VDI-Fachtagung Innovative Blechumformung in der Automobilindustrie

  • Learn about the solutions for the current challenges in sheet forming in the automotive industry
  • See examples from industrial practice presented by experts from OEMs
  • Maintain and expand your network
Innovative Sheet Forming in the Automotive Industry | VDI Specialist Conference

The 11th VDI Innovative Sheet Forming in the Automotive Industry Specialist Conference will consider the challenges that sheet forming presents in industrial manufacturing. In a series of practically relevant presentations, experts will show you innovative solutions, ranging from the optimal production process to the making of the final product. Discuss the effects of industry 4.0 and its implications for sheet forming as well as efficiency and quality improvement in pressing technology and plant engineering in discussions with experts and specialists.

The increasing requirements placed upon sheet metal

The automotive industry is in a period of flux as a result of digitization and new vehicle concepts such as electromobility. Correspondingly, the challenge is, and always has been, to lower the weight of a vehicle. To achieve this, it is necessary to use a mixed method of construction, which includes high strength sheet metal in combination with aluminum elements or plastics. Ultra high strength steel is processed and thinner sheets are used. This leads to the need for improvement for optimized production processes in the areas of pressing technology and plant engineering, as well as tool development, manufacturing and quality control.

Find out about current solutions in these areas at the VDI Innovative Sheet Forming in the Automotive Industry Specialist Conference. You can look forward to exciting presentations by leading experts in the entire process chain.

The conference will focus on the following areas:

  • New concepts for pressing technology and plant engineering
  • Optimization of manufacturing and quality control
  • Methodology planning in tool manufacturing and construction
  • Innovative processes and materials for tool manufacturing
  • Digitization in sheet forming and shaping

Take the opportunity to expand and maintain your professional contacts during the evening get-together at the "Schlachthof Bräu" traditional brewery.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020


Registration and distribution of conference documents


Chair’s welcome and opening address

Dr.-Ing. Bernd Haller, chairman of the Technical Committee 101: stamping operations-industrial tools


Change is necessary. Change is right. Transformation is shaped

  • Initial situation in sheet metal forming and future requirements
  • Sustainable top performance is the goal and lean transformation the way
  • Change within Lean Transformation
  • The success factors in change

Stephan Paul, Senior Expert, STAUFEN.AG, Beratung.Akademie.Beteiligung, Köngen

Press Technology and Plant Engineering

Moderation: Dipl.-Ing. Ingo von Wurmb, BMW AG, München


Challenges of a large press plant in Germany

  • Achievement of a long-term, economic optimum in the area of tension between innovation speed, personnel costs, start-up density, volatility and investment in plant and tools
  • Focus on the realisation of innovation projects with measurable success factors
  • Flexible approach to personnel deployment planning for fluctuating quantities and adherence to production order schedules

Dipl. Wirtsch.-Ing. René Koschkar, Head of Press Shop 2, BMW AG, Dingolfing


New process concepts in the Tryoutcenter

  • Tryout – further thought with servo presses
  • Optimization of ergonomics and efficiency with tool changer
  • Tryoutcenter – The combination makes the difference
  • Reality and simulation – fully networked

Dipl.-Ing. Hans-Peter Kienle, Key Account Manager, Automotive Press Divison, Schuler Pressen GmbH, Göppingen


Coffee break with visit to the trade exhibition


Maximizing the number of strokes in the press plant by considering the dynamic load in the die

  • Modelling of dynamic effects during hold-down acceleration
  • Recording of dynamic, characteristic values
  • Metrological validation in test and series operation
  • Guidelines for the load-compliant design of large tools

Maximilian Burkart, M. Sc., Doctoral candidate, Technology Development Toolmaking, Dr.-Ing. Johannes Wied, Team Leader Tool Maintenance, Daimler AG, Sindelfingen, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h. c. Mathias Liewald MBA, Institute Director, Institute for Forming Technology IFU, University of Stuttgart

Manufacturing and Quality Assurance

Moderation: Uwe Horschig, Oerlikon Balzers Coating Germany GmbH, Schopfheim


Mobile 5-axis machine tool for manufacturing and repairing tool parts

  • Challenge in toolmaking
  • Solution approach and concept selection – Mobile machine tools or robots
  • Functionality of the mobile 5-axis machine tool
  • Measuring strategies on the existing workpiece
  • Scopes and technologies of processing
  • Achievable savings potential

Dipl.-Ing. Marcus Witt, Head of Sales, METROM Mechatronische Maschinen GmbH, Hartmann


Inline Monitoring in Forming Technology using the Example of Punching and Bending Technology

  • Digitization concept
  • Concept for the recording and processing of process data
  • Networking in the forming or punching and bending process
  • Online data acquisition or inline monitoring
  • Potentials and possibilities of inline monitoring

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Donhauser, Head of Technology Network, Prof. Dr. Sc. Bernd Pinzer, Management, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Maximilian Lorenz, M. Eng., Allgäu Research Centre, Kempten University of Applied Sciences


Coffee break with visit to the trade exhibition

Digitization in Forming and Sheet Metal Working

Moderation: Dipl.-Ing. Ingo von Wurmb, BMW AG, München


Digital Product Assurance Safety Assemblies in Mercedes-Benz Operations

  • The goal is the complete, digital process chain for evaluating the manufacturability of body components (bonnets, doors, etc.)
  • With a focus on achieving dimensionally stable attachments while taking production influences into account
  • Derivation and documentation of measures
  • Recognition of interactions between the trades, shell construction, painting and final assembly

Dipl.-Ing. Tobias Kleeh, Calculation Engineer, Dipl.-Ing. Mark Wolf, Team Leader, ZB-Simulation attachments, Daimler AG, Sindelfingen


Digital transformation of the process chain in large body toolmaking

  • Robust simulation incl. new tribology models
  • Load-specific tool design
  • Digitization of tool training
  • Closed process chain with real contact surfaces in the simulation

Dr.-Ing. Christian Bolay, Production Process Developer, Technology Development Toolmaking, Peter Essig, M. Sc., Doctoral candidate, Dr.-Ing. Christoph Kaminski, Team Leader, Mercedes Benz AG, Sindelfingen

from 19:00


At the end of the first day of the event, the VDI Wissensforum invites you to a get-together. Take advantage of the relaxed atmosphere to expand your network and hold in-depth discussions with other participants and speakers.

Thursday, March 5, 2020


From sheet metal supplier to module supplier for car body construction – Economic challenge with future potential

  • Forward-looking digital logistics concepts
  • Digitally coordinated body-in-white concepts between body-in-white supplier and OEM
  • Realization of highest quality requirements without production losses
  • Technology networking for quality control, process monitoring and process control
  • Complex body-in-white lines with optimised use of space

Dr.-Ing. Frank Scheppe, Head of Operations, David Jonda, Head of Planning, LÄPPLE Automotive GmbH, Heilbronn


Sheet metal forming for the production of fuel cells – the alternative drive of the future?

  • Fuel cells and their applications
  • Unique forming process
  • High demands on material
  • Highest accuracy of the forming tools

Pär Teike, CEO, PhD Henrik Jackman, Application Engineer and Achim Zeiss, Area Manager Europe, Cellimpact AB, Karlskoga, Sweden

Tools and Tool Design

Moderation: Dipl.-Ing. (BA) Bertram Suck, BMW AG, München


Service life of wedge gate valves (influence of design, operating conditions and maintenance)

  • Design of wedge gate valves and operating conditions in press tools
  • Operating forces and technical operational design
  • Influence of operating conditions and maintenance

Dipl.-Ing. (BA) Markus Meyer, Head of Gate Valve Applications, Business Unit Standards, FIBRO GmbH, Haßmersheim


Coffee break with visit to the trade exhibition


Best Practice Approaches for Springback Compensation of Complex Sheet Metal Formed Parts

  • New methods for compensation of complex sheet metal formed parts with equal area and unwinding
  • New strategy for partial position optimization of complex sheet metal formed parts
  • New method for discrete scaling of complex sheet metal parts

Benjamin Hartman, M. Eng., Prof. Dr. Arndt Birkert, Managing Partner, Markus Straub, Managing Partner, Inigence GmbH, Bretzfeld


Development trends in hot forming

  • General trends in hot sheet metal forming of steel
  • Different tailored tempering strategies, advantages and disadvantages
  • Alternative heating strategies for tailor-made strength properties
  • Hot forming Press hardening of 7000 aluminium alloys
  • Summary and outlook

Dipl.-Ing. Frank Schieck, Head of Sheet Metal Forming Department, Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU, Chemnitz

Materials and Processes

Moderation: Dipl.-Ing. (BA) Markus Meyer, FIBRO GmbH, Haßmersheim


Introduction of fasteners during hot forming in the press hardening process to reduce production steps

  • The future of press hardened steels
  • Principle of the insertion of functional elements during the hot forming process
  • Influence of temperature on the elements
  • Insertion of various functional elements

Dr.-Ing. Amer Mahlme, Entwicklungsingenieur, Technische Entwicklung, Dr.-Ing. Tobias Jene, Leiter der Entwicklungsabteilung, Georg Donhauser, Mitarbeiter im Bereich Business Development, PROFIL Verbindungstechnik GmbH & Co. KG, Friedrichsdorf


Lunch break with visit to the trade exhibition


Tribology in focus – Process optimization as a driver of competitiveness

  • Development of the sheet metal processing industry
  • Possible focus on improving process conditions – Tribology
  • Determination of friction coefficients in model tests
  • Coupling of experiment, friction modelling and sheet metal forming simulation
  • Influence of lubricant on the process

Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Mathias Schmeier, Sales Manager – Technical Service Raziol Lube, RAZIOL Zibulla & Sohn GmbH, Iserlohn


Innovative tool steel concepts for direct press hardening with soft zone technology

  • Requirement profile for tool steel for direct press hardening
  • Experimental friction coefficient investigations on various tool steels
  • Challenges with heated tool segments
  • Suitable alloy concepts for heated tools

Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Marc Geile, Applications Engineer Tool Steel, Böhler, voestalpine High Performance Metals Deutschland GmbH, Düsseldorf


Development trends for high-strength body steels

  • Requirements for body materials and driving forces in materials development
  • Presentation of current and future developments in cold-rolled, high-strength body steels (AHSS)
  • Aspects of formability of AHSS
  • Processing and application challenges

Dipl.-Ing. Christian Walch, Process Manager Forming/Component Behavior, R&D Business Unit Strip, Forming and Component Behavior, voestalpine Stahl GmbH, Linz, Austria


Closing Discussion


End of the Symposium

Who should take part

This event is aimed at managers, people in charge, decision-makers as well as professionals and leaders in the following areas:

  • OEM
  • Coach building
  • Engineering sheet forming
  • Tool development and manufacturing
  • Tool machines
  • Pressed component manufacturing
  • Quality control
  • Surface technology
  • Material technology
  • Lubricants

Book your ticket for Innovative Sheet Forming in the Automotive Industry

You’d like to learn about the changing requirements for sheet forming in the automotive industry? You’re interested in the digital opportunities presented by sheet metal production processes? Then sign up for the 11th VDI Innovative Sheet Forming in the Automotive Industry Specialist Conference now.

Advisory Board

Ing. Michael Göckeritz Porsche Werkzeugbau GmbH / Schwarzenberg

Dr.-Ing. Bernd Haller Tool Tec Solutions GmbH / Weingarten

Uwe Horschig Oerlikon Balzers Coating Germany GmbH / Schopfheim

Wolfgang Menges Profil-Verbindungstechnik GmbH & Co. KG / Friedrichsdorf

Markus Meyer FIBRO GmbH / Hassmersheim

Stefan Müller Daimler AG / Sindelfingen

Alexander Reischl voestalpine Camtec GmbH / Linz

Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Jochen Schäfer FIBRO GmbH / Hassmersheim

Walter Stoll Daimler AG / Sindelfingen

Dipl.-Ing. Bertram Suck BMW Group / München

Dipl.-Ing. Ingo VonWurmb BMW AG / München

Dr.-Ing. Johannes Wied Daimler AG / Sindelfingen

Christian Zott NovoPlan GmbH / Aalen

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