Executive, HR and Marketing Track

Saturday, April 16 Sunday, April 17 Monday, April 18

Saturday, April 16

8 a.m.-9 a.m. 

Energy Conservation at Grede Foundry (16-174)
All metals • All processes  
Larry Foreman, Grede Holdings LLC

This presentation will describe how Grede reduced energy use and provide practical suggestions for other foundries interested in saving energy in melting and other foundry processes.

1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.

Cupola Horizons: Topics for Future Discussions (16-112)
Ferrous • Sand
Kyle Metzloff, University of Wisconsin/Platteville; Jeet Radia, McWane Inc.; Robert Fechner, Kuttner North America 

As metalcasting technology evolves, the future of cupola melting remains bright. This panel will discuss the managerial and economic decisions to implement state of the art cupola technologies focusing on investment returns, energy efficiency and low cost iron production. 

Accelerated Adoption of Additive Manufacturing Technology in the American Foundry Industry (16-061)
All metals • All processes
Jerry Thiel, University of Northern Iowa, Metal Casting Center; Jiten Shah, Product Development & Analysis LLC; Brandon Lamoncha, Humtown Products

The panel will share the progress of America Makes, a collaborative teaching, learning, and additive manufacturing center, focused on introducing additive manufacturing throughout the foundry industry, with a primary objective of achieving enhanced economic development.  

3:15 p.m.-4:45 p.m.

10 Questions Buyers Should Be Asking Casting Suppliers to Find the Right One for Them (16-152)
All metals • All processes
Tom Kayser, Osco Industries Inc.; Chris Witt, Dotson Iron Castings; Vasko Popovski, Applied Process Inc. 

Casting buyers can make better deals for their companies by asking the right questions of their current and potential casting suppliers. This panel of metalcasting professionals will help buyers get the answers they need for more optimal sourcing of castings.

Sunday, April 17 

8 a.m.-9 a.m. 

PANEL: What Top Management Needs to Know About EHS (16-099)
All metals • All processes
Joey Leonard, Waupaca Foundry Inc.; Ryan Burke, Osco Industries Inc.; Andy Fulton, ME Global Inc.; Steve Johnson, Tyler Union

Senior and executive management in metalcasting businesses will discuss environmental, health and safety data, reports and information in their organizations, how this information should be evaluated and the range of actions that should be taken. 

Wisdom From the Hoyt Lecture (16-016)
All metals • All processes 
Ted Schorn, Enkei America Inc.

Schorn, the Hoyt Memorial Lecturer in 2005, will present his understanding of the wisdom of the Hoyt Lecture and its common themes, including the nature and importance of research, our responsibility to people engaged in metalcasting, the importance of education, the nature of the relationship between industry and government, quality and the art of management. 

9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m.

Additive Manufacturing (16-151)
All metals • All processes
Oliver Johnson, Tooling and Equipment International Corp.; Aaron Kepler, Caterpillar Inc.; Jerry Thiel, University of Northern Iowa, Metal Casting Center 

Practical use of additive manufacturing currently used in the metalcasting facility and what’s coming in the future will be discussed.

1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.

Cast Iron Honorary Lecture: The Stuff Matters (16-114) 
Iron • Sand
John Keough, Applied Process Inc.

The concept of “green” has morphed into a catch-all category for anything that either reduces human consumption or effluent into the air or water. The author will use real-world case studies from familiar fields of investigation (including cast iron) to foster a “life cycle” energy perspective and, perhaps, positively affect the thinking of engineers and designers in their work. 

3:15 p.m.-4:45 p.m.

EHS Hot Topics (16-084)
All metals • All processes
Jeet Radia, McWane Inc.; Mark Remlinger, Matthews International Corp.; Thomas Slavin, Slavin OSH Group LLC; Jeff Hannapel, The Policy Group; Stephanie Salmon, Potomac Government Relations

This session will provide updates on activities in the areas of air, water, waste, health and safety affecting metalcasters, including the latest EHS developments in Washington, D.C.

Monday, April 18

8 a.m.-9 a.m.

Maintenance Practices for Operational & Energy Savings in the Foundry (16-094)
All metals • All processes
Al Gambsky, Aarrowcast, Inc.; Howard Wood, Kodiak Group

This panel will discuss the improvements to operations and energy costs saving through the utilization of new or alternative technologies. The implementation of a predictive maintenance program to better anticipate undesirable system conditions and improving equipment life, creating energy savings, and increasing production will also be addressed.

Employee Engagement in Lights—Highlighting Social Responsibility Activities (16-144)
All metals • All processes
David Shouse, Lodge Mfg Co.; Dana Cooper, Fairmount Santrol; Kirk Kallio, Waupaca Foundry Inc.

Many metalcasters are striving to improve employee engagement and raise job satisfaction and overall commitment to their company and industry. The session will highlight the engagement factors related to social responsibility which demonstrates the desires to increase individual and group performance, attract and retain talent and ultimately improve the triple bottom line.

9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m.

Maintenance and R&D Cost Recovery (16-147)
All metals • All processes
Lester Cook, KBKG; Michael Maroney, KBKG, Inc.; Brian Reinke, TDI Energy Solutions

The panel will review and discuss an alternative approach that may allow you to take such expenses as furnace relining, maintenance and other capital equipment in the year they are incurred.

1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.

Casting of the Year—Optimized Casting Design (16-153)
All metals • All processes
John Grassi, Alotech Inc.; James Clifford, Aarrowcast Inc.; Duane Rice, Pier Foundry & Pattern Shop 

Every year, AFS recognizes excellence in casting design and production with the Casting of the Year award. These metalcasters have produced innovative casting designs that showcase the capabilities of the industry.

3:15 p.m.-4:45 p.m.

Factors and Trends in Casting Sourcing (16-154)
All metals • All processes
Chuck Denn, DeZurik Inc.; Tom Edwards, Gardner Denver Inc.; Keith Wetzel, Bradley Pulverizer Co.

Purchasing professionals from medium-sized U.S. manufacturers will describe their past experiences and concerns in sourcing castings. Topics will relate to reduced domestic options, tradeoffs in off-shoring, and how domestic suppliers can promote their “non-price reasons to buy.”