Conferences

2020 AFS Government Affairs Fly-In

May 19-20, 2020
Washington, DC

AFS is calling all metalcasters to stand together and advocate for our industry. The AFS Government Affairs Fly-In aims to connect metalcasters with their legislators and give them the tools to be a voice for their industry. Attendees will hear from policy experts and regulators, as well as participate in pre-scheduled meetings with their lawmakers. AFS encourages all U.S. foundries and suppliers to send one employee to participate in this important event.

Foundry 4.0

June 9-10, 2020
Itasca, IL (near O'Hare International Airport)

What will a foundry look like in 10 years?

The designation ‘‘4.0’’ is often used in reference to the next phase of the Industrial Revolution (the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”) and generally expresses the impact of smart manufacturing and the implementation of technology in manufacturing. 

Take Me Out to The Ball Game

July 29, 2020
Milwaukee, WI

Back by popular demand, an AFS Human Resources Division roundtable. The AFS HR division will provide an intriguing and engaging roundtable discussion around topics that impact the metalcasting industry.  We are hoping you can help, by bringing additional topics you would like to discuss with your metalcasting industry peers. Through survey results of this highly attended event, we have picked a few we feel are impacting our workforce.

Sand Casting/Additive Manufacturing Conference

August 31-September 3, 2020
Milwaukee, WI

AFS has combined the sand casting and additive manufacturing conferences into one big event! Now, you can hear from leading experts tell their stories in a single venue. The conference will cover everything related to sand casting and sand printing. This event will focus on  all technologies, metals and processes, and many case studies from founders who have successfully incorporated 3D printing into their sand casting process.

2020 Foundry Leadership Summit

September 20-22, 2020
Lake Tahoe, CA

Every September, more than 100 leaders from all corners of the metalcasting industry meet for the finest in highly rated speakers, thought-provoking discussion, and rich networking opportunities. The 2020 Foundry Leadership Summit could not be more perfectly situated (near the breathtaking beauty of Lake Tahoe) or timed, as profound changes sweep the worlds of manufacturing, technology, economics, trade and politics. You’ll emerge from the summit refreshed, recharged, and ready to embrace the future. 

2020 Practical Cupola Workshop

September 29-30, 2020
Rockford, IL

The Practical Cupola Workshop presents a wide variety of cupola topics, including fundamental cupola operation and design, troubleshooting, operational control, refractories and cupola safety.

The workshop is presented by the AFS Cupola Technical Committee.  Course materials reflect the expertise and experience of industry-leading course instructors, who are cupola operators and suppliers of the Cupola Committee.  It covers cupola basics as well as some moderately technical information.  This workshop is ideal for new operators, engineers and operation supervisors.

Stormwater Compliance Seminar

October 4-5, 2020
Milwaukee, WI

The Stormwater Compliance Seminar provides attendees with in-depth, foundry-focused training related to stormwater compliance. Building on the fundamentals of the Clean Water Act, this seminar tackles the rapidly changing world of stormwater compliance, addressing both the regulatory and technical issues involved in meeting the complex requirements. This seminar will cover the current definition of the Waters of the United States.

2020 Environmental, Health, & Safety Conference

October 6-8, 2020
Milwaukee, WI

Join us for the 32nd Annual EHS Conference held in Milwaukee. The EHS Conference is where you can meet up with old friends, network with new contacts, see the latest products vendors have available, and listen to cutting-edge information on a wide array of EHS topics.  You can also become motivated anew as you listen to the keynote speaker and hear what other foundries are doing to become safer and greener.