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National Officers Night

  • March 17, 2016
  • Williamson Banquet
  • Horsham , PA , USA


Since World War II several nations installed competing and complementary heavy, closed die forging presses.  This family of presses represents major capital investments in truly enabling forging technology, yielding extremely large and efficient monolithic structures exploited throughout the world, especially in the aerospace industry.  Upon review of the history of this class of presses it became apparent that all of these historic, heavy, closed die forging presses deserve recognition. 

In 2013 ASM International and the Forging Industry Association selected this family of unique forging equipment as ASM International Historic Landmarks. This presentation explores the past, present and future of these presses especially as they relate to aerospace applications. At present this family produces a variety of intriguing parts. The future of behemoths is quite interesting with respect to replacement, upgrades, and competition. Although alike in several ways, each press is different with its own respective design features, manufacturing capabilities, technical achievements, and supporting cast of people.  This presentation prompts us to remember that "big metal" will be around for a long time to come.

Mr. Jon Tirpak of SCRA Applied R&D Advanced Materials Division in Summerville, South Carolina is ready to serve ASM International as President of the Society from 2015 to 2016. As a senior volunteer leader of the Society, he will be leveraging his decades of materials and metallurgical engineering experience.  At SCRA Applied R&D, he is responsible for investigating, developing and implementing processes and technologies within the nation's foundry and forging industries, to reduce lead times and costs and to improve quality of complex metal shapes. He is the Executive Director of the Forging Industry Association - Department of Defense Manufacturing Consortium and Program Manager of the Defense Logistics Agency's FAST Program.

Mr. Tirpak earned his BS in Metallurgical Engineering at Lafayette College in Easton, PA and his MS in Materials Engineering at the University of Dayton in Dayton, OH. He was commissioned by the US Air Force in 1982 as a 2nd Lieutenant, working on structural failure analysis on various systems while serving at the Air Force Materials Laboratory. His second tour within the Ballistic Missile Office involved integrating the Air Force's nuclear testing requirements which involved myriad materials and systems ultimately tested beneath the ground at the Nevada Test Site. In 1988, he departed the Air Force as a Captain, trading his blue uniform for green hiking togs to hike the entire Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine.

After completing the trail and traveling extensively through Europe and the States, he resumed his materials engineering career with a position at Universal Technology Corporation in Dayton, OH and then to Aeroquip Corporation in Ann Arbor, MI. Ultimately he landed in Charleston, SC with SCRA Applied R&D leading programs and developing new business for the company. He is a licensed metallurgical engineer in South Carolina and Fellow of ASM International.

Mr. Tirpak has chaired the New Products and Services Committee and the Federal Affairs Committee in addition to being a member of many other committees throughout the Society culminating in his selection as Vice President. He is excited to return to the Liberty Bell Chapter for an encore presentation. 

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