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AFS NEWS


AFS NEWS


AFS Institute Announces New Courses, Format and Content


“ AFS and the Institute, Schaumburg, Ill., is expanding its 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


curriculum starting with entry level knowledge and skills, then building up to the more advanced technology and applications. Following best practices for adult learning, the new


courses are shorter, focused on practical skills and immediate job applicability, and more interactive. T ey will incorporate discussions and group activities throughout the course, as well as hands-on lab activities whenever applicable. Course attendees will leave the course with participant guides and resources they need to start applying their new knowledge and skills on the job. “T e Institute is continually evaluating ways to add value


to our products and assist companies in our industry with performance improvement,” said Jennifer Head, AFS direc- tor of education. “One of those ways is to ensure that each course’s curriculum is designed with transfer of learning in mind, so when employees return to work after a course they can immediately apply their new knowledge and skills, resulting in improved performance for the ultimate benefi t of the company.” T e fi rst new course, to be held August 14, is Aluminum


101: An Introduction to Aluminum & Aluminum Cast- ing Processes. Another new course—Ergonomics Work- shop—will be held September 18. In addition, the Analysis of Casting Defects and Introduction to Metalcasting courses scheduled for August and September will feature new formats and updated content.


AFS Connects With Designers at Manufacturing Shows T e American Foundry Society (AFS), Schaumburg, lll.,


served as a metalcasting resource for design engineers at SME RAPID 2013, held June 10-13 in Pittsburgh, and Atlantic Design & Manufacturing, held June 18-20 in Philadelphia. At the RAPID show, AFS hosted a two-hour casting seminar providing an interactive overview of the various metalcasting processes and alloy. The session also went over the application of adaptive manufacturing and rapid prototyping technology to assist in reducing the time and cost to develop new components. In Philadelphia, AFS representatives partnered on the


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exhibition and counseled design engineers on their various casting-related needs and provided a free directory of U.S., Canada and Mexico metalcasting facilities to attendees who stopped by the booth. Participating in shows like RAPID and Atlantic De- sign & Manufacturing provides AFS the opportunity to promote the advantages of the metalcasting process and the North American metalcasting industry. AFS will be exhibiting next at Design and Manufacturing Midwest Sept. 10-13 in Chicago.


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