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FIA- August 2015 Quick Read
Welcome Lone Star Induction!

FIA is pleased to welcome Lone Star Induction ( ) as a new forging supplier member to our Association.  Located in Corsicana, TX, Lone Star provides induction coil repairs, water cooled leads, etc. to the industry.  To contact Lone Star directly, please call Tel (903)-641-0300.
FIERF to Receive Pacesetter Award

ASM Foundation has awarded the Forging Foundation the 2015 Pacesetter Award "Established in 2009, the Pacesetter Award honors organizations for continued service to the ASM Materials Education Foundation and recognizes their impact in supporting educational outreach efforts that encourage young people to pursue careers in materials science and engineering."
FIERF has been financially supporting ASM Materials Camps for Teachers since 2013.  As part of the sponsorship, all of the approximately 1500 teachers attending camps each year receive a "Forge Your Future" bag containing forging process and career information.  FIA Member volunteers have visited 15 camps this summer to talk about the forging supply chain and the types of jobs available in their companies.
Presentation of the award will be made in October at Materials Science & Technology 2015.
2015-2016 FIA Membership Directory Update

FIA member company representatives have been sent the most current listing of company & personnel data (all inclusive plants) for updating and publication in 2015-2016 FIA's new 2015-2016 Membership Directory will be available to members in September.  The FIA Directory will only be available online, at the FIA website, where there will be PDF and Word versions available for download.
Member company officials - if you have not done so already, please update your company roster and return to FIA via fax (216-781-0102) or e-mail to as soon as possible.  In the absence of a reply, we will use information carried over as enclosed. 
For any assistance needed, please contact Mary Ann Foote at (216) 781-6260 or
Need Forging Specific Compensation and Benefits Information?

FIA's 2015 Compensation and Benefits Survey via dynamic benchmarking, will be open for participation in early September.  This exciting benchmarking tool brings forging company members the information needed, when it is needed the most.  Benchmarking is a benefit available to forging companies as a part of FIA membership. 

This web based tool allows forging companies to benchmark and measure Compensation and Benefits and offers:
  • Forging industry specific information that is available only through survey participation.
  • Enhanced User Experience.
  • Easy navigation to increase benchmarking participation, resulting in more comprehensive and valuable data.
  • 24/7 user access.
  • Information for both Production and Management.
  • Flexible data entry- allowing you to enter information in more than one sitting.
  • Instant reporting to compare wage rates (when certain criteria is met).
  • Comprehensive reports that you can tailor to your needs.
  • Comparison to your previous year(s) information. (Provided you participated.)
FIA forging company members: look for your invitation in early September and plan to participate.  
Intrigued?  Contact FIA's benchmarking team at for more information.

Didn't participate for 2014 yet?  Begin your survey and reporting today by logging in HERE and benchmark your company now. 
Taking the Forging Story to High Schools!

Because of your support, the Forging Foundation once again provided financial support for ASM Materials Camps for Teachers to have a week-long, hands-on lab experience where they learn to use applied engineering techniques in their classroom and ultimately engage students in the study of engineering and materials.

This summer the Forging Foundation was once again a proud sponsor of 43 Materials Camps for Teachers organized by the ASM Materials Education Foundation.  In addition to providing financial support, FIERF also provides each of the approximately 1500 teachers whom attended the camps a "Forge Your Future" bag containing materials on the forging process and careers in the forging industry.  
Fifteen FIA Members volunteered their time this summer to visit camps and talk about the forging process and the types of jobs available in their companies. 

"The ASM Teacher's Camp provided an excellent opportunity to connect the metallurgical principles taught in class to their practical applications in forging.  The teachers showed great interest in the educational and career paths available to students who might consider a career in the forging industry."   Jim Miller, Scientific Forming Technologies Corporation
We would like to acknowledge and thank the following individuals who participated in this summer's ASM Material Camps for Teachers and all FIERF donors who make this sponsorship possible :
Jim Miller, Scientific Forming Technologies at Ohio State University and Tolles Technical Center
Kyle Rackers, Scot Forge Co. at North Central College
Eric Wilson, Dayton Forge & Heat Treating at Central State University
Pat Miller, Bohler-Uddeholm at Illinois Institute of Technology
Robert Brodhead, Impact Forge Group at University of Indianapolis
Jordon Reed, Ulven Forge at Evergreen High School
Mike Gill, LASCO at University of Michigan
Dan Raiser, Ellwood Quality Steels and Dan Antos, Canton Drop Forge at University of Akron
Rob Mayer, Queen City Forge at Princeton High School
John Walters, Scientific Forming Technologies at Tolles Technical Center
Rick Recktenwald, Andy Carrico and John Bushie, Walker Forge at Michigan Technological University and University of Wisconsin
Paul Dennis, Weber Metals at Don Bosco Technical Institute

Effect of Violating Forging Hammer Manufacturers' Recommendation Report

The FIERF funded project at Cleveland State University on 
" Effect of Violating Forging Hammer Manufacturers' Recommendation Report
is now available in the Technical Report Digital Library on the FIA Website.  Graduate students Douglas Scott and Daniel Pistilli worked alongside Professor John Frater and Ajax-Ceco to complete this report that looks at the effect of induced side loading of the hammer on stresses in the hammer frames.
Recommendations:  Insure proper hammer alignment during periodic maintenance not only between the hammer frames, but all hammer components, including the anvil, sow block and rams to extend hammer life by minimizing size loads and also improve set up time and produce more accurate finished parts; Avoid notably off-center die cavities, locate the finisher, the cavity requiring the most tonnage as center in the die as possible; For hammers designed with shim pack spacers at the tie plate-frame interface, should not be replaced with solid blocks.
Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars for the following FIA sponsored events:
Theory and Applications of Press Forging and Die Design
September 28-October 1, 2015
Cleveland, OH
This four day seminar taught by academic and industry experts focuses on the forging specific information regarding the application of various types of presses, as well as guidelines for designing tooling for forging and trimming.

Seating is filling up fast! Register now to reserve your spot.

For a complete brochure and registration, please click here.

2015 Fall Meeting of Members
October 5-7, 2015
Grapevine (Dallas), TX

FIA members are invited to attend the 2015 Fall Meeting of Members. You will not want to miss the valuable networking and learning opportunity to find out how to chart your course through the changing demographics of your workforce; learn how the shale boom shifting into high gear will affect global energy; and the importance of creating a work environment that nurtures and supports people to be creative, productive, and profitable.

For a complete brochure and registration, please click here.

First Line Supervisory Seminar
October 22-24, 2015
Cleveland, OH
This three day seminar taught be industry expert Rod Allenwood focuses on the development of your First Line Supervisors by enhancing their leadership, communication, organizational skills and much more.
Seating for this course is limited and early registration is recommended.

For a complete brochure and registration, please click here.

Induction Heating for Forging
November 5, 2015
Romulus, MI
This one day educational seminar is the only Induction Heating seminar the focuses solely on the Forging Industry.  Join industry experts as they teach valuable first-hand knowledge of Induction Heating for Forging.

For a complete brochure and registration, please click here.

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