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Sintering Seminar Classroom

PM Parts Compacting/Tooling Seminar

November 19–20, 2019
Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel • State College, PA

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

Register by October 11 to save with advance rates.


Fee includes course registration, breakfasts, lunches, and breaks
Advance by October 11 After October 11
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.


7:15–8:30 a.m. Registration & Breakfast
8:30 a.m.–Noon Morning Session
Noon–1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00–5:15 p.m. Afternoon Session
7:15–7:45 a.m. Breakfast
7:45 a.m.–Noon Morning Session
Noon–1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00–5:15 p.m. Afternoon Session


Tuesday, November 19

Compaction Press Designs & Motions

Compacting Press Functions
Tom Pontzer, Gasbarre Press Group

Mechanical Presses for High Volume
Lesley Kline, Gasbarre Press Group

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

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

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

Compaction Press Safety Review – ANSI B11.16-2014
Curt Brennen – Allegheny Electric, Inc.

Latest Servo-Driven Powder Compaction Technology
Mike Krzysica, Dorst America, Inc.

Isostatic Pressing Techniques
Mark Thomason, Gasbarre Products

Improving Tool Life & Productivity

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

Wednesday, November 20

Improving Tool Life & Productivity – cont’d

High-Performance Coatings & Surface Treatments for Extended Tool Life
Peter Harper, IBC Coating Technologies

Latest Developments and Application of CAD/CAM Design Software
John Azzato, Innovated Solutions, LLC

Case Study Review of the Application of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) in Design
Dale Dewiel, Innovated Solutions, LLC

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

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

Improving Part Quality and Productivity

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

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

CNC Press Compaction and Automation Possibilities
Suraj Desai, SACMI USA Group

Compacting Press Maintenance
Tom Pontzer, Gasbarre Press Group

Part Handling Automation After Compaction
Matthew Brown – RITE Consulting, Inc.


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 11, 2019, 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 October 11, 2019. After that date, room reservations will be accepted on a space-available basis.

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, October 11, 2019. Thereafter, written requests received up to Friday, November 8, 2019, 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.