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2021 PM Parts Compacting/Tooling Seminar

September 13–14, 2021
The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
• State College, PA

Sintering Seminar Classroom

Offered only every two years, the PM Parts Compacting/Tooling Seminar is the best way to learn about:
  • basic and advanced compacting & tooling technology;
  • the latest developments in tool design, tool coating, and unique press applications;
  • the impact of tool design and press selection on product quality.



Register for the Seminar

Registration Questions?

Contact Stephanie Schember or call 609-452-7700


Fee includes course registration, breakfasts, lunches, and breaks
  Advance by August 6 After August 6
MPIF member $950 $1,050
APMI member $1,050 $1,150
Non-member $1,250 $1,350


No Camera


Restrictions on Recording. No photography, or audio or video recording of presentations is permitted.


Monday, September 13


7:15-8:00 a.m.      Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00-8:45 a.m.      Compacting Press Functions
                             Mark Thomason, Gasbarre Press Group

8:45-9:30 a.m.      Comparison of Withdrawal and Ejection Method in
                             PM Press Technology
                             Matt West, Komage-Powder Compaction Systems

9:30-10:00 a.m.    Break

10:00-10:45 a.m.  Mechanical Presses for High Volume
                             Mark Thomason, Gasbarre Press Group

10:45-11:30 a.m.  Recent Advances in CNC Multi-level Part
                             Greg Wallis, Dorst America, Inc.

11:30-12:15 p.m. Compaction of Complex Part Shapes
                             Matt West, Komage-Powder Compaction Systems

12:15-1:15 p.m.    Lunch

1:15-2:00 p.m.      Latest Servo-Driven Powder Compaction
                             Mike Krzysica, Dorst America, Inc.

2:00-2:45 p.m.      Isostatic Pressing Techniques
                             Cliff Orcutt, American Isostatic Presses, Inc.

2:45-3:15 p.m.      Break

3:15-4:00 p.m.     Tool Steels for Powder Compacting Tooling
                             Dennis McPike, Zapp Tooling Alloys

4:00-4:45 p.m.      High Performance Coatings & Surface Treatments
                              for Extended Tool Life
                              John Blauser, Gasbarre Tooling

4:45 p.m.              Day Wrap-up and Q&A

Tuesday, September 14


7:15-8:00 a.m.        Continental Breakfast

8:00-8:45 a.m.        Cost Effective Tooling for PM
                               Brian Aul, JIT Tool & Die Inc.

8:45-9:30 a.m.        CNC Press Compaction and Automation
                               Bob Orsulak, Osterwalder, Inc.

9:30-10:00 a.m.      Break

10:00-10:45 a.m.    Compaction and Design for Today’s Parts
                               Dan Merritt, Hoeganaes - Ridgway

10:45-11:30 a.m.    Improve Product Quality by Powder Handling
                               Brian Pittenger, Jenike & Johanson, Inc

11:30-12:15 p.m.   Tools for High Density: Warm Compaction, Warm
                              Die Compaction & Die Wall Lubrication
                              Amber Tims, North American Höganäs, Inc

12:15-1:15 p.m.     Lunch

1:15-2:00 p.m.       Compacting Press Maintenance
                              Mark Thomason, Gasbarre Press Group

2:00-2:45 p.m.       Compaction Press Safety Review
                               ANSI B11.16-2014
                              Bob Orsulak, Osterwalder, Inc.

2:45 p.m.                Wrap up & Final Q&A


Registration Fee includes:

  • Course registration, speaker handouts, binder, and related publications
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 luncheons, and breaks
  • Certificate of course completion

Advanced Registration

Take advantage of special pre-registration discounts by registering advance. Registration and payment must be received by Friday, August 6, 2021, to qualify for the reduced rates. If you do not receive an acknowledgement by e-mail within 10 business days, please contact Stephanie Schember.

If you are registering multiple people from your organization, please contact Stephanie Schember for a paper registration form.


Hotel Accommodations

Hotel accommodations are not included in the registration fees but MPIF has reserved a block of rooms at the special rate of $129 single; this rate is guaranteed for attendees registering during the advanced registration period, no later than August 6, 2021. After that date, room reservations will be accepted on a space-available basis. To book your room at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel and receive our group rate, please follow the link below and use group code SINT21A



Hotel Cancellation

Cancellations must be received 24 hours prior to your arrival date to avoid being charged room and applicable taxes for one (1) night.


Seminar Cancellation Policy

Registration fees will be refunded in full if a written request is received no later than Friday, August 6, 2021. Thereafter, written requests received up to Friday, September 3, 2021, will be subject to a $325 cancellation fee. Registrants who fail to attend, and have not cancelled as noted above, are liable for the entire registration fee.


Special Needs

Attendees that require special arrangements or have a special need (dietary or physical), please contact Diane Haggerty in advance so that arrangements can be made.


Course Sponsor

MPIF is a federation of independent trade associations representing companies engaged in the application of powder metallurgy, including manufacturers of PM parts, metal powders, and PM processing equipment.


Code of Conduct Policy

Presenters, Vendors and all other Attendees at MPIF/APMI/CPMT events are expected to comply with instructions from staff members and are expected to conduct themselves at all times in a courteous, professional and respectful manner, refraining from language and conduct that might bring discredit upon themselves, their organizations, and MPIF/APMI/CPMT. Such conduct includes, but is not limited to disrupting the businesslike atmosphere, harassment, discrimination, inappropriate language, failing to comply with local, state, and federal laws, and conduct that puts themselves and others at risk. This code of conduct applies to both official activities of the event and its program as well as to any informal and social activities taking place in connection with the event. Presenters, and any other Attendees who do not comply with this code of conduct may be removed from the event and barred from attending future MPIF/APMI/CPMT sponsored or co-sponsored events.