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CASTING MODERN JULY 2013 A PUBLICATION OF THE AMERICAN FOUNDRY SOCIETY P. 40 VOLUME 103 | NUMBER 7 COLUMNS


7 Editorial Good News Is Good News A.T. SPADA


15 Washington Alert 82 Representatives Sign Letter


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Supporting Foundry Exemption from UUU. S. SALMON, J. HANNAPEL AND C. RICHTER


40 Safe Practice Safety in Finishing A MODERN CASTING STAFF REPORT


DEPARTMENTS P. 18


18 Metalcaster of the Year: Safety is a Culture NIBCO cultivates a safety-oriented mindset among all of its associates. The result is significantly improved performance and a safety program to admire. D. KAPEL


23 Cannon Goes Light With Steel Alloy Steel’s high yield strength and tolerance of deflection without damage helped keep the weight low in a 15-piece fabrication to casting conversion. G. BURROW


28 Collaboration Across the Supply Chain


Teamwork ensured the success of an investment cast military part. B. STEFFEN 32 Updating Lab Testing for Nobake Molds


The development of a new thermal distortion tester for nobake processes could provide additional information on variations in the mold. A. OMAN, S. RAMRATTAN, M. KEIL


36 Testing 1-2-3: Revealing Local Mechanical Properties in CGI Fine-tuning prediction models to account for variations in microstructure could help unlock the full potential of cast materials. A MODERN CASTING STAFF REPORT


3 From Online 9 Industry News 14 Industry Faces


17 In a World Without Castings


42 Casting Innovations


43 Metalcasting Supplies


44 AFS News 46 Classifieds 55 Advertisers’ Index 56 Shakeout


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