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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2020


1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Paper No. 16: Advancements in Melt System Control Technology Michael Fanz-Huster, Inductotherm Advanced melt shop automation provides the investment casting industry with the competitive edge to repeatedly produce castings with high dimensional accuracy and intricate design, while at the same time optimizing power usage, automating many functions, and improving operational safety. These technical advancements of monitoring and control systems provide operators, managers and service engineers with analyzation tools that give them more control, and improves the quality of their melt shop with anything from real time data for advanced troubleshooting to advanced controls for maximum utilization.


Most data can be accessed remotely – anytime, anywhere – via an easy to use colorful graphic interface. The data will show your equipment’s health status and provide access to diagnostics, historical trends, and analytics that enables them to react immediately to changing conditions by being able to monitor energy usage, furnace lining conditions, power levels, and other critical electrical parameters, charge weight, temperatures, alarms and more. Technologically advanced equipment is designed to


reduce costs, and improve the quality, efficiency, and safety of the induction melting process. Melt system controls are available in various levels of features and capabilities that can help investment casters enhance their melt shop operation.


11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2020


Paper No. 18: The Digital Foundry: Building on the Processes of Today to Meet the Demand of Tomorrow Gerald Richard, MAGMA Foundry Technologies Investment casting foundries have been making


high quality product for decades with the use of innovative techniques and engineering know how. Many foundries have amassed tremendous expertise in designing efficient processes to produce superior castings, creating value for industries all over the world. However, there are many challenges the investment casting foundries of the future will face. Product complexity is growing, quality requirements are becoming more stringent, and customers are demanding lower cost product. Now and into the future, foundries that will compete in this environment and remain profitable may need to invest in technology to aid in the continual improvement and optimization of their process and products. Businesses are leveraging the digital landscape to support this effort, increasing efficiencies using data driven decision making.


1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.


3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Paper No. 17: The Effect of Removing Dust from Backup Stuccos on Shell Properties Steven Ashlock, Kyanite Mining Corporation A recent trial using Virginia Mullite showed a higher


than desired amount of nuisance dust in the 20x50 stucco. In response, Kyanite Mining Corporation implemented changes in the existing screening production process to remove the minus 65 mesh mullite and smaller particles. The following paper examines the effect of the removal of the minus 65 mesh particles in the new standard 20x50 product compared to the original non-dedusted 20x50 material. Testing and comparable data was derived which contrasts the two stuccos in both a rain fall sander and fluidized bed.


Paper No. 19: Light-weighting using Advance Simulation and Tooling (PDA) Free Investment Casting AM Process Jiten Shah, Product Development & Analysis (PDA) Casting process simulation and ICME tools are very matured and allow accurate predictions of the residual stress & distortion; hot tear & shrinkage type defects and micro-structure & properties in most of the alloys. Tooling free castings using AM (printed wax, PMMA, PLA and SLA) offers tremendous design freedom with feature placement, orientation, and drafting. Part and feature consolidation after carefully understanding current casting higher order sub-assembly; it’s form- fit and functionality can lead to a more complex one piece casting configuration, improving the final product performance at reducing cost and lead times. Author will present case studies from various research projects working with member investment foundries and manufacturing innovations institutes - America Makes and LIFT / ALMMII, demonstrating light-weighting with the application of advance simulation and AM processes.


3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


A Panel Discussion: Educating the Customer Robert Johnson, Shellcast, Inc. It has long been the objective of the Investment


Casting Institute to educate the industry’s customer base. This panel discussion addresses the varied ways in which our Members strive to achieve the objective of an educated customer. Topics will address approaches from casual to formal means of education as well as face to face and virtual approaches employed.


October 2020 ❘ 21 ®


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