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Metal Conversations podcast

Michael Pfeifer from Industrial Metallurgists, LLC talks about metallurgy and metals engineering as they apply to product design and manufacturing. This includes discussions related to different alloys, component fabrication processes, alloy selection for component design, supplier evaluation, manufacturing process development, and fixing reliability and quality problems.

The episodes are listed below.

The podcast is available on Anchor, Spotify, Apple podcasts, Amazon Music, and Pocket Casts. The links go to the podcast. Go ahead and subscribe to it.

Some episodes will include discussions with experts from companies that fabricate metal components, join metal components, and make or supply metals. We’ll discuss metallurgical and mechanical design considerations when selecting alloys, component fabrication processes, and component joining processes. All this is important for design for manufacturability to keep costs down, ensure quality, and make it easier to find suppliers willing to make and join your components.

Michael will also share stories about the application of metal failure analysis, metal strength testing, and an advanced understanding of metallurgy and the properties of metals to help people design components and fix component problems.

We hope the information we provide will help people

  • Design better, lower-cost products
  • Select suppliers capable of consistently providing materials and components that meet requirements
  • Innovate more
  • Solve reliability and quality problems faster

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May 31, 2024
Podcast Episode 26: Phase Diagrams

metallurgical phase diagrams are graphical representations of the phases present in a particular alloy being held at a particular temperature.  […]

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May 31, 2024
Podcast Episode 27: Metal Annealing

Annealing is a common term used for metal heat treating. However, the term is sometimes used incorrectly to refer to […]

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April 3, 2024
Podcast Episode 25: Engineering Mistakes

Engineering and producing a product or structure involves many decisions and actions, and occasionally mistakes are made. Sometimes they are […]

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March 13, 2024
Podcast Episode 24: Supplier Selection

Listen to this Metal Conversations podcast episode about the metals engineering perspective for supplier selection for metal stock and custom […]

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March 1, 2024
Podcast Episode 23: Component Design Process

Listen to this Metal Conversations podcast episode about the metals engineering perspective of the component design process. In this episode […]

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March 1, 2024
Podcast Episode 22: Product Launch Formula

In this episode of the Metals Conversations podcast Michael discusses different aspects of product development, product launch, and post-launch and […]

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November 29, 2023
Podcast Episode 21: Residual Stress

Listen to this Metal Conversations podcast episode about residual stress In this episode of the Metals Conversations podcast I discuss […]

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October 26, 2023
Podcast Episode 20: Five Key Metallurgy Concepts

In this episode of the Metals Conversations podcast I discuss five key metallurgy concepts that must be understood to apply […]

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October 23, 2023
Podcast Episode 19: Two fundamental metallurgy principles

In this episode of the Metals Conversations podcast I discuss two fundamental principles that are the foundation of metallurgy and […]

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July 27, 2023
Podcast Episode 18: Engineering to Prevent Hydrogen Embrittlement

In this episode of the Metals Conversations podcast I discuss the hydrogen embrittlement mechanism and the engineering steps needed to […]

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July 21, 2023
Podcast Episode 17: Life (and Engineering) Lessons from Boxing

In this episode I discussed a lesson I learned from boxing – being purposeful - and how it applies to […]

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July 7, 2023
Podcast Episode 16: Case Study of Using Failure Analysis to Improve Reliability

In the latest episode of the Metals Conversations podcast I discussed another failure analysis project I worked on - an […]

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June 27, 2023
Podcast Episode 15: Definition of Successful Product

From an engineering perspective, what is a successful product? In the latest episode of the Metals Conversations podcast I discussed […]

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June 21, 2023
Podcast Episode 14: Failure Analysis Case Studies

In this episode I discussed two failure analysis projects I worked on. I also discussed the two sets of circumstances […]

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May 31, 2023
Podcast Episode 13: Product Reliability and Materials Degradation

In this episode I discuss product reliability. Reliability refers to the ability of a product to perform as needed for […]

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May 17, 2023
Podcast Episode 12: Six-sigma and materials engineering

In this episode I discuss 6-sigma, statistical process control, and the role of materials engineering in developing capable manufacturing processes. […]

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April 24, 2023
Podcast Episode 11: Tribute to Steel Metallurgy Knowledge

In this episode I discuss the state of steel metallurgy knowledge and the things this knowledge have enabled including ultra-high […]

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March 21, 2023
Podcast Episode 10: A different perspective for seeing products

How do you look at any product? See just a thing that performs a certain function? To me, any product […]

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February 8, 2023
Podcast Episode 9: Learning and Professional Development

“For the best return on your money, pour your purse into your head.”― Benjamin Franklin In this episode I discuss […]

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January 22, 2023
Podcast Episode 8: Design for Manufacturability

In this episode I discuss Design for Manufacturability related to component fabrication and joining components by welding, brazing, or soldering. […]

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November 15, 2022
Podcast Episode 7: Failure Analysis

In this episode I discuss failure analysis of component and joint failures during product testing or use and manufacturing problems […]

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September 21, 2022
Podcast Episode 6: You have to think small to understand metallurgy

There are microscopic structures and processes in metals that have large effects on metal properties, performance, and reliability. Being able […]

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August 23, 2022
Podcast Episode 5: Metals engineering perspective to component design

No matter the application, the considerations when designing a component are always the same. It’s necessary to understand all the […]

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August 4, 2022
Podcast Episode 4: What is Metals Engineering?

Metals engineering is the application of metallurgy (the science of metals) to design and manufacturing decisions and problems involving metals. […]

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July 18, 2022
Podcast Episode 3: Lessons Learned as a Process Engineer

In this Metal Conversations episode I discuss two lessons I learned when I was a process engineer in a semiconductor […]

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July 7, 2022
Podcast episode 2 - How metals engineering fits in

I just posted my second podcast episode. In this episode I discussed my education, my experience working in a semiconductor […]

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June 23, 2022
Metal Conversations podcast

I recently started a podcast about metallurgy and metals engineering. It's called Metal Conversations and is available on Spotify, Apple […]

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