Peter Campbell gave a presentation on forging press maintenance concentrating on developing the next generation of maintenance technicians. The conference was at the Inn at St. Johns in Plymouth, MI and was well attended with over 150 registrants coming in from all areas of the US, Mexico and Canada.
Peter Campbell co-chaired a roundtable discussion group on the repair of forging equipment frames. The technical discussions touched on failures that forgers have experienced with both fabricated and cast forging press frames. We discussed the forces involved in failures of mechanical closed die presses and hydraulic open die presses. Open and closed die hammer anvil and column repair was also discussed as well as upsetter frame failure and repair techniques. Many participants inquired about the ability to repair large frames in place and machine them on site.
George Pirics- of Campbell, Inc. will be speaking at the FIA Forging Industry Association Mechanical Press Maintenance Workshop March 16-17, 2011 in Middlebury Heights, OH. This conference will provide education on the different presses that are used in metal forging. Included in the conference will be explanations of drive train components and assemblies including warning signs of problems for gearing, clutch and brake systems as well as other critical components. The conference will cover the press control systems including electrical, lubrication, pneumatic and hydraulics and discuss some of the OSHA regulations that are factor in. Predictive and Preventative Maintenance methods will be discussed including using the latest in vibration and thermal imaging tools. George is a veteran of the forging industry and well versed in the design and operation of forging presses.
The Forging Industry Association will be hosting a technical conference in Chicago, Ill the first week of April, 2011. The conference will be covering current topics of interest in the forging industry as it relates to the equipment and technologies used in the manufacture of forgings. Peter Campbell’s presentation address methods to evaluate your forging equipment’s health and productivity coming out of a period of market slowing and preparing for a competitive future.