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causes and solutions. AFS technical staff associates continue to support AFS members and casting users through telephone and email requests for technical help, casting problems and metalcasting information.


The AFS library online database serves the needs of the met- alcasting industry for current and historic metalcasting infor- mation. AFS is continuing to electronically archive the full aFs transactions series using non-destructive scanning tech- nologies. The project will be complete in 2012, with all AFS Transactions fully electronically archived and web searchable, for the very first edition (published in 1896) to the present.

The updated and advanced AFS library website with almost 40,000 papers and articles about metalcasting are available for purchase. Located at, the website houses the world’s largest collection of metalcasting reference material.

The online AFS library is powered by a Google search engine, providing state-of-the-art functionality to help users find ar- ticles quickly. A real time online help desk feature can assist users in refining their search or locating a specific article. The site then provides the option to purchase the AFS copyrighted papers and articles by automatic download or email.

For more information on the library website, contact AFS In- formation Resource Assistant Katie Matticks at 847/824-0181, ext. 294,

AFS Technology Transfer

Metalcasting Congress 2012 The 116th

Metalcasting Congress is scheduled for April 17-

20, 2012 in Columbus, OH. The Congress features more than 100 technical presentations discussing the latest innovations in casting technology process improvements and include exhibits demonstrating new innovations and equipment for metalcast- ing. The Metalcasting Congress is the largest annual gathering for metalcasters in North America, as it provides a venue to learn from industry experts and network with other foundry and diecasting personnel.

Educational sessions feature technical papers and panel dis- cussions covering all areas of metal casting production, met- allurgy, plant management and energy efficiency. The Metal- casting Congress also includes sessions for casting buyers and users focused on issues relating to designing and purchasing cast metal components. IJMC Advisory Board member and regular contributor John Campbell is providing the annual Hoyt Memorial Lecture.

Conferences, Workshops and Webinars

The AFS Workshop on Energy Efficiency in the Foundry, (Summer 2011) featured presentations and demonstrations to help attendees toward greater energy conservation and cost saving. The workshop included case studies of energy reduc- tions in metalcasting facilities as well as presentations on reduc- ing cost in melting, air compressors, ventilation and other areas of the operation.

A workshop on casting copper-based non-lead alloys was held in September 2011. The workshop was the outgrowth of the recently completed AFS No-Lead Alloy Consortium. During this workshop leading copper based foundries that have made the transition to no-lead alloys shared their experiences and dis- cussed the technical challenges relating to melting, pouring and gating. For more information, contact AFS Senior Technical Director Steve Robison at

The AFS Conference on Aluminum Melting (Oct 10-12, 2011 in Dayton OH) featured technical presentations on molten alumi-


num treatment, alloy chemistry, melt quality and cleanliness, melt loss, molten metal transfer, melting efficiency and energy conser- vation. More than 110 aluminum metalcasting experts attended and also heard presentations on refractories, molten metal interac- tions, crucibles and melting safety. For more information, contact AFS Technical Assistant Katie Matticks at

The AFS Conference on Sand Casting Technology and Materi- als is scheduled for Sept 10-12, 2012 in Indianapolis, IN. This conference will cover a variety of issues relating to green sand molding and chemically bonded mold and core technologies. Sand casters are currently dealing with several significant issues including sand supply, alternative molding media and sand rec- lamation. This conference will address these issues and others that can help move sand casting to greater efficiency. The con- ference will also include two plant tours.

AFS 2012 International Ferrous Melting Conference will take place October 10-12, 2012, 2012 in Nashville, TN. The confer- ence is intended for operating iron and steel foundry personnel and will include technical presentations and case studies to help foundries with cupola or induction melting to improve their operations and productivity.

Sand Consortium

NewGen Sand Casting Consortium, co-sponsored by AFS and the National Industrial Sand Association (NISA) was formed to coordinate new sand casting technology development efforts towards producing sand castings with thinner walls, greater di- mensional stability and accuracy, reduction in variability and improved repeatability. NewGen’s goal is to improve green sand casting and chemically bonded core and mold technolo- gies. The consortium will be funding research projects lead- ing toward better control of green sand systems, real-time sand property measurement, computer modeling programs for sand systems and improved predictive tools. For more information on the NewGen consortium, desired research focus or to sub- mit a white paper, visit the NewGen website at www.afsinc. org/newgensand, or contact Steve Robison, AFS Senior Tech- nical Director,

International Journal of Metalcasting/Spring 2012

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