ITA Applications Conference Introduces NewFormatThe 14th Annual International Titanium Conference will be held in Monaco, October 4th throughthe 8th, 1998.This years conference has a new look! This is the first time the conference has been held inEurope and the first time it will feature both general sessions and workshops runningsimultaneously. Ed Speer, Acting Executive Director of the ITA, is excited about the new format.According to Mr. Speer, conference attendees will have a choice of attending the generalsessions or participating in workshops. The workshops will feature short presentations, followedby questions and answers. Mr. Speer hopes that the new workshop format will encourage moreaudience participation. A moderator will help guide the sessions, which will be limited to 60participants.The conference will kick off with a state of the industry discussion by executives from the majortitanium producers. Oremet-Wah Changs Dr. Carlos Aguirre will discuss "Strategic Alliances inHigh Performance Metals."Topics for both the general sessions and the workshops include titanium melting, casting,welding, metal matrix composites, extruded shapes, surface treatment of titanium, titanium in theCPI and in next-generation aircraft. Other presentations include talks on the use of titanium in thefood industry, military, marine applications, titanium in aircraft engines and aerospace fasteners,medical implants, and titanium springs.Sample of SessionsOn Wednesday, October 7 at 10:30 AM, Mr. John R Silk, Plymouth Tube Company, will discussnear net extruded shapes. The use of an extruded shape is a more economical alternative tocostly bar and plate products. The major advantages of near net extrusions are the fact that theygreatly minimize material usage and machining time. In addition, a near net shape in titanium hasno recurring tooling or setup charges. Manufacturing costs, in some cases, have been reduced byas much as 50%. Custom shapes are easily made with a proprietary die making process. Nearnet titanium extrusions are widely used in the manufacture of military aircraft, but are findingincreasing usage and acceptance for commercial jet aerostructures.On Tuesday, October 6, 11:00 AM, Charles Pepka from Renton Coil Spring will discuss titaniumsprings for applications where there are weight and volume concerns. He is the current Presidentof the Spring Manufacturers Institute. A spring made from titanium is approximately 30% the sizeof a steel spring. Titanium springs are corrosion resistant, have a longer cycle time, and are lessprone to failure than most other types of material. Markets for these springs are aerospace,automotive racing, and space applications, but Mr. Pepka says that there are many other areaswhere the titanium springs will offer significant advantages. Computer design technology allowshis company to simulate and optimize the spring design.On Tuesday, October 6, 4:00 PM, Susan Abkowitz of Dynamet Technology Inc. will discuss hercompanys patented titanium matrix composites, CermeTi® and DensiTiTM produced byeconomical powder metal technology. The main advantages of CermeTi® are wear resistance,modulus, and elevated temperature strength. The main advantage of DensiTiTM is its highstrength-to-weight ratio. Major markets for these discontinuously reinforced composites areautomotive, high performance sporting goods, industrial, aerospace and defense applications.Exhibit Hail and ReceptionThe High Performance Metals Group of Allegheny Teledyne Incorporated will be hosting a specialreception (Wednesday, October 7) before the ITA banquet in the spectacular Monte CarloSporting Club. HPMG will also have a booth in the exhibition hall.
For more information on the conference, contact the ITA at 303-443-7515. We look forward toseeing you in Monaco!The 6A1-4V, near net dimension, titanium extrusion (right hand view is used to manufacture theF018, U.S. Navy jet, vertical spar section (left hand view). The extrusion represents atremendous cost savings in both material and finish machining. Mr John P. Silk of Plymouth TubeCompany will discuss near net extruded shapes October 7 at 10:30 a.m. during the ITAconference (see sample of sessions).