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INDUSTRY ROADMAP GIVES DIRECTION


A newly released document identifies the metalcasting industry’s gaps in capabilities and identifies the tasks and outcomes required to fill them.


F SHANNON WETZEL, MANAGING EDITOR


or two years, metalcasting industry leaders, engineers, business professionals and researchers have been col- laborating on a roadmapping project to develop and document the industry’s capability gaps, solutions and recommendations for areas of investment. Te final Metalcasting Industry Roadmap, developed by the American Metalcasting Consortium, was released in June and outlines areas the industry should focus on in the next one to 10 years. “If we don’t have a roadmap, we don’t know where


to go,” said John Danko, president, Danko-Arlington Inc., Baltimore. “It’s a col- lection of tribal knowledge where the industry came together to see how we can preserve the industry and move forward with what we’ve accomplished.” Tis document is a critical tool in helping research institutions, suppliers, and met-


alcasters direct their future investments in research and development and is necessary for acquiring funding. “Te roadmap identifies gaps so it helps support requests for funding,” said Ray


Donahue, who was one of the team members who worked on the project. Donahue is a Fellow at Mercury Marine, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. “You can bring it to fund-


ing agencies and show this is a need and we have a program to solve that.” Te roadmap will help guide future


investments, training, and strategy in metalcasting and illustrates the targeted capabilities the industry will offer engineers and buyers. Te roadmap is divided into four


main categories: process, materials, de- sign and workforce, with several goals included in each topic.


Process


Te roadmapping team worked to identify areas of opportunity to more efficiently manufacture metal cast- ings, including rapid tooling, research, technology development, and advance- ments and integration of digital data


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