Metal Powder Industries Federation

Powder Metallurgy Machinability Seminar

Increased Productivity. Higher Efficiency.

April 4–5, 2017
Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel
State College, Pennsylvania

Improve your operation for higher-quality parts, reduced costs, and greater profits.

Over two-full days, attendees will learn:

Sintering Classroom

No photography or recording of any kind

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


8:00–8:30 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m.–Noon Morning Session
Noon–1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00–4:30 p.m. Afternoon Session
8:00–8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m.–Noon Morning Session
Noon–1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00–3:30p.m. Afternoon Session

Register by March 3, 2017 to save with advance rates.

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Fee includes course registration, breakfasts, lunches, and breaks
Advance by March 3 After March 3
MPIF member $950 $1,050
APMI member $1,050 $1,150
Non-member $1,250 $1,350


Tuesday, April 4

Machining of PM Materials—Why Is It « Different » from a Metallurgical Point of View
Carl Blais, Professor, Laval University

  • Process—Microstructure—Properties
  • PM vs. wrought
  • Microstructural constituents and machinability

An Overview of Machining PM Materials— "Read the Process"
Denis Christopherson, PMT, Director of Research and Development, Federal-Mogul VSG Group

  • Defining machinability
  • Issues unique to PM
  • "Read the process"
  • Case studies

PM Material Systems and Machinability
Roland Warzel, Manager, Technical Service North American Höganäs

  • PM alloy systems
  • Microstructure & machinability
  • Machinability enhancers
  • Machinability enhancers—production examples

Machinability of PM Steels: Machining Aids and Microstructures
Elizabeth Drummond, R&D Engineer, Hoeganaes Corporation

  • Effect of additives on machining
  • Environmental effects on MnS
  • Steel microstructural impacts on tool life

Modern Tools and Techniques for Machining PM Materials
Don Graham, Manager, Education and Technical Services Seco Tools, LLC

  • Tribological aspects of tool wear when machining PM materials
  • Common tool failure modes encountered
  • Modern PcBN tools for machining PM alloys
  • Advantages of textured coatings for machining PM materials
  • Appropriate cermet tools for machining PM materials

Methods for Evaluating Machinability on PM Parts
John Engquist, President JENS Solutions LLC

  • Analytical tools and methods leading to improved quality and productivity on PM parts
  • Making a case for quantifying and evaluating machinability on PM

Wednesday, April 5

Machinability of Ferrous PM Materials: Test Methods and Standards
W. Brian James, FAPMI, PMtech

  • Factors affecting machinability
  • Effect of pore closure
  • Machinability additives
  • Standard test methods for machinability, drilling, and turning
  • Safe zone for machining

An Edgy, Cutting-Edge View of the Cutting-Edge Design of PcBN and PCD Tools
Bill Shaffer, President, Conicity Technologies

  • The importance of edge design
  • Engineered edge design as a fundamental parameter of the machining process
  • Relationship between edge design and chip formation and flow
  • Case studies

Innovative Use of Statistics and Design of Experiments for PM Machining Optimization
Thorsten Upmeier, Machining Specialist, Federal-Mogul Burscheid, GmbH

  • Design of experiments (DOE) for cutting force optimization
  • Case studies
  • Force measurement techniques and practice

General Principles to Design & Build a Cutting Tool (Reamers)
Paul Schulte, Engineering Manager, Star-SU / Star Cutter Company, Carbide Round Tool Division
Gary McCarel, Application Engineer, Star-SU, Star Cutter Company

  • Key criteria to account for when designing an application specific reamer
  • Key reamer design features and geometries, and how it is manufactured (Will utilize 3D models in this section, building one key feature on top of the next as we visually walk the audience through tool design and manufacturing)
  • Case studies

Improving the Machinability of PM Steels Using Ultrasound-Assisted Machining (UAM)
Bernard Tougas, R&D Engineer Quebec Center for Metallurgy

  • UAM description and available technologies
  • Benefits and limitation of UAM
  • Case studies

Abrasive Form Grinding—The Perfect Pairing of Precision and Aggression
Matthew Brown, Advanced Automotive Grinding

  • What is Abrasive Form Grinding
  • What are the Benefits
  • Current & Future applications
  • Case Study

Resin Impregnation for Improved Machinability of PM Parts
Christopher P. Adams, New England Impregnators

  • Quantifying the improvement
  • Resin impregnation applications in the PM industry
  • The steps of the impregnation process and how they affect machinability
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