WPI to Present Zero Defect Processing Symposium May 17

Contact: Arlie Corday, WPI Media & Community Relations

WORCESTER, Mass. - It's time to test your metal.

A symposium titled Zero Defect Processing has been organized by the Metal Processing Institute (MPI), an industry-university alliance that aims to educate future leaders of the industry and to advance knowledge through research. MPI is headquartered at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

The symposium will be held Wednesday, May 17, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Fuller Laboratories' Perreault Lecture Hall on WPI's Worcester, Mass., campus. It is free to members of MPI and $100 per person for non-members.

"The ability of America's industries to successfully compete on a global scale is one of the main reasons why the U.S. economy has been, and continues to be, robust," says Diran Apelian, director of the Metal Processing Institute and WPI Howmet professor of mechanical engineering. "Yet competitiveness can only be attained if productivity and efficiency of operations are significantly better than those of the competition. For the metal processing industries, this translates to 'zero defect processing,' wherein scrap (metal) is minimized, rework is eliminated, energy is conserved and capital resources are not diverted to all of these efforts that do not enhance productivity. Instead, resources are invested to strengthen manufacturing infrastructure."

At the May 17 symposium, 100 to 150 industry leaders who have made an impact in their respective organizations will share their stories and discuss the details of how they enhanced their competitive edge.

The symposium will open with an introduction and welcome from WPI President Edward A. Parrish, followed by an overview of MPI by Apelian. At 8:45 a.m., Daniel Backman of General Electric Aircraft Engines will speak on "Six Sigma Materials for Aircraft Engine Applications," and at 9:30 a.m., "Tools to Help Reach Zero Defects and Stay There" will be presented by Arthur S. Davies of Ultramax Inc.

At 10:30 a.m., "Zero Defects: Foundry Processing Raised to the Highest Level" will be presented by John Jorstad, president of Formcast Inc., followed at 11:15 a.m. by "Predictive Modeling for Near-Zero-Defect Manufacturing Design" by Jay Lee of United Technologies.

Following lunch and an awards presentation, Neil Paton of Howmet Corp. will speak on "A Systemic Approach to Quality Improvement in Investment Castings" at 2 p.m. At 2:45 p.m., Gary Ruff of Intermet Corp. will talk about "Metal Casting and Six Sigma." A panel discussion with industry leaders from 3:30 to 4 p.m. will complete the daylong events.

More than 120 private manufacturers participate in MPI, supporting fundamental and applied research that addresses technological barriers facing the industry. MPI researchers also develop and demonstrate best practices and state-of-the-art processing techniques, and participate in the education of the industrial partners' work force.

The four industrial components of MPI are the Aluminum Casting Research Laboratory, the Center for Heat Treating Excellence, the Powder Metallurgy Research Center and the Semisolid Metal Processing Center.

MPI is part of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, which was founded in 1865. WPI is renowned for its project-based curriculum. Under the WPI Plan, students integrate classroom studies with research projects conducted on campus and around the world.

For more information or to register, go online to https://www.wpi.edu/+mpi or call 508-831-5992.