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2023 PM Parts Compacting/Tooling Seminar

November 14–15, 2023
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 October 6 After October 6
MPIF member $1,050 $1,150
APMI member $1,150 $1,250
Non-member $1,350 $1,450



Program Co-Chairmen 

John Blauser, General Manager, Gasbarre Precision Tooling & Automation Systems
Dan Merritt, PMT, Director of Technical Services, GKN Powder Metallurgy

Tuesday, November 14

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

8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. - Program

Compacting Press Functions
Mark Thomason, PMT, Gasbarre Press Group

Comparison of Withdrawal and Ejection Method in
PM Press Technology
Matt West, Komage-Powder Compaction Systems


Mechanical Presses for High Volume
Mark Thomason, PMT, Gasbarre Press Group

Recent Advances in CNC Multi-level Part
Greg Wallis, Dorst America, Inc.


Compaction of Complex Part Shapes
Matt West, Komage-Powder Compaction Systems

Latest Servo-Driven Powder Compaction
Nick Molinari, Dorst America, Inc.


Isostatic Pressing Techniques
Cliff Orcutt, American Isostatic Presses, Inc.

High Performance Coatings & Surface Treatments for Extended Tool Life
Richard Leonard, IBC Coatings Technologies, Ltd.

Day Wrap-up and Q&A

Wednesday, November 15

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

8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. - Program

CNC Press Compaction and Automation Possibilities
Bob Orsulak, Osterwalder, Inc.

Cost Effective Tooling for PM
Brian Aul, JIT Tool & Die Inc.


Compaction and Design for Today’s Parts
Dan Merritt, PMT, Hoeganaes - Ridgway

Improve Product Quality by Powder Handling
Brian Pittenger, Jenike & Johanson, Inc

Tool Steels for Powder Compacting Tooling
Dennis McPike, Zapp Tooling Alloys


The Importance of Surface Finish in Powder Metallurgy 
Luke Thimons, Surface Design Solutions

Compacting Press Maintenance
Mark Thomason, PMT, Gasbarre Press Group

Compaction Press Safety Review ANSI B11.16-2014
Bob Orsulak, Osterwalder, Inc.


Tools for High Density: Warm Compaction, Warm Die Compaction & Die Wall Lubrication
Roland T. Warzel, III, North American Höganäs, Inc

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, October 6, 2023, 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 $132 single; this rate is guaranteed for attendees registering during the advanced registration period, no later than October 14, 2023. 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 COMP23A



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

Cancellations received through October 27, will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be given after this date.


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.

Consent of Photography:

MPIF reserves, and the registrant(s) hereby conveys to MPIF, the non-exclusive right to use the registrants’ name, likeness, portrait, voice and/or bibliographic material in order to advertise, promote and publicize MPIF’s Conferences.

No Camera


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