The AFS Vision Statement is “AFS will lead the North American metalcasting industry in advocacy, education, and innovation.” AFS divisions and committees advance that vision.
The AFS Technical and Management Committees offer the opportunity for individuals to contribute knowledge and shape the future of the metalcasting industry through research initiatives, education, conference and publication development, advocacy, human resources, and marketing programs.
AFS committees offer a chance to network with metalcasting personnel from across the world. Experience has shown the members who put in the time and effort to make a difference improve their own capabilities and grow professionally.
The AFS division and committee structure consists of formal committees and less formal small working groups, organized into divisions. Each division is dedicated to a distinct technology area, often focused on a specific metal or casting process or management area. To accomplish their mission, the divisions are often further organized into sub-committees and working groups as needed to narrow the focus onto specific technologies within the broader division focus area.
All working divisions operate under the oversite of the AFS Division Council and report back to the Council for accountability and progress toward mission. The Division Council, in turn, may be called upon to report to the AFS Board of Directors on how the work of the divisions is collectively advancing the AFS mission and vision.
AFS uses specific terminology to identify the different organizational structures operating in the divisions:
- Division: primary technology focus area. Technical divisions are focused on a specific metal or casting process and plant facility management issues. Foundry management and marketing are also included.
- Committee: sub-groups that work on specific subjects within the division technical mission. Committees are typically long-standing groups with a distinct mission and focus. Committees operate with some autonomy, with formal rosters and membership. They meet independently of the division executive meeting and set their own mission, work focus and agenda. Committees are semi-formal in structure, typically with defined leadership, regularly scheduled meetings, agendas and written meeting minutes. The committee leaders report back to the division executive group.
- Task group: Less formal in structure, task groups are often small groups or individuals working on a specific assignment or function relating to the division mission and under direction of division leadership. Task group members work independently via conference call, email, and web-collaboration and report to the division executive group. Task groups are common for those divisions where members meet as a unified group rather than as individual autonomous committees.