“Lean for the Foundry” e-Learning modules now available!

Lean manufacturing has transformed industries. Now the AFS Institute is bringing lean training to metalcasting.

“Lean for the Foundry,” a new series of e-Learning modules, will teach metalcasters what they need to know about lean processes to improve productivity, reduce waste and cut…

What do tariffs mean for foundries? Find out during an AFS webinar

An expert trade attorney will delve into U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs during an AFS Members Only Webinar at 1 p.m. CT Thursday, June 21.

Aman Kakar, associate at Arent Fox International Trade Group, will provide an overview of the Trump administration’s Section 232 tariffs and…

AFS member testifies before Congress on skills gap

The president and CEO of St. Marys Foundry (St. Marys, Ohio), an AFS Corporate Member, spoke to members of Congress about the skills gap and small business workforce shortages June 14.   Angela Dine Schmeisser, a fourth-generation owner whose foundry employs 160 people, testified before the U.S.…

New grads qualify for free AFS memberships

Recent college graduates entering the workforce can receive free one-year memberships in the American Foundry Society when they convert their student memberships to individual memberships.   Metalcasters who maintained their AFS student memberships through college graduation can stay involved by…

Countdown to Compliance: Silica webinar to deliver the latest on OSHA rule

The June 23 deadline to comply with OSHA’s new silica standard is almost here. What does that mean for metalcasters?

“Countdown to Compliance Under OSHA’s Final Silica Rule,” an AFS Members Only Webinar, will explain the latest on the silica standard, including the status of more than 50…

OSHA denies request to delay enforcement of silica rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) denied a request by the American Foundry Society (AFS) and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) to delay enforcement of its crystalline silica rule for 180 days. According to an agency press release issued on Friday, June 8,…

Trump administration imposes new steel and aluminum tariffs

The European Union, Mexico, Canada, and several other countries are firing back with retaliatory trade measures following the Trump administration's move on June 1 to impose a 25% tariff on steel imports and a 10% tariff on aluminum imports.

President Trump announced worldwide steel and…

Beware of unauthorized hotel offers for Metalcasting Congress and CastExpo

Unfortunately, it is now common practice for unauthorized companies to claim to be official housing providers for trade shows and other large events, including Metalcasting Congress and CastExpo. Usually called “room poachers,” these companies target exhibitors and attendees with aggressive…

AFS issues call for papers and presentations

The American Foundry Society is issuing a call for papers and presentations for CastExpo 2019 and the 123rd Metalcasting Congress.

AFS is seeking technical papers covering all issues related to metalcasting, diecasting and foundry operations, including in-plant procedures, new…

AFS Air Quality Committee meets with EPA officials

Members of the American Foundry Society Air Quality Committee met recently with EPA officials regarding the upcoming Residual Risk and Technology Review (RTR) for the iron and steel foundry National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) rule for major sources.

The May…