most certainly one of the biggest impacts we in the metal forming industry have experienced as a result of COVID-19 is the cancellation of our most important events, including FABTECH and IMTS. However, while these events certainly create critical opportunities for the buyers (metal formers and fabricators) and sellers (technology suppliers) in our industry to get together and share ideas, we here at PMA and MetalForming continue to work hard to fill the gap.

How? By developing countless technical seminars and information-packed webinars, virtual conferences, and special digital editions of MetalForming magazine, just to name a few. For starters, PMA actively is monitoring the pandemic and its impact on the manufacturing industry, and since March has been conducting weekly webinars. With an all-star cast of presenters, these webinars provide the latest updates on how state and federal governments are responding to the pandemic, and how these actions affect metal forming companies (these webinars are archived at www.pma.org/advocacy/coronavirus-archive.asp). 

PMA also created an online resource center to provide companies with links to important resources and information, and, along with its advocacy partner NTMA, operates a Rapid Response COVID-19 website that offers real-time tools and guidelines for business operations.

On the technical-education front, our teams have been working tirelessly to help provide timely and informative online resources to allow metal formers to continue their training efforts at every level of their companies. Online seminar and webinar topics have included:

  • Maximizing the Performance of High-Speed Stamping Processes;
  • The Impact of Press Technology on Die Design;
  • Reducing the Cost of Die Repair and Maintenance; 
  • Maximizing Progressive Die Performance;
  • Processing Parts for Progressive Dies (a two-part series); and
  • Deep Draw Technology Virtual Seminar (coming up on September 15-16). 

In addition, magazine-produced webinars (www.metalformingmagazine.com/webinar) have addressed:

  • Advanced Programmable Lubrication; 
  • A Roundtable Discussion on COVID-19;
  • Stamping EV Parts for the Automotive Industry; and 
  • How Spend Analytics Can Help You Mitigate Risk & Surface Savings Opportunities. 

We’ve also produced a pair of three-day virtual conferences this year, on Industry 4.0 and on additive manufacturing, and PMA produced, on Sept. 1-2, a virtual edition of its annual Automotive Parts Suppliers Conference. And, we produced a special digital issue of MetalForming magazine focused on the expanded role that ERP, MRP and digital manufacturing/Industry 4.0 will continue to play.

We’re not done. Looking forward, our team continues to develop new opportunities to keep our industry connected. Next month, for example, we’ll roll out special sections in print and online highlighting some of the new technology that was planned for introduction at FABTECH. And, as we put the finishing touches on our editorial plans for 2021, we’ll feature plenty of information on how metal formers can safely and productively operate in the “new norm.”

Industry-Related Terms: Center, Die, Draw, Forming, Surface, Additive manufacturing
View Glossary of Metalforming Terms

Technologies: Management

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