2018 IEI Congress


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24th IEI Congress

We now have 270 people registered for the 24th IEI Congress (May 28 – 31, 2018) in Chicago, IL USA. We have a record number of papers scheduled as well as several exciting factory visits planned; this is going to be a great Congress. With the meeting in the USA there are a few differences than at past Congresses: 1 -  you will have to register for the Congress directly with PEI using the online form, 2 – on April 23, the room block at The Drake Hotel closed, so you will need to use the link below for the overflow hotel, the Residence Inn. Should you have any questions or problems, please contact us at the PEI office and we will do all we can to help.

24th IEI Congress Expo 

The schedule for the 24th IEI Congress Expo is as follows:
Monday May 28th - setup booths
Tuesday May 29th - open from 2 pm - 7 pm
Wednesday May 30th - open from 8 am - 5 pm
Thursday May 31st - open from 8 am - 5 pm

We have 20 enameling businesses represented at the Expo and there are no additional spaces available.

24th IEI Congress Registration Form

Please note that there are two registration forms depending on how you will be paying the fees; one form if you will pay by credit card and another form if you will pay by wire transfer or check; these payments must be in US Dollars.

US hotels do not include breakfast in the nightly room rate. We have added the option for you to purchase a continental breakfast during the Congress for yourself and an accompanying person if needed; the cost is $25 per person per day including taxes and gratuities. These breakfasts will be served at The Drake Hotel on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.

Note that we need for you to choose your first, second and third choices for the factory visits. Here is the current list of factory visits, another 1 or 2 factories may be added if we fill all the available spots. Please note that direct competitors are not allowed to visit and that IEI Congress attendees will be expected to follow all safety and security regulations.

              Kohler Company (cast iron sinks and bathtubs plus frit making)

              US Steel (major steel mill) 

              Sub-Zero/Wolf (major appliances) 

              Harley-Davidson Motorcycles (factory and museum) 

              Niles Steel Tank (enameled steel tanks) 

If you are registering an accompanying person, we also need for you to confirm on the registration form that he or she will participate in the Social Program on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Here is the schedule for the accompanying persons:

              Tuesday – Chicago City History and Architectural Tour

              Wednesday – Chicago Botanic Gardens

              Thursday – Sightseeing and shopping on the Magnificent Mile

Click here for the credit card registration form.

Click here for the check or wire transfer registration form.

Hotel Room Booking Links – Please use the direct link to book your room at The Drake Hotel (140 East Walton Place, Chicago, IL 60611). For specific questions about your room please contact the hotel directly; Phone +1 312.787.2200 or Fax +1 312.787.1431

Click here to go to the Drake Hotel room booking link.

If the Drake Hotel is full on your requested days, we also have rooms available at the Residence Inn (2-3 minute walk away). Breakfast is included in the price of the hotel.

Click here for the Residence Inn room booking link

Technical Program Deadlines and Important Dates -

Complete papers must be received - November 1, 2017

Final PowerPoint slides must be received - February 28, 2018

Instructions: All papers must be received by the November 1, 2017 deadline to be properly included in the Congress Proceedings Book.

All text must be written in English. The text should provide a clear description of the aims, methods and results of the study. Concluding remarks and acknowledgements may be given at the end. Emphasis should be on the results of the study. A list of references must be reported.

Please name the complete work file as follows: first author's surname.extension (ex.: Smith.doc or Smith.docx). The written texts must be submitted as a .doc or .docx file to Stewart Hackler.

The maximum length of the complete work is six pages A4 including figures, tables and references.

General Questions or Comments

Program Chairman - Charles Baldwin (Ferro Corporation)

Program Committee - Joe Melaro (A O Smith Corporation)

Published Proceedings and Presentations - Stewart Hackler (PEI)

24th IEI Congress Director - Cullen Hackler (PEI) 

We look forward to welcoming you to the 24th IEI Congress in Chicago in May 2018.

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