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AFS Services: other services.

Why Do You Belong to An Association? You don't buy a newspaper-you buy

news. You don't buy life insurance-you buy

security. You don't buy glasses-you buy vision. You don't buy membership in an

Association, you buy: cooperation of people in a profession

or trade with whom you can join hands to do some things

you can't do alone. Cooperation of People

Nearly 14,000 individuals across Canada, Mexico, the United States and around the world are proud to claim membership in the American Foundrymen's Society. Not just ferrous or nonferrous, but nearly every metal poured is represented. Not just technology or management, but every level person from student to president to retiree are part of this group. No other national metalcasting association can claim such a broad based membership.

But numbers mean nothing. Dedication and cooperation is what makes AFS progress. Dedication of corporations and individuals and the cooperation of all members to plan and execute programs that provide technology, education and management for today's and tomorrow's metalcasters.

Join Hands

Reaching out to 14,000 individuals can never be done from one location. A national society without local groups will never survive. Different areas of North America have unique needs and particular problems. The chapter structure addresses these needs.

Typically, the AFS chapter serves its members as the only organized unit dedicated to metalcasting in the surrounding area.

The joining of hands begins with the regular monthly meetings, where networking takes place. From there, the dissemination of technical and managerial information adds to the value of a chapter meeting. Then, anything can happen: regional conferences, scholarships, cosponsored educational courses, newsletters and more.

Currently, 53 chapters and one section reach out to the members. Plans for other chapters are in the works to bring that valuable individual contact to more members. Tomorrow

Looking at it from the overall" perspective, the future of AFS is not limited to what currently is listed as the services and programs of the Society. Rather, it is in the hearts and minds of nearly 14,000 individuals who are proud to call themselves members-and the pride does show.

AFS is in transition. Today, flexibility is the key to the success of any organization. Services and programs are being reviewed to better fine-tune them for the membership. Emphasis will change, programs will be added, newchapters will be organized, and new members will be welcomed.

The future looks bright thanks to you the AFS member.

Modern Casting

As the main communication link between AFS and its chapters, as well as AFS and the worldwide foundry industry, modem casting has helped the Society fulfill one of its major objectives-dissemination of information."

During its 53 years of service, modern casting has evolved into one of the preeminent international metalcasting publications, reaching more than 25,000 readers around the world.

For much of the past five decades, the magazine's monthly editorial focus emphasized technical and operating topics. But an awareness of the changing needs and growing sophistication of its broad range of readers led modem casting to incorporate management, marketing, human resource and governmental affairs subjects in its editorial coverage. This has fit in well with the long-range plans of the New" AFS, which, through the merger with the American Cast Metals Association earlier this year, has added to and will continue to develop all of these services.

Today, modem casting remains the most visible service and voice of the AFS and the foundry industry. While the magazine is distributed to all AFS members by request, it is also available without char e to other qualified readers throughout North America, as well as to others interested in the foundry business by paid subscription.

Though the magazine is offered without charge as a service to AFS members and others, it is financially self-sustaining through the sale of advertising and other services. No part of member dues is allocated to its operation. Instead, the magazine is a financial contributor to the Society.

In an effort to promote the use and application of castings to the foundry customer-casting buyers and engineers-AFS has developed new programs and services. Among these are seminars and courses on casting design as well as a new publication, the Casting Buyer's Guide. modem casting contributed to that effort by developing and distributing the first comprehensive listing of North American foundries. in cooperation with Casting World magazine, the first edition of the Casting Source Directory was published earlier this year. This comprehensive directory profiles more than 2000 foundries and was distributed without charge to more than 26,000 casting buyers and design engineers. This is expected to be an annual publication aimed at keeping current and potential foundry customers to 'think castings."

Anticipating its readers' and advertisers' changing needs, modem casting will continue to explore new areas of service and information. The magazine will continue to provide the most current breakthroughs in metalcasting technology, in-depth market data, new management methods and, of course, continued coverage of government actions that affect the way we all do business.


AFS has been organizing and operating the only comprehensive trade show for the foundry industry in the western hemisphere since 1907. Known as CastExpo for the past several years, its purpose continues as an international forum for the metalcasting industry to view the latest technologies for the development and production of castings.

More than 300 companies regularly showcase a full gamut of production and casting processing equipment, engineering and technical services, consumables, quality assurance tools, and instrumentation of all types.

The foundry industry, in the U.S. and worldwide, continues to be an extremely lucrative marketplace. Attesting to this fact are the 109 firms that exhibited in for the first time CastExpo '90. Some are international and some domestic, but all of them have available new technology applicable to the production of castings.

The international aspect of CastExpo continues to grow with 41 countries outside the U.S. and Canada being represented in the over 14,000 attendees at CastExpo '90 in Detroit. This international involvement goes beyond attendance with firms from 13 countries participating as exhibitors. It is fully expected that international participation of both foundrymen and exhibitors will continue to increase as we move through the '90s.

To maintain the competitive edge, AFS members must employ every available means to deliver the quality product being demanded. CastExpo can help-it is far more than a mere trade show. It is a fourday, concentrated educational experience that cannot be duplicated any other way.

AFS has been given the charge by industry to present a viable continuing education program, and CastExpo is and will remain as one of the primary functions of the Society to help carry out this charge.

CastExpo 93, the next show, will be held in Chicago, April 24-27 at McCormick Place in the new North Hall.

CastExpo '96 will be in Philadelphia, April 20-23. It will be preceded on April 14-17, by the International Foundry Congress. AFS will host the 31 countries that comprise the membership of the international Committee of Foundry Technical Associations. However, equally if not more important, 1996 is the 100th anniversary of the American Foundrymen's Society.
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Title Annotation:American Foundrymen's Society
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Date:Sep 1, 1991
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