Fabtech—Focus on Education...PMA Presents Expanded Metalforming Program

October 1, 2017

A range of learning opportunities await FABTECH 2017 attendees, with 35 session scheduled on myriad topics. Sessions will address forming and fabricating, die and stamping technologies, quality and safety, materials, lubrication, safety and quality, and ROI and tax credits—to name a few. The sessions are presented by the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and Chemical Coaters Association International. Metalforming-session details are presented here.

Monday, November 6

8–10 a.m.

Deep-Draw Process Technology

Learn how a custom servo-hydraulic press with multiple axes, coupled with a coil-feed line, robotics and downstream processing equipment increased part quality, decreased per-part costs, maximized raw material scrap value and increased process uptime.

Jon Schmidt, Neff Press, Inc. and Scott Heitman, Pentair Inc.

10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Deep-Drawing Fundamentals

One of the most complex metalforming operations is the deep-drawing process. This presentation examines the principles for designing successful deep-drawing operations.

Peter Ulintz, Precision Metalforming Association

Die-Sensing Fundamentals

How Die Protection, In-Die Sensing and Press Setup Technologies Enable Quick Die Changes and Quality Parts and Prevent Die Crashes

This presentation illustrates how press shops are implementing error-proofing sensors, preventing die crashes and implementing quick die changes regardless of their experience with automation.

Will E. Healy, III and Dave Bird, Balluff Inc.

1:30–3:30 p.m.

Lubrication Selection and Application

Separating Fact from Friction

Traditionally, testing and comparing lubricants is time consuming and risky. This presentation explains a ranking method with extremely accurate real-life correlation to actual heavy stamping.

W. Jeff Jeffery, Irmco

Precision Spray Control

Learn how precision spray control can help increase production, reduce scrap rate and decrease operating costs.

Dominic DeMaria, Spraying Systems Co.

In-Die Assembly, Monitoring and Adjustments

In-Die Fastener Installations

This presentation explores the benefits of in-die fastener installation: increased productivity, elimination of bottlenecks, work-in-process reduction and improved quality. Also: deciding when in-die assembly is appropriate and how to evaluate a project.

Roger Patton, PennEngineering

In-Die Monitoring/Tool Adjustments

Learn the practical methods to select, apply and integrate sensors and control systems in order to fulfill accuracy and quality requirements.

James Barrett, Link Systems, Inc.

Tuesday, November 7

8:00–10:00 a.m.

Press-Line Optimization

How to Optimize Your Press Line and Protect Your Tooling

Feedline optimization, die protection and setup sheets will be covered. Also: tips on how to get the most from a press line by presenting the intricacies of indexing, die-protection schemes and efficient setup.

Rob Meyer, Nidec Minster Corp.

Cutting and Punching Technology

Improving Punch Productivity

Attendees will learn what clearances to use to improve punch productivity and how to reduce punch wear. Also, information regarding abrasive and adhesive wear issues, comparisons of characteristics of tool steels, and when to change a tool steel for a specific application.

Joel Cegielski, Dayton Lamina

10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.



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Machine Modernization and Safeguarding

Reutilization of Existing Equipment

When the purchase of a new transfer cell isn't in the budget, reutilization of current/used assets can be an ideal alternative. This overview will look at the necessary considerations for determining if reutilizing existing transfer cells is the best alternative.

Bill Rogner, Atlas Technologies

Machine Safeguarding Overview

Practices for safeguarding metalworking machines and the basic principles for risk assessment will be discussed.

Roger Harrison, Rockford Systems

Lubrication Technology


Learn how to evaluate different lubricants during a trial. Also: best practices and important metrics for overall success and improving the bottom line.

Steve Lowery, Tower Metalworking Fluids

Metalworking Fluid Technology

This presentation will examine the roles metalworking fluids play in their respective processes, as well as how their chemistries interact to contribute to overall fluid performance.

Joseph Christy-Saviano and Adam Bringedahl, Biosolutions

1:30–3:30 p.m.

Equipment Installation

Advanced Manufacturing Equipment Installation Solutions

Many factors need to be considered prior to installing manufacturing equipment: Is equipment support critical?; Can equipment be installed on the existing floor or is a new foundation required?; Does the foundation design require professional engineering?; and What are the machine requirements for stability, level, alignment and anchoring? Answers to these questions and others will be presented.

Richard A. Haase, Unisorb Installation Technologies

New! Die-Transfer Technology

Compact In-Die Transfers—Intro to New Stamping Technology

Attendees will learn how to apply compact in-die transfer technology to win more work. See examples of the different types of compact in-die transfer tools.

Robert Gunst, Jacar Systems LLC

Sensors and Connectivity

Integrating sensors in the die, gripping of parts, and improvements in connectivity will be discussed through real-world case studies. In addition, the benefits of a connected transfer press will be discussed in the context of Industrial Internet of Things, robotic transfers and factory automation.

Will E. Healy, III and Dave Bird, Balluff Inc.

Wednesday, November 8

8:00–10:00 a.m.

Metal-Stamping Fundamentals

Basics for Nontechnical Executives, Directors and Managers

Gain a fundamental understanding of metal-stamping processes, common industry terminology and general press-shop operations. This presentation is designed for those not directly involved in the manufacturing process, but are required to specify, purchase, manage or control stamping processes, tools, and/or their related materials.

Peter Ulintz, Precision Metalforming Association

Die-Sensing Fundamentals

Sensors for Die Protection—Make Die Crashes a Thing of the Past

The advantages and limitations of each sensor type will be discussed, and tips for sensor selection, installation, wiring and maintenance will be presented.

Jim Finnerty, Wintriss

10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Manufacturing ROI and Tax Credits

Servo-Press Technology ROI

This presentation will include part-study (comparison of output, mechanical vs. servo) and payback analysis.

Barry Lewalski, Schuler Inc.

As a Contract Manufacturer, Are You Leaving Money on the Table?

This speaker will unpack the identification process that would qualify companies for R&D tax credits to add revenue to the bottom line.

John L. Madsen, Black Line Group

Stamping, Assembling and Error-Proofing

Solutions for High-Volume Shops

Using case studies and technical and costing information, this presentation addresses the engineering, processing and financial considerations necessary for determining stamping and assembly processes.

Dave Thomas, Scott Technology, Ltd.

Error-Proof Metal Stamping

This showcase of error-proofing and zero-PPM methods for metal stamping and fabricating operations will cover the best practices used by the most profitable companies.

George Keremedjiev, Tecknow Educational Services, Inc.

1:30–3:30 p.m.

Understanding Metal-Stamping Presses

From Setup to Troubleshooting

Gain an understanding of the proper function, setup and use of a metal-stamping press, and learn how to quickly troubleshoot machine operational issues.

Jeff R. Fredline, Industrial Maintenance Company LLC

Advanced Forming Technology

FlexCell: The Innovative Concept in Stamping Equipment

FlexCell, a single installation with two transfer presses, can work in tandem for processing medium-size parts or as two independent systems, with each processing smaller-sized parts. The presentation shows the possible work modes and technologies used.

Victor Esteban, Fagor Arrasate USA

Flexible Transfers

Learn about transfer possibilities on new presses or on retrofits, and about the transfer in entry and exit directions.

Carl Best, Schuler Group

Increasing ROI

This ROI-centric presentation will discuss keys for successful hot stamping: feasibility studies, equipment choices and workforce training, to name a few.

Paul Thom, Schuler, Inc.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

8:00–10:00 a.m.

Advancements in Press Technology

The Value of New Equipment

The presenter will outline how the cost of new equipment offers value to companies in terms of production output, cost of maintenance and worker safety.

Bryan Vezina, Schuler

Fineblanking Advancement

A fineblanking press capable of 200 strokes/min. is rewriting some of the longstanding guidelines about the applicability of this specialized forming process. This development promises to bring the benefits of fineblanking to a wider range of small components.

Rudi Schubert, Feintool Corp.

Optimizing Sensor and Lubricant Applications

Considerations for Optimum Sensor Selection

Newer aluminum and aluminum-alloy materials for automotive and non-automotive products have completely different properties than mild steel. In this session, we will examine what those properties are, and how to select sensors in order to optimize performance.

David Bird and Shawn Day, Balluff, Inc.

Sheetmetal Lubrication: Reducing Costs/Maintenance

A new spraying technology that addresses sheetmetal lubrication issues will be explained, and cost-saving case studies will be presented.

Ron R. Demonet, Atlas Technologies, Inc.

10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Press Drive Technology

Variable-Speed Drives

Learn the relevance of variable-speed drives in metalforming today, as well as considerations surrounding EC and VFD controls.

Anthony Anniballi, DSI Dynamic

Clutch and Brake Evaluation/Selection

This presentation will focus on best practices in the selection of hydraulic-pneumatic clutch and brake systems.

Thomas M. Coyle, BCN Technical Services, Schuler Group N.A.

Simulation and Process Design Improvement

Springback Analysis and Compensation with Dual-Phase Steel

Presently, springback prediction and compensation is performed with a trial-and-error approach. Simulation software can be used to reduce simulation iterations and predict compensated tooling shapes. A practical case study will be presented.

Dan Marinac, Forming Technologies

Process Design in Sheetmetal Forming, from Single Part to Full Process Chain Simulation

The body department in a press shop designs the assembly process with the same CAD data used to produce single parts. But once real parts are spot-welded together, the assembly often doesn't match the given tolerances, and the body shop must rework the tools. The solution is to simulate the whole process chain. A case study is presented.

Harold Porzner, ESI North America, and Manfredi Biasutti, ESI GmbH

Tool Steel for Improved Die Performance for AHSS

Data supporting best-practices in die-steel selection will be discussed. The presentation will show the key differences in A2, D2 and matrix steels, and offer solutions to complex tooling problems.

Tom Bell, Hitachi MF

Industry-Related Terms: CAD, Forming, Scrap, Transfer, Die, Case, Abrasive
View Glossary of Metalforming Terms

Technologies: Coil and Sheet Handling, Lubrication, Management


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