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January Technical Meeting

Chicago Section of STLE Presents:
"Lightweighting in Aerospace and Automobile Manufacturing: Metalworking Challenges"
Brian Hovik and Ted McClure (Presenter)
Thursday, January 18th, 2018



Hundreds of aircraft are expected to be retired in the near future. Titanium demand is forecast to increase by 8% to meet the requirements of next-generation composite aircraft, due to its high strength-to-weight ratio and excellent corrosion resistance. Titanium is difficult to machine and fabricate, so this presentation will discuss its machinability characteristics, tool and coolant requirements and post-machining process and safety considerations.

EPA-mandated corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) regulations continue to drive changes in materials and manufacturing processes for automobiles. A major opportunity in automotive lightweghting is the body structure. The use of advanced high strength steels (AHSS) and aluminum and magnesium alloys has increased dramatically in recent years. Hydroform-intensive body structures, tailor-welded and rolled materials, hot and warm forming are being combined to manufacture lightweight, crash-worthy assemblies. This comes with challenges in metal forming, including equipment durability, tool wear, and lubrication. An overview of automotive lightweighting materials and processes will be presented, along with associated lubrication challenges.


BRIAN K. HOVIK - Mr. Hovik retired from Boeing in August of 2014 but has remained active in the industry. He was hired by Chemetall Americas (now part of BASF) as a consultant in 2014 and is now a full-time Market Manager for the MWF group specializing in aerospace applications. Hovik graduated from Brigham Young University in 1985 with a degree in Manufacturing Engineering. Upon graduation he started his 30 year career with the Boeing Company in Auburn, WA. He earned a MBA in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix in 2005. During his career he was involved with nearly all aspects of aircraft manufacturing including CNC programming, tool design, process engineering, machining and R&D. During the last 20 years he served as MWF Technical Focal Point for the Boeing Enterprise. He is active with both SME and STLE, serving on several technical committees. Mr. Hovik holds two US patents and has authored numerous white papers and educational presentations. He splits his time between the mountains of Leavenworth, WA and the desert of Mesquite, NV – always chasing the sun…

TED McCLURE - Mr. McClure has spent over 35 years developing, testing and servicing metalworking lubricants. Before joining Sea-Land in 2014, he operated TribSys LLC, where he was a consultant and testing contractor, working on projects for industrial clients, including the AutoSteel Partnership Tribology Team, investigating the tribology of advanced high strength steels, from 2001 to 2009. Prior postitions included: R&D Director with Fuchs Lubricants: Metalforming Lubricants and Corrosion Preventatives, VP Technical with Franklin Oil Corp. and Cedar Lubricants. Mr. McClure is a Certified Metalworking Fluids Specialist (CMFS), and Past Chair of the STLE CMFS Steering Committee. He is the current treasurer of the North American Deep Drawing Research Group (NADDRG) and a long-time member and past-chairman of the Chicago Section STLE. He earned a B.Sc. in Chemistry from Miami University, Oxford, OH.


Door prizes will also be drawn at the conclusion of the Technical Presentation. You need to be present at the drawing in order to win!


341 75th Street, Willowbrook, IL
North of I-55 on Route 83
Turn Left on 75th St.
Enter off Clarendon Hills Road

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STLE Members: $35.00; Non-Members: $45.00; Retirees: $20; Students: $5.00 (Student ID required); Unemployed Members: $20.00


Thursday,  January 18th, 2018
5:15PM - Social Hour (Beverages and hors d’oevres)
6:15PM - Dinner (please specify dinner choice w/ reservation - Chicken Vesuvio or Salmon)
7:15PM - Technical Presentation


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We look forward to seeing you at this month’s meeting! Business Casual attire is acceptable.

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