Hot Stamping Experience and Tech Tour 2022


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Tuesday, November 29 - Wednesday, November 30, 2022 | Novi, MI

MetalForming magazine and the Precision Metalforming Association are proud to deliver this one-of-a-kind event that provides a unique opportunity to dive deeply into the ever-expanding world of hot stamping. Gaining popularity among automotive OEMs and Tier suppliers, as well as other industries, hot stamping is becoming a go-to process for the production of lighter and safer vehicles.

In addition to the timely and impactful presentations, attendees will view hot stamping in action at the GNS North America facility.

Event will take place at the Suburban Collection Showplace (it is attached to the Hyatt Place Detroit Novi hotel).

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All times listed are EDT
  • DAY 1

    Tuesday, November 29, 2022

    1:00 p.m.
    Registration Opens / Display Area Open

    2:00 p.m.
    R&D Update: Recent Developments in Hot Forming of Steel and Aluminum
    Eren Billur, Technical Manager, Billur Makine and Billur Metal Form

    3:00 p.m.
    Hot Stamping Die Development and Process Simulation
    Mike Austin, Director--Manufacturing Engineering, Diversified Tooling Group, Inc.
    Tim Lim, Project Manager of FEA, ArcelorMittal

    ArcelorMittal and its hot press tooling technology partner, American Tooling Center (ATC), have successfully commissioned a production intent hot stamping B-pillar tool using 1.6 mm Usibor® 1500 AS. The B-pillar tool was designed to represent a reasonably difficult part using a monolithic blank and same gauge LWB combinations. The intent is to study stamping conditions and process windows for robust parts, using various press hardened steel grades (Usibor® 1500, Usibor® 2000, Ductibor® 1000, Ductibor® 500), under real world manufacturing conditions. The scope of this presentation focuses on the commissioning activities using monolithic Usibor® 1500 AS and the value of FEA is demonstrated. A final buy-off run was successfully performed along with physical testing of parts, examining part quality and consistency. For example, part strength, part distortion, and manufacturing performance (thinning and wrinkling) were measured on parts sampled throughout the run. Detailed press traces and process data were also logged during the buy-off trial. Key to successful commissioning of the tools was continual communication and collaboration between ATC and ArcelorMittal.

    4:00 p.m.
    Hot Stamping of High-Strength 6XXX and 7XXX Aluminum Alloys
    Gerald Schulz, Global Director of Press Hardening, Fagor Arrasate

    Mondragon Unibertsitatea, Fagor Arrasate, and Batz teamed up to perform trials on hot stamping of an aluminum bumper, by reengineering a die used for hot stamping of boron steels. They simulated and generated new die surfaces (in AutoForm), performed a tryout thermography study to help optimize the surface geometry to increase quenching efficacy, re-machined the die surfaces and adapted all die features, and performed forming trials on a Batz hot-stamping line.


    4:45 p.m.
    Reception/Display Area Open

  • DAY 2

    Wednesday, November 30, 2022

    7:45 a.m.
    Breakfast / Display Area Open

    8:45 a.m.
    Leveraging the Advantages of Servo Press Technology for Hot Stamping
    Jon Tibbets, Regional Sales Manager, Seyi America, Inc.

    There has been a trend of replacing hydraulic presses with servos for the purpose of increasing production capacity through shorter cycle times, better formability and the ability of holding positions to better form the workpiece. Decreased maintenance compared to hydraulic presses and the reduced energy consumption make servo technology a viable option for hot stamping.

    9:15 a.m.
    Additive Manufacturing of Hot-Stamping Dies
    Andrzej Nycz, R&D Staff, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF), Wire-Arc Metal AM Technical Lead

    A team of Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers, in collaboration with industry partners Lincoln Electric and DTS, have demonstrated that an additively manufactured hot-stamping die cools 20-percent faster than those produced by conventional manufacturing methods, which can lead to reduced manufacturing costs and production time.

    10:00 a.m.
    Break

    10:30 a.m.
    Best Practices for Projection Welding of Fasteners for Hot Stamped Boron Steels
    Allen Agin, Sales Manager, Weld Systems Integrators
    Bob Kollins, Principal, Technical Sales & Solutions Limited

    11:15 a.m.
    Best Practices for Laser Cutting of Hot Stamped Parts
    Robert Scoville, Applications Engineer, Trumpf North America

    12:00 p.m.
    Lunch / Display Area Open

    GNS presentation/overview of its facilities, in advance of the tour
    Michael Alcala, President/CEO, GNS North America
    Jason Blust, Vice President of Engineering and Development, GNS North America

    1:00 p.m.
    Leave for Tour of GNS North America

    1:30 p.m.
    Tour of GNS North America

    7261 Commerce Blvd #4287, Canton, MI 48187

    • Press-hardened steel stamping lines, featuring robotic material handling and automation, with vertically stacked ovens and hydraulic press capacities ranging from 500 to 800 tons.
    • Trumpf 8030 series, five-axis laser-cutting cells used to perform secondary operations such as hole/slot cutting and trimming of non-developed trim edges.
    • Assembly weld cells, in both flexible and purpose-built configurations. Capabilities include robotic material handling, carried and non-carried resistance welding, robotic gas-meta-arc welding, and automated inspection and traceability.
    • Non-weld fastener-application cells robotically applying clinch studs and nut clips.

    • GNS North America reserves the right to restrict tour access based on competitive concerns.
    3:00 p.m.
    Return to Hotel

    3:30 p.m.
    Q&A with GNS

    4:00 p.m.
    Adjourn



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Allen Agin

Allen Agin

Regional Sales Manager, Weld Systems Integrators, Inc.

Allen has been employed in the resistance welding industry for more than 45 year...

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Allen Agin

Allen Agin

Regional Sales Manager, Weld Systems Integrators, Inc.

Allen has been employed in the resistance welding industry for more than 45 years. He started his career with Square D as a test engineer, and then worked as a sales engineer for Weld Controls and Assembly Equipment.
Mike Austin

Mike Austin

Director - Mfg. Engineering, Diversified Tooling Group, Inc.

Mike Austin is Director of Manufacturing Engineering for Diversified Tooling Gro...

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Mike Austin

Mike Austin

Director - Mfg. Engineering, Diversified Tooling Group, Inc.

Mike Austin is Director of Manufacturing Engineering for Diversified Tooling Group, whose American Tooling Center operation supplies hot stamping dies to automotive OEMs and suppliers. Mike has headed up the hot stamping development activities team at DTG for the last 7 years including the installation of their AP&T Hot Forming Press Cell, Prima LaserNextfive-axis laser cutting cells, and hot stamping focused metallurgical lab. Mike has 47 years of industry experience in automated processes for hot forming and cold stamping, has authored a number of papers and is a frequent speaker on metalforming subjects.
Eren Billur

Eren Billur

Technical Manager, Billur Metal Form

After studying at Baskent University and Virginia Commonwealth University, Eren ...

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Eren Billur

Eren Billur

Technical Manager, Billur Metal Form

After studying at Baskent University and Virginia Commonwealth University, Eren Billur graduated and received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University in 2013. As a successful researcher at the Center for Precision Forming, he was responsible for the coordination of sheet forming research. His focus is set on comprehensive topics such as material characterization, sheet metal forming processes and finite element simulations. Eren worked as an Assistant Professor of Automotive Engineering at Atilim University, between 2014 and 2018. He is now technical manager of Billur Makine and Billur Metal Form companies, both located in Ankara, Turkey. He has authored/co-authored more than 20 scientific papers (including proceedings) and contributed to four books, including "Hot Stamping of Ultra High Strength Steels," published in late 2018.
Bob Kollins

Bob Kollins

Senior Applications Engineer, Technical Sales & Solutions Limited

Bob has been employed in the resistance welding industry for 27 years. He began ...

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Bob Kollins

Bob Kollins

Senior Applications Engineer, Technical Sales & Solutions Limited

Bob has been employed in the resistance welding industry for 27 years. He began his career with Unitek Miyachi in 1992 as a senior application engineer and later as a region manger. He has co-authored several papers on the subject of fastener welding to hot Stamped/press hardened steels.
Tim Lim

Tim Lim

Project Manager of FEA, ArcelorMittal

Timothy Lim is a Project Manager of FEA at ArcelorMittal-Dofasco (GP) in Hamilto...

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Tim Lim

Tim Lim

Project Manager of FEA, ArcelorMittal

Timothy Lim is a Project Manager of FEA at ArcelorMittal-Dofasco (GP) in Hamilton, ON, Canada. He has over 30 years' experience in the steel industry and has an engineering degree in Metallurgy from the University of Toronto, as well as a Master's in mechanical engineering from McMaster University. His interests are in the application of FEA (both forming/stamping and structural) to the optimal utilization of materials in automotive structures. He has been working in this area for the past 20 years and has presented some of his work at the GDIS (Great Designs and Steel) and SAE conferences.
Andrzej Nycz

Andrzej Nycz

R&D Staff, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Dr. Andrzej Nycz is a member of the Manufacturing Systems Research Group at Oak ...

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Andrzej Nycz

Andrzej Nycz

R&D Staff, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Dr. Andrzej Nycz is a member of the Manufacturing Systems Research Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Andrzej received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Warsaw University of Technology in 2003. In 2002, he joined the Industrial Institute for Automation and Robotics in Warsaw as a research engineer until 2005. His areas of focus were industrial machine vision and mobile robotics. From there, Andrzej attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) to pursue a doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering. He received his Ph.D in 2012. During his time at UTK, Andrzej researched machine vision, telerobotics and biorobotics. Since 2013, he has worked on developing robotic systems in 3D printing with a focus on large-scale metal printing at the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility of ORNL.
Gerald Schulz

Gerald Schulz

Global Director of Press Hardening Syste..., Fagor Arrasate USA, Inc.

Gerald Schulz is Global Director Press Hardening for Fagor Arasate S. Corp., and...

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Gerald Schulz

Gerald Schulz

Global Director of Press Hardening Systems, Fagor Arrasate USA, Inc.

Gerald Schulz is Global Director Press Hardening for Fagor Arasate S. Corp., and has broad national and international experience in the automotive industry. He has worked in the automotive supply industry since 1990 in mechanical and plant engineering, including more than 20 years in management at Tier One and Tier Two suppliers.
Robert Scoville

Robert Scoville

Applications Engineer, TRUMPF Inc.

Rob has been involved in 5 axis laser cutting and welding processing for 22 year...

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Robert Scoville

Robert Scoville

Applications Engineer, TRUMPF Inc.

Rob has been involved in 5 axis laser cutting and welding processing for 22 years. Functioning in several roles, including: offline programming, set-up, quality, fixture design,project and department management. Currently, Rob is an application engineer at the TRUMPF Laser Application Center in Plymouth, MI, and has held this position for the past four years.
Jon Tibbets

Jon Tibbets

Regional Sales Manager, SEYI America, Inc.

Jon Tibbets is regional sales manager for Seyi America. He has spent nearly 40 y...

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Jon Tibbets

Jon Tibbets

Regional Sales Manager, SEYI America, Inc.

Jon Tibbets is regional sales manager for Seyi America. He has spent nearly 40 years working in the metal stamping industry. He has been a machine repair technician, maintenance supervisor, manager, and director; has owned his own supply company and rep firm selling presses; and has worked for several international stamping equipment companies.

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May 26 - October 28

Non-Member: $300 per person

PMA Member: $150 per person

October 29 - November 15

Non-Member: $399 per person

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November 16 - November 30

Non-Member: $449 per person

PMA Member: $249 per person


Hyatt Place Detroit Novi

46080 Grand River Ave. | Nov, MI | 48374

Rate: $129 per night plus applicable taxes

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