Forging Industry Association
June 2017 Quick Read Newsletter

Welcome, Charter Steel and Dyson Corporation

FIA is pleased to welcome two new members to the association: supplier Charter Steel and producer Dyson Corporation.

Charter Steel is located in Saukville, Wisconsin. Charter provides steel bar to the forging industry. Jon Knight, Marketing Manager, will serve as Charter’s official representative to FIA.

Dyson Corporation is located in Painesville, Ohio. Dyson supplies forgings to the defense, industrial, off-highway, agricultural and railroad markets. James P. Higgins, President, will serve as Dyson’s official representative to FIA.

There Is Still Time to Register for the First Line Supervisory Development Seminar

The first line supervisor is the bridge between line staff and management. Since the first line supervisor communicates with both of these groups on a continual basis, it is this person who is the first to know if a policy or procedure is not working, or if staffing patterns need to change. Management must recognize the important role first line supervisors play, and provide them with the best resources available to keep their companies performing at high levels.

FIA's First Line Supervisory Development Seminar provides those resources. Led by management training expert Rod Allwood, the course will be held June 20–22, 2017, in Cleveland. The three-day curriculum was developed to help first line supervisors enhance the following skills that are critical to their positions:

  • Leadership and relationship building.
  • Communication.
  • Interpersonal problem solving.
  • Personal development and performance improvement.

Visit the First Line Supervisory Development Seminar online registration page to learn more and register.

FIA Now Accepting Applications for 2017 Management Development Institute (MDI)

FIA is now accepting applications for its third series of Management Development Institute (MDI) sessions. The MDI program helps middle managers learn practical skills and strategies ranging from time and financial management to delegation, communication and negotiation.

MDI participants in 2017 will attend three sessions in Cleveland: July 30–August 1, October 1–3 and December 3–5, 2017. Each session includes discussions, activities and case studies to support three topics important to today's forging managers.

The topics that will be covered during the 2017 MDI course are:

Session 1 (July 30–August 1, 2017)

  • Objective Setting, Delegation & Time Management
  • Business Law: Contracts, Terms & Conditions
  • Effective Business Communications

Session 2 (October 1–3, 2017)

  • Planning Strategy & Business Models
  • Industrial Markets, Marketing & Sales
  • Managing & Developing Your Human Resources

Session 3 (December 3–5, 2017)

  • Financial Management & Non-Routine Decision Making
  • Negotiations When Developing & Managing the Supply Chain
  • Professional Development & Networking in the Forging Industry

To read detailed summaries of each of these topics and see an agenda for each session, click here.

To apply for the 2017 MDI course, download the MDI application

June 2017 Economic Charts From Clearview Economics Available

The latest “essential” charts from Dr. Ken Mayland of ClearView Economics are available for download here. The charts cover many facets of the economy, and they come with comments from Dr. Mayland.

Two Lightweighting Research Reports Posted

Lightweighting of components is a goal of many OEMs across markets. FIA members now have access to two Forging Industry Educational and Research Foundation (FIERF)-sponsored research reports on the subject, particularly addressing heavy duty vehicles:

The research was conducted by professors and students at North Carolina State and Marquette Universities. For more articles on lightweighting and other topics sponsored by FIERF, see the Technical Library.

See the next article to participate in June 27 and July 6 webinars to hear directly from the researchers of this project.

Contact the foundation office at [email protected] or 216-781-6260 for more information.

Webinars Scheduled on Weight Reduction of Forged Parts in Heavy Duty Vehicles

FIA members will not want to miss this opportunity to hear directly from FIERF research partners on results for reducing the weight of forged parts used in heavy duty trucks. Two one-hour webinars will focus on:

Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 1 p.m. EDT

  • Study objectives, methodology used to identify and quantify weight reduction of forged components in class 7 and 8 heavy duty vehicle powertrain
  • Estimation of weight reduction of selected powertrain components through hollow geometry and bimetallic metals (FEA)
  • Forging of hollow axle shaft using differential heating concepts (FEA)
  • Weight reduction of forgings via innovative heat treatment scheme (FEA)

Thursday, July 6, 2017, 1 p.m. EDT

  • Forging of gear box hollow counter shaft, main shaft and hollow pinion gear shaft using differential heating concept (FEA)
  • Potential of forging power transmission shafts using bimetallic billets (FEA)
  • Response to questions of participants

These two webinars will focus on the lightweighting reports announced in the previous article.

Space is limited. To receive a link to connect to the webinar and/or pose a question to the researchers, email [email protected]

PVD Coatings, High Entropy Alloy Welding and Quench Tank Design Research Funding Awarded

The Forging Foundation has awarded research grants for the following projects in the coming year:

“Laboratory Testing to Identify Permanent PVD Coatings to Minimize Lubricants Use During Forging;” Professors Kester Clarke and Stephen Midson, Colorado School of Mines; Project Interface team: Rob Mayer, Queen City Forge; Al Underys, Finkl Steel; Pat Miller, Bohler-Uddeholm.

“Characterization of a High Entropy Alloy Welding Process for Application to Forging Dies;” Professor Marcus Young, University of North Texas; Project partners: Rob Mayer, Queen City Forge; Darryl Hammock, Weld Mold Company.

“High Strength, High Toughness Microalloyed Steel Forging Project – Quench Tank;” Professor Tony DeArdo, University of Pittsburgh; Project Interface Team: Graham McIntosh, Universal Stainless; Carl McLean and Fred Knabe, Meadville Forge; Tom Zorc, TimkenSteel.

For more information about FIERF-funded projects, please contact the foundation office at [email protected] or 216-781-6260.

Advanced Technology International signs 9-year, $333 million cooperative agreement to lead the Metals Affordability Initiative

Advanced Technology International (ATI) signed a nine-year, $333 million cooperative agreement to lead the Metals Affordability Initiative (MAI), a consortium sponsored by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory and cost-shared by industry. The initiative is dedicated to leveraging consolidated government and industry resources to reduce costs, accelerate implementation, and enhance the supplier base for critical turbine engine, airframe, and space components. This will be the third iteration of MAI, which was originally established in 1999. The initiative has resulted in scores of actual and anticipated improvements to defense systems.

To learn more about ATI’s current programs, visit

Upcoming Events

FIA First Line Supervisory Development Seminar
June 20–22, 2017
Cleveland, Ohio

FIA Management Development Institute (MDI) Session 1
July 30–August 1, 2017
Cleveland, Ohio

International Forgemasters Meeting (IFM)
September 11–14, 2017
Graz, Austria

International Forging Congress (IFC)
September 17–22, 2017
Hangzhou, China