Welcome to the 2013 Fall Meeting

The Fall IMF Meeting is scheduled for October 15 & 16th, 2013

PRESIDENT                          PAST PRESIDENT         V.  PRESIDENT-PROGRAMS        

Steve Prock                             Jason Gahan                     Walter Parker


V.  PRESIDENT- MEMBERSHIP                 SECRETARY             TREASURER           

Gary Shreve                                                               Michael Labanow                Ken Eakin



                                    Jason Bowser and Brian Connell                                    


IMF  Ingot Metallurgy Forum


                   IMF Support

                   239 National Drive

                     Pittsburgh, PA 15236

                   Phone (412) 320-0473  

                   E-mail: ingotmetallurgyforum@gmail.com

                   IMF Website: ingotmetallurgyforum.org




IMF Fall Meeting

October 15 & 16th, 2013


Dear Form Members and Honored Guest Speakers:


The Fall meeting of the IMF will be held on October 15 & 16th, 2013 at Ecole de Technologie Superieure (ETS University) in Montreal, Canada. October 15th is the scheduled education day. There is a plant tour of Sorel Forge Wednesday October 16th, 2013.


Please confirm reservations for the fall meeting with IMF Support at ingotmetallurgyforum@gmail.com as soon as possible. We ask this be done for proper meeting accommodations for breakfast and lunch. Due to an unforeseen circumstance, the IMF was unable to reserve a block of rooms at a central hotel. Members will be responsible for booking their own hotel accommodations  at their own discretion. A list of suggested hotels within walking distance of ETS University is listed below the 2013 fall meeting itinerary. We apologize for this inconvenience.


2013 Fall Meeting Itinerary


Tuesday October 15th


             8:00 AM              Meet at ETS University Sign-In, Name Tags & Continental Breakfast 


             8:30-8:45            Business Meeting


             8:45-9:00            Presentation by Carola Sekreter, FIA/FIERF Followed by Round Table Discussion


             9:00-9:30            IMF Research Project Proposal- Welding and Additive Manufacturing Repair of Cast Iron Molds & Parts by Professor David Schwam, Case Western Reserve University

9:30-10:00          IMF Research Project Proposal- Hydrogen Control by Chris Hrizo, Whemco/University of Pittsburgh


10:00-11:00        Installation of Level 2 System at Joy Global Longview by Jason Gahan, Joy Global


11:00-12:00        LaCam Forge: Precision Forge Piece Measurement by David Thomas, Mintech

12:00-1:00   Lunch


1:00-2:00           Modeling Macrosegregation In Large Size Cast Ingots by Mohsen Masoumi, ETS University


2:00-3:00           Optimization of Open Die Forging Process Through Experimentation & Modeling by  Davood Shahriari, ETS University


3:00-4:00           Determination of Continous Cooling Transformation Temperatures of Medium Carbon Low Alloy Steels by Samir Chentouf, ETS University


4:00-4:30           Sorel Forge Plant Tour Overview by Guillaume Viel, Sorel Forge


5:00                   Social Gathering TBA


Wednesday October 16th:


8:00AM              Gather at ETS University


8:30-9:30           Bus to Sorel Forge


9:30-11:30         Plant Tour of Sorel Forge


11:30-12:30       Bus back to ETS University


IMF Fall Meeting

October 15th and 16th, 2013

Ecole de Technologie Superieure

1100 Notre Dame St. W, Montreal,

QC H3C 1K3, Canada

(Meeting Room Number TBA)


Suggested Hotel Accommodations Within Walking Distance of ETS University


Le Centre Sheraton Montreal

1201 Boulevard Rene-Levesque West

Montreal, QC H3B 2L7, Canada

+1 514-878-2000


Best Western Plus Montreal

1240 Rue Drummond

Montreal, QC H3G 1V7, Canada

+1 514-866-6492


Samuel de Champlain

1050 Rue de la Gauchetiere Ouest

Montreal, QC H3B 4C9, Canada

+1 514-878-9000


Hilton Montreal Bonaventure

900 Rue de la Gauchetiere Ouest

Montreal, QC H5A 1E4, Canada

+1 514-878-2332


Our Mission

  • To provide a forum for the exchange of information between ingot producers, suppliers of materials, and technical experts
  • To apply this information to improve fundamental understanding, optimize process, and solve pratical problems of interest to the participating companies

Ingot Metallurgy Forum Overview

The Ingot Metallurgy Forum, Inc. or IMF is a non-profit international organization comprised of member companies involved in the production of high quality steel ingots. IMF member includes steel ingot producers, suppliers of materials for ingot production and technical experts from industry and academia. The IMF provides member companies the opportunity to share information and identify common ground for further technical exchange and development in an effort to improve the quality and cost of ingot cast steel.

The IMF evolved from an annual, industry-wide meeting on ingot making called the Ingot Metallurgy Symposium, which began in 1987. This one-day symposium was created so that the people involved in producing steel and alloy ingots could learn and discuss technical aspects of the metallurgy of ingot making. Since ingot production is largely ignored at the national steel making conferences, a need was identified to provide a forum for technical discussions on this topic for many who will continue to produce ingots for a long time.

A group at the University of Pittsburgh created the Ingot Metallurgy Symposium. Participants and the annual symposia decided that they would like to meet more often than once per year and from that decision, the IMF was created.

The IMF has approximately 25 member companies who pay annual dues of $1000. This entitles two (2) company representatives to attend two meetings per year. The Spring and Fall meetings have an educational day where technical experts from industry and university professors are invited to lecture on topics of interest such as segregation, solidification, hydrogen, inclusions and other topics. The second day of the meeting includes a tour of a member company's facility. 

Each meeting of the IMF involves an open discussion of technical and operating issues that are challenging to some of the members in the production of ingots. These round table discussions are the highlight of each meeting since members openly discuss operating practices and technical analyses to help each other solve problems. Members routinely call each other between meetings.

One phone call to a fellow member can often solve an ingot making problem. The knowledge and experience gathered from the IMF can help promote career advancement.

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