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October 6, 2010 

H1Welcome New Members! 

A1Welcome New Members!

Welcome Ajax Forge Co. located in Los Angeles, CA. Ajax Forge, operating hammers, presses, and upsetters, produces impression die forgings for catalog/standard, captive, and custom forging applications. Jeff McElrath, President, will serve as the Official Representative for FIA.

Located in Hamilton, ON, Canada. Hamilton Specialty Bar Inc., (, is a Canadian company manufacturing specialty steel bar products in carbon and low alloy steels, serving a broad variety of specialty bar markets throughout the world. David Moulden, Sales Manager, will serve as the FIA Official Representative for FIA. 

H2Workshops & Meetings 

A2FIA Fall Meeting Registrations Still Being Accepted



FIA company and supplier senior executives are encouraged to attend the 2010 FIA Fall Meeting to take place October 25-26, 2010 at The Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center, Peachtree City (Atlanta), GA. Although guest rooms at the Wyndham are sold out, FIA has made arrangements for additional guest rooms at a similar hotel just one mile away. The Conference will begin with a lunch at approximately 12:00 Noon on the 25th and conclude at 12:00 Noon on the 26th. We'll open with favorite economist Larry Chimerine discussing key business trends. An election overview from the Laurin Baker groups follows. An overview of European forging trends from the vice President of EUROFORGE will wrap up presentations. Roundtables will end the business day. An evening cocktail reception and dinner will allow for that favorite networking time sought by all attendees. The following day will feature a look at the oil and gas market and the impact of the BP spill. Several new topics and areas relevant to the FIA Strategic Plan will then be presented. The meeting will end with a look at 'High Performance' Leadership skills for taking your employees to the next level. Click here or contact FIA for complete registration information. 

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A3Induction Heating for Forging 

November 3, 2010 - Cleveland


         Basics of Induction Heating

         Induction Heating Power Supplies

         Material Handling

         Induction Coil Design / Repair

         Electrical Control Systems

         Water Cooling Systems

         Preventative Maintenance

         Energy and Economics


Training is applicable to all sizes and brands of forging induction heating systems and equipment. A specially developed booklet, "Induction Heating-for-Forging", will be distributed and used as the primary training text.


This Is the Only Induction Heating Seminar Focused Exclusively On the Forging Industry


(Click here) to view/print full Workshop Program


For additional information, contact George Layne at: 216-781-6260 or [email protected]


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A4Marketing Workshop Speaker Slides Posted


Chairman Gary Hatton, Ellwood City Forge and the rest of the FIA Marketing Committee programmed another successful Marketing Workshop. With 80 sales and marketing professionals in attendance, the program was comprised of professional sales trainers, economists and experts on the "new" China as well as the growing worldwide nuclear energy market. Attendees and interested parties are encouraged to review the slides from each presentation by clicking here. Sorry -- FIA Members only !


A5Attention Forgemasters Worldwide - 18th IFM Call For Papers Issued


The 18th International Forgemasters Meeting (IFM) will bring together hundreds of forging and supplier executives representing leading manufacturing companies from across the globe.  This extraordinary event - to be held in downtown Pittsburgh, USA -- will showcase the best in forging technical presentations for the worldwide forging community.


This premier event is hosted by the Ellwood Group, Inc. (EGI) and organized by Forging Industry Association (FIA).  Individuals interested in presenting a technical paper at the conference click here to review abstract submission details.

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H3FIERF Research Projects 

A6FIERF Funded 2009/2010 University Research Projects Completed!


Several university projects have been completed and full thesis and their executive summaries are now available.


University of Michigan - Individual Die Load Analysis Using a Standard Tonnage Monitor

Click here


Colorado School of Mines - Flow Behavior and Microstructural Evolution of INCOLOY 945 during High Temperature Deformation Click here  


Missouri University of Science and Technology - Al 7075: Feasibility Study of Near-Net Shape Superplastic Forging Click here


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - A Modern Look at Decarburization Click here


For a copy of the full thesis please contact FIA Technical Director Carola Sekreter at [email protected]

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A72010/2011 FIERF Research Projects Started!


The following research projects have been approved by the FIERF Board for school year 2010/11. They are scheduled for completion August, 2011


Marquette University - Effect of Surface Roughness on Hot Forging Die Surfaces


University Of Michigan - Advanced Tonnage Signal Analysis for Forging Process Monitoring and Quality Improvement (Phase 2)


Colorado School of Mines - Influence of Reheating Rate and Holding Temperature on the Interaction of V, Al, and N in air-cooled Forging Steels


Colorado School of Mines - Mechanical Properties of Hot Forging Die Steels at Working Temperatures


North Carolina State University - An Electrodynamics Approach for Improving the Processing and Properties of Al Alloys


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Predicting the Depth of Decarburization in Forgings (Phase 2)


For a copy of the project plan please contact FIA Technical Director Carola Sekreter at [email protected]


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A8Two New Safety Tip Sheets Posted

The FIA Safety & Health Committee has developed two new Safety Tip Sheets: "Mobile Equipment 3 Foot Rule" and "Hot Work Safety Checklist". Safety Tip Sheets are developed by the FIA Safety & Health Committee, and address common hazards found within the forging industry. The purpose of these Safety Tips is to suggest some basic steps to minimize the risk of injuries associated with working in the forge shop.

 To view/print Tip Sheets, click the following links:

� Mobile Equipment 3 Foot Rule

� Hot Work Safety Check Sheet

� Safety Tip Sheet Archive

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H5International Outreach

A9FIA Participates at ASIAFORGE

FIA's Executive Vice President, Roy Hardy, was honored to be invited to participate in the 3rd ASIAFORGE meeting in Shanghai, China.  In addition to over 12 technical papers, Forging Trends for all 5 AsiaForge member countries were presented as well as the status of the forging industry in Europe and North America.  The event was attended by over 500 delegates from 16 countries with 40 table top displays.  The final 2 days of the conference included 5 different tour groups visiting 18 forging plants throughout China.

Below, picture of R. Hardy presenting to group




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A10Global Networking & Benchmarking - FIA Speaks at EUROFORGE Meeting in Brussels


FIA President Kevin Crowley and staff member Karen Lewis attended the EUROFORGE Automotive Working Group and General Assembly meetings recently held in Brussels, Belgium.


Lewis gave a presentation on North American Economic Trends and an Overview of the Forging Industry to over 40 forging producers and association executives from Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Poland, Spain and Turkey.


Among the information shared in the meetings was the Total 2009 Worldwide Forging Production as calculated by EUROFORGE - see below:


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H6Promoting the Forging Process 

A11FIA to Exhibit at Power-Gen International 2010


FIA will represent its Member companies through exhibition at the Power Gen International Show, December 14-16, 2010, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Over 18,000 attendees are expected  for the power industry's three-day information exchange designed to share practical experiences, knowledge and ideas on the latest trends and challenges. Plenty of Forging Capability Guide CDs promoting member custom forging services will be distributed. It's expected that many domestic and offshore forging operations will send personnel to prospect this growing market segment. See for more information on exhibiting or attending the show.

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A12FIA to Exhibit at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2011



FIA is an exhibitor and  Official Supporting Organization for CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2011. CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2011 is the tradeshow for what's new in construction and will be the meeting place for construction industry professionals.  The show will take place March 22-26, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Expo will showcase :


         New products and technologies - Get close and size-up the newest in equipment and technology available anywhere in the construction industry.  See in person where your products or services fit in these assemblies and end products.

         Meet today's top technical experts - Tap construction experts in person for applicable ideas useful to your business now and in the future. Get your equipment questions answered by the designers themselves-while you're actually looking "under the hood".

Also, CONEXPO-CON/AGG will co-locate with IFPE 2011 and ICON Expo 2011. Together CONEXPO-CON/AGG, IFPE and ICON Expo will be the complete resource for the construction industry!

Advanced registration is now open! Register before February 21, 2011 to receive discounted pricing. This is an important event for our industry and we want to make sure you are there! For more information, visit 

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H7FDMC Activities 

A13FDMC Bus Trips


FDMC Bus Trips is one element of the Work Force Development efforts within the FAST Program.  This content and approach could be adapted within the Forging Technology Roadmap for the Outreach to High School Students, Voc Tech Students, College Students, Buyers and Designers of Forgings, etc.  


Folks receive presentations on their way to the site.  At the forge, they see what they just heard.  It makes for a strong One - Two Punch. 


Several FIA member companies have participated in these events including Canton Drop Forge, Bula Forge, Carbo Forge, Lenape Forged Products, and Carolina Forge to name a few.


Click here to view/print overview of Lenape Tour.