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Central NY Chapter notes close supplier-foundry link.

A day-long mini-convention sponsored recently by the AFS Central New York Chapter attracted 55 exhibiting foundry suppliers who hosted more than 25 visitors in the Chapter's successful effort to more closely link the suppliers' goods and services with the area's foundrymen.

According to convention chairman Jack Flanagan, the mini-convention's activities were climaxed by dinner speaker Matt Granlund, Foundry Systems Control, who addressed every foundry's necessity to recycle sand for reuse. An expert in foundry sand applications and reclamation, Granlund told the group that restrictive environmental regulations, the tightening economics of new sand acquisition and the rising costs associated with the disposal of waste sand make sand recycling of absolute importance to the foundryman of the '90s.

Granlund reported that the mechanical means to recycle waste sand are available as prefabricated systems or as custom-designed installations and added that the economics for them could be far less than the fines foundries are liable for in the event that they ignore the need to comply with disposal regulations.

Granlund recounted the design and equipment selection experiences of two foundries, one producing gray iron and the other brass, noting that each has made substantial savings in plant operating costs by installing carefully engineered sand reclamation systems. He also reported progress on a new process for calcining recycled sand using infrared heat in place of fossil fuel heat. Though still an experimental process, he said preliminary results thus far have been technically and economically promising.
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Title Annotation:AFS Mini-Convention
Author:Bex, Tom
Publication:Modern Casting
Date:Nov 1, 1991
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