Casting Designers and Buyers Track

Metalcasting Congress 2020 includes sessions focused on casting designers and buyers.  Sessions will be held at the Casting Source Theater in the AFS HUB on the exhibit floor.  

Wednesday, april 22

9:15-10:15 A.M. | AFS HUB

The Underutilized Competitive Advantage: Benefiting From Life Cycle Analyses

Jeremy Lipshaw, Unaffiliated, Ferndale, MI

The casting industry has an opportunity to leverage the inherent strengths of its product into a competitive advantage by embracing sustainability assessments based on Life Cycle Analysis (LCA). While classical vehicle sustainability metrics primarily consider how materials affect fuel economy via lightweighting, LCA accounts for the entire lifecycle of the material or product, including the production, use, and end-of-life. Due to castings’ recyclability and lower embodied energy, castings have the potential to be more sustainable in this framework. However, the casting industry is underprepared to compete in LCA-based evaluations. There is little data on the casting process to aid the development of LCAs. Furthermore, the well-documented and inaccurate “perception problem” within industry that castings are heavy and outdated discourages researchers from considering this line of study. This paper recommends the Metalcasting Industry to sponsor casting Life Cycle Analyses and support LCA-based sustainability metrics.


1-2 P.M. | AFS HUB

Working With Your Foundry to Design for Manufacturability

Andy Mastalir, CA Lawton Co, DePere, WI; RJ Hawkins, CA Lawton, Huntington, TX

Small but important changes to a component's design can lead to significant cost, weight, and time savings. Early design discussions with a qualified casting source will pay dividends.


2:15-3:15 P.M. | AFS HUB

Trends in Reducing Weight with Metal Castings

Andrew Halonen, Mayflower Consulting LLC, Calumet, MI

Opportunities for lightweighting with metal castings abound through material choice and smart designs. Examples in iron and aluminum will be shared, along with current trends and future opportunities for reducing weight in cast components. 


3:30-4:30 P.M. | AFS HUB

Answering Your Burning Casting Sourcing Questions

James Bohlen, Allison Transmission Inc., Indianapolis, IN

An experienced casting sourcing specialist shares his experiences and answers the questions casting buyers often ask, like why are my lead times so long, what are these surcharges for, and why is this foundry no-quoting me?

Thursday, april 23

9:15-10:15 A.M. | AFS HUB

3D Printing: From Prototype to Production

Garrett Iverson, Alliant Castings , Winona, Minnesota, USA

Advancements in additive technology have fostered its emergence from a prototype-only process to a process that is viable for particular production casting applications. This presentation will provide a view of how the use of 3D printing for production castings can grow in the coming years.

10:30-11:30 A.M. | Room 26ABC

The Automotive Supply Chain: An Era of Innovation and Disruption

Paul Eichenberg, Chief Strategist at Paul Eichenberg Strategic Consulting

As electric cars and autonomous vehicles gain prevalence, what strategies and options are available to the supply base to deal with this looming disruption? Paul Eichenberg will provide insight into these changes and explain how top automotive suppliers are deploying strategies such as divesting, transforming, diversifying, and consolidating to scale up opportunities in the face of global competition. Eichenberg has 25 years of experience working with Fortune 500 automotive suppliers, including eight years as Global VP of Corporate Development and Strategy for Magna Powertrain and Magna Electronics. In that role, Eichenberg oversaw all strategic planning, product management, as well as M&A activities at Magna, and successfully repositioned the business to focus on technologies for the optimization of the internal combustion engine, EV/hybrid technologies, and autonomous vehicles. His clients include automotive suppliers, hedge funds, investment banks, and private equity investors. Following his address on day three of the Metalcasting Congress 2020, Eichenberg will field questions from audience members. Note: AFS is offering a half-day Metalcasting Congress pass on April 23 that includes access to the exhibit floor with more than 200 exhibitors as well as Paul’s Keynote Address.