Education & Training


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Schedule at-a-glance
A list of courses offered by NADCA in chronological order.

Course Descriptions
Brief, detailed descriptions of courses taught at NADCA and in-plant classes. Each description also contains information regarding textbooks, materials used and other.

Certification Program
A complete text featuring what steps are necessary to attain Certification from NADCA. Course electives and requirements are listed.

Instructors
Biographies and photographs of individuals who instruct NADCA's courses and in-plant conferences. An excellent introduction to the caliber of people NADCA utilizes for its education programs.

Local Courses
There are NADCA education and training chapters located throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Chapters are an extension of NADCA's education and training, and most offer selected NADCA national courses and programs locally . . . thus, expanding the technology transfer opportunities for every die caster. Chapters also offer a range of other technological and operational education programs specifically selected and tailored to the needs of die casters and suppliers in their chapter areas.

In-Plant Programs
All NADCA programs, courses and installations can be brought to the worksite for presentation. The cost in savings and scheduling advantages can be substantial!

In-House Programs
NADCA is now offering the "In-House Training Program for Operators and Technicians!" The In-House approach responds to the need of die casters to have control of the schedule, content and cost of training. It is a multi-module program that is highly cost-effective.

Change View
  • June 28 2017
    Simplified Approach To Designing Cooling of Dies 06/28/2017 Many people believe that it is very difficult to design the cooling for a die and instead use experience. This first webinar shows that a good estimate can be made with minimal math. It goes through the way this was developed and then gives examples of designing the cooling for some castings. This is a rapid and reasonably accurate approach for die casters and tool designers with minimal time. Add to Calendar
  • June 29 2017
    Intermediate Approach To Designing Cooling of Dies 06/29/2017 This will look at where the Simplified Approach formulae came from. It will take a more mathematical approach to the problem and include more variables, such as metal temperature. This will also look at more complex parts and work out how you calculate the cooling for castings with complex cores. Add to Calendar
  • July 5 2017
    Advanced Approach To Designing Cooling of Dies 07/05/2017 In this webinar there are more advanced details on cooling. Namely: · Transient effects due to Thermal Diffusivity · Cooling of runners and biscuit to reduce shrinkage effects · How a fountain/bubbler works · The use of jet cooling and why it works, plus strengths and weaknesses · Oil cooling/heating of dies · Combining oil and water in one die and why we would do this · Changing the heat transfer within a die Add to Calendar
  • July 6 2017
    EH Valve Selection Criteria 07/06/2017 This part presents the various criteria to select a specific valve for an application. These criteria include, valve type, spool design, operating conditions, static and dynamic characteristics. Add to Calendar
  • July 11 2017
    Die Spray and Bringing It All Together 07/11/2017 This final webinar covers the approach to die spray and how to bring that into the design. It then gives an example where all the facets of the die are brought together as a demonstration. It will give an example that covers general cooling, specific or spot cooling, oil heating , jet cooling and die spray Add to Calendar
  • July 12 2017
    Update From Washington: Regulations, Legislation, and Policy 07/12/2017 NADCA's Washington, D.C. lobbying team will present an exclusive webinar for members to hear about the latest on reforming the regulatory structure and rewriting many of the EPA, OSHA, and NLRB rules put in place under the Obama administration. On Capitol Hill, much of the major legislation stalled in the first six months setting up a busy second half of 2017 as Congress focuses on tax reform, health care, and possibly infrastructure. This first half of the year has been filled with much action and controversy, this is your chance to hear directly from your team in Washington what changes have already occurred and what you can expect for the future. Add to Calendar
  • July 13 2017
    Basic Approach To Process Control 07/13/2017 This covers the traditional methods of controlling the process and what feedback you use to control it. It then expands on this and shows the usefulness of some simple math terms. It allows the company to see how stable their company is in from day-to-day. It then looks at the causes of variation from that stability and how to solve the three most common causes. Add to Calendar
  • July 18 2017
    Intermediate Approach To Process Control 1 07/18/2017 This expands on the Basic Approach by using the basic math terms to gain a Process Capability Analysis for the plant, it uses this to explain how to get process control. It covers how you know if your process is out of control. Finally it goes over the various methods of controlling the process (set and forget, continuous display and Statistical Process Control). Add to Calendar
  • July 18 2017
    PQ2 Seminar in North Carolina 07/18/2017 As you know, die casting is both a thermal and mechanical process. To successfully produce die castings both processes must be accounted for and related to each other. This course will provide the die caster with an understanding of how to calculate metal flow and solidification; along with how to select the optimal machine size for the casting. In 2015 Professor Al Miller developed the new gating equation to calculate the maximum flow time for molten metal. This course will teach the new gating equation and how to utilize it in the PQ2 method. Add to Calendar
  • July 19 2017
    Intermediate Approach To Process Control 2 07/19/2017 After Intermediate 1, this follows on to explain the various Bell curves and what they mean, it explains that the tolerances of the product are from the customer but the tolerances on the PROCESS are your decision. It covers how you define “A good process” and how to make the measurements real. It gives examples of using SPC on various shot parameters, it then covers short term and long term drifts. Add to Calendar
  • July 20 2017
    Advanced Approach To Process Control 1 07/20/2017 In this we define what variables we have control of and what impact this has on the many variables that we can’t directly control. This then covers the measurements that should be taken and the great care in choosing the right variables to measure. This data is then used in two ways, * Historical- what was measured in the past and how can the company gain the best information. * Planned Trials- what is available to let the company carry out a multi variable experiment and gain the best advantage for future production. Add to Calendar
  • July 20 2017
    Electrical Circuits for Switching EH Valves 07/20/2017 This part overviews basic switches that are used with electro-hydraulic switching valves to perform logic and control functions. This part covers also selected electrical circuit diagrams for controlling switching valves. Add to Calendar
  • July 25 2017
    Advanced Approach To Process Control 2 07/25/2017 This final webinar brings it all together. It covers planning a trial for both parameters that are changed and variables that are measured. It goes through a DoE approach to show the power of the method. Examples are given of real trials that enabled a very defined set process parameters to be reached. This impacted strongly on achieving an operating window that enabled a stable, low reject production of difficult parts. Using examples from real life trials should assist the die caster to apply these methods in their own plant. Add to Calendar
  • July 26 2017
    Alloys for High Integrity Die Casting 07/26/2017 In this webinar all aspects of aluminum high integrity die casting alloys will be covered: from AA numbering, basic metallurgy, the role of alloying each element, impurities and their impact on part quality and properties, ... all the way to different alloy families and existing alloys currently used or under development, with their advantages and disadvantages, current and potential applications as well as achievable properties (using different heat treatments) with each of them. Add to Calendar
  • July 27 2017
    Melting, Melt Treatment, and Transfer for High Integrity DC 07/27/2017 In this webinar best practices of melting, melt treatment and transfer for aluminum high integrity die casting of structural components will be presented and discussed. Many oxide and other inclusions originate from inappropriate practices with the liquid aluminum before it is cast. They cause quality issues / high scrap rates and reduced properties. This webinar explains how to avoid them by using best practices like filtering, degassing, fluxing, skimming, settling, quiescent transfer, etc. Add to Calendar
  • August 1 2017
    High Integrity High Vacuum Die Casting 08/01/2017 In this webinar the focus in on the die casting process as well as appropriate part and die design/concept for high integrity die casting of structural components. It will cover process technology used or recommended to achieve the very high quality requirements on the die casting process necessary to produce (often large) thin walled, crash relevant, weldable / heat treatable high integrity die castings. Aspects like vacuum, process control, lubricants and their application, etc. as well as part and die design, gating and overflow design, thermal balance (heating and cooling) of the die, etc. will be covered and available technologies and best practices discussed. Add to Calendar
  • August 2 2017
    Heat Treatment and Subsequent Process Steps 08/02/2017 In this webinar the focus in on the die casting process as well as appropriate part and die design/concept for high integrity die casting of structural components. It will cover process technology used or recommended to achieve the very high quality requirements on the die casting process necessary to produce (often large) thin walled, crash relevant, weldable / heat treatable high integrity die castings. Aspects like vacuum, process control, lubricants and their application, etc. as well as part and die design, gating and overflow design, thermal balance (heating and cooling) of the die, etc. will be covered and available technologies and best practices discussed. Add to Calendar
  • August 3 2017
    Market, Applications & Commercial Aspects of High Integrity 08/03/2017 In this webinar the focus in on the die casting process as well as appropriate part and die design/concept for high integrity die casting of structural components. It will cover process technology used or recommended to achieve the very high quality requirements on the die casting process necessary to produce (often large) thin walled, crash relevant, weldable / heat treatable high integrity die castings. Aspects like vacuum, process control, lubricants and their application, etc. as well as part and die design, gating and overflow design, thermal balance (heating and cooling) of the die, etc. will be covered and available technologies and best practices discussed. Add to Calendar
  • August 8 2017
    Understanding Mechanical Property Variations in Die Castings 08/08/2017 Some of the most frequently asked questions are Why do properties vary within a casting? and Why are the properties in casting different than published data for separately cast test bars? In this course NADCA?s Director of Research, Education & Technology, Steve Udvardy will address these questions as well as the impact of alloy chemistry and solidification rate on mechanical properties. Add to Calendar
  • August 9 2017
    Improving the Visual Inspection Process 08/09/2017 Visual inspection of casting surfaces is very subjective and prone to measurement errors. Studies of casting inspection at metalcasting plants reveal that much of the casting surface is often missed during the inspection operation, and the inspection decisions made are not consistent. During this course methods to improve the visual inspection process will be discussed. In addition it will address techniques for selecting operators, training of operators to ˆsee’ the whole casting, and the need to ˆcalibrate’ your visual inspectors. Add to Calendar
  • August 15 2017
    Conventional Coating Processes for Die Casting Dies 08/15/2017 Conventional coatings (nitriding, carbonitriding) have been used for some time on die casting dies. This introductory webinar will review these processes, and describe die failure mechanisms (soldering, erosion) they are used to address. Add to Calendar
  • August 16 2017
    Review of Thin Film Coating Processes 08/16/2017 Several thin film coating processes (PVD, CVD, PACVD) will be reviewed, and differences between the various processes highlighted. Add to Calendar
  • August 17 2017
    Measurement and Characterization of Coatings 08/17/2017 Methods used for the measurement of properties, and for the characterization of coatings, will be discussed. Add to Calendar
  • August 23 2017
    Applications of Thin Film Coatings for Die Casting Dies 08/23/2017 The use of thin film coatings for die casting dies is becoming more common. Commercial experiences with thin film coatings will be described. Add to Calendar
  • August 24 2017
    Managing Greenhouse Gas 08/24/2017 Greenhouse gas emissions are an unavoidable by-product of die casting. Electricity, natural gas, gasoline, diesel, propane and magnesium cover gases all contribute to a facility’s carbon footprint. It is important for management to know the carbon footprint of their facility to: understand the facility’s impact on global warming, recognize plant inefficiencies and comply with federal regulations. NADCA provides a Greenhouse Gas Calculator for Membership Plus members. This calculator will convert energy and magnesium cover gas usage into CO2e emissions. This course will explain how to use the NADCA Greenhouse Gas Calculator. Add to Calendar