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May Technical Meeting

Date: 5/14/2012
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM


The Versatile Technologies of Thermal Spray

William J. Lenling, FASM

Trustee (2011-2012) - ASM International

President - Thermal Spray Technologies, Inc.

Date: Monday, May 14, 2012

Location: Barrack's Cater Inn,

1224 W. Pioneer Parkway, Peoria, IL

4:30-5:30 Social Hour

5:30-6:00 Dinner / Coffee Talk

6:00-7:00 Technical presentation

May 14 is Student Members Night. There will be no charge for students to come enjoy dinner and listen to the technical talk.

Free Parking is available. The cost of dinner is subsidized and will be $18 at the door ($0 students).

RSVP to Catherine Stecklein (Stecklein_Catherine@cat.com or 309.675.1276)

Abstract: This talk will describe the family of thermal spray processes and the diverse coatings these technologies can produce. The talk will also provide several examples of how these coatings are being used in many real-life applications to enhance the components performance. Thermal spray is a group of coating processes including flame, electric arc, HVOF (high velocity oxy-fuel), plasma, and cold spray. Each of these processes has different characteristics that effect the properties of the materials being thermal sprayed. This talk will describe some of the differences between these processes, including the strengths and weaknesses of each technology. The talk will also show many examples of how thermal spray coatings are being used in industrial applications. Many industries use the technology including, aerospace, oil & gas, medical device, agricultural, recreation, automotive and many more. The coating properties that are produced with the technology are as varied as the industries the coatings are used in. Some of these properties will also be described.

Speaker: William is a materials engineer and President of Thermal Spray Technologies, Inc., in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Thermal Spray Technologies, Inc. engineers and manufactures industrial coatings using the processes of thermal spray. Mr. Lenling co-founded Thermal Spray Technologies in 1992. He has grown the company to its current annual sales volume of $20M and an employment level of 70 people. His work at TST has resulted in many unique and critical uses of materials for diverse industrial applications. Some of the applications developed include dielectric coatings for electro-surgical instruments, high temperature protective coatings for solar energy, wear resistant materials for agricultural components, and wear resistant coatings to replace hard chrome on motorcycle drive sprockets. In late 2010 Mr. Lenling also became President of Lineage Alloys of Baytown, Texas. Lineage manufactures carbide powders used by the thermal spray industry.

Before starting Thermal Spray Technologies, Inc. he worked for Fisher Barton, Inc. of Watertown, Wisconsin. At Fisher Barton his main responsibility was developing thermal spray technology to be used on Fisher Bartonís products. Mr. Lenling also worked on developing production heat treatments for lawn mower blades and agricultural blades and knives. During his employment with Fisher Barton he spent fifteen months at Sandia National laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico working with Sandia Scientists on thermal spray research. He has co-authored four papers with Sandia and received three best paper awards.

Mr. Lenling received a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1985, and a M.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1986. Mr. Lenlingís ASM involvement includes service on the ASM Thermal Spray Society (TSS) Training Committee as a member (1999-2002); chair (2002-2004); past chair (2004-2006), as well as service on the TSS Membership, Marketing & Outreach Committee, TSS Board of Directors, TSS Executive Committee, TSS Nominating Committee, TSS Certification Committee, the ASM Certification Committee where he is currently serving as chair through 2012 and service on the ASM Education Professional Subcommittee. Mr. Lenling received a "Distinguished Achievement Award" in 2009 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Engineering and has been awarded four US patents. Mr. Lenling has also been responsible for his company receiving several awards including, the Wisconsin Small Business Innovation Award for Outstanding Achievement, the Wisconsin Innovation and Research Award, and Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Award, along with various customer excellence awards. He has received three best paper awards from the Thermal Spray Society of ASM.




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