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August 2015

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  • August 4 – 5, 2015 : Casting Defect Analysis #03-16

    The course has reached capacity and not additional registrations are being accepted. Please contact Celeste Smith csmith@afsinc.org if you would like to be notified when the next course is scheduled. We do have dates available Oct 20-21 in Lancaster. PA and Nov 3-4 in Neenah, WI available to register. Please see our calendar for reference.

    In order to determine the true root cause of a casting defect and select the proper corrective action, a systematic evaluation method must be applied. Implementing the wrong solution can cost the foundry in terms of runtime, cost, waste, safety, reduced return on investment or profit, sales and expertise. The intention of this course is for participants to become proficient in applying a ten step procedure that will enable them to analyze and reduce metalcasting defects by correctly identifying defects and their root causes, and determining appropriate corrective actions. This course is applicable to sand molding processes (green, nobake, coldbox, shell).

  • August 6, 2015 : Iron 101 #04-16

    This is an introductory course covering the major cast iron families. Topics include characteristics and properties as well as general applications for each iron type, common alloying elements and their uses, iron melting technology and considerations, compatible casting processes, and heat treatment options and applications. Designed for those new to iron casting, case studies and group activities will be used throughout the course.

  • August 9 – 13, 2015 : Environ 101 Seminar & 27th EHS Conference

    Register for both the EHS conference and Environmental 101 seminar to gain instruction on EHS basics as well as discussion and updates on current issues and challenges facing the industry.

    Click here to view the brochure for the conference.

  • August 9 – 10, 2015 : Environmental 101 Seminar

    This two-day seminar gives instruction on the basic environmental issues and concerns to the industry, equipping attendees with information and direction on proper permitting and reporting, testing, pollution control and environmental management.

    Click here to view the brochure for the conference.

  • August 11, 2015 : Copper 101 #06-16

    This course provides participants an introduction covering the characteristics and properties of copper, alloying elements and their general applications, and considerations for working with copper cast parts. This course also covers melting and casting technology, and looks at the decision making process behind specific technologies used.

    Benefits to taking this course include practical and theoretical knowledge for those entering into or establishing relationships with others in the copper casting business. It provides a comprehensive foundation of the processes, treatments and practical applications of cast copper, and walks the participant through decisions that affect final product cost. This course also serves as a prerequisite for other copper courses.

  • August 11 – 13, 2015 : Design & Optimization for 3D Sand Printing #05-16

    There are many advantages to the use of 3D sand printing of molds and cores, especially when it comes to casting design, and the technology is being rapidly adopted in all sectors. This course focuses on designing castings for the 3D sand printing process, as well as optimizing existing designs to take advantage of the unique capabilities afforded. Topics covered include the advantages and limitations to the process; when to use the process; and important considerations such as communication, storage and handling of cores and molds, gating design and the use of simulation, file formats, and key features allowable. Case studies will be used throughout the course. This course will be held at the 3D sand printing center located at Techworks in Waterloo, IA.

  • August 11 – 13, 2015 : 27th EHS Conference

    The annual EHS conference covers hotbed EHS topics and provides ways to improve the health and safety of metalcasting workers.

    Click here to view the brochure for the conference.

  • August 12 – 13, 2015 : Gating & Riser Design #07-16

    This course, for horizontal sand molding applications, will cover both ferrous and nonferrous theory and practice. A 2-day lecture course, topics covered include turbulence, solidification, shrinkage, metallostatic pressure effects, gating and riser system design and calculations, mold-wall movement and computer modeling, pouring times, and placement and feeding distance of risers.

  • August 13, 2015 : AFS Research Board

  • August 18 – 20, 2015 : AFS/CMI Board of Directors Meeting

  • August 20 – 21, 2015 : 2015 Chapter Officers Conference

    The 2015 Chapter Officers Conference will be held August 20-21, at the Hyatt-Rosemont in Rosemont, IL.

September 2015

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  • September 1 – 2, 2015 : Iron Metallurgy 201 #08-16

    The purpose of this course is to provide target audience participants with knowledge and skills regarding terminology, principles, and techniques for the metallurgy of gray and ductile iron casting alloys. This practical course makes clear the reasons why foundry personnel 'do what they do' in relation to iron casting metallurgy. This course examines gray and ductile iron structure and properties; how to interpret (read) single and 2 component phase diagrams and recognize characteristics from microstructures; solidification behaviors and reactions; preparation and analysis of metallographic samples; iron casting defects specifically related to metallurgy; and more. Please review the learning outcomes on the course syllabus, available online.

  • September 8, 2015 : 8AB Committee Meeting

  • September 15 – 16, 2015 : Nobake Molding & Coremaking 101 #09-16

    This course provides participants with a basic foundation of the nobake molding and coremaking process used within a foundry. Discussion will include basic terminology, common chemical binders used, the mold and coremaking process, equipment, and evaluating molds for defects. Participants will receive hands-on practice, walk through the decision-making process for evaluating casting deficiencies and leave with a customized troubleshooting list for use back on the job. This course is a pre-requisite for advanced molding, testing and control courses.

  • September 15, 2015 : Division 3 Committee Meeting

  • September 15, 2015 : 10AB Committee Meeting

  • September 15, 2015 : 10F Committee Meeting

  • September 16, 2015 : 10E Committee Meeting

  • September 16, 2015 : 10Q Subcommittee Meeting

  • September 17, 2015 : 10Q Committee Meeting

  • September 22 – 23, 2015 : Introduction to Metalcasting #10-16

    This course introduces the process of metalcasting. It provides a broad picture of what happens in a casting production facility, while illustrating the technology, variables and complexity involved in producing a casting. It covers casting design, alloy selection, process selection, design of the gating system, pouring and shakeout methods, cleaning and finishing methods, quality assurance, and key safety and environmental regulations.

  • September 27 – 29, 2015 : 2015 Foundry Executive Conference

    The metalcasting industry’s premier meeting for executives and management features highly regarded speakers who will bring fresh ideas and perspectives to business planning and strategy in today’s economic environment.

October 2015

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  • October 5 – 7, 2015 : Design & Production of High Quality Aluminum Castings Conference

    This conference will cover all areas relating to production of high integrity cast aluminum components and will include the full manufacturing process, from casting and engineering through inspection of final part.

  • October 7 – 8, 2015 : NFPA 70E, OSHA & You...Insight for Implementation

    Some of the latest changes to the 2015 edition of NFPA 70E would be in direct violation of OSHA Standards. Learn what they are!

    Click here to view the brochure for the conference.

  • October 7 – 9, 2015 : International Ferrous Melting Conference

    The AFS International Ferrous Melting Conference will be held Oct. 7-9, 2015 at the Sheraton Music City Hotel, Nashville, TN. Participants will be able to listen to and network with the leading minds in ferrous melting practice and research.

  • October 13, 2015 : Ergonomics: Optimizing Efficiency, Quality & Safety in the Foundries #11-16

    This course covers the use of ergonomic principles to recognize, evaluate, and control work place conditions that cause or contribute to employee safety and productivity issues. Participants who attend this course will leave with the knowledge necessary to either initiate a new or improve an existing ergonomics program for controlling health and performance problems; to educate and convince management of the cost benefits of an ergonomically sound workplace; to proactively identify potential risks and determine cost effective and sustainable jobsite modifications; and to increase the effectiveness of existing lean and Six Sigma programs by integrating ergonomics to improve work processes which result in increased employee engagement, greater efficiency and better margins.

  • October 14 – 15, 2015 : Casting Design #12-16

    This course addresses principles of effective metalcasting design by delving into the major factors that affect final part design. Participants will explore alloy selection, metalcasting process capabilities and limitations and their effects on casting design, and the impact of secondary operations. Other major topics will include design for manufacturability, fab to casting design conversions, dimensional control, and the importance of casting simulation. Discussion and case studies will be used throughout this 2 day course to illustrate effective and practical casting design principles. Participants should have knowledge and experience in designing engineered components prior to attending this course.

  • October 20 – 21, 2015 : Casting Defect Analysis #13-16

    In order to determine the true root cause of a casting defect and select the proper corrective action, a systematic evaluation method must be applied. Implementing the wrong solution can cost the foundry in terms of runtime, cost, waste, safety, reduced return on investment or profit, sales and expertise. The intention of this course is for participants to become proficient in applying a ten step procedure that will enable them to analyze and reduce metalcasting defects by correctly identifying defects and their root causes, and determining appropriate corrective actions. This course is applicable to sand molding processes (green, nobake, coldbox, shell).

  • October 27 – 29, 2015 : Foundry Process Improvement #14-16

    Foundries today often struggle with problem solving, and have a need for training with a focus on metal casting issues. This 2.5 day course provides participants with basic root cause analysis training. At its core, this course provides foundry personnel with disciplined problem solving techniques, and emphasizes tools to better understand process data and performance using unique examples and case studies drawn from foundry settings. Some of the topics taught include: problem solving approaches, process thinking, problem characterization and a look at types of data, collecting and analyzing data, tools for analyzing process variation, process capability, testing the root cause, developing solutions and countermeasures, and methods for sustaining improvement.

  • October 28 – 30, 2015 : Ductile Iron Society T&O Meeting

November 2015

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  • November 3 – 4, 2015 : Casting Defect Analysis #15-16

    In order to determine the true root cause of a casting defect and select the proper corrective action, a systematic evaluation method must be applied. Implementing the wrong solution can cost the foundry in terms of runtime, cost, waste, safety, reduced return on investment or profit, sales and expertise. The intention of this course is for participants to become proficient in applying a ten step procedure that will enable them to analyze and reduce metalcasting defects by correctly identifying defects and their root causes, and determining appropriate corrective actions. This course is applicable to sand molding processes (green, nobake, coldbox, shell).

  • November 10, 2015 : AFS Division Council

  • November 10, 2015 : Division Council Meeting

  • November 11, 2015 : 5A Committee Meeting

  • November 11, 2015 : 5B Committee Meeting

  • November 17, 2015 : Aluminum Crucible Furnace Practices #16-16

    This course covers basic furnace and crucible operations, including optimization, operations and maintenance practices for both electric and fuel-fired aluminum crucible furnaces. Participants of this course will leave with the knowledge or skills needed to select an appropriate aluminum crucible for their needs, operate and maintain aluminum crucible furnaces, store and handle crucibles to maintain the life of the crucible, install refractories and avoid premature deterioration of the refractory, monitor and manage heating systems and burners, and optimize crucible furnace operations so that usage at any stage is efficient.

  • November 18 – 19, 2015 : Aluminum Metallurgy 201 #17-16

    The purpose of this course is to provide target audience participants with knowledge and skills regarding the nomenclature, terminology, principles, and techniques for the metallurgy of aluminum base casting alloys. This course makes clear the reasons why foundry personnel 'do what they do' in relation to aluminum casting metallurgy. This course examines aluminum structure and properties, the effects of alloying elements and the influence of melting operations on impurities; how to interpret (read) phase diagrams and recognize characteristics from microstructures; how grain refinement and modification work in foundry operations, how they are measured and the benefits of both; inclusion formation and filtration techniques; and much more.

  • November 19 – 20, 2015 : FEF College Industry Conference

December 2015

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