Charlotte – Sessions 2015

Monday, Oct. 19

02:00 PM

Registration Open

2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Tuesday, Oct. 20

06:30 AM

Registration Open

6:30 AM – 6:30 PM

10:30 AM

Ribbon Cutting and Exhibit Floor Grand Opening

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

11:00 AM

Exhibit Hall Open

11:00 AM – 6:30 PM

05:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Floor

Welcome Reception

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Wednesday, Oct. 21

07:00 AM

Registration Open

7:00 AM – 5:30 PM

08:00 AM

Technical Symposia – 6 Tracks

8:00 AM – 9:50 AM

08:00 AM

Career Technical Education – What are the Options?

TRACK – Business Practices 

We all need to develop more and better skilled employees. Join us as panels of executives from four spring companies, based in different regions, discuss options and alternatives for achieving this important objective.

08:00 AM

Update: Stainless Steel

TRACK – Materials & Testing 

More medical devices are made from stainless steel than all other materials combined. Device designers select stainless for its ideal balance of strength, corrosion resistance, mechanical properties and cost. Applications include guide wires, catheters, staples, endoscopic devices, tools and a variety of coiled products. Join us for a discussion of the various grades and tempers for medical coil winding applications. Leave this session with an understanding of the material characteristics that result from the various melting methodologies, inclusion distribution and the resulting fatigue endurance limits.

08:00 AM

Additive Manufacturing (Rapid Prototyping) – Today And in The Future

TRACK – Technology 

This session will explore the present and future of Additive Manufacturing (rapid prototyping)—including current materials and applications.

08:00 AM

How to Have It All: Quality, Cost, and Performance

TRACK – Manufacturing 

It is possible: You can have quality, cost and performance without having to make a trade-off. This session delves into examples of advanced manufacturing techniques used in other and related industries. Join us as we examine those examples to identify opportunities for improvement in our own industry. Learn integrated and automated solutions for the complex process of “Order-entry-to-cash-from-a-satisfied-customer” that your people can support.

08:00 AM

Steel Industry Overview

TRACK – Business Environment 

Join us for an overview of what’s happening in the global steel industry and market. We’ll discuss what to expect in the future and the probable impact on SMI members.

08:00 AM

Repeatability and Reliability…It’s All in the Setup

TRACK – Manufacturing 

Presentation of best practices in setup for repeatability, speed and accuracy for slide forming machines. The session will also include an open forum section for those interested with questions and or ideas. Presented by Keats Mfg. with cooperation of PMA forums on the subject as well.

09:00 AM

Improve Employee Wellness

TRACK – Business Practices 

This presentation will focus on performance-based wellness for small business. Learn what you can do to help reduce your company’s health care costs.

09:00 AM

How to Hire the Best

TRACK – Culture, Leadership & Motivation 

Selecting the best job applicant isn’t always easy. In this session, human resources expert Mark Lee will share best practices in hiring. Leave with a better understanding of how to screen applicants to make sure you end up with the hire who is the best possible match for the job—and for your company.

09:00 AM

Update: Coating

TRACK – Materials & Testing 

Here’s your chance to get up-to-date on coatings. Our discussion will detail the differences between various paint coatings—including a comparison of the strengths and weakness of each. We’ll also outline proper application and processing. Presented by PPG Industries.

09:00 AM

New Technologies to Improve the Production of Compression Springs, Torsion Springs and Wire Forms

TRACK – Technology 

This session will provide spring and wire forming manufacturers with valuable, relevant information about the newest technological developments and enhancements to improve their production processes. Compression spring makers will gain a clear understanding about the benefits of automatic pitch and diameter correction thru the transfer of measured values from a measuring device. Learn about the latest developments for in-process control of spring length and end position. New and innovative cutting technologies for spring production will be explained along with the critical benefits. Other productivity enhancing technologies and production innovations will be presented, explaining the background science as well as important advantages.

09:00 AM

Terms and Conditions of Sales – Pitfalls

TRACK – Business Environment 

Terms and Conditions of Sale – An area of potentially high exposure for companies that are not paying close attention. In this forum Attorney Greg Carboy, a partner of Cowles Thompson, who has extensive experience in product litigation, will lead a discussion regarding some of the most serious pitfalls that all suppliers need to consider when entering into an agreement to supply parts or materials.

09:50 AM

Break

9:50 AM – 10:30 AM

10:30 AM

Exhibit Hall Open

10:30 AM – 5:00 PM

05:00 PM

Open Supplier Night

After 5:00 PM

06:30 PM

Metal Engineering Expo Evening Event at the NASCAR Hall of Fame

(Tickets Required) Reception Hall of Fame with special guest, Dale Jarrett CLICK HERE for more details

Thursday, Oct. 22

07:00 AM

Registration Open

7:00 AM – 3:30 PM

08:00 AM

Technical Symposia – 6 Tracks

8:00 AM – 9:50 AM

08:00 AM

Update: Residual Stress

TRACK – Technology 

Join us for a presentation of the preliminary findings of an SMI-sponsored project to identify a more cost-effective means for companies to use basic metallurgical tools to verify that parts have been properly stress relieved. The data for this study will be measured in micro hardness and confirmed with x-ray diffraction technology. This study will help to establish new guidelines governing the temperature and time required for adequate stress relief. Presented by: Dan Sebastian – SMI with inputs from ASW, Gibbs, PAC, Liberty Spring, Associated Spring, Precision Coil Spring and MW Industries.

08:00 AM

Machine Set-Up: Coil & Grind

TRACK – Manufacturing 

This symposium will identify best setup practices for both coiling and grinding machines—then provide tips and ideas on how to automate either or both of these operations with one another. The critical characteristics of coiling setups will be scrutinized, teaching attendees how to optimize each step to facilitate a defect-free and efficient grinding process. Next we’ll identify potential efficiencies that can be achieved in the grinding process, as well as talk about options for automatic feeds and other automation. Panelists are: Carl Atwater, President A.I. Technology, Inc. & Martin Dorn of Dorn Mfg.

08:00 AM

Become a Better Leader

TRACK – Culture, Leadership & Motivation 

Expert David Wheatley shares insights that will help you maximize your leadership potential. Learn to develop your skills, perform better and improve customer service strategy. Leave with practical tips you can put into practice right away—or use to coach your team members.

08:00 AM

New Technologies to Improve the Production of Compression Springs, Torsion Springs and Wire Forms

TRACK – Technology 

This session will provide spring and wire forming manufacturers with valuable, relevant information about the newest technological developments and enhancements to improve their production processes. Compression spring makers will gain a clear understanding about the benefits of automatic pitch and diameter correction thru the transfer of measured values from a measuring device. Learn about the latest developments for in-process control of spring length and end position. New and innovative cutting technologies for spring production will be explained along with the critical benefits. Other productivity enhancing technologies and production innovations will be presented, explaining the background science as well as important advantages.

08:00 AM

How to Have It All: Quality, Cost, and Performance

TRACK – Manufacturing 

It is possible: You can have quality, cost and performance without having to make a trade-off. This session delves into examples of advanced manufacturing techniques used in other and related industries. Join us as we examine those examples to identify opportunities for improvement in our own industry. Learn integrated and automated solutions for the complex process of “Order-entry-to-cash-from-a-satisfied-customer” that your people can support.

08:00 AM

Economic Update

TRACK – Business Environment 

What’s next for the global and North American economies? Join us as economist Tim Quinlan shares his thoughts on what’s coming down the pike.

09:00 AM

The State of HS&E

TRACK – Business Practices 

Meet SMI’s new Regulatory Consultant Dr. Laura Helmrich-Rhodes, CSP and take an in-depth look at the top ten OSHA violations specifically for this industry. She will also review OSHA’s emphasis on amputation prevention. Resources for determining if you have combustible dust will be given. Presentations are always interactive. Certain to something new!

09:00 AM

The Effects of Shot Peening Highly Loaded Compression Springs

TRACK – Technology 

Learn the results of a study on the effects of Shot Peening on highly stressed, low fatigue cycle springs. Findings will be presented as fatigue life studies and as correlations to X-ray Diffraction results on study samples. This study will become the basis for a future SN curve to more accurately predict fatigue for high tensile Chrome Silicon springs with life expectancies of less than 10^5 cycles.

09:00 AM

Metrology: Load Vector Analysis

TRACK – Materials & Testing 

This session will explore the latest trends in load testing capabilities including Load Vector Analysis. Discuss the benefits of utilizing these capabilities for your company and your customers. Presented by SAS Technologies.

09:00 AM

Additive Manufacturing (Rapid Prototyping) – Today And in The Future

TRACK – Technology 

This session will explore the present and future of Additive Manufacturing (rapid prototyping)—including current materials and applications.

09:00 AM

Steel Industry Overview

TRACK – Business Environment 

Join us for an overview of what’s happening in the global steel industry and market. We’ll discuss what to expect in the future and the probable impact on SMI members.

09:50 AM

Break

9:50 AM – 10:30 AM

10:30 AM

Exhibit Hall Open

10:30 AM – 3:00 PM

03:00 PM

Meeting Concludes