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Conference turnout best in eight years.

More than 200 foundrymen and suppliers attended the 50th New England Regional Conference recently in Sturbridge, MA, making it the organization's largest turnout in eight years.

The record attendance provides ample evidence of the increasing need among metalcasters to share information on everything from the waste management problems to the latest in metalcasting process technology, said Glen Petit, New England technical liaison chairman, and George Caligan, Connecticut Chapter secretary, conference co-chairmen.

Keynote speaker for the conference, David P. Kanicki, publisher/ editor of modern casting, said there was indeed a thirst for information, but noted that it was not a new phenomenon. He contrasted concerns of the foundrymen in the 1890s with those of the 1990s. Excecpt for environmental and global competitive problems, he found that the 100-year difference hadn't significantly changed priorities for foundrymen.

Reading from the AFS Transactions of the first meeting of the fledgling American Foundrymen's Society in Philadelphia in 1896, Kanicki quoted: "...The subjects for discussion at this meeting indicate that your society means to be progressive and not unmindful that the close of the present century demands intelligent answers and demanding investigation and solution."

He cited five competitive issues facing foundrymen today and showed the remarkable parallel each has to issues of a century ago. included are creating and implementing new technologies, environmental concerns, global markets, human resources and customer needs.

Kanicki warned that the foundry business is changing like other industries from a national market to a global one. The race for a share of production dominance will go to those who are willing and able to accept and capitalize on the reality of the new global market, he said. Waste Control

George Boyd, Jr., environmental and safety director of the Pennsylvania Foundrymen's Assn, posed a number of waste disposal problems facing foundries such as how many disposal sites will be available in the next 1 0 years and at what cost will they be accessible. He called on foundrymen to be active in the waste control regulation process at all levels of government.

"In 1980, 40% of the public was concerned about environmental issues; in 1989, it had risen to 80%, a rise fueled more by the often faulty data and publicity disseminated by protectionist groups and legislators than by scientific fact," Boyd said. "Waste risk is a political subject today, and foundries must enter that arena or be forced to react to every perceived environmental infraction."

He described how several eastern Pennsylvania foundries solved their landfill problem by forming a corporation and buying a landfill site for their exclusive use. He said the process of getting waste study grants, enlisting political and foundry support and managing the site is time-consuming and difficult, but possible even in today's hostile environmental climate. He closed by urging foundrymen to become politically

involved as part of the solution to their survival as viable businesses.

The high cost of foundry accidents was illustrated by Nancy Sladyk, loss control manager, Taylor & Fenn Co, and Peter Jukowski, senior loss control consultant, EBI Companies. They related the increase in insurance premiums over a period of time after an accident and the uninsured-and often hidden-costs that must be added to the insured (medical, compensation payments) costs.

Sladyk also noted the higher sales required to equalize the expenses of an accident, revealing that an accident costing $1 00,000 would need a sales increase of $2 million.

In other technical presentations, George Totten, Union Carbide, discussed the effects and controls required when using polyethylene alkylene glycol in an aluminum heat treating quenchant bath. Fred Wordel, Hill and Griffith Co, and Bruce McMellon, Vulcan Engineering Co, Inc, examined the causes and effects of hot molding sand on casting quality, recommending procedural practices and equipment to control the problem.
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Title Annotation:50th New England Regional Conference of American Foundrymen's Society
Author:Bex, Tom
Publication:Modern Casting
Date:Nov 1, 1990
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