Reports from around the web:
Metalcasting Industry Comes Alive at CastExpo’13, American Foundry Society
The American Foundry Society (AFS) hosted CastExpo’13 at the America’s Center in St. Louis, April 6-9. The event featured more than 450 exhibitors on a sold-out show floor and various technical presentations as part of its Metalcasting Congress and a Metalcasting Technology Theatre on. A total of 7,192 metalcasters attended CastExpo’13.
“So much was happening on the show floor and a positive vibe filled the air,” said Jerry Call, AFS executive vice president. “It’s great to see all of the positive feedback we have already received from CastExpo’13 attendees and exhibitors.” In addition to the exhibitors, top industry award winners were honored at the show.
The 118th Metalcasting Congress will be held April 8-11, 2014, at the Renaissance Hotel & Convention Center, Schaumburg, Ill., and the 119th Metalcasting Congress will be April 21-23, 2015, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.
Check out the latest videos, interviews, and impressions of the show, Foundry-Planet Ltd.
CastExpo 2013 in St. Louis, Mo., Video, Watch Video.
The U.S. metal casting industry is on an upward rise and evidence of this excitement was displayed at the CastExpo'13. The exceptionally well-organized event was hosted by the AFS and held at the America's Center in St. Louis April 6 – 9. A record 7,192 metal casters attended the show, according to the AFS, and 450 exhibitors displayed their latest technology and equipment at the show. More than 170-featured presentations were held parallel to the event as well as the World Technical Forum. “So much was happening on the show floor and a positive vibe filled the air,” said Jerry Call, AFS executive vice president. “It’s great to see all of the positive feedback we have already received from CastExpo’13 attendees and exhibitors.”
Headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., AFS is a not-for-profit technical and management society that has existed since 1896 to provide and promote knowledge and services that strengthen the Metalcasting industry for the ultimate benefit of its customers and society.
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"Pre-Registration numbers look great, over 6000 and counting," Thomas Prucha, AFS V. P. Techncial Services, Greater Detroit Area.
"What was your favorite moment/moments from CastExpo13? It's a tough call, but I think mine is Gene Muratore's rousing Hoyt Lecture. As he declared, metalcasting IS a technical industry. Coming a close second are all the discussions with exhibitors who made a deal over the course of the four day show. It's wonderful to hear about metalcasters investing in their future," Shannon Wetzel, Experienced editor, Greater Chicago Area.
O’Fallon Casting Wins AFS/Metalcasting Design & Purchasing Casting Competition, American Foundry Society
The American Foundry Society (AFS) and its publication Metal Casting Design & Purchasing magazine announced O’Fallon Casting, O’Fallon, Mo., as the winner of the 2013 Casting Competition. The metalcaster won with its electronics housing produced for the defense industry. The component’s elegant design and incredible detail exemplifies the capabilities of the investment casting process.
Carley Foundry, Blaine, Minn., was a Best in Class winner for its 750-lb. aluminum radar casting produced via the nobake sand casting process. Converted from machined plates welded together, the design resulted in a 67% reduction in part cost and enabled the end user to realize a substantial tooling cost savings.
Green Marketing - How to make your plant LEED Platinum Certified, Lohre & Associates
A recent visit to CASTEXPO 2013 in St. Louis encouraged us to investigate what it would take to make a foundry LEED Platinum. A VW ad on 60 Minutes gave us the inspiration.
From the VW press release, "Volkswagen’s Chattanooga manufacturing plant has received a Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) green building certification program. The facility is the first and only automotive manufacturing plant in the world to receive the Platinum certification."
With planning and a corporate education plan, high levels of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) can be achieved. LEED was created by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 1993 to encourage sustainable building practices. The USGBC is a non-governmental organization. It has become accepted as the sustainable building certification standard by the U.S. Government. All government buildings are required to be LEED Certified. LEED is based on a 100-credit system and broken up into five categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, and Indoor Environment Quality.
We'll review each of these and provide examples we learned at CASTEXPO 2013 and other significant corporations. We're using as our example a typical manufacturing plant's features and characteristics. To follow along, download the LEED Checklist we used as our guide to achieve LEED Platinum writing this blog. With careful planning, patience, learning and follow through companies can achieve this high level of sustainability with a very low investment and significant savings over the life of the facility. We achieved LEED Platinum Certified at our office for $12 per square foot including the USGBC fees. And it's been the best Green Marketing investment we could ever make.
The Die Casting Congress & Tabletop will be September 16-18, 2013, at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, KY. During the three days of Congress sessions, technical and management presentations will be given by experts from around the world. These presentations will expose metalcasters to the latest technology, ongoing research and successful management tools that will assist companies in enhancing their competitiveness.
We encourage you to put the knowledge and experience of Hill and Griffith's highly trained technical personnel to work for you, please stop by booth 315.