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CASTING P. 29


MODERN A PUBLICATION OF THE AMERICAN FOUNDRY SOCIETY P. 35


JANUARY 2015 VOLUME 105 | NUMBER 1


COLUMNS


7 Editorial Education Engagement A.T. SPADA


13 Washington Alert OSHA Releases 2015 Regulatory Plans S. SALMON, J. HANNAPEL AND C. RICHTER


47 Shaping Strategy 7 Bottom Line Increasing New Year’s Resolutions M. MEHLING


DEPARTMENTS P. 19


19 Industry to See Continued Short-Term Growth U.S. casting sales are forecast to grow moderately in all metals through 2016, and then flatten out in the long term through 2023. A MODERN CASTING STAFF REPORT


25 State of the Union Modern Casting breaks down the U.S. metalcasting industry by material, process and state. A MODERN CASTING STAFF REPORT


29 Investment Casting Metal Matrix Composites The design freedoms inherent in investment casting help keep aluminum metal matrix composites cost effective. P. MIKKOLA AND B. WILLSON


35 Clean, Safe, Productive Steel Finishing American Foundry Group’s finishing department renovation greatly improved operations. N. VANBECELAERE AND S. CHAVEZ


39 Understanding the Heat, Improving the Shell Researchers hope to improve investment casting shell performance by building a database of thermal properties. A MODERN CASTING STAFF REPORT


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3 From Online 9 Industry News 14 Industry Faces


17 In a World Without Castings


54 AFS News 57 Classifieds 63 Advertisers Index 64 Shakeout


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