Best of Congress 2018- Hoyt Lecture
Dan Oman | Recorded July 10, 2018 | Click here to view
Perceptions are a function of information received from many different sources. These perceptions become firmly held beliefs that rarely, if ever, change. Hear Dan Oman's Hoyt Lecture from this year's Metalcasting Congress on using an unbalanced force to change perceptions.
Control of Silica Exposures: Part 2
Bob Scholz | Recorded June 28, 2018 | Click here to view
Learn what needs to be documented in your Silica Exposure Control Plan. Document everything, even ventilation systems you've installed prior to the passing of the revised silica rules.
AFS Trade Webinar: Update on Section 232 Steel & Aluminum Tariffs and Retaliation Measures
Teresa Polino, Aman Kakar | Recorded June 21, 2018 | Click here to view
Join expert trade attorneys from Arent Fox for an informative webinar as they dive into the Trump Administration’s Section 232 Steel and Aluminum tariffs and the recently announced retaliatory tariffs by the EU, Canada & Mexico.
Getting the Most from the New AFS Website
Doug Kurkul, Mike Lakas | Recorded June 20, 2018 | Click here to view
AFS CEO Doug Kurkul and Vice President of IT and Operations Mike Lakas present on how you can get the most out of the new AFS website. Launched on April 17, the new website serves the needs and advances the interests of the modern metalcasting industry.
Countdown to Compliance Under OSHA’s Final Silica Rule
Brad Hammock | Recorded June 19, 2018 | Click here to view
Learn the latest on OSHA’s Silica Standard – AFS has been in discussions with OSHA about developing over 50 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to provide clarification on several key areas of the rule.
The Metalcasting World at your Fingertips: The AFS Library
Mike Lakas | Recorded June 13, 2018 | Click here to view
Hear from AFS Vice President of IT and Operations Mike Lakas on how you can use the AFS library to advance your metalcasting needs.
Design and Engineering for Toolingless Sand and Investment Castings
Jiten Shah | Recorded June 5, 2018 | Click here to view
Are you thinking about using additive manufacturing with your tooling-less sand and investment castings? Hear what additive manufacturing for your conventional sand and investment casting methods can do for you. Jiten Shah will discuss what you need to know ranging from the basic to highly complex casting configurations.
Control of Silica Exposures: Part 1
Bob Scholz | Recorded May 30, 2018 | Click here to view
Know your silica sources and learn how to reduce concentrations of respirable crystalline silica. Bob Scholz discusses elements of a program to control silica exposures in foundries.
Reduction of Coating Related Casting Defects
Stacey Clifford | Recorded May 29, 2018 | Click here to view
Mold and core coating related defects are discussed. Topics include veining, penetration, erosion, gas defects, spalling, scabs, inclusions, orange peel, brush marks, teardrops, cratering, coating retention and excess coating. The AFS Mold-Metal Interface Reactions Committee has also designed a poster that is available for purchase outlining these defects.
Veining & Penetration Reduction
Sam Ramrattan | Recorded May 16, 2018 | Click here to view
Does the interaction of chemically bonded sand cores and molds with molten metal create challenges for your castings? Hear how you can accomplish near-net-shape castings with minimal veining and penetration defects. Dr. Sam Ramrattan will walk you through the steps to understand the thermal-mechanical effect suffered by the cores and molds when different binders, additives and coatings are used.
Respiratory Protection and Medical Surveillance for Silica
Kay Rowntree | Recorded April 26, 2018 | Click here to view
Respiratory protection is a key component of most silica compliance programs. Hear all you need to know about silica filtering respirators and OSHA's newly required medical surveillance programs. Industrial hygienist Kay Rowntree hosts this webinar geared toward small to mid-size foundries.
Finite Element Analysis of Low-Alloy Steel Castings
Patrick Severson | Recorded April 24, 2018 | Click here to view
Do you need to determine if a low-alloy steel casting is adequately designed for an anticipated duty cycle? Hear how proper FEA drives important engineering decisions for your low-alloy steel castings. Patrick Severson of Komatsu will outline key steps to constructing a proper finite element model you can use for your business.
How to Select an Industrial Hygienist and What to Expect When They Come
Kay Rowntree, Juliette Garesche | Recorded March 29, 2018 | Click here to view
What can you expect when an industrial hygienist comes to visit? Find out with this AFS Members Only Webinar.
Casting Alloy Data Search (CADS) Tool
Jiten Shah | Recorded March 27, 2018 | Click here to view
Are you frustrated with having to reply on potentially obsolete material property data? CADS is an online casting material database tool that offers easy access to critical design properties for casting designers and buyers at no cost to you. This AFS Members Only Webinar will explore CADS features and how they benefit you.
Prediction of Core Gas Pressure from Chemically Bonded Sand Molds using Process Simulation Software
Jerry Thiel, Sairam Ravi | Recorded March 13, 2018 | Click here to view
Did you know the University of Northern Iowa is conducting research into developing advanced API software for foundries? Its purpose is to predict gas porosity defects based on mold and core material properties. Hear about research, the methodology used to determine critical core gas pressure using API code, and case studies showing the application of the algorithm in process simulation software.
Silica Substitutes - Will They Work for Your Foundry?
Juliette Garesche, William G. Johnston, Steve Gates, Jerry Thiel, Jeff Morrell | Recorded February 28, 2018 | Click here to view
Are you interested in transitioning to non-silica media for the new silica standard, but not sure if it will work for your business? Hear who is already using these products, the pros and cons of non-silica media, and a panel to field questions.
Predictive Analytics in Metal Casting Industry - A Case Study
Hathibelagal Roshan | Recorded February 23, 2018 | Click here to view
How can your business benefit from using predictive analytics? By identifying meaningful patterns in data, metalcasters are using predictive analytics to create an advantage over the competition. Jerry Thiel and Sairam Ravi will explore the four types of predictive analytics and how you can apply them to your foundry for a competitive advantage.
Exploit the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) for Increased Productivity & Lower Costs
Jamie Wiczer, Brian Reinke | Recorded February 13, 2018 | Click here to view
Did you know that using new Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) technologies can give you productivity and efficiency benefits? New smart sensors combined with world-wide connectivity analyze your metalcasting operations and immediately alert you when abnormal conditions occur. Dr. James Wiczer and Brian Reinke will explore how you can use IIOT technologies to increase production, lower costs, and increase your profits.
Casting Uncommon Aluminum Alloys
David Weiss | Recorded January 22, 2018 | Click here to view
Have you faced challenges casting uncommon aluminum alloys? Casting defects caused by difficult alloys can affect your bottom line. Dave Weiss of Eck Industries will explore difficult aluminum alloys and techniques you can use to improve the quality of your castings.
Tax Reform is Here
David Sites | Recorded January 22, 2018 | Click here to view
Now that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has been signed by President Trump, what do you need to know? Participants will hear from expert David Sites, international tax partner at Grant Thornton in Washington, D.C., on a number of topics important to the metalcasting industry, including changes to marginal tax rates; pass-through taxation of sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations; expensing of new and used equipment; new rules related to estate tax; and more.
A New Look at Mn-S Balancing in Gray Cast Iron
Rick Gundlach | Recorded January 9, 2018 | Click here to view
Did you know the sulfur content in cast gray irons can be as high as 0.16%? When manganese is not balanced with sulfur, this high concentration can produce hot-tears and embrittlement in your iron castings. Rick Gundlach of Element Materials Technology will present findings and offer ideas on balancing Mn-S to maximize the strength of cast gray iron.
Case Studies in Additive Manufacturing for Metalcasting
David Rittmeyer | Recorded December 5, 2017 | Click here to view
Did you know some foundries have applied additive manufacturing to their existing processes? Find out how foundries are able to do this with an AFS Members Only Webinar. Dave Rittmeyer, Hoosier Pattern Inc., and Brandon Lamoncha, Humtown Products, will explore case studies and answer your questions on how you can grab the low-hanging fruit while minimizing your risks.
Practical Steps to Maximizing Refractory Performance
Pete Satre | Recorded November 28, 2017 | Click here to view
The refractory used in the melting furnace is an important part of the foundry process and can greatly affect furnace performance, energy costs and profitability. New technologies have made great advancements in refractory effectiveness, and selecting the correct refractory is an important first step. However, foundry procedures such as installation, maintenance and start up process still play a significant role in furnace refractory life. This webinar will provide practical insights that can help improve refractory performance in your operation.
Get Ready for OSHA's Electronic Recordkeeping Rule
Brad Hammock | Recorded November 27, 2017 | Click here to view
You might have recorded your OSHA injury and illness data the same way for years, but now that's changing. As of Dec. 1, 2017, many companies will be required to submit their 300A form to OSHA electronically. Brad Hammock, attorney and occupational safety and health law expert, will guide you through what you need to know about this new rule.
Update on Respirable Silica—What you Should be Doing Now?
Tom Slavin | Recorded November 7, 2018 | Click here to view
Join us for an update on OSHA's new, fast-approaching crystalline silica standard. Hosted by industry expert Tom Slavin, you'll go through the steps to better prepare you and your business for meeting this new, burdensome rule.
Reshoring Metalcasting: How to Compete More Effectively vs. Imports
Harry Moser | Recorded October 4, 2017 | Click here to view
Do you and your customers compare domestic and offshore casting quotes correctly? Interpreting the data correctly can mean the difference between losing work to an overseas competitor. In this webinar, Harry Moser, founder of the Reshoring Initiative, will share how reshoring can help your business. Moser uses real-world examples to demonstrate the success of reshoring. Does reshoring really work? In the past seven years, reshoring and FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) have brought back 330,000 manufacturing jobs to the U.S.