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EDITORIAL A Few Key Takeaways

This issue of MODERN CASTING defines the best that we can provide you, our readers. It is a mix of management and marketing informa- tion, technical how-to, safety prevention, and people and plant profiles. In essence, you have the definition of our industry in this issue. Te key is what you will

grab and go with after read- ing this December issue. To help nudge you along in this endeavor, following are a few of the key takeaways I gleaned from the feature articles.

• In the article, “Replacing Olivine Sand” on p. 20, a quote provides metal- casters struggling with a replacement some signifi- cant hope:

Czech Republic (34%), China (4.2%) and Germany (14%).

Tis “enhanced” method of sand casting may not revolutionize the

industry, but it could be a new way to

“We have a traditional mineral that is no longer available. Now we have substituted it with read- ily available, reasonably costing aggregates that give us a casting that meets or exceeds the customer’s re- quirement when they buy a casting.” —Vic LaFay, S&B Industrial Minerals

further enhance the quality of our engineered cast components.

• According to the researchers quoted in “Helium-Assisted Sand Casting” on p. 43, helium-assisted sand casting with a parallel flow showed improved tensile properties and reduced secondary dendrite arm space by 23% com- pared to a baseline sand cast- ing. This “enhanced” method of sand casting may not revo- lutionize the industry, but it could be a new way to further enhance the quality of our engineered cast components and show designers what castings can achieve.

• “Fall Prevention Planning” on p. 36 details the steps your facility must take to further enhance your employee safety program.

• “More Tan a Makeover: Reinventing A&B Foundry” on p. 32 discusses the steps the firm has taken to become a metalcaster prepared for today’s business climate. Vik Sahni, General Manager of Operations at A&B, summed up the firm’s self-analysis and reinvention by describing how it can push itself further by optimizing the operation already in place:

“For many metalcasters, investment in unique capital equipment to differentiate from the competition can be a non-starter, especially for a firm our size. We are for- tunate to already have this game changer in place. Now we have to maximize our efficiencies and sell it.”

• In “46th Census of World Casting Production” on p. 25, the data shows that metalcasting is a global growth industry. Metal casting ship- ments grew 7.5% across the globe, highlighted by the increases in the U.S. (21.5%),

“Protecting employees from falls is not

only the right thing to do as an employer, it is also enforceable by law.” —Michelle Harms, Waukesha Foundry

Tis issue has something for everyone. While that is our goal when we develop the editorial for every issue of MODERN CASTING, sometimes the plan comes together better for some issues than others. Tis is our gift to you this holiday season.

Alfred T. Spada, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief

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