Opportunities for Designers & Buyers at Metalcasting Congress

Casting Designers and Buyers

Metalcasting Congress caters to the specific needs of casting designers, buyers, and OEM representatives with dedicated sessions covering casting case studies, reshoring, material properties and selection, and casting quality. Casting Designers & Buyers Track sessions are conveniently located on the exhibit floor, adjacent to the Cast in North America pavilion, showcasing the premier foundry exhibitors from across the continent. As an added bonus, the basic Exhibits Pass grants admission to all exhibits, Casting Designers & Buyers Track sessions, and keynote presentations.  



Cast In North America Exhibits 

Connect with metalcasting experts from across North America at the Cast in North America pavilion during Metalcasting Congress! Featuring a diverse range of metals and processes, the pavilion highlights leading foundry exhibitors presenting cutting-edge services and capabilities. Representatives will be on hand to address any inquiries you may have.

You're also invited to bring our own blueprints to foundries exhibiting in Cast in North America. Show your casting drawings and machining drawings to representatives from North America’s leading foundries, and they’ll verify foundry capabilities, feasibility, costs, and material options.

Foundry Exhibitors include:

  • Aalberts Surface Technologies
  • AERO Metals Inc
  • Atlas Foundry Co Inc
  • Badger Alloys Inc
  • Charlotte Pipe & Foundry Co
  • Denison Industries
  • Dotson Iron Castings
  • Elyria & Hodge Foundry Group
  • Ferroloy Inc
  • Great Lakes Castings LLC
  • Harmony Castings, LLC
  • HyPro Inc
  • Impro Industries USA Inc
  • Kimura Foundry America Inc
  • LeClaire Manufacturing Co
  • Monarch Industries Ltd
  • Neenah Foundry Co
  • Osco Industries Inc
  • Pier Foundry & Pattern Shop
  • Product Development & Analysis LLC
  • Rochester Metal Products Corp
  • St Marys Foundry Ltd
  • St. Croix Castings Inc
  • The Lawton Standard Co
  • Tooling & Equipment International (TEI)
  • Waupaca Foundry Inc
  • Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry Co Inc
  • Wisconsin Precision Casting Corp

As of 1/26/2024. Subject to change.



Training for Casting Designers and Buyers

The Casting Designers and Buyers Track at Metalcasting Congress delivers targeted education for engineers, supply chain professionals, and OEM representatives. Conducted by industry experts, these sessions are complimentary with general admission and are conducted on the show floor, in close proximity to the Cast in North America pavilion. The four sessions in the Casting Designers & Buyers Track will address reshoring, material properties and selection, and casting quality.

Casting Designers & Buyers Track sessions:

9:30 – 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2024
Data-Driven Design Properties for Cast Carbon Steels (24-020)
Presenters: Raymond Monroe, SFSA, Crystal Lake, IL; Jianyu Liang, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MD

Steel Founders’ Society of America (SFSA) has collected the ordinary testing results for commercial carbon steel heats from a variety of producers, in order to develop an extensive data set of properties. This data set has been analyzed and is compared to steel mill properties, specifications, and allowable design values, which are embedded in American Institute of Steel Construction- Specification for Structural Steel Buildings (AISC-ASD), and the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (ASME BPVC). This analysis demonstrates the capability of carbon steel castings to provide safe and reliable service that is compatible with steel mill products in fabrications or other structures. Statistically supported values for tensile properties for steel castings are reported and compared with other steel products.


1:00 – 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2024
Surface Finish (24-040)
Presenter: Mark White, Impro Industries, Palm City, CA

Surface finish requirements are usually implied in discussions and referenced as an RMS or Ra value. Little discussion occurs about the functional reason for the finish unless it is an airflow requirement in a turbine engine casting. This session is offered to the AFS Metalcasting Congress 2024 as a service to both sides of this topic - casting purchaser and casting manufacturer. This presentation discusses surface technology, surface finish attainment, and surface finish inspection with an added section about problems in additive manufacturing relative to surface roughness and inspection. The author's hope in offering this work to Metalcasting Congress 2024 is that the audience gains valuable information to go on and successfully handle this topic in their own companies where the situation is turned from “production stopping” to smooth production.


2:00 – 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2024
Update on AFS Project for Digitizing Various Knowledge Platforms (24-106)
Presenter: Brian Began, American Foundry Society, Inc., Schaumburg, IL

This presentation will focus on AFS’s efforts to improve digital accessibility and operability of its various knowledge platforms. This digitization entails improving navigation and functionality/searchability between various platforms including the digital library, AFS Onlive webinars, a new, yet-to-be-developed digital publication platform, CADS (Casting Alloy Database Search), and others. These efforts will also make AFS platforms more mobile-friendly and include creating new reference instructional/educational videos. Ultimately, it will highlight the various exciting ambitions with projected timelines and the status of the ongoing AMC Emergent Metal Casting Solutions (EMCS) project, funded by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and AFS under the project title “Virtual Knowledge Transfer Platforms for Improved Access to Metalcasting Best Practices.”


3–3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2024
2023 Casting of the Year: Tooling & Equipment International
Presenter: Oliver Johnson, Tooling & Equipment International, Livonia, MI

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Thursday, April 25, 2024
From the Publication: Equipping Engineering to be Effective (24-157)
Presenter: Ted Schorn, Enkei America, Columbus, IN

Foundries utilize process and/or quality engineers often with vague descriptions of their role. Sometimes they see their job as simply, “keeping things running smooth” or “making things better.” This can mean a very incomplete understanding of what is needed and overlap and confusion as to how the engineers relate to other support resources. In Process Control for Engineers, Schorn first takes up the important task of sorting out what process and quality engineers ought to be doing and how they should relate to one another and the rest of the organization. Grasping these roles with clarity permits both accountability and competence development.