Products and Services

STATISTICAL & BENCHMARKING SERVICES

Marketing

Industry Orders & Shipments/End-use Markets - Custom Forgings **
Outlines trends in custom forging order bookings and shipments, by dollar value of ferrous/non-ferrous and high-temperature metals in North America; periodic and annual reports include comparisons to prior months and years.  Industry segments independently reported include:  Impression Die Forging, Open Die Forging and Seamless Rolled Ring Forging.

To participate in the 2013 Annual Orders, Shipments & End Use Markets (Click here)

Forging Industry Profits **
 Annual review of Profit and Loss Statements; Total industry plus industry segments (Impression Die and Open Die/Rolled Ring) independently reported. Participating member companies are ranked in quartiles/groups in the Total Industry and their Industry Segment.

Marketing Benchmarking **
A measure for comparing your forging sales operations with similar FIA member companies in North America.  Rejection rates, inventory turns, on-time delivery, receivable turns and quoting success rates are some of the benchmarks included.

FIA Marketing Forecasting Service **
The Forging Industry Association and IHS Global Insight, provides a quarterly forecasting report to help you monitor economic trends in the industry and grow your business. This report will show summary forecast views of business drivers with detailed market analysis by forging segments and end-use markets to monitor changes in the business environment and much more.

Compensation

Annual Hourly Wage & Benefit Survey**
Comprehensive wage and benefit information for production workers reported by geographic region and union/non-union affiliation.

Management Compensation Survey**
Conducted yearly, this survey covers both supervisory and 31 management job descriptions.  Wage and benefit information is reported by geographic and company sales classification.

Safety

Occupational Injury & Illness Reporting **
Based on OSHA 300 log data, this yearly survey breaks forging industry injury and illness data into four comparative size groups (based on number of employees).   Format includes average OSHA recordable frequency rate, incidence and severity rates, restricted duty days, and more.

Safety Awards
Presented yearly in four plant size categories, these awards recognize outstanding safety records in the forging industry.  Based on OSHA 300 forms, plaques are awarded for First, Second and Third place incidence rates.  An improvement award is also selected in each size category.

Creating a Safety Culture
In today's industrial climate, many organizations are implementing new methods for involving and motivating employees to focus on safety, making safety a priority. This program endeavors to recognize and share the most notable, innovative and effective safety programs implemented by FIA member companies.

** Summary Reports are available to participating companies only


TRAINING/EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES

FIA Forging University
The Forging University is an interactive, web-based training center for FIA Members.  It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from your office, home or on the go.  The University, offers over 100 training courses in forging, human resources, management, safety, customer service and sales.

Die Design
Basic Principles of Forging Die Design
A four-day course dealing with the interaction of forging principles and design practices.

Press Forging Fundamentals & Die Design
A four-day course on tool design practices for presses with emphasis on quick tool change and press operation.

Supervisory
First Line Supervisory Development Workshop
Focus is on communication, decision making and problem solving skills through interactive small group participation for both the new and veteran supervisor.

Forge Fair
FIA's biennial conference and exhibition dedicated to the metal forging process features the products and services of the world's leading industry suppliers.  Forging company executives from 15 + countries normally attend, which includes over 2/3 of all North American forging companies.

Forging Industry Technical Conference
Opportunity for industry, academic, customer and research community to hear, see and learn about advances in forging technology, applications in use, developments underway and research for the future.

Marketing Workshop
Annual conference for forging industry executives to improve their  sales and marketing skills, while learning more about their customer markets, including end use market forecasts.

Open Die/Rolled Ring Producers Meeting
Focused on topics and plant tours of specialized interest conducted for those in the open die and rolled ring segments of the forging industry. 

Plant Floor... targeted to shop level operations

Induction Heating Systems for Forgers
Introduction/refresher training for shop employees who maintain, set up and operate induction heating equipment.

Fundamentals of Ferrous Metallurgy
Seminar provides an understanding of metallurgical principles involved in the forging process, from steel making through final testing of forgings.

Non-ferrous Metallurgy
Seminar provides a forging specific understanding of non-ferrous metallurgy

Mechanical Press Maintenance Workshop
Emphasis of the Workshop is "Predictive and Preventative Maintenance elements of the Mechanical Press

To further meet the employee training needs of FIA members, we are pleased to announce an expansion of online course offerings, in partnership with Kent State University. 

PROFESSIONAL GROWTH/NETWORKING

Area Meetings
Regional meetings of FIA Members mean less travel time away from the plant, and provide an excellent opportunity to meet with other forging executives/operating staff in your area. Agenda items typically reflect current concerns in the industry.

Annual Meeting of Members
Executive leadership training, professional speakers, and member discussion roundtables highlight this event, which also includes the Annual Election of new Directors and other official business of the Association.

Fall Meeting of Members
An additional opportunity for industry leaders to meet at a leadership improvement and problem solving meeting... shorter than the Annual Meeting, with more interaction opportunities provided for members to share information.

Board/Committee Membership
Personal involvement brings value to FIA Membership.  Contact the FIA Office to learn more about participating with any of the following industry committees:

FIA Board of Directors  Plant Engineering
FIERF Board of Trustees  Marketing
Safety & Health Open Die/Seamless
Technical Rolled Ring

TECHNICAL RESOURCES

Forging Industry Handbook
A comprehensive overview and discussion of the modern forging process and of the technological advances made in manufacturing operations.

Product Design Guide for Forging
This 240-page book is a single-source set of guidelines intended to assist customers and potential customers in the design of parts to be forged.

Guideline Tolerances
Information related to manufacture and purchase of:

Precision Aluminum Forgings
Hot Forged Impression Die Forgings:  Hammer, Press & Upsetter
Seamless Rolled Rings

Note: These booklets have been incorporated into FIA's Product Design Guide for Forging.

Open Die Forging Technology
This handbook compiles information on manufacturing equipment, methods and design considerations of open die forgings and includes a special section on Ring Rolling.

Induction Heating for Forging
Hands-on guide to operation and basic maintenance of Induction Heating equipment.


INDUSTRY R&D ACTIVITIES

Forging Industry Vision of the Future
The Industry Vision statement is the first step in an industry cooperative partnership with government, national research labs, customer and supplier industries to develop new technology toward improving competitiveness and capabilities of forging companies.  The Vision document describes: 

  • The desired state of the forging industry in the year 2020; Strategic objectives and performance targets are identified to achieve this Vision;
  • Current and future challenges, and barriers which impact technology development;
  • Market, business and societal factors which will drive changes in the industry

Forging Industry Technology Roadmap
The second step in the technology partnership... the Roadmap document provides a blueprint of required research and technology milestones needed to achieve the strategic targets outlined in the Industry Vision.  The 50-page booklet focuses on three key areas:

  • Tooling and materials
  • Quality and productivity
  • Energy and environment

Priority research and development goals for the industry are contained in Forging Industry Technology Roadmap Update.

Forging Defense Manufacturing Consortium (FDMC)
FDMC is a forging industry partnership serving the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency.  This program targets Business Enterprise Integration to address forging supply chain issues; Deployment of new forging design and acquisition technologies; and Research & Development toward improved forging readiness.

Collaborative Opportunities
FIA is able to help leverage collaborative industry, academic and government action toward needed research on behalf of individual, or smaller companies which they might not be able to accomplish or afford on their own.  "Collaborative Research in the Forging Industry" is a how-to publication to encourage FIA Member interest and participation in collaborative research.

University Partnerships

Magnet School Program
The Magnet School Program builds relationships at the university level to increase awareness and knowledge of the forging industry and process among engineering and metallurgy students.

Colorado School of Mines
Since 1992, Colorado School of Mines (CSM) has been the home of the FIERF (Forging Industry Educational & Research Foundation) Named Professorship.  The University's Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center (ASPPRC) conducts forging relevant research on materials manufacture and improvement.

Forging Industry Fellows at Ohio State University
FIA and FIERF support three graduate student researchers' participation in Die Material and Lubrication project research and development work at Ohio State University.

Finkl Challenge Grants
FIERF grants funding to promote and conduct research needed and important to the forging industry.


SAFETY & REGULATORY ASSISTANCE

OSHA/Safety

News from the FIA Safety Committee & Safety Newsletter
Published quarterly, this newsletter highlights new regulatory action.  Articles include information useful in compliance matters.  Also brings you up to date with the projects and programs of FIA in addressing safety in our industry.

Forging Safety Manual
Written by the FIA Safety & Health Committee and published by the National Safety Council, the Forging Safety Manual is an invaluable reference for all forging producers and suppliers.

Safety & Health Orientation for the Forging Industry
For use as new employee safety orientation and refresher training, this 23-minute video addresses basic safety and health issues in the forging industry, including employee responsibilities, PPE, safe lifting, first aid and more.

Hammer & Press Safety Video
A must-have training video for forge hammer or press operators!  Packaged together on one tape, separate sections speak directly to your operational crews about the safe operation of their equipment.  Topics include:  Crew Safety Responsibilities, Set-Up, Heating, Guarding & Forging.

"The Forgers" Video
This 30-minute video was produced by OSHA for OSHA Compliance Officers to explain industry hazards.

Frequently Asked OSHA Questions
A compilation of common forging industry OSHA questions ranging from machine guarding to noise, inspections and more.

Safety Help
The FIA Safety Committee is a resource for your safety and health questions.


MARKETING ACTIVITIES

Customer Information

Request for Quote
A free service available exclusively to FIA Members to obtain RFQs over the internet.  Open to forging customers and prospects worldwide, requests are received on average of one per day.

Forging Customer List
Available to FIA Members only, FIA has assembled the names of thousands of customers using reader lists from several North American design and purchasing-oriented trade publications.  Names have also been added from various customer-oriented trade shows at which FIA has exhibited.  Design engineers and purchasing managers are the primary listings.

Benchmarking

Industry Orders & Shipments/End-use Markets - Custom Forgings **
Outlines trends in custom forging order bookings and shipments, by dollar value of ferrous/non-ferrous and high-temperature metals in North America; periodic and annual reports include comparisons to prior months and years.  Industry segments independently reported include:  Impression Die Forging, Open Die Forging and Seamless Rolled Ring Forging.

Forging Industry Profits **
Quarterly reports, plus annual review of the industry Profit and Loss Statement; Total industry plus industry segments (Impression Die and Open Die/Rolled Ring) independently reported.  Participating member companies are ranked in quartiles/groups in the Total Industry and their Industry Segment. 

Marketing Benchmarking **
A measure for comparing your forging sales operations with similar FIA member companies in North America.  Rejection rates, inventory turns, on-time delivery, receivable turns and quoting success rates are some of the benchmarks included.

Marketing Workshop
Annual conference for forging industry executives to improve their sales and marketing skills, while learning more about their customer markets, including end use market forecasts.

Economic Summaries/Bi-Annual Outlooks

Global Insights (formerly DRI-WEFA) provides FIA  Members exclusive bi-annual macro-economic forecast summaries and economic data and forecasts for the top 20 forging markets.  Information on relevant issues such as raw material and energy costs, exports and interest rates is included.

** Summary Reports are available to participating companies only


OUTREACH PROGRAMS

Customer

Web Advertising
Member forging producers and suppliers may advertise their companies on FIA website pages visited by their target audience and selected for their consistently high viewing rates. Classified advertising is also available.

Forging Capability Guide
This 60+ page reference CD-Rom is published to assist the design engineering community in locating custom producers of forged metal components in the United States, Canada and Mexico.  It identifies FIA Member custom forging producers by the four major forging processes -- impression die, open die, seamless rolled ring, and cold forging.  A cross reference of other forging capabilities is included.  A continuously updated and fully searchable version of this Guide is also available as a Buyers Guide on the Internet here.

The Forging Advantage CD-ROM
Designed for the young engineer or anyone who wants to become more familiar with the forging process, this new CD-ROM offers the user an interactive method of locating information they desire.  Main sections of the CD include a learning library, end use marketing applications, materials, process comparisons and links to FIA Member forging producers.

Facts and Guideline Tolerances
For customer education and use, three booklets are available:

  • Facts & Guideline Tolerances for Precision Aluminum Forgings
  • Guideline Tolerances for Hot Forged Impression Die Forgings:  Hammer, Press and Upsetter
  • Facts & Guideline Allowances and Tolerances for Seamless Rolled Rings

Product Design Guide for Forging
This 240-page book is a single-source set of guidelines intended to assist customers and potential customers in the design of parts to be forged.

Customer Trade Show Participation
Each year, FIA's Marketing Committee recommends trade shows for the Association's participation.  These shows are chosen to promote  industry exposure to customer design engineers and direct them  to members of the Association as potential suppliers.  Examples include:

  • Minexpo International
  • Offshore Technology Conference
  • Gear Expo
  • SAE International Auto Congress and Expo

The Forging Decision
The theme of "Think Forging First" is the focus of this video, and is designed to acquaint students at the university level with the forging industry... can also be used for general orientation with employees and customers.

Career Opportunities

Forge Your Future
“Forge Your Future” is an interactive CD-ROM designed to encourage university students to pursue careers in the forging industry.  The CD provides information about the forging industry, forging processes and allows students to hear young industry employees, like themselves, talking about the opportunities they have found in the forging industry.  Can be packaged with your company materials for use in your recruiting efforts at Career Fairs.

Forging Career Website
The industry's on-line career site is careers.forging.org where those interested in a career in the forging industry can:

  • Search for current job postings by career path and geographic area;
  • Apply on-line for openings of interest; and
  • Post their resume to be made available to all FIA MemberCompanies

Academic Outreach

FIERF Named Professor
The Forging Industry Educational & Research Foundation (FIERF) Named Professor at Colorado School of Mines, Dr. Chet Van Tyne, teaches and conducts research pertinent to the forging industry and works with Magnet School Professors to promote forging curriculum.

FIERF Fellowship
The FIERF Fellowship provides support of one candidate for related graduate research each year at a FIERF Magnet School.  Recent studies include: Effects of Induction Processing on the Mechanical Properties of Steels with Various Core Microstructure and Workability of Medium Carbon 1045 Forging Steel with Residual Copper.

Forging Industry Fellows at Ohio State University
FIA and FIERF support three graduate student researchers' participation in Innovative Die Material and Lubrication Strategies work at Ohio State University.

Forging Industry Association Assistantships at University of Waterloo
An endowed fund at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario provides funds for support of students interested in forging related work.

Magnet School Program
The Magnet School Programs builds a relationship with university professors to increase awareness and knowledge of the forging industry among university engineering and metallurgy students.  The program goal is to provide future engineers an appreciation of the value of the properties of forgings and to attract new generations of students into the forging industry as a career.

Finkl Challenge Grants
Funding for university student forging-related research is available through FIERF.  Past projects have investigated Proper Hot Forging Temperatures for Various Steel Grades, Friction Measurements, Role of Initial Microstructure on Hardness & Shape Variability in Steel Components, and Study of Premium H-13 for Improved Toughness and Temperature Resistance.

Charles W. Finkl Scholarships
Scholarships are awarded in memory of Charles W. Finkl, longtime supporter of industry educational activities.


HUMAN RESOURCES

Industry Compensation Surveys

Annual Hourly Wage & Benefit Survey**
Comprehensive wage and benefit information for production workers reported by geographic region and union/non-union affiliation.  The survey is conducted yearly.

Management Compensation Survey**
Conducted yearly, this survey covers both supervisory and 29 management job descriptions.  Wage and benefit information is reported by geographic and company forging sales classifications.

** Summary reports are available to participating companies only

Industry Orientation

Forging - Making the World Work Video
Designed as a new employee orientation, this video provides a general overview of what the forging industry is, what it does, how forgings are used and the industry's contribution to the North American economy.  "Making the World Work" presents a capsule view of the vitality and diversity of the North American forging industry. 

Recruitment Assistance

Forge Your Future
“Forge Your Future” is an interactive CD-ROM designed to encourage university students to pursue careers in the forging industry.  The CD provides information on the forging industry, forging processes and allows students to hear young industry employees, like themselves, talking about the opportunities they have found in the forging industry.  Can be packaged with your company materials for use in your recruiting efforts at Career Fairs.

Forging Career Website
FIA Members have a no charge opportunity to:

  • Post available job openings;
  • Manage job postings on line
  • Have access to posted resumes

WEBSITE SERVICES

Users of FIA's Internet Web Site will find a wealth of information about the forging process, the North American forging industry and producers of forged products.  Some key sections include:  What's New Updates, Catalog of Products, Calendar of Events and Producer and Supplier Buyers Guides.

A special password-controlled "Members Only" section provides FIA Members access to specific member services, additional opportunities to review current news publications, committee-provided services, alerts, advisories and referrals.

Buyers Guides
All FIA Members are listed on the FIA website and can be linked to their own company site at no cost.  Custom forging producers are included in the searchable Custom Forging Producers Capability Guide.  Suppliers are listed by product/service categories.

Virtual Trade Show
Virtual Trade Show allows companies exhibiting at Forge Fair to advertise their products and services on the FIA website for months before and after the show.

Training

Forging University
The Forging University in an interactive, web-based training center for FIA Members.  The University offers more than 100 training courses in forging, human relations, management, safety, customer service and sales.

Publications

Catalog of Products
FIA materials, publications and videos can be ordered on-line from the FIA website 24/7.

Research Reports
Foundation sponsored student research, publications of the Colorado School of Mines Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center are available on the FIA Website.  Use the site's search function to find specific information.

Surplus Materials
On-line listings of surplus materials for Buy, Sell or Trade, from FIA Member Companies are provided as a member service.

Human Resources 

Job Posting/Resume Review
The FIA Career Center allows FIA Members to post job openings and view resumes of individuals seeking employment in the forging industry at no cost.    Positions are posted, edited or deleted at your convenience from your desktop. 

Marketing Resources

Request for Quote
A free service available exclusively to FIA Members to obtain RFQs over the internet.  Open to forging customers and prospects worldwide, requests are received on average of one per day.

Web Advertising
Member forging producers and suppliers may advertise their companies on FIA website pages visited by their target audience and selected for their consistently high viewing rates. Classified advertising is also available.

Global Insight Economic Summaries/End Use Market Forcasts
Global Insights provides FIA Members exclusive bi-annual macro-economic forecast summaries and economic data and forecasts for the top 20 forging markets.  Information on relevant issues such as raw material and energy costs, exports and interest rates is included.

Offshore Forging Competitive Market Survey
In an effort to better understand how and why imported forgings are grabbing an increasing share of the North American market, FIA commissioned a formal, third party study in 2002 to research the issue.  30-page Executive Summary and order form for full report are available on-line.


OTHER SERVICES

Publications

Washington & You Updates
As needed, Legislative Alerts, Trade Bulletins, Action Calls and other in-depth information advisories from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) are updated monthly on FIA's website.

For Sale/Wanted
A low cost way to contact forging producers in North America for equipment, material, etc., whether you're looking to acquire or to liquidate.

FIA Directory
A quick reference you'll want to have next to your phone.  FIA's Membership Directory provides names of member companies, personnel, committee members and more.

FIA Quick-Read
FIA's Membership newsletter provides news of the industry, upcoming meetings and events to keep you informed.  

Surplus Materials Listing
Specialized "for sale" listing of surplus materials held by and available from FIA Members... in electronic format.

Discount Services

Hertz Rent a Car
FIA's Hertz Discount Program will save you up to 10% off daily, standard or leisure rates for all classes every time you rent a car from Hertz.

YRC Freight Discounts
FIA Discount Freight Program offers immediate and significant cost-saving discounts on outbound and inbound, short or long-haul freight shipments and related services.

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STATISTICAL & BENCHMARKING SERVICES

Marketing

Industry Orders & Shipments/End-use Markets - Custom Forgings **
Outlines trends in custom forging order bookings and shipments, by dollar value of ferrous/non-ferrous and high-temperature metals in North America; periodic and annual reports include comparisons to prior months and years.  Industry segments independently reported include:  Impression Die Forging, Open Die Forging and Seamless Rolled Ring Forging.

To participate in the 2013 Annual Orders, Shipments & End Use Markets (Click here)

Forging Industry Profits **
 Annual review of Profit and Loss Statements; Total industry plus industry segments (Impression Die and Open Die/Rolled Ring) independently reported. Participating member companies are ranked in quartiles/groups in the Total Industry and their Industry Segment.

Marketing Benchmarking **
A measure for comparing your forging sales operations with similar FIA member companies in North America.  Rejection rates, inventory turns, on-time delivery, receivable turns and quoting success rates are some of the benchmarks included.

FIA Marketing Forecasting Service **
The Forging Industry Association and IHS Global Insight, provides a quarterly forecasting report to help you monitor economic trends in the industry and grow your business. This report will show summary forecast views of business drivers with detailed market analysis by forging segments and end-use markets to monitor changes in the business environment and much more.

Compensation

Annual Hourly Wage & Benefit Survey**
Comprehensive wage and benefit information for production workers reported by geographic region and union/non-union affiliation.

Management Compensation Survey**
Conducted yearly, this survey covers both supervisory and 31 management job descriptions.  Wage and benefit information is reported by geographic and company sales classification.

Safety

Occupational Injury & Illness Reporting **
Based on OSHA 300 log data, this yearly survey breaks forging industry injury and illness data into four comparative size groups (based on number of employees).   Format includes average OSHA recordable frequency rate, incidence and severity rates, restricted duty days, and more.

Safety Awards
Presented yearly in four plant size categories, these awards recognize outstanding safety records in the forging industry.  Based on OSHA 300 forms, plaques are awarded for First, Second and Third place incidence rates.  An improvement award is also selected in each size category.

Creating a Safety Culture
In today\'s industrial climate, many organizations are implementing new methods for involving and motivating employees to focus on safety, making safety a priority. This program endeavors to recognize and share the most notable, innovative and effective safety programs implemented by FIA member companies.

** Summary Reports are available to participating companies only


TRAINING/EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES

FIA Forging University
The Forging University is an interactive, web-based training center for FIA Members.  It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from your office, home or on the go.  The University, offers over 100 training courses in forging, human resources, management, safety, customer service and sales.

Die Design
Basic Principles of Forging Die Design
A four-day course dealing with the interaction of forging principles and design practices.

Press Forging Fundamentals & Die Design
A four-day course on tool design practices for presses with emphasis on quick tool change and press operation.

Supervisory
First Line Supervisory Development Workshop
Focus is on communication, decision making and problem solving skills through interactive small group participation for both the new and veteran supervisor.

Forge Fair
FIA\'s biennial conference and exhibition dedicated to the metal forging process features the products and services of the world\'s leading industry suppliers.  Forging company executives from 15 + countries normally attend, which includes over 2/3 of all North American forging companies.

Forging Industry Technical Conference
Opportunity for industry, academic, customer and research community to hear, see and learn about advances in forging technology, applications in use, developments underway and research for the future.

Marketing Workshop
Annual conference for forging industry executives to improve their  sales and marketing skills, while learning more about their customer markets, including end use market forecasts.

Open Die/Rolled Ring Producers Meeting
Focused on topics and plant tours of specialized interest conducted for those in the open die and rolled ring segments of the forging industry. 

Plant Floor... targeted to shop level operations

Induction Heating Systems for Forgers
Introduction/refresher training for shop employees who maintain, set up and operate induction heating equipment.

Fundamentals of Ferrous Metallurgy
Seminar provides an understanding of metallurgical principles involved in the forging process, from steel making through final testing of forgings.

Non-ferrous Metallurgy
Seminar provides a forging specific understanding of non-ferrous metallurgy

Mechanical Press Maintenance Workshop
Emphasis of the Workshop is "Predictive and Preventative Maintenance elements of the Mechanical Press

To further meet the employee training needs of FIA members, we are pleased to announce an expansion of online course offerings, in partnership with Kent State University. 

PROFESSIONAL GROWTH/NETWORKING

Area Meetings
Regional meetings of FIA Members mean less travel time away from the plant, and provide an excellent opportunity to meet with other forging executives/operating staff in your area. Agenda items typically reflect current concerns in the industry.

Annual Meeting of Members
Executive leadership training, professional speakers, and member discussion roundtables highlight this event, which also includes the Annual Election of new Directors and other official business of the Association.

Fall Meeting of Members
An additional opportunity for industry leaders to meet at a leadership improvement and problem solving meeting... shorter than the Annual Meeting, with more interaction opportunities provided for members to share information.

Board/Committee Membership
Personal involvement brings value to FIA Membership.  Contact the FIA Office to learn more about participating with any of the following industry committees:

FIA Board of Directors  Plant Engineering
FIERF Board of Trustees  Marketing
Safety & Health Open Die/Seamless
Technical Rolled Ring

TECHNICAL RESOURCES

Forging Industry Handbook
A comprehensive overview and discussion of the modern forging process and of the technological advances made in manufacturing operations.

Product Design Guide for Forging
This 240-page book is a single-source set of guidelines intended to assist customers and potential customers in the design of parts to be forged.

Guideline Tolerances
Information related to manufacture and purchase of:

Precision Aluminum Forgings
Hot Forged Impression Die Forgings:  Hammer, Press & Upsetter
Seamless Rolled Rings

Note: These booklets have been incorporated into FIA\'s Product Design Guide for Forging.

Open Die Forging Technology
This handbook compiles information on manufacturing equipment, methods and design considerations of open die forgings and includes a special section on Ring Rolling.

Induction Heating for Forging
Hands-on guide to operation and basic maintenance of Induction Heating equipment.


INDUSTRY R&D ACTIVITIES

Forging Industry Vision of the Future
The Industry Vision statement is the first step in an industry cooperative partnership with government, national research labs, customer and supplier industries to develop new technology toward improving competitiveness and capabilities of forging companies.  The Vision document describes: 

  • The desired state of the forging industry in the year 2020; Strategic objectives and performance targets are identified to achieve this Vision;
  • Current and future challenges, and barriers which impact technology development;
  • Market, business and societal factors which will drive changes in the industry

Forging Industry Technology Roadmap
The second step in the technology partnership... the Roadmap document provides a blueprint of required research and technology milestones needed to achieve the strategic targets outlined in the Industry Vision.  The 50-page booklet focuses on three key areas:

  • Tooling and materials
  • Quality and productivity
  • Energy and environment

Priority research and development goals for the industry are contained in Forging Industry Technology Roadmap Update.

Forging Defense Manufacturing Consortium (FDMC)
FDMC is a forging industry partnership serving the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency.  This program targets Business Enterprise Integration to address forging supply chain issues; Deployment of new forging design and acquisition technologies; and Research & Development toward improved forging readiness.

Collaborative Opportunities
FIA is able to help leverage collaborative industry, academic and government action toward needed research on behalf of individual, or smaller companies which they might not be able to accomplish or afford on their own.  "Collaborative Research in the Forging Industry" is a how-to publication to encourage FIA Member interest and participation in collaborative research.

University Partnerships

Magnet School Program
The Magnet School Program builds relationships at the university level to increase awareness and knowledge of the forging industry and process among engineering and metallurgy students.

Colorado School of Mines
Since 1992, Colorado School of Mines (CSM) has been the home of the FIERF (Forging Industry Educational & Research Foundation) Named Professorship.  The University\'s Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center (ASPPRC) conducts forging relevant research on materials manufacture and improvement.

Forging Industry Fellows at Ohio State University
FIA and FIERF support three graduate student researchers\' participation in Die Material and Lubrication project research and development work at Ohio State University.

Finkl Challenge Grants
FIERF grants funding to promote and conduct research needed and important to the forging industry.


SAFETY & REGULATORY ASSISTANCE

OSHA/Safety

News from the FIA Safety Committee & Safety Newsletter
Published quarterly, this newsletter highlights new regulatory action.  Articles include information useful in compliance matters.  Also brings you up to date with the projects and programs of FIA in addressing safety in our industry.

Forging Safety Manual
Written by the FIA Safety & Health Committee and published by the National Safety Council, the Forging Safety Manual is an invaluable reference for all forging producers and suppliers.

Safety & Health Orientation for the Forging Industry
For use as new employee safety orientation and refresher training, this 23-minute video addresses basic safety and health issues in the forging industry, including employee responsibilities, PPE, safe lifting, first aid and more.

Hammer & Press Safety Video
A must-have training video for forge hammer or press operators!  Packaged together on one tape, separate sections speak directly to your operational crews about the safe operation of their equipment.  Topics include:  Crew Safety Responsibilities, Set-Up, Heating, Guarding & Forging.

"The Forgers" Video
This 30-minute video was produced by OSHA for OSHA Compliance Officers to explain industry hazards.

Frequently Asked OSHA Questions
A compilation of common forging industry OSHA questions ranging from machine guarding to noise, inspections and more.

Safety Help
The FIA Safety Committee is a resource for your safety and health questions.


MARKETING ACTIVITIES

Customer Information

Request for Quote
A free service available exclusively to FIA Members to obtain RFQs over the internet.  Open to forging customers and prospects worldwide, requests are received on average of one per day.

Forging Customer List
Available to FIA Members only, FIA has assembled the names of thousands of customers using reader lists from several North American design and purchasing-oriented trade publications.  Names have also been added from various customer-oriented trade shows at which FIA has exhibited.  Design engineers and purchasing managers are the primary listings.

Benchmarking

Industry Orders & Shipments/End-use Markets - Custom Forgings **
Outlines trends in custom forging order bookings and shipments, by dollar value of ferrous/non-ferrous and high-temperature metals in North America; periodic and annual reports include comparisons to prior months and years.  Industry segments independently reported include:  Impression Die Forging, Open Die Forging and Seamless Rolled Ring Forging.

Forging Industry Profits **
Quarterly reports, plus annual review of the industry Profit and Loss Statement; Total industry plus industry segments (Impression Die and Open Die/Rolled Ring) independently reported.  Participating member companies are ranked in quartiles/groups in the Total Industry and their Industry Segment. 

Marketing Benchmarking **
A measure for comparing your forging sales operations with similar FIA member companies in North America.  Rejection rates, inventory turns, on-time delivery, receivable turns and quoting success rates are some of the benchmarks included.

Marketing Workshop
Annual conference for forging industry executives to improve their sales and marketing skills, while learning more about their customer markets, including end use market forecasts.

Economic Summaries/Bi-Annual Outlooks

Global Insights (formerly DRI-WEFA) provides FIA  Members exclusive bi-annual macro-economic forecast summaries and economic data and forecasts for the top 20 forging markets.  Information on relevant issues such as raw material and energy costs, exports and interest rates is included.

** Summary Reports are available to participating companies only


OUTREACH PROGRAMS

Customer

Web Advertising
Member forging producers and suppliers may advertise their companies on FIA website pages visited by their target audience and selected for their consistently high viewing rates. Classified advertising is also available.

Forging Capability Guide
This 60+ page reference CD-Rom is published to assist the design engineering community in locating custom producers of forged metal components in the United States, Canada and Mexico.  It identifies FIA Member custom forging producers by the four major forging processes -- impression die, open die, seamless rolled ring, and cold forging.  A cross reference of other forging capabilities is included.  A continuously updated and fully searchable version of this Guide is also available as a Buyers Guide on the Internet here.

The Forging Advantage CD-ROM
Designed for the young engineer or anyone who wants to become more familiar with the forging process, this new CD-ROM offers the user an interactive method of locating information they desire.  Main sections of the CD include a learning library, end use marketing applications, materials, process comparisons and links to FIA Member forging producers.

Facts and Guideline Tolerances
For customer education and use, three booklets are available:

  • Facts & Guideline Tolerances for Precision Aluminum Forgings
  • Guideline Tolerances for Hot Forged Impression Die Forgings:  Hammer, Press and Upsetter
  • Facts & Guideline Allowances and Tolerances for Seamless Rolled Rings

Product Design Guide for Forging
This 240-page book is a single-source set of guidelines intended to assist customers and potential customers in the design of parts to be forged.

Customer Trade Show Participation
Each year, FIA\'s Marketing Committee recommends trade shows for the Association\'s participation.  These shows are chosen to promote  industry exposure to customer design engineers and direct them  to members of the Association as potential suppliers.  Examples include:

  • Minexpo International
  • Offshore Technology Conference
  • Gear Expo
  • SAE International Auto Congress and Expo

The Forging Decision
The theme of "Think Forging First" is the focus of this video, and is designed to acquaint students at the university level with the forging industry... can also be used for general orientation with employees and customers.

Career Opportunities

Forge Your Future
“Forge Your Future” is an interactive CD-ROM designed to encourage university students to pursue careers in the forging industry.  The CD provides information about the forging industry, forging processes and allows students to hear young industry employees, like themselves, talking about the opportunities they have found in the forging industry.  Can be packaged with your company materials for use in your recruiting efforts at Career Fairs.

Forging Career Website
The industry\'s on-line career site is careers.forging.org where those interested in a career in the forging industry can:

  • Search for current job postings by career path and geographic area;
  • Apply on-line for openings of interest; and
  • Post their resume to be made available to all FIA MemberCompanies

Academic Outreach

FIERF Named Professor
The Forging Industry Educational & Research Foundation (FIERF) Named Professor at Colorado School of Mines, Dr. Chet Van Tyne, teaches and conducts research pertinent to the forging industry and works with Magnet School Professors to promote forging curriculum.

FIERF Fellowship
The FIERF Fellowship provides support of one candidate for related graduate research each year at a FIERF Magnet School.  Recent studies include: Effects of Induction Processing on the Mechanical Properties of Steels with Various Core Microstructure and Workability of Medium Carbon 1045 Forging Steel with Residual Copper.

Forging Industry Fellows at Ohio State University
FIA and FIERF support three graduate student researchers\' participation in Innovative Die Material and Lubrication Strategies work at Ohio State University.

Forging Industry Association Assistantships at University of Waterloo
An endowed fund at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario provides funds for support of students interested in forging related work.

Magnet School Program
The Magnet School Programs builds a relationship with university professors to increase awareness and knowledge of the forging industry among university engineering and metallurgy students.  The program goal is to provide future engineers an appreciation of the value of the properties of forgings and to attract new generations of students into the forging industry as a career.

Finkl Challenge Grants
Funding for university student forging-related research is available through FIERF.  Past projects have investigated Proper Hot Forging Temperatures for Various Steel Grades, Friction Measurements, Role of Initial Microstructure on Hardness & Shape Variability in Steel Components, and Study of Premium H-13 for Improved Toughness and Temperature Resistance.

Charles W. Finkl Scholarships
Scholarships are awarded in memory of Charles W. Finkl, longtime supporter of industry educational activities.


HUMAN RESOURCES

Industry Compensation Surveys

Annual Hourly Wage & Benefit Survey**
Comprehensive wage and benefit information for production workers reported by geographic region and union/non-union affiliation.  The survey is conducted yearly.

Management Compensation Survey**
Conducted yearly, this survey covers both supervisory and 29 management job descriptions.  Wage and benefit information is reported by geographic and company forging sales classifications.

** Summary reports are available to participating companies only

Industry Orientation

Forging - Making the World Work Video
Designed as a new employee orientation, this video provides a general overview of what the forging industry is, what it does, how forgings are used and the industry\'s contribution to the North American economy.  "Making the World Work" presents a capsule view of the vitality and diversity of the North American forging industry. 

Recruitment Assistance

Forge Your Future
“Forge Your Future” is an interactive CD-ROM designed to encourage university students to pursue careers in the forging industry.  The CD provides information on the forging industry, forging processes and allows students to hear young industry employees, like themselves, talking about the opportunities they have found in the forging industry.  Can be packaged with your company materials for use in your recruiting efforts at Career Fairs.

Forging Career Website
FIA Members have a no charge opportunity to:

  • Post available job openings;
  • Manage job postings on line
  • Have access to posted resumes

WEBSITE SERVICES

Users of FIA\'s Internet Web Site will find a wealth of information about the forging process, the North American forging industry and producers of forged products.  Some key sections include:  What\'s New Updates, Catalog of Products, Calendar of Events and Producer and Supplier Buyers Guides.

A special password-controlled "Members Only" section provides FIA Members access to specific member services, additional opportunities to review current news publications, committee-provided services, alerts, advisories and referrals.

Buyers Guides
All FIA Members are listed on the FIA website and can be linked to their own company site at no cost.  Custom forging producers are included in the searchable Custom Forging Producers Capability Guide.  Suppliers are listed by product/service categories.

Virtual Trade Show
Virtual Trade Show allows companies exhibiting at Forge Fair to advertise their products and services on the FIA website for months before and after the show.

Training

Forging University
The Forging University in an interactive, web-based training center for FIA Members.  The University offers more than 100 training courses in forging, human relations, management, safety, customer service and sales.

Publications

Catalog of Products
FIA materials, publications and videos can be ordered on-line from the FIA website 24/7.

Research Reports
Foundation sponsored student research, publications of the Colorado School of Mines Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center are available on the FIA Website.  Use the site\'s search function to find specific information.

Surplus Materials
On-line listings of surplus materials for Buy, Sell or Trade, from FIA Member Companies are provided as a member service.

Human Resources 

Job Posting/Resume Review
The FIA Career Center allows FIA Members to post job openings and view resumes of individuals seeking employment in the forging industry at no cost.    Positions are posted, edited or deleted at your convenience from your desktop. 

Marketing Resources

Request for Quote
A free service available exclusively to FIA Members to obtain RFQs over the internet.  Open to forging customers and prospects worldwide, requests are received on average of one per day.

Web Advertising
Member forging producers and suppliers may advertise their companies on FIA website pages visited by their target audience and selected for their consistently high viewing rates. Classified advertising is also available.

Global Insight Economic Summaries/End Use Market Forcasts
Global Insights provides FIA Members exclusive bi-annual macro-economic forecast summaries and economic data and forecasts for the top 20 forging markets.  Information on relevant issues such as raw material and energy costs, exports and interest rates is included.

Offshore Forging Competitive Market Survey
In an effort to better understand how and why imported forgings are grabbing an increasing share of the North American market, FIA commissioned a formal, third party study in 2002 to research the issue.  30-page Executive Summary and order form for full report are available on-line.


OTHER SERVICES

Publications

Washington & You Updates
As needed, Legislative Alerts, Trade Bulletins, Action Calls and other in-depth information advisories from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) are updated monthly on FIA\'s website.

For Sale/Wanted
A low cost way to contact forging producers in North America for equipment, material, etc., whether you\'re looking to acquire or to liquidate.

FIA Directory
A quick reference you\'ll want to have next to your phone.  FIA\'s Membership Directory provides names of member companies, personnel, committee members and more.

FIA Quick-Read
FIA\'s Membership newsletter provides news of the industry, upcoming meetings and events to keep you informed.  

Surplus Materials Listing
Specialized "for sale" listing of surplus materials held by and available from FIA Members... in electronic format.

Discount Services

Hertz Rent a Car
FIA\'s Hertz Discount Program will save you up to 10% off daily, standard or leisure rates for all classes every time you rent a car from Hertz.

YRC Freight Discounts
FIA Discount Freight Program offers immediate and significant cost-saving discounts on outbound and inbound, short or long-haul freight shipments and related services.

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STATISTICAL & BENCHMARKING SERVICES

Marketing

Industry Orders & Shipments/End-use Markets - Custom Forgings **
Outlines trends in custom forging order bookings and shipments, by dollar value of ferrous/non-ferrous and high-temperature metals in North America; periodic and annual reports include comparisons to prior months and years.  Industry segments independently reported include:  Impression Die Forging, Open Die Forging and Seamless Rolled Ring Forging.

To participate in the 2013 Annual Orders, Shipments & End Use Markets (Click here)

Forging Industry Profits **
 Annual review of Profit and Loss Statements; Total industry plus industry segments (Impression Die and Open Die/Rolled Ring) independently reported. Participating member companies are ranked in quartiles/groups in the Total Industry and their Industry Segment.

Marketing Benchmarking **
A measure for comparing your forging sales operations with similar FIA member companies in North America.  Rejection rates, inventory turns, on-time delivery, receivable turns and quoting success rates are some of the benchmarks included.

FIA Marketing Forecasting Service **
The Forging Industry Association and IHS Global Insight, provides a quarterly forecasting report to help you monitor economic trends in the industry and grow your business. This report will show summary forecast views of business drivers with detailed market analysis by forging segments and end-use markets to monitor changes in the business environment and much more.

Compensation

Annual Hourly Wage & Benefit Survey**
Comprehensive wage and benefit information for production workers reported by geographic region and union/non-union affiliation.

Management Compensation Survey**
Conducted yearly, this survey covers both supervisory and 31 management job descriptions.  Wage and benefit information is reported by geographic and company sales classification.

Safety

Occupational Injury & Illness Reporting **
Based on OSHA 300 log data, this yearly survey breaks forging industry injury and illness data into four comparative size groups (based on number of employees).   Format includes average OSHA recordable frequency rate, incidence and severity rates, restricted duty days, and more.

Safety Awards
Presented yearly in four plant size categories, these awards recognize outstanding safety records in the forging industry.  Based on OSHA 300 forms, plaques are awarded for First, Second and Third place incidence rates.  An improvement award is also selected in each size category.

Creating a Safety Culture
In today\'s industrial climate, many organizations are implementing new methods for involving and motivating employees to focus on safety, making safety a priority. This program endeavors to recognize and share the most notable, innovative and effective safety programs implemented by FIA member companies.

** Summary Reports are available to participating companies only


TRAINING/EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES

FIA Forging University
The Forging University is an interactive, web-based training center for FIA Members.  It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from your office, home or on the go.  The University, offers over 100 training courses in forging, human resources, management, safety, customer service and sales.

Die Design
Basic Principles of Forging Die Design
A four-day course dealing with the interaction of forging principles and design practices.

Press Forging Fundamentals & Die Design
A four-day course on tool design practices for presses with emphasis on quick tool change and press operation.

Supervisory
First Line Supervisory Development Workshop
Focus is on communication, decision making and problem solving skills through interactive small group participation for both the new and veteran supervisor.

Forge Fair
FIA\'s biennial conference and exhibition dedicated to the metal forging process features the products and services of the world\'s leading industry suppliers.  Forging company executives from 15 + countries normally attend, which includes over 2/3 of all North American forging companies.

Forging Industry Technical Conference
Opportunity for industry, academic, customer and research community to hear, see and learn about advances in forging technology, applications in use, developments underway and research for the future.

Marketing Workshop
Annual conference for forging industry executives to improve their  sales and marketing skills, while learning more about their customer markets, including end use market forecasts.

Open Die/Rolled Ring Producers Meeting
Focused on topics and plant tours of specialized interest conducted for those in the open die and rolled ring segments of the forging industry. 

Plant Floor... targeted to shop level operations

Induction Heating Systems for Forgers
Introduction/refresher training for shop employees who maintain, set up and operate induction heating equipment.

Fundamentals of Ferrous Metallurgy
Seminar provides an understanding of metallurgical principles involved in the forging process, from steel making through final testing of forgings.

Non-ferrous Metallurgy
Seminar provides a forging specific understanding of non-ferrous metallurgy

Mechanical Press Maintenance Workshop
Emphasis of the Workshop is "Predictive and Preventative Maintenance elements of the Mechanical Press

To further meet the employee training needs of FIA members, we are pleased to announce an expansion of online course offerings, in partnership with Kent State University. 

PROFESSIONAL GROWTH/NETWORKING

Area Meetings
Regional meetings of FIA Members mean less travel time away from the plant, and provide an excellent opportunity to meet with other forging executives/operating staff in your area. Agenda items typically reflect current concerns in the industry.

Annual Meeting of Members
Executive leadership training, professional speakers, and member discussion roundtables highlight this event, which also includes the Annual Election of new Directors and other official business of the Association.

Fall Meeting of Members
An additional opportunity for industry leaders to meet at a leadership improvement and problem solving meeting... shorter than the Annual Meeting, with more interaction opportunities provided for members to share information.

Board/Committee Membership
Personal involvement brings value to FIA Membership.  Contact the FIA Office to learn more about participating with any of the following industry committees:

FIA Board of Directors  Plant Engineering
FIERF Board of Trustees  Marketing
Safety & Health Open Die/Seamless
Technical Rolled Ring

TECHNICAL RESOURCES

Forging Industry Handbook
A comprehensive overview and discussion of the modern forging process and of the technological advances made in manufacturing operations.

Product Design Guide for Forging
This 240-page book is a single-source set of guidelines intended to assist customers and potential customers in the design of parts to be forged.

Guideline Tolerances
Information related to manufacture and purchase of:

Precision Aluminum Forgings
Hot Forged Impression Die Forgings:  Hammer, Press & Upsetter
Seamless Rolled Rings

Note: These booklets have been incorporated into FIA\'s Product Design Guide for Forging.

Open Die Forging Technology
This handbook compiles information on manufacturing equipment, methods and design considerations of open die forgings and includes a special section on Ring Rolling.

Induction Heating for Forging
Hands-on guide to operation and basic maintenance of Induction Heating equipment.


INDUSTRY R&D ACTIVITIES

Forging Industry Vision of the Future
The Industry Vision statement is the first step in an industry cooperative partnership with government, national research labs, customer and supplier industries to develop new technology toward improving competitiveness and capabilities of forging companies.  The Vision document describes: 

  • The desired state of the forging industry in the year 2020; Strategic objectives and performance targets are identified to achieve this Vision;
  • Current and future challenges, and barriers which impact technology development;
  • Market, business and societal factors which will drive changes in the industry

Forging Industry Technology Roadmap
The second step in the technology partnership... the Roadmap document provides a blueprint of required research and technology milestones needed to achieve the strategic targets outlined in the Industry Vision.  The 50-page booklet focuses on three key areas:

  • Tooling and materials
  • Quality and productivity
  • Energy and environment

Priority research and development goals for the industry are contained in Forging Industry Technology Roadmap Update.

Forging Defense Manufacturing Consortium (FDMC)
FDMC is a forging industry partnership serving the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency.  This program targets Business Enterprise Integration to address forging supply chain issues; Deployment of new forging design and acquisition technologies; and Research & Development toward improved forging readiness.

Collaborative Opportunities
FIA is able to help leverage collaborative industry, academic and government action toward needed research on behalf of individual, or smaller companies which they might not be able to accomplish or afford on their own.  "Collaborative Research in the Forging Industry" is a how-to publication to encourage FIA Member interest and participation in collaborative research.

University Partnerships

Magnet School Program
The Magnet School Program builds relationships at the university level to increase awareness and knowledge of the forging industry and process among engineering and metallurgy students.

Colorado School of Mines
Since 1992, Colorado School of Mines (CSM) has been the home of the FIERF (Forging Industry Educational & Research Foundation) Named Professorship.  The University\'s Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center (ASPPRC) conducts forging relevant research on materials manufacture and improvement.

Forging Industry Fellows at Ohio State University
FIA and FIERF support three graduate student researchers\' participation in Die Material and Lubrication project research and development work at Ohio State University.

Finkl Challenge Grants
FIERF grants funding to promote and conduct research needed and important to the forging industry.


SAFETY & REGULATORY ASSISTANCE

OSHA/Safety

News from the FIA Safety Committee & Safety Newsletter
Published quarterly, this newsletter highlights new regulatory action.  Articles include information useful in compliance matters.  Also brings you up to date with the projects and programs of FIA in addressing safety in our industry.

Forging Safety Manual
Written by the FIA Safety & Health Committee and published by the National Safety Council, the Forging Safety Manual is an invaluable reference for all forging producers and suppliers.

Safety & Health Orientation for the Forging Industry
For use as new employee safety orientation and refresher training, this 23-minute video addresses basic safety and health issues in the forging industry, including employee responsibilities, PPE, safe lifting, first aid and more.

Hammer & Press Safety Video
A must-have training video for forge hammer or press operators!  Packaged together on one tape, separate sections speak directly to your operational crews about the safe operation of their equipment.  Topics include:  Crew Safety Responsibilities, Set-Up, Heating, Guarding & Forging.

"The Forgers" Video
This 30-minute video was produced by OSHA for OSHA Compliance Officers to explain industry hazards.

Frequently Asked OSHA Questions
A compilation of common forging industry OSHA questions ranging from machine guarding to noise, inspections and more.

Safety Help
The FIA Safety Committee is a resource for your safety and health questions.


MARKETING ACTIVITIES

Customer Information

Request for Quote
A free service available exclusively to FIA Members to obtain RFQs over the internet.  Open to forging customers and prospects worldwide, requests are received on average of one per day.

Forging Customer List
Available to FIA Members only, FIA has assembled the names of thousands of customers using reader lists from several North American design and purchasing-oriented trade publications.  Names have also been added from various customer-oriented trade shows at which FIA has exhibited.  Design engineers and purchasing managers are the primary listings.

Benchmarking

Industry Orders & Shipments/End-use Markets - Custom Forgings **
Outlines trends in custom forging order bookings and shipments, by dollar value of ferrous/non-ferrous and high-temperature metals in North America; periodic and annual reports include comparisons to prior months and years.  Industry segments independently reported include:  Impression Die Forging, Open Die Forging and Seamless Rolled Ring Forging.

Forging Industry Profits **
Quarterly reports, plus annual review of the industry Profit and Loss Statement; Total industry plus industry segments (Impression Die and Open Die/Rolled Ring) independently reported.  Participating member companies are ranked in quartiles/groups in the Total Industry and their Industry Segment. 

Marketing Benchmarking **
A measure for comparing your forging sales operations with similar FIA member companies in North America.  Rejection rates, inventory turns, on-time delivery, receivable turns and quoting success rates are some of the benchmarks included.

Marketing Workshop
Annual conference for forging industry executives to improve their sales and marketing skills, while learning more about their customer markets, including end use market forecasts.

Economic Summaries/Bi-Annual Outlooks

Global Insights (formerly DRI-WEFA) provides FIA  Members exclusive bi-annual macro-economic forecast summaries and economic data and forecasts for the top 20 forging markets.  Information on relevant issues such as raw material and energy costs, exports and interest rates is included.

** Summary Reports are available to participating companies only


OUTREACH PROGRAMS

Customer

Web Advertising
Member forging producers and suppliers may advertise their companies on FIA website pages visited by their target audience and selected for their consistently high viewing rates. Classified advertising is also available.

Forging Capability Guide
This 60+ page reference CD-Rom is published to assist the design engineering community in locating custom producers of forged metal components in the United States, Canada and Mexico.  It identifies FIA Member custom forging producers by the four major forging processes -- impression die, open die, seamless rolled ring, and cold forging.  A cross reference of other forging capabilities is included.  A continuously updated and fully searchable version of this Guide is also available as a Buyers Guide on the Internet here.

The Forging Advantage CD-ROM
Designed for the young engineer or anyone who wants to become more familiar with the forging process, this new CD-ROM offers the user an interactive method of locating information they desire.  Main sections of the CD include a learning library, end use marketing applications, materials, process comparisons and links to FIA Member forging producers.

Facts and Guideline Tolerances
For customer education and use, three booklets are available:

  • Facts & Guideline Tolerances for Precision Aluminum Forgings
  • Guideline Tolerances for Hot Forged Impression Die Forgings:  Hammer, Press and Upsetter
  • Facts & Guideline Allowances and Tolerances for Seamless Rolled Rings

Product Design Guide for Forging
This 240-page book is a single-source set of guidelines intended to assist customers and potential customers in the design of parts to be forged.

Customer Trade Show Participation
Each year, FIA\'s Marketing Committee recommends trade shows for the Association\'s participation.  These shows are chosen to promote  industry exposure to customer design engineers and direct them  to members of the Association as potential suppliers.  Examples include:

  • Minexpo International
  • Offshore Technology Conference
  • Gear Expo
  • SAE International Auto Congress and Expo

The Forging Decision
The theme of "Think Forging First" is the focus of this video, and is designed to acquaint students at the university level with the forging industry... can also be used for general orientation with employees and customers.

Career Opportunities

Forge Your Future
“Forge Your Future” is an interactive CD-ROM designed to encourage university students to pursue careers in the forging industry.  The CD provides information about the forging industry, forging processes and allows students to hear young industry employees, like themselves, talking about the opportunities they have found in the forging industry.  Can be packaged with your company materials for use in your recruiting efforts at Career Fairs.

Forging Career Website
The industry\'s on-line career site is careers.forging.org where those interested in a career in the forging industry can:

  • Search for current job postings by career path and geographic area;
  • Apply on-line for openings of interest; and
  • Post their resume to be made available to all FIA MemberCompanies

Academic Outreach

FIERF Named Professor
The Forging Industry Educational & Research Foundation (FIERF) Named Professor at Colorado School of Mines, Dr. Chet Van Tyne, teaches and conducts research pertinent to the forging industry and works with Magnet School Professors to promote forging curriculum.

FIERF Fellowship
The FIERF Fellowship provides support of one candidate for related graduate research each year at a FIERF Magnet School.  Recent studies include: Effects of Induction Processing on the Mechanical Properties of Steels with Various Core Microstructure and Workability of Medium Carbon 1045 Forging Steel with Residual Copper.

Forging Industry Fellows at Ohio State University
FIA and FIERF support three graduate student researchers\' participation in Innovative Die Material and Lubrication Strategies work at Ohio State University.

Forging Industry Association Assistantships at University of Waterloo
An endowed fund at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario provides funds for support of students interested in forging related work.

Magnet School Program
The Magnet School Programs builds a relationship with university professors to increase awareness and knowledge of the forging industry among university engineering and metallurgy students.  The program goal is to provide future engineers an appreciation of the value of the properties of forgings and to attract new generations of students into the forging industry as a career.

Finkl Challenge Grants
Funding for university student forging-related research is available through FIERF.  Past projects have investigated Proper Hot Forging Temperatures for Various Steel Grades, Friction Measurements, Role of Initial Microstructure on Hardness & Shape Variability in Steel Components, and Study of Premium H-13 for Improved Toughness and Temperature Resistance.

Charles W. Finkl Scholarships
Scholarships are awarded in memory of Charles W. Finkl, longtime supporter of industry educational activities.


HUMAN RESOURCES

Industry Compensation Surveys

Annual Hourly Wage & Benefit Survey**
Comprehensive wage and benefit information for production workers reported by geographic region and union/non-union affiliation.  The survey is conducted yearly.

Management Compensation Survey**
Conducted yearly, this survey covers both supervisory and 29 management job descriptions.  Wage and benefit information is reported by geographic and company forging sales classifications.

** Summary reports are available to participating companies only

Industry Orientation

Forging - Making the World Work Video
Designed as a new employee orientation, this video provides a general overview of what the forging industry is, what it does, how forgings are used and the industry\'s contribution to the North American economy.  "Making the World Work" presents a capsule view of the vitality and diversity of the North American forging industry. 

Recruitment Assistance

Forge Your Future
“Forge Your Future” is an interactive CD-ROM designed to encourage university students to pursue careers in the forging industry.  The CD provides information on the forging industry, forging processes and allows students to hear young industry employees, like themselves, talking about the opportunities they have found in the forging industry.  Can be packaged with your company materials for use in your recruiting efforts at Career Fairs.

Forging Career Website
FIA Members have a no charge opportunity to:

  • Post available job openings;
  • Manage job postings on line
  • Have access to posted resumes

WEBSITE SERVICES

Users of FIA\'s Internet Web Site will find a wealth of information about the forging process, the North American forging industry and producers of forged products.  Some key sections include:  What\'s New Updates, Catalog of Products, Calendar of Events and Producer and Supplier Buyers Guides.

A special password-controlled "Members Only" section provides FIA Members access to specific member services, additional opportunities to review current news publications, committee-provided services, alerts, advisories and referrals.

Buyers Guides
All FIA Members are listed on the FIA website and can be linked to their own company site at no cost.  Custom forging producers are included in the searchable Custom Forging Producers Capability Guide.  Suppliers are listed by product/service categories.

Virtual Trade Show
Virtual Trade Show allows companies exhibiting at Forge Fair to advertise their products and services on the FIA website for months before and after the show.

Training

Forging University
The Forging University in an interactive, web-based training center for FIA Members.  The University offers more than 100 training courses in forging, human relations, management, safety, customer service and sales.

Publications

Catalog of Products
FIA materials, publications and videos can be ordered on-line from the FIA website 24/7.

Research Reports
Foundation sponsored student research, publications of the Colorado School of Mines Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center are available on the FIA Website.  Use the site\'s search function to find specific information.

Surplus Materials
On-line listings of surplus materials for Buy, Sell or Trade, from FIA Member Companies are provided as a member service.

Human Resources 

Job Posting/Resume Review
The FIA Career Center allows FIA Members to post job openings and view resumes of individuals seeking employment in the forging industry at no cost.    Positions are posted, edited or deleted at your convenience from your desktop. 

Marketing Resources

Request for Quote
A free service available exclusively to FIA Members to obtain RFQs over the internet.  Open to forging customers and prospects worldwide, requests are received on average of one per day.

Web Advertising
Member forging producers and suppliers may advertise their companies on FIA website pages visited by their target audience and selected for their consistently high viewing rates. Classified advertising is also available.

Global Insight Economic Summaries/End Use Market Forcasts
Global Insights provides FIA Members exclusive bi-annual macro-economic forecast summaries and economic data and forecasts for the top 20 forging markets.  Information on relevant issues such as raw material and energy costs, exports and interest rates is included.

Offshore Forging Competitive Market Survey
In an effort to better understand how and why imported forgings are grabbing an increasing share of the North American market, FIA commissioned a formal, third party study in 2002 to research the issue.  30-page Executive Summary and order form for full report are available on-line.


OTHER SERVICES

Publications

Washington & You Updates
As needed, Legislative Alerts, Trade Bulletins, Action Calls and other in-depth information advisories from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) are updated monthly on FIA\'s website.

For Sale/Wanted
A low cost way to contact forging producers in North America for equipment, material, etc., whether you\'re looking to acquire or to liquidate.

FIA Directory
A quick reference you\'ll want to have next to your phone.  FIA\'s Membership Directory provides names of member companies, personnel, committee members and more.

FIA Quick-Read
FIA\'s Membership newsletter provides news of the industry, upcoming meetings and events to keep you informed.  

Surplus Materials Listing
Specialized "for sale" listing of surplus materials held by and available from FIA Members... in electronic format.

Discount Services

Hertz Rent a Car
FIA\'s Hertz Discount Program will save you up to 10% off daily, standard or leisure rates for all classes every time you rent a car from Hertz.

YRC Freight Discounts
FIA Discount Freight Program offers immediate and significant cost-saving discounts on outbound and inbound, short or long-haul freight shipments and related services.

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