Danny Schaeffler continues to support automotive and non-automotive OEMs and their stamping supply chain, as well as steel and aluminum producers and their service centers. His 30-year career has focused on materials selection and optimization, tooling buyoff, field formability analyses, manufacturing process improvement, and cost savings/cost avoidance projects.
Danny spent 10 years at LTV Steel Company in customer-focused technical positions. At the time LTV Steel folded, Danny was the Automotive Product Applications Group Manager. He and his team focused on formability analysis and training; materials selection and optimization; tooling development and production launches for new vehicle programs; customer materials & manufacturing cost reduction efforts; forming/denting/structural computer simulation; and technical awareness and communications with the automotive manufacturers and their Tier One / Tier Two companies. Being able to provide these services as an independent company was one of the motivations that led to the creation of Engineering Quality Solutions in 2002.
Danny wrote two chapters in ASM Handbook, Volume 14B, Metalworking: Sheet Forming, published by ASM International in 2006. He has given several presentations at the Stamping Journal Forum, FABTECH, and MetalForm Conferences, and has published several articles in Stamping Journal and The Fabricator. He speaks several times a year for the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) on topics centered around the formability of different sheet metals, and how they are best used in different applications. In late 2017, Danny took over the monthly Science of Forming column in Metalforming Magazine from Dr. Stuart Keeler, known as the “Father of the Forming Limit Diagram.” With 4M, he coordinated and taught several sheet formability programs at Oakland University (Michigan), and wrote and published Sheet Metal Forming – Engineering and Business Management. Danny was recently named as the Metallurgy and Forming Technical Editor of the next release of the AHSS Applications Guidelines available from WorldAutoSteel. He serves on the Steel Sheet & Strip Specifications Committee of SAE International, and is Past President of the North American Deep Drawing Research Group.
Danny Schaeffler received his Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, and a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Materials Engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. While at Drexel, Danny held engineering and research positions with the David Taylor Research Center (Annapolis, MD) and Hoeganaes Corporation (Riverton, NJ).