Online Webinars

 
NADCA offers a variety of options to address all of your educational needs.  Some of NADCA’s most popular education option are Webinars. 

Webinars are live web broadcasts presented weekly.  Attending a webinar is an excellent way to obtain vital information without the hassle or cost of travel.  Topics for webinars include, but are not limited to Safety, Results of Surveys and Studies, Various Processes, Economic Industry Data, NADCA R&D Research Results and New Technologies. A webinar presentation will not only address important information on the topic but also provide adequate time for questions, answers and discussion.

Below you will find a schedule of  Webinars.  

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  • February 22 2017
    Defects Course in Akron, Ohio 02/22/2017 Defective die castings are quality deviations that must be corrected to meet the quality requirements of the customer. Defects are serious issues that are usually traceable to process settings and/or metallurgical problems. The good news is that most of them are correctable through operations control and process control. The purpose of this course is to provide useful information, skill and techniques to those individuals charged with the responsibility for process settings and production of quality castings.
    The course is organized under four categories: 1. Process factors that control many defects, especially those concerning surface finish, cold flow and non-fills; 2. Metallurgy issues associated with defects. While all metals are covered, there is a special emphasis on aluminum; 3. Identifying defects and diagnosing causes; and 4. Troubleshooting guide studied by type of defect in order to swiftly take the appropriate action.
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  • February 22 2017
    Die Casting Machines & Dies 02/22/2017 This section breaks down the die cast machine and explains the function of the components. Looks at the die and how it interacts with the die casting machine. Add to Calendar
  • February 22 2017
    How Communications Can Improve Safety in the Die Casting 02/22/2017 This webinar is part of the ongoing effort of the North American Die Casting Association to increase safety and health in Die Casting. Is your company’s current safety and health program all it needs to be? Could it be improved? Where do you start? One way for us to help you make a difference is to share “best practices” when we find them. In this webinar you will hear from Pace Industries’ leadership, Scott Bull, CEO and Kenny Sandlin, VP of Health & Safety as they share some key learnings from their company’s safety journey. You will also hear an update from Beau Glim, NADCA Project Manager on the progress with the proposed OSHA Safety and Health Management Guidelines. Q&A will follow the webinar. Add to Calendar
  • February 23 2017
    Die Casting Alloys & Fundamentals 02/23/2017 This section explains chemical composition and physical properties of common alloys used in die casting. This section walks through the die casting process. Explains the need for proper die cooling and die lubricants. Add to Calendar
  • February 27 2017
    Die Casting Defects & Safety 02/27/2017 This section looks at the quality defects that can occur during the die casting process. The causes and possible solutions are discussed. Reviews good safety practices for working in a die casting facility. Reviews proper personal protective equipment. Add to Calendar
  • February 28 2017
    Basic Safety in Die Casting 02/28/2017 Die casting has a wide array of safety hazards. Some of these are standard for industrial settings, but some are unique to foundries or specific to die casting. This course will provide: a broad view of die casting hazards, what to be aware of, and what can be done to prevent injury. This course is beneficial to all workers at a die casting facility, including front office personnel and guests. Add to Calendar
  • March 1 2017
    Machine Maintenance Safety in Die Casting 03/01/2017 Die casting requires the use of large, high powered machines. Maintenance of these machines requires proper safety procedures to prevent injury. This course will provide guidelines for lockout / tagout and machine guarding required to keep maintenance personnel and operators safe. This course is beneficial to employees maintaining or repairing machines. Add to Calendar
  • March 2 2017
    Electrical Safety in Die Casting 03/02/2017 Even though electricity is one of industry’s leading causes of death, electrical hazards do not always receive the attention they deserve. Electrical hazards range from a low voltage shock, up to an arc flash or arc blast. This course will discuss the different electrical hazards that are common in die casting and how to prevent injury from them. Also, this course will define what arc flash and arc blast are, along with what can be done to prevent them. This course is beneficial to employees working with or around electricity. Add to Calendar
  • March 7 2017
    Managing Safety in Die Casting 03/07/2017 Safety in any industry starts with management; and die casting is no different. It is important for management to understand the safety regulations provided by OSHA. This course will take a look at those OSHA regulations and how they can be applied in a die casting facility. This course is beneficial to die casting supervisors and managers. Add to Calendar
  • March 8 2017
    SMED Motivation and Concept 03/08/2017 Die set ups in under 10 minutes. This is the concept that is SMED. Why is this a worthy goal? How could it ever be possible? In this part, the motivation and approach to SMED will be covered. Also, time will focus on understanding internal and external operations. Attendees will be given strategies for timing and recording current setup practices. Later course portions will cover how to analyze the recorded setup data. Add to Calendar
  • March 9 2017
    SMED the Systematic Approach 03/09/2017 4 steps make up the SMED approach. This course will focus on describing the 4 steps. Strategies and examples will be given for each of the four steps. Analysis tools will be described to help attendees implement these 4 steps in their continuous improvements of die setup times. Add to Calendar
  • March 10 2017
    SMED Analyzing and Improving 03/10/2017 This final course in the series will cover specific strategies that can quickly start your plant on the path to faster setups. Concepts of 5 s and waste elimination will be covered. Also using the 5 why' and spaghetti diagrams. All these concepts will be introduced to provide tools for successful implementation of the SMED concept. Add to Calendar
  • March 14 2017
    Die Casting Machine Primary Mechanical Structures 03/14/2017 The first in the Mechanical Maintenance & Evaluation of Die Cast Machines series covers topics related to the major mechanical support structures of die casting machines; the machine base, rails, platen supports, wear pads, die carriers, tie bars and bushings. Add to Calendar
  • March 15 2017
    Die Casting Machine Primary Dynamic Structures 03/15/2017 The second in the Mechanical Maintenance & Evaluation of Die Cast Machines series covers primary components of die casting machines that are actuated (dynamic) during each casting cycle: toggle linkage, shot ends, and ejector system. Add to Calendar
  • March 21 2017
    Die Casting Machine Set-up and Maintenance 03/21/2017 The third in the Mechanical Maintenance & Evaluation of Die Cast Machines series covers die casting machine set-up/start-up issues (balancing tie bar loads), maintenance of standard machine components (cylinders, pumps, and motors), and preventive maintenance of die casting machines. Add to Calendar
  • March 27 2017
    Mechanical Properties of Materials 03/27/2017 This course describes the various types of properties of metallic materials, especially those pertinent for good die material performance, and the crystal structure of metallic materials. Add to Calendar
  • March 28 2017
    Heat Treatment of Steel 03/28/2017 This course describes the microstructure of steel and the various heat treatment steps such as austenitizing, quenching, and tempering. Add to Calendar
  • March 29 2017
    Die Material Acceptance Criteria and Design & Operational Fa 03/29/2017 This course describes the various requirements for the acceptance of H13 die steel. In addition, design and operational factors that influence die life are discussed. Add to Calendar
  • March 30 2017
    New Die Steels and Surface Treatments 03/30/2017 This course describes the new die steels that have been added to the NADCA die steel acceptance criteria document and the various types of surface treatments that can be applied to die cavity surfaces for improved performance. Add to Calendar
  • April 3 2017
    Applied Coatings and Die Maintenance 04/03/2017 This course describes the various types of coatings that can be applied to the die cavity surface for improved performance. This webinar also coves care and maintenance procedures for dies. Add to Calendar
  • April 4 2017
    Engineering Die Casting Dies 1 04/04/2017 Description Coming Soon Add to Calendar
  • April 5 2017
    Engineering Die Casting Dies 2 04/05/2017 Description Coming Soon Add to Calendar
  • April 6 2017
    Engineering Die Casting Dies 3 04/06/2017 Description Coming Soon Add to Calendar
  • April 10 2017
    Engineering Die Casting Dies 4 04/10/2017 Description Coming Soon Add to Calendar
  • April 11 2017
    Engineering Die Casting Dies 5 04/11/2017 Description Coming Soon Add to Calendar
  • April 12 2017
    Engineering Die Casting Dies 6 04/12/2017 Description Coming Soon Add to Calendar
  • April 13 2017
    Engineering Die Casting Dies 7 04/13/2017 Description Coming Soon Add to Calendar
  • April 14 2017
    Engineering Die Casting Dies 8 04/14/2017 Description Coming Soon Add to Calendar
  • April 17 2017
    Engineering Die Casting Dies 9 04/17/2017 Description Coming Soon Add to Calendar
  • April 18 2017
    Engineering Die Casting Dies 10 04/18/2017 Description Coming Soon Add to Calendar
  • April 19 2017
    Minimizing Linear Dimensional Variations 04/19/2017 The factors that impact variation of linear dimensions for die castings will be described. Major influences include variations in die temperature and changes in the temperature the castings are ejected from the die. Add to Calendar
  • April 20 2017
    Minimizing Cross-Parting Line Dimensional Variations 04/20/2017 The factors that impact variation of linear dimensions for die castings will be described. Major influences include variations in die temperature and changes in the temperature the castings are ejected from the die. Add to Calendar
  • April 25 2017
    Minimizing Die Shift and Warpage 04/25/2017 Other factors that influence dimensional variation will be covered in the final webinar, including die shift and warpage. Add to Calendar
  • May 1 2017
    Safety and Alloys 05/01/2017 This course will address safety considerations in metal procurement, storage and handling, melting and holding furnace operations. Proper description and use of personal protective equipment (PPE). In addition this webinar cover, alloy designations, compositions, nomenclature. Primary and secondary metal classification, characteristics, and sourcing. Characteristics of aluminum, zinc, and magnesium die casting alloys. Add to Calendar
  • May 2 2017
    Alloying Elements and Furnaces 05/02/2017 This course will address alloying elements such as description and effects of specific alloying elements in aluminum die casting alloys. In addition it will cover furnace descriptions and comparisons of various types of furnaces employed principally in aluminum high pressure die casting for melting, holding, casting. Add to Calendar
  • May 3 2017
    Metal Handling, Treatment Method 05/03/2017 This course will address alloying elements such as description and effects of specific alloying elements in aluminum die casting alloys. In addition it will cover furnace descriptions and comparisons of various types of furnaces employed principally in aluminum high pressure die casting for melting, holding, casting. Add to Calendar
  • May 4 2017
    Metal Quality and Casting Defect 05/04/2017 This course will address metal quality and will describe various techniques to ascertain melt quality in the molten state, including K- mold, Reduced Pressure Test, PodFA and Prefil. In addition various sources and remedies of casting defects specifically associated with metal melting and handling—inclusions and porosity. Add to Calendar
  • May 9 2017
    Introduction To Product Design 05/09/2017 This initial coursein the series will provide an introduction and overview of the die casting process. Add to Calendar
  • May 10 2017
    The Die Casting Process 05/10/2017 This initial coursein the series will provide an introduction and overview of the die casting process. Add to Calendar
  • May 11 2017
    Defects in Die Castings 05/11/2017 Artifacts such as porosity are present in most die castings, but are only considered defects when they exceed pre-determined levels, or are present in the wrong location within the castings. The reasons for porosity generation in die castings will be reviewed, and methods that can be used by designers to minimize the impact of porosity on component performance will be examined. Add to Calendar
  • May 12 2017
    Die Casting Alloys 05/12/2017 Typically die castings are produced from four classes of alloys (aluminum alloys, zinc alloys, ZA alloys and magnesium alloys). The range of properties of each of these alloy classes will be presented. Add to Calendar
  • May 15 2017
    Optimization of Geometry for Die Casting 05/15/2017 The goal of geometry optimization is to transform the shape of components to attain a design that is readably die castable, while still meeting or improving product performance. Process steps necessary for component designers to obtain design optimization for die casting will be reviewed. Add to Calendar
  • May 16 2017
    Examples of Die Castings 05/16/2017 Examples of a wide range of die castings will be presented These will emphasize component designs that have been optimized for the die casting process. Castings produced by both conventional high pressure die casting, as well as high integrity die casting processes, will be examined. Add to Calendar
  • May 17 2017
    Secondary Processing of Die Castings 05/17/2017 This last course in the series will review the secondary processes used to finish die castings. Processes covered include trimming, surface finishing, machining, coating and heat treatment. Add to Calendar
  • May 18 2017
    Die Casting Process, Die, and Die Casting Machine 05/18/2017 This course will address both hot and cold chamber die casting processes and the termonolgy associated with die casting. The die casting process relies on a steel mold to hold the shape of the metal. In this section the components of the die will be reviewed. In addition, the die cast machine system will be explored. Add to Calendar
  • May 23 2017
    Closing the Die and Injecting the Metal 05/23/2017 This course will address the hydraulics and mechanisms used to close the die casting machine and keep it closed during injection. Once the machine is closed the shot end of the machine will inject the molten metal into the cavity. The systems for injecting the metal; along with the requirements will be discussed. Add to Calendar
  • May 24 2017
    Controls, Setup and SMED 05/24/2017 This course will address the controls for operating the die casting machine. It will also review the process for setting up the die and machine. In addition, the Single Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED) process will be taught. Add to Calendar
  • May 25 2017
    Startup/Shutdown Procedures, and Normal Operation 05/25/2017 This course will address the general procedures for starting up and shutting down a die. It will also review what to do, and be aware of, to ensure the normal operation of the die continues. Add to Calendar
  • May 30 2017
    Eliminating Casting Defects 05/30/2017 This course will address the defects found in high pressure die casting and what can be done to eliminate these defects from an operator's point of view. Add to Calendar
  • May 31 2017
    Safety 05/31/2017 This course will address safety concerns for operators in die casting environments. Environmental hazards, PPE, and hazard communication will be reviewed. Add to Calendar