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Metal Conversations is a podcast by Michael Pfeifer from Industrial Metallurgists, LLC. He talks about metallurgy and metals engineering as they apply to product design and manufacturing. This covers many different areas since considerations about the metals used in products includes alloy selection, supplier selection, manufacturing process development, and fixing quality problems, just to name a few.

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Metal Conversations Michael Pfeifer

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Metal Conversations is a podcast by Michael Pfeifer from Industrial Metallurgists, LLC. He talks about metallurgy and metals engineering as they apply to product design and manufacturing. This covers many different areas since considerations about the metals used in products includes alloy selection, supplier selection, manufacturing process development, and fixing quality problems, just to name a few.

#metallurgy, #productdesign, #manufacturing, #engineering,

    You have to think small to understand metallurgy

    You have to think small to understand metallurgy

    (Apologies up front - I recorded this episode using the wrong microphone. So, the sound quality is fair. I'll do better next time.)

    There are microscopic structures and processes in metals that have large effects on metal properties, performance, and reliability. Being able to conceptualize these structures and processes goes a long way toward understanding the behavior of metals and the effects of mechanical processing and heat treating on metal properties. In this episode I discuss some of the microscopic structures and their effects on metal properties.

    I also discuss recent projects and a bonus at the end - some details about my recent trip to Seward, Alaska



    Michael Pfeifer is a metallurgist and metals engineer. He works with design and manufacturing clients to help with


    Component materials selection
    Manufacturing process development
    Supplier evaluation
    Failure analysis and root cause analysis

    He received a B.S. and M.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from   University  of Illinois and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and  Engineering  from  Northwestern University. He is a Professional  Engineer, licensed in Illinois.

    He's wrote a book - Materials Enabled  Designs. It teaches how to select   materials that optimize product  performance, reliability, and cost.

    For more information about Michael go to https://www.imetllc.com/about/

    Industrial Metallurgists offer metallurgy and metals engineering   consulting and training. The training is geared to design,   manufacturing, and quality engineers. More information about Industrial   Metallurgists' services and training is at https://www.imetllc.com/

    • 20 min
    Metals engineering perspective to component design

    Metals engineering perspective to component design

    In this episode Michael discusses the metals engineering perspective to component design. The concepts actually apply to all materials – metals, polymer, ceramics, and new classes of materials.

    No matter the application, the considerations when designing a component are always the same. It’s necessary to understand all the design requirements when selecting materials and finalizing a component’s shape and features. The design requirements include performance, reliability, weight, cost, how the component will be fabricated, and how it will be joined to other components. With this information it’s possible to identify alloys and make changes to the component’s shape and features as needed to meet the design requirements at low-cost. Often, trade-offs between component materials and form are made to optimize the design. This is especially important for design for manufacturability to keep costs down and ensure a receptive supply base.

    Michael is a metallurgist and metals engineer. He works with design and manufacturing clients to help with


    Component materials selection
    Manufacturing process development
    Supplier evaluation
    Failure analysis and root cause analysis

    His company, Industrial Metallurgists, offers metallurgy and metals engineering consulting and training. The training is geared to design, manufacturing, and quality engineers. More information about Industrial Metallurgists' services and training is at https://www.imetllc.com/

    He received a B.S. and M.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from University  of Illinois and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from  Northwestern University. He is a Professional Engineer, licensed in Illinois.  He's wrote a book - Materials Enabled  Designs. It teaches how to select materials that optimize product  performance, reliability, and cost.

    For more information about Michael go to https://www.imetllc.com/about/

    • 10 min
    What is Metals Engineering?

    What is Metals Engineering?

    Metals engineering is the application of metallurgy (the science of metals) to design and manufacturing decisions and problems involving metals. In this episode I explain the fundamental principles of metallurgy and how they are applied to engineer metals for component design and solving component failures and production quality problems.



    Michael is a metallurgist and metals engineer. He works with design and manufacturing clients to help with


    Component materials selection
    Manufacturing process development
    Supplier evaluation
    Failure analysis and root cause analysis

    He received a B.S. and M.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from University  of Illinois and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from  Northwestern University. He is a Professional Engineer, licensed in Illinois.  He's wrote a book - Materials Enabled  Designs. It teaches how to select materials that optimize product  performance, reliability, and cost.

    For more information about Michael go to https://www.imetllc.com/about/

    Industrial Metallurgists offer metallurgy and metals engineering consulting and training. The training is geared to design, manufacturing, and quality engineers. More information about Industrial Metallurgists' services and training is at https://www.imetllc.com/

    • 12 min
    Lessons learned as a process engineer

    Lessons learned as a process engineer

    In this episode I discuss two lessons I learned as a process engineer in the semiconductor fab. One lesson was a real-life example of the effects of manufacturing processes on metal microstructure and the resulting effects on a metal property that was used to monitor a manufacturing process. The other lesson was about the fallacy of engineering or scientific ingenuity.



    Michael is a metallurgist and metals engineer. He works with design and manufacturing clients to help with


    Component materials selection
    Manufacturing process development
    Supplier evaluation
    Failure analysis and root cause analysis

    He received a B.S. and M.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from University  of Illinois and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from  Northwestern University. He is a Professional Engineer, licensed in Illinois.  He's wrote a book - Materials Enabled  Designs. It teaches how to select materials that optimize product  performance, reliability, and cost.

    For more information about Michael go to https://www.imetllc.com/about/

    Industrial Metallurgists offer metallurgy and metals engineering consulting and training. The training is geared to design, manufacturing, and quality engineers. More information about Industrial Metallurgists' services and training is at https://www.imetllc.com/

    • 6 min
    How materials engineering fits in

    How materials engineering fits in

    I discuss my education, my experience working in a semiconductor factory and as part of a product design group, and the many different product design and manufacturing activities I was involved in as a metals engineer.

    Michael Pfeifer is a metallurgist and metals engineer. He works with design and manufacturing clients to help with


    Component materials selection
    Manufacturing process development
    Supplier evaluation
    Failure analysis and root cause analysis

    He received a B.S. and M.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from  University  of Illinois and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering  from  Northwestern University. He is a Professional Engineer, licensed in Illinois.

    He's wrote a book - Materials Enabled  Designs. It teaches how to select  materials that optimize product  performance, reliability, and cost.

    For more information about Michael go to https://www.imetllc.com/about/

    Industrial Metallurgists offer metallurgy and metals engineering  consulting and training. The training is geared to design,  manufacturing, and quality engineers. More information about Industrial  Metallurgists' services and training is at https://www.imetllc.com/

    • 8 min
    Metal Conversations Introduction

    Metal Conversations Introduction

    This episode is an introduction to the Metal Conversations podcast. Michael Pfeifer from Industrial Metallurgists, LLC introduces himself and gives a brief description of what the podcast series will be about.

    Michael is a metallurgist and metals engineer. He works with design and manufacturing clients to help with 


    Component materials selection
    Manufacturing process development
    Supplier evaluation
    Failure analysis and root cause analysis

    He received a B.S. and M.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from University  of Illinois and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from  Northwestern University. He is a Professional Engineer, licensed in Illinois.

    He's wrote a book - Materials Enabled  Designs. It teaches how to select materials that optimize product  performance, reliability, and cost.

    For more information about Michael go to https://www.imetllc.com/about/

    Industrial Metallurgists offer metallurgy and metals engineering consulting and training. The training is geared to design, manufacturing, and quality engineers. More information about Industrial Metallurgists' services and training is at https://www.imetllc.com/

     

    • 2 min

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