Sessions

Ask the Expert - Session 1

Presenter: Horace Pops Rudy Vey C. Richard Gordon Neil C. Lowdon Paul Kulongowski

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Ask the Expert


Visitors to the exhibition floor have a unique opportunity to get their questions answered in a one-on-one setting with esteemed industry veterans. This group of select experts from the ferrous and nonferrous segments are available to all comers in a sort of open house setting at WAI’s Ask the Expert kiosk in the center of the show floor. Attendees are invited to drop by during these “office hours” for these respected professionals to ask questions, seek advice, and generally tap in to the decades of experience and knowledge these distinguished industry figures have to offer. No appointment necessary.


The panelists are prepared to speak on the following areas of expertise:


C. Richard Gordon, C. Richard Gordon Consulting LLC (Ferrous)

  • Mechanics of wiredrawing
  • Ferrous testing and properties
  • Ferrous heat treatment
  • High-carbon wiredrawing torsional ductility improvement opportunities
  • Wire tensilve strength prediction
  • Stainless steel wire processing
  • Steel specification optimization for product quality performance and cost reduction

Paul Kulongowski, Neil Lowdon, and Rudy Vey, Chemetall US

  • History of steel phosphating and why it was developed
  • Principles of cleaning metal and hard surfaces
  • Why are both acid pickling and alkaline cleaning recommended before phosphating?
  • What are the reasons to use reactive lubricants as well at dry soaps lubricants?
  • The importance of using the entire phosphating process including water rinsing
  • How to select the best lubricant for drawing applications

Horace Pops, Horace Pops Consulting Inc. (Nonferrous)

  • Principles and technology of electrical conductors
  • History of copper and wiredrawing
  • Continuous casting
  • Chemical composition of electrical conductors
  • Formation, analysis, and measurement of fines
  • Annealing principles and practice
  • Wiredrawing, dies, and lubrication
  • Wire breaks
  • Aluminum rod and wire
  • FRHC vs. ETP copper
  • ASTM standards
  • Magnet wire

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