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  • Don't Resort to Luck-Build Your Training Strategy With AFS Institute e-Learning

    This webinar highlights how metalcasting businesses can bolster their workforce training with eLearning modules from the AFS Institute.

  • Control Foundry Sand Temperature to Reduce Cost, Improve Quality (Sponsored Webinar from Solex)

    By adopting an innovative heat exchanger technology that has been used in different industries, the metalcasting industry can solve some of the similar challenges they faced. Plate heat exchanger technology can increase efficiency and improve casting quality through precise sand temperature control.

    The presenter is Andy Nix, North America Sales Manager, Solex Thermal Science. Nix uses a consultative approach to provide solutions based on available space, required performance and budget. He has been involved in the development of many technologies for material flow sciences, thermal processing and discharge feeders.

  • Webinar: Combining Cores With 3-D Printing

    Combining four individual cores into a single piece can have a huge impact on downstream costs. It is often difficult to determine what “not having” 3-D printing can cost. In this sponsored webinar, a metalcaster shares a real world example of how progressive thinking can save money downstream.

    Since 1936, Prospect Foundry has been a market-leading supplier of complex cored gray and ductile iron castings in low to medium volumes. It combines modern casting technologies, engineering expertise, and a focus on craftsmanship to produce high quality, complex pressure tight, porosity free castings. Prospect Foundry castings have been used by major OEM customers in the construction, mining, agricultural equipment and industrial markets.

    The webinar is presented by Greg Colosimo and Bob Gruidl, of Prospect Foundry, as well as Terry Senish, director technology applications for ExOne.

  • Webinar: Trade Policies in the Trump Administration

    In this recorded webinar, Alan Price, chair-international trade practice at Wiley Rein, highlights how the potential new Trump trade policies will affect domestic metalcasters.

    This webinar gives an overview of U.S. trade law, presents trade remedies opportunities for U.S. manufacturers, discusses the future of the World Trade Organization (WTO), dispute settlement, and trade agreements, and gives potential uses of U.S. trade laws to aid U.S. manufacturing, exports, and infrastructure spending.

  • Webinar: OSHA s New Injury Illness Reporting Rule

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued its final rule to improve tracking of workplace injury and illness data earlier this year. The rule requires most metalcasters to electronically submit their injury and illness data to OSHA. And for the first time, OSHA plans to make this information publicly available on the Internet through a new searchable database. Beyond the electronic reporting, particularly controversial is the impact of OSHA’s new rule on employers’ policies for post-injury drug testing, safety incentive programs, and executive compensation and bonuses.

    In this recorded webinar, presenters outlined the key requirements of the final rule and explained what employers must do to comply.

  • Webinar: On Demand Skills Training With the AFS Institute

    Take a peek at the AFS Institute’s new e-learning program launched July 1 with Jennifer Morton, AFS e-learning project manager, and Leo Baran, AFS director of membership. This webinar will explore how to integrate e-learning into your company's education program, show the e-learning interface, walk you through an e-learning module, and tell you how you can subscribe to a year of unlimited access to all modules or purchase one module at a time. The AFS Institute currently offers 20 modules covering casting defects, green sand molding, cast iron, and an introduction to metalcasting principles.

    The new online courses provide the following benefits:

     Interactive practical skills to use on the shop floor.
     Real world scenarios.
     Flexible time management (each module ranges from 15 minutes to 1 hour+).

    Find more information at www.afsinc.org/elearning.

  • Webinar: Integrating 3D Sand Printing Technologies Into Traditional Foundry Tooling Processes

    The advent of 3-D sand printing is a “game changer” in the metalcasting industry and will alter the way in which metalcasters address their tooling and casting needs in the future. No longer an “emerging technology,” 3-D sand printing must be seriously considered as a valuable tool in the development of engineered cast components. 

    This sponsored webinar from Craft Pattern and Mold focuses on when, and how, to incorporate 3-D sand printing technologies with traditional tooling methods to deliver cost effective, innovative solutions to today’s engineered metal casting challenges.

  • What to Do When OSHA Shows Up

    This webinar is presented by Jim Barry, industrial hygiene consultant and the AFS 10-Q Health and Safety Committee.

  • Lead Part 2: Control of Lead Exposure in the Foundry

    This webinar is presented by Robert Scholz, RMT Inc. and the AFS 10-Q Health and Safety Committee.

  • OSHA's Revision to Its Hazard Communication Standard

    Kay Rowntree, Industrial Hygiene Sciences, provides information on revisions to the hazard communication standard from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

  • Webinar: Hexavalent Chromium Part 1: OSHA’s Standard

    Part 1 of this series, given by Kay Rowntree, Industrial Hygiene Sciences, will cover OSHA's Hexavalent Chromium Standard (1910.1026) as it applies to foundry exposures. Exposures to hexavalent chromium (Cr+6) can occur during the melting of stainless steel and other higher chromium alloys and when thermal processes such as plasma cutting, arc gouging or welding are used in the processing of castings made from these alloys. You will learn about the OSHA requirements and where to focus your efforts to comply with the Standard. Part 2 of this series, to be held in September, will address reducing exposures to hexavalent chromium.

  • Webinar: High Performance Aluminum Casting Alloys for Engine Applications

    In this sponsored webinar from Eck Industries, learn about a new range of aluminum alloys that boast superb casting characteristics coupled with high mechanical properties, opening up new applications for aluminum castings.

    In the early 1980s, promising research and development efforts focused on powder metallurgy revealed that aluminum alloys containing 4 wt% cerium exhibit high temperature mechanical properties exceeding those of the best commercial aluminum casting alloys currently in production. Cerium oxide is an abundant rare earth oxide that is often discarded during the refining of more valuable rare earths.

    More recently, the Critical Material Institute and Eck Industries developed a series of binary aluminum-cerium alloys with and without traditional elemental additions. This webinar will discuss the casting characteristics, mechanical properties and unique opportunities afforded from these innovative new alloys.

  • Webinar: Chemical Data Reporting Rule

    The Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule that EPA issued pursuant to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires manufacturers and importers of chemical substances (including byproducts that are not intentionally produced) to report information to EPA regarding these chemical substances. This webinar summarizes the reporting threshold levels and other requirements and provide updates on the rule since the last reporting date in 2012.

  • Webinar: Introduction to 3D Sand Printing for the Metalcasting Industry

    This sponsored webinar from Hoosier Pattern covers the basics of additive manufacturing as well as explains the technology used to create molds and cores with a 3D printer. Led by Dave Rittmeyer and Steve Murray, both of Hoosier Pattern, the webinar gives full access to two industry veterans who have worked in metalcasting for a combined 50 years. The webinar covers the basics and explores how to utilize 3D printed sand components on your next project.

  • Webinar: Are You Ready? Preparing for the Final OSHA Hazard Communication 2012 Deadline

    The final Hazard Communication 2012 deadline is June 1, 2016. By this date, employers must be sure that their Hazard Communication Program is updated to comply with the Standard and that all employees are trained for newly identified hazards. This webinar will help foundries learn about:

    • The key requirements of the Standard that must be addressed in your program
    • Recent OSHA interpretations of the Standard, especially those that relate to chemical labeling
    • Challenges in complying with the requirements

    Kay Rowntree, CIH
    Industrial Hygiene Sciences, LLC
    Waterford, WI

    Kay Rowntree is the owner of the industrial hygiene consulting firm Industrial Hygiene Sciences, LLC. She has over 37 years of experience in the field of industrial hygiene conducting air and noise surveys, training employees and management, investigating occupational disease claims, preparing Safety Data Sheets and assessing the risks associated with chemical, noise and biological exposures to workers. She is certified by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene in comprehensive practice and holds a B.S. degree in Bacteriology from the UW-Madison and a M.S. degree in Environmental Health-Industrial Hygiene specialty from the University of Minnesota.

  • Webinar: Foundry Sand Beneficial Reuse Part 2

    AFS presented this FREE webinar series covering U.S. EPA’s recent study on the beneficial use of foundry sand. The idea of beneficial use for metalcasters has gained continued traction across the country, and the release of U.S. EPA’s Risk Assessment of Spent Foundry Sands in Soil Related Applications provides significant opportunity for the metalcasting industry to promote and reform beneficial use rules.

    This second webinar focuses on identifying and promoting opportunities at the foundry level through best management practices, educating your customers by marketing your byproduct in a positive light, and providing valuable resources and tools to help facilitate reuse program success.

  • Webinar: OSHA's Sweeping Final Silica Rule: What is the Impact on Metalcasting

    OSHA published its sweeping final crystalline silica rule on March 25. Join us for a live webinar on April 12, when Tom Slavin, CIH, CSP, CSHM, Slavin OSH Group, will outline what is included in the final silica rule, how the final rulemaking differs from the proposed rule, and how to begin to prepare for compliance.

    Find more information about the rule at www.afsinc.org/silica.

  • Webinar: A Case Study in Optimizing Casting Design Using 3 D Printing

    In this sponsored webinar, presenters Jeff Shepler, the ExOne Corp., and Scott Chapman, Applied Technology Integration Inc. (ATI), illustrate the design optimization of a cast component utilizing 3D sand printing and various software technologies.

    The ExOne Design and Re-Engineering for Additive Manufacturing Center, in conjunction with the ATI engineering team, conceived and created the unique casting solution that resulted in a 33% weight reduction while maintaining the structural requirements demanded by the application.

    Using 3D modeling, topology optimization, shape optimization, and finite element analysis, the team was able to verify the redesigned casting's performance and show the full design freedom afforded by 3D printing.

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    Webinar: Foundry Sand Beneficial Reuse Part 1

    This webinar covers the EPA risk assessment and advancing beneficial use of spent metalcasting sand in your state.

    For more information on beneficial use, click here. 

  • Using Sponsored Webinars to Attract New Customers

    Watch this webinar to see how using this medium can help communicate with potential customers.

  • Webinar: Reducing Cleaning Costs With an Environmentally Safe Method

    Traditional cleaning methods can involve a lot of time-consuming disassembly, be ineffective, costly, involve environmentally harmful cleaning methods, and cause damage to expensive tooling and equipment. This presentation provides details for attacking and reducing the costs associated with cleaning applications in the foundry industry. More importantly, it will help participants position their companies for increased profitability.

    In this recorded webinar, learn about in situ cleaning with environmentally friendly non-destructive dry ice. Cold Jet’s Environmental Cleaning and Surface Preparation Systems utilize high speed MicroParticles of dry ice to clean and prepare patterns, core boxes, shell molds, permanent molds, and other tooling resulting in less down-time, a better clean, higher quality parts, improved tool utilization, and longer asset life.

  • Robotic Demolition Equipment

    Considering the rigid materials used in metalcasting, one of the serious challenges many facilities face is the damaging effects of repetitive and extended use of pneumatic hand-held tools. Robotic machines serve as a means to a safer, more worker-friendly operation with far-reaching improvements in productivity.

    This sponsored webinar, led by Peter Bigwood, vice president of sales, Brokk Inc., provides educational information and quantifiable results, explaining how remote-controlled equipment boosts productivity and increases safety for foundry personnel. The machines allow operators to stay out of harm's way while easily tackling challenging process applications - from the cleaning and de-bricking of furnaces, ladles and cupolas to removing baked-on sand from large castings.

  • The Truth About Carbon

    Without carbon there would be no cast iron or steel, as it has been the reducing agent used to liberate metallic iron from its ores since the earliest times. A few tenths of a percent difference in carbon content can have a dramatic effect on the mechanical properties of iron and steel, so its accurate measurement is critical to ferrous metallurgy. 

    OES using an electric spark source is one of the most popular methods to measure carbon in iron and steel, however, this method can be prone to errors traceable to the granular nature of the material and the presence of particles of “free” carbon in the form of graphite. These errors can be overcome by careful sample preparation techniques, but a high degree of skill and experience is required to achieve reproducible and reliable results. 

    In this sponsored webinar, Dan Soisson, Field Product Manager, discusses new developments in OES technology to detect and analyze suboptimal samples to achieve results comparable to “total carbon” measuring techniques such as combustion analysis. Techniques and methods will be explained for detection of “free” carbon in the sample to help make the process more efficient.

  • Webinar: The Link Between T&D and World Class Status

    Workforce training and development is a must for any organization hoping to be a world-class manufacturer. Those companies that excel in this area are far more likely to achieve world-class status for their operations. So where do you fit in- are you already world-class or working towards it? Join us as Jennifer Head, director of education for the AFS Institute, explores the connection between training and development and world-class status, and look at concrete ways you can improve your training and development programs.

  • Webinar: Cost Savings Opportunities in the Metal Casting Industry

    Tom Kayser teaches how to identify and implement cost reduction opportunities with your castings. Tom has a systematic approach and a check list he shares. It doesn't matter if you buy, sell, design, machine or assemble castings you will benefit from this webinar. 

    Tom has been pricing castings for Osco Industries for over 15 years and has a passion of working with his partners to identify ways to lower cost.

  • Webinar: Veining Reduction Project--A Thermo Mechanical Approach

    Dr. Sam Ramrattan, Western Michigan University, delivers this presentation on veining reduction for castings as part of AFS's Technology Transfer Thursday.

  • Webinar: Evaluating Steel Casting Process Cleanliness

    Presented by Robert Tuttle, Saginaw Valley State University, this webinar covers how to evaluate the cleanliness of your steel casting process. Background on common analysis techniques used and methodologies are given. Emphasis is on a specific strategy to setup as part of a continual inclusion monitoring approach that allows metalcasters to identify the inclusion formation portion of their process. This approach allows a metalcaster to determine which clean steel techniques are needed to improve their operation. An example from an actual foundry in how this approach helped them target improvements is given.

  • Webinar: Automated SEMEDX Analysis of Steel Quality Capture

    Detailed analysis of non-metallic inclusions (NMI) in steel castings is important for improving foundry processing and casting quality. Automated SEM/EDS with integrated design (ASPEX system) provides fast analysis and accurate reliable data (size, number, shape, distribution and chemistry of MNI population). The samples were collected at different steel producers and NMI were analyzed. This webinar covers:

    • Cast steel quality problems caused by NMI
    • Basic principles of automated SEM/EDS for NMI analysis
    • Several industrial cases for mini-mills and steel foundries. 

    The Aspex technology has been widely reported as a proven method in solving NMI problems in large scale steel production (integrated plants and mini-mills) and can be very useful for solving quality problem in steel foundries. Missouri University of Science and Technology offers ASPEX NMI analysis for steel foundries.

  • Webinar: Hexavalent Chromium Part 2

    As a follow-up to Part 1 in this series, Bob Scholz, Senior Project Manager, TRC Environmental Corp., will discuss successful controls of Hexavalent Chromium.

  • Elevating Workplace Safety With 5S

    Glenn Huneycutt, Charlotte Pipe & Foundry, discusses understanding 5S, getting started at your facility, its impact within work areas, auditing to motivate improvement, and additional benefits of 5S.

  • Webinar: Enhancing Aluminum Castings for Structural Applications

    356 has been the primary aluminum alloy for structural applications in aluminum castings. However, there are easy to cast alloys that can outperform 356 in many applications. This webinar will explore higher strength and higher ductility 300 series alloys, 200 series alloy systems and the exciting development of aluminum casting alloys containing nanoparticles. 

    Presenter: David Weiss-Eck Industries

  • Webinar: To Offshore or Reshore? How to Objectively Decide

    Harry Moser of the Reshoring Initiative discusses total cost estimating for cast components that takes into consideration research and development, inventory carrying costs and travel costs associated with checking on foreign suppliers. For more information on reshoring castings, click here.

  • Performance of Road Bases Using Foundry Sand

    An EPA-funded research study investigated the use of foundry sand and crushed concrete recycled into road base. Hear the results from the case study.

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