2019 International Ferrous Melting Conference

October 30 - November 1, 2019


The 5th International Ferrous Melting Conference is a 3-day gathering co-sponsored by the AFS Melting Methods and Materials Division. The conference will be held Oct. 30 - Nov. 1, 2019, in Nashville, Tennessee, with more than 200 expected attendees. Speakers from the foundry and related melting industries will focus on the topics of coreless melting, channel furnace melting and holding, pressure pouring, cupola melting, metallurgy, and charge materials. Keynote speakers are scheduled each day to provide insight on foundry management, human resources and training issues, governmental affairs, and future castings demand. This conference is the premier gathering of ferrous melting operators and suppliers.

Early registration (through Oct. 14, 2019): $595 for AFS members, $900 for non-members

Standard registration (after Oct. 14, 2019): $660 for AFS members, $1,000 for non-members


  • Nashville, TN
  • October 30 - November 1, 2019
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Hotel Information

Music City
  • Sheraton Music City
  • Nashville, TN 
  • Rate: $179 for single or double.

Sheraton Music City Hotel

777 McGavock Pike

Nashville, TN  37214

Rate: $179 for single or double.

If you call, please mention you are with the AFS 2019 International Ferrous Melting Conference for the group rate.  The number for Central Reservations is 1-888-627-7060.

The cut-off date for reserving rooms in the block is 5:00 p.m. local time on Oct. 14, 2019. After this date the rate is based on availability.  The AFS rate will apply to any room reservations for attendees commencing three (3) nights prior to the arrival date and ending three (3) nights after the departure date.

The Sheraton Music City has complimentary self-parking; complimentary Airport Shuttle and complimentary internet in attendee sleeping rooms.

Conference Agenda

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
1 - 1:15 p.m.

Bill LaFramboise, Auburn Analytical Labs Inc., Midland, MI

1:15 - 1:55 p.m.
Updates at Bremen

JB Brown, Bremen Castings Inc., Bremen, IN

1:55 - 2:35 p.m.
Apprenticeships: A Choice Option, Not an Alternative

Dave Rittmeyer, Hoosier Pattern Inc., Decatur, IN  

2:35 - 2:50 p.m.
2:50 - 3:30 p.m.
Practical Applications of Advanced Analytical Techniques

Peter Kim, Ferroglobe, Beverly, OH

3:30 - 4:10 p.m.
Cast Iron Microstructural Anomalies

Marc King, Ferroglobe, La Porte, IN

4:10 - 4:50 p.m.
Molten Metal Blanketing- A Case Study

Bruce Kenworthy, Air Products, Nashville, TN

Thursday, October 31, 2019
7:15 - 8 a.m.
Registration (Continental breakfast provided)
8 - 8:40 a.m.
Tenn Business Development and Work Force Development

Rep. Glen Casada, Senator Jack Johnson, Tennessee Reps

8:40 - 9:20 a.m.
Melting Your Way to Success

Henry Lodge, Lodge Mfg Co., South Pittsburg, TN

9:20 - 10 a.m.
Proactive Management of the Workforce Life-Cycle

Ideas to Evaluate each stage of the workforce life-cycle for improvements in employee attraction and retention

Joey Leonard, HS Group HR Inc., Green Bay, WI

10 - 10:15 a.m.
Break Out Coreless Session
10:15 - 10:55 a.m.
Steel Melting in Coreless Induction Furnaces-Refractory Challenges & Experiences

Sandip Samaddar, Saint-Gobain

10:55 - 11:35 a.m.
Kohler’s Fire and Quick Recovery

John Oneson, Kohler Co., Kohler, WI

11:35 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
The Importance of Monitoring Lining Wear and New Technologies to Make it Easier and More Advanced for Operators

Robert Keshecki, Inductotherm Corp., Rancocas, NJ

12:15-1:15 p.m.
1:15 - 1:55 p.m.
Silica Refractories – Silica Exposure and Testing, Silica Laws and Possible Alternatives

Pete Satre, Allied Mineral Products Inc., Hilliard, OH

1:55 - 2:35 p.m.
Optimization of Refractories for Induction Channel Furnaces

Tim Hoyt, Allied Mineral Products Inc., Columbus, OH

2:35 - 3:15 p.m.
Stirring in Coreless Furnaces

Dan Green, ABP Induction

Break Out Cupola Session
10:15 - 10:55 a.m.
State of the US Cupola Industry

David Kasun, Kuttner LLC, Port Washington, WI

10:55-11:35 a.m.
Cooling Concepts for Cupola

Angelo Petruccelli, Allied Mineral Products Inc., Burlington, Ontario

11:35 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Cupola vs Electric

Kuttner LLC, Port Washington, WI

12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
1:15 - 1:55 p.m.
Fine Tuning a Cupola

Ron Stewart, United Refractories Co., Richland, MI

1:55 - 2:35 p.m.
Cupola Set Up

Gene Ritchie, Ritchie Melt Consulting, Greenwood, IN

2:35 - 3-15 p.m.
Use of Waste Heat or Energy Recovery: Waupaca Foundry Case Study

David Kasun, Kuttner LLC, Port Washington, WI

3:15 - 3:30 p.m.
3:30 - 4:10 p.m.
Maintaining Channel Induction Furnace Slag

Dave Williams, ASI International Ltd., Hilliard, OH

4:10 - 4:50 p.m.
Proactive & Preventive Maintenance for Channel Furnaces

Jack McMillin, Ajax Tocco Magnethermic Corp, Roaming Shores, OH

6 - 8 p.m.
Evening Reception
Friday, November 1, 2019
7:15 - 8 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
8 - 8:40 a.m.
Tracking Technologies

David Gilson, SinterCast Inc., Brookfield, WI

8:40 - 9:20 a.m.
Melting Operations at Waupaca Foundry

Steve Heger, Waupaca Foundry Plant 1, Waupaca, WI

9:20 - 10 a.m.
Slag and Alloy Chemistries

Matt LaFramboise, Auburn Analytical Labs Inc., Midland, MI

10 - 10:15 a.m.
10 - 10:15 a.m.
Panel; Foundry Questions

Pete Satre, TBA
Arthur Mangualde, RHI Magnesita, Brazil

10:55 - 11:35 a.m.
Casting Marketing as Related to Automobile

Richard Jefferson, AFS, Schaumburg, IL

11:35 a.m. - Noon


Registration Fees

Early registration (through Oct. 14, 2019): $595 for AFS members, $900 for non-members

Standard registration (after Oct. 14, 2019): $660 for AFS members, $1,000 for non-members

Cancellations & Substitutions

Substitutions will be accepted anytime. However, cancellations of confirmed registrants with full refund of fees will not be accepted unless received at least two weeks prior to the conference date. In the unlikely event the conference is cancelled for any reason, AFS liability is limited to the return of the registration fee.