Sunday, May 10, 2015

Technical Presentation - MacDon Industries M1555E4

invites you to a technical presentation:

MacDon Industries M155E4

Where:                       Theater, MacDon Industries, 590 Moray Street
When:                        Starting at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, May 20, 2015
6:00 PM – Registration and Light Supper
6:30 PM – Introduction of Speaker and Presentation
7:15 PM – Thanks and Presentation to Speaker
7:30 PM – Tour MacDon Facilities
8:30 PM – Meeting is adjourned
Cost:                          SAE Members and Guests - $5.00, Students – Free
(Discounted rate and includes a light supper)
APEGM CPD:           APEGM members credit 2 Professional Development Hours for “Informal Activity”

The Presentation

Ben Foster is the Product Manager for the windrower product line at MacDon Industries. Having spent time in the Field Testing Department and leading a test group for the windrower products, Ben has extensive knowledge of MacDon windrowers. His expertise was used to develop the first Tier 4 Final emissions controlled windrower package for MacDon and now continues product development with the Tier 4 emissions regulations. Going forward with the current emissions regulations presents design challenges; however, there are added difficulties when adapting a diesel engine after treatment package to an existing product line.

In Ben’s presentation he will discuss MacDon Industries background and history, MacDon’s current products, and the newly released MacDon M155E4.


Parking is available all over the MacDon campus. All parking is free and easily available after 4:30 PM. Recommended parking is at 590 Moray Street and 600 Moray Street which are closest to the presentation and can be seen on the map on the next page.


Registration is required in advance, before Monday, May 18 and limited to the first 50 registered attendees due to facility capacity.

Please follow this link to register electronically:

Use the following contact information for any issues or concerns:
Irene Wasilewski -
Tel: (204) 290-4054

Parking Map:

The three red boxes seen above are the recommended parking lots for the event. The gold star is the building entrance to the 590 Moray building for the presentation.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Ford F-150 Event

April 13, 2015
Written by: Irene Wasilewski
Ford recently unveiled their latest F150 model which highlights the Ford’s innovations in design and manufacturing.
Customers had requested a truck that would do more while using less fuel. The latest model boasts a high strength steel frame and an aluminum alloy body that led to approximately 700 pounds in weight reduction. The significant weight savings allows:
  • Better braking
  • Increased towing capacity
  • Increased payload capacity
  • Improved handling
  • Faster acceleration
  • Up to 20% better fuel economy ratings
Within 4 weeks Ford revised their manufacturing line to build the new model. This included 500 robots and all new stamping and assembly equipment.
Ford engineers had to look at advanced technologies for assembly since MIG welding and spot welding aluminum has many technical challenges. They turned to mechanical spot joining technologies such as:
  • Self-piercing rivets
    • Tested 2 million rivets before production as they expect to use 1.5 billion rivets per year
  • High strength adhesive
  • Clinching
  • Flow drills screws
    • Screws that are installed at high speed that extrudes the material before joining the pieces together
  • Laser welding
Ford also used new advances in extruding, hydroforming and stamping for the forming operations.
This event was a screening at the University of Manitoba of a presentation originally done for the SAE Detroit section.