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Education for metalcasters, by metalcasters.

AFS and CMI are dedicated to educating and training the metalcasting industry. The mission is simple: offer relevant and engaging courses, workshops and conferences--covering everything from the basics to cutting-edge topics--all focused on advancing the production and success of your facility.
Winter 2011 Course Calendar (Tentative)

January 2011

Jan 20-21      Essential Leadership Skills (15-11)       Surrey, BC

Jan 25-27      Introduction to Metalcasting (16-11)      AFS

Jan 31-Feb 27  Ductile Iron Metallurgy (17-11)           Internet

February 2011

Feb 15-17      Cupola Melting (18-11)                    AFS

Feb 22-23      Aluminum Process Metallurgy and           AFS
               Metalcasting Practices (19-11)

March 2011

Mar 8-9        Practical Green Sand Control (20-11)      Shoreview, MN

Mar 8-9        Safety in the Foundry Seminar XXIII       Arlington, TX

Mar 22-24      Gating & Riser Design (22-11)             AFS


April 2011     Introduction to Metalcasting, Casting
               Design, Casting Cost Estimating Internet

May 2011       Analysis & Reduction of Casting Defects,
               Quality Control

June 2011      A Hands-On Introduction to Metalcasting,
               Metallurgy of Gray & Ductile Iron, Cost
               Estimating for Buyers

Upcoming AFS Conferences (Tentative)

December 2010

Dec 7-8, 2010  2010 Marketing & Selling of Castings  Schaumburg, IL
               Conference Holiday Spectacular

February 2011

Feb 9, 2011    AFS Labor Relations & Human Resource  Naples, FL

Cast Metals institute has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102; 703/506-3275.

CMI Classroom Courses

Essential Leadership Skills (15-11)


(Jan 20-21 * Surrey, BC * Member: $735 * Non-member: $835

Through an interactive workshop approach, attendees will learn valuable skills to help make them more effective leaders. Topics for discussion include the skills, knowledge and behaviors needed for successful leadership, effective communication, employee motivation, workplace conflict, and progressive discipline and counseling.

Who Should Attend:

Corporate management, supervisory personnel, engineers and foremen.


Course attendees are invited to attend the BC Chapter meeting January 20 at 6:00 p.m. For more information regarding the meeting, or to sign-up for the dinner, contact Crystal Lambert at

Introduction to Metalcasting (16-11)


Jan 25-27 * Schaumburg, IL * Member: $775 * Non-member: $875

This introductory course presents a general overview of the metalcasting process and acquaints the student with industry terminology.

Who Should Attend

Newly hired personnel, casting users and buyers, sales engineers, service personnel, and anyone seeking an overview of metalcasting.

Practical Tip

Choosing the right casting process will affect the properties and cost of the final cast component. The choice of casting process should begin by defining three major factors that drive the quality and cost on a cast component: 1) functionality of the final part (service requirements), 2) casting design (shape and size) and 3) production quantity.

Cupola Melting (18-11)

Feb 15-17 * Schaumburg, IL * Member: $775 * Non-member: $875

This course emphasizes the fundamental principles of cupola melting and combustion in terms of airflow, temperature, chemistry and melt rate. Other requirements, including the use of raw materials, charge calculation, data logging, standard procedures, process quality audit and problem-solving techniques, are discussed.


Who Should Attend

Foundry engineers and managers, metallurgists, metallurgical technicians, supervisors, cupola operators, melting foremen and trainees.

Aluminum Process Metallurgy and Metalcasting Practices (19-11)

Feb 22-23 * Schaumburg, IL * Member: $675 * Non-member: $775

This is a practical course in aluminum metallurgy for producers and users of aluminum alloy castings. Topics include selection of alloys, effects of alloying elements, furnace selection, degassing, ladle treatment, grain refinement, inclusions, melt quality tests, mechanical properties, gating and feeding characteristics, heat treatment and defect analysis.


Who Should Attend:

Meltshop foremen, quality control personnel, metallurgists/design engineers, casting buyers and sales engineers.

Practical Green Sand Control (20-11)

March 8-9 * Shoreview, MN * Member: $735 * Non-member: $835

This course presents the best practices for maintaining a green sand system. Topics include clay, water and additives, mixing and mulling, establishing a sand control program, and controlling green-sand related defects. This course covers all alloys, ferrous and nonferrous.

Who Should Attend:

Molding foremen, muller operators, engineers, technicians and supervisors responsible for a green sand system.


Course attendees are invited to attend the Twin Cities Chapter meeting March 8. Social hour begins at 5:00 p.m. Dinner begins at 6:00 p.m. ($25). Reservations are due by March 4th at noon to Joy Clifford at

Practical Tip

Bentonite bonded silica sands with carbonaceous materials are commonly used to make green sand molds used in iron facilities. The properties of molding sand mixtures give an indication of the quality of the molding sand mixtures. However, the quality of the molds depend upon the molding machine or the energy (squeeze pressure) used to make the green sand molds, in addition to the quality of the molding sand mixture. Molding sand mixtures need to be designed based on the molding machine, the flask size, pour weight, sand to metal ratio, flask or flaskless mold and the average time it takes to pour the molds after the mold is closed. The molding sand mixture should be compatible with the molding machine that is used to prepare the molds. The properties of molding sand mixtures are determined under standardized condition of 3 ram energy. You need also to determine the ram level of your molding machine to assess the quality of molds.

Safety in the Foundry Seminar XXIII (21-11)

March 8-9 * Arlington, TX * Member: $750 * Non-member: $850

Safety in the Foundry XXIII is CMI's annual Safety Seminar covering pertinent safety topics affecting the metalcasting industry.

Who Should Attend:

Safety Specialists, Safety Engineers, Personnel/Human Resource Managers, Foundry Supervisory Staff, Industrial Hygienists, Workers' Comp Administrators and others who are responsible for promoting and maintaining health and safety programs.


Gating & Riser Design (22-11)

March 22-24 * Schaumburg, IL * Member: $775 * Non-member: $875

This course will cover both ferrous and nonferrous theory and practice. Course topics include metal flow, turbulence, solidification, heat transfer, shrinkage, metallostatic pressure effects, gating system and riser design, mold-wall movement and computer modeling, riser size and gating system calculations, pouring times, and placement and feeding distance of risers.

Who Should Attend:


Patternmakers, methods engineers, process engineers, metallurgists, supervisors, quality control personnel, estimators and others interested in gating and risering techniques.
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