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AFS Reviving Investment Casting Committee


“ I’m very satisfi ed with


my long-term print advertis- ing program in MCDP—it’s the only advertising I do. It gives me great visibility and name recognition, both with existing customers and with new ones. And the steady fl ow of new business it brings in easily justifi es the investment.





Kevin Evers President St. Louis Precision Casting


The American Foundry Society (AFS) is reaching out to those interested in investment casting in an effort to revive the 4L Investment Casting Research Committee within the Molding Methods & Materials Division. As defined in its mission statement from initial


meetings, the goal of the AFS 4L Committee is to identify needs and areas for collaborative efforts to ad- vance investment casting technology. The committee will identify, direct, monitor and/or conduct research to promote technology and the exchange of infor- mation. The committee also will direct and conduct research and promote new technical developments. Al Torok, investment casting technical manager,


Precision Propeller Industries Inc., has past experi- ence with the Aluminum Division technical commit- tees and has agreed to serve as 4L chair. Matt Cavins, metallurgical engineer, O’Fallon Casting, will serve as the committee’s vice chair. Initial meetings have been held at the Missouri


University of Science & Technology, Rolla, Mo., and AFS Headquarters, Schaumburg, Ill. On Feb. 6, the committee met at the Conbraco facility in Myrtle Beach, S.C., for a tour followed by a technical meet- ing. For more information on the committee and meeting participation, in person or via web conferenc- ing, contact Tom Prucha, tprucha@afsinc.org. AFS is dedicated to promoting technology and


relies on committee members to push technology to the industry. In working toward that goal, the com- mittee also has discussed a need to better define and determine the direction it will take. A survey has been developed to generate feedback. To participate in the survey, visit www.afsinc.org/ICCsurvey.


Survey Respondent Wins iPad Mini


The American Foundry Society (AFS) and the Institute congratulates Kevin Gmach from Kohler Co., Kohler, Wis., who won an iPad Mini for his participation in an Institute survey. The survey asked respondents for their input on


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new, competency-based certification programs for the metalcasting industry. AFS and the Institute are currently in the process of developing this program to improve overall product quality by reducing human error and enhancing practices at metalcasting facilities.


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