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How to make this year's buyer's guide work for you! Knowing your way around the MODERN CASTING Buyer's Guide will make locating supplier sources for your much-needed equipment, products and services quicker and easier.

In an industry like metalcasting. finding the right source for equipment and products can have a significant role on not only a foundry's costs, but also on the quality of the castings it produces, Realizing that foundrymen have relied on MODERN CASTING for more than 60 years to put them in touch with the firms that supply the products/equipment they need, MODERN CASTING has published an annual Buyer's Guide issue since 1963.

This page highlights how to optimize the 2004 Buyer's Guide on a daily basis over the next 12 months, whether it be for ordering additional products/equipment, soliciting quotes, finding answers to your technical questions, or simply requesting literature on a product that might be of use in your foundry.

Listed below are the main sections of this year's Buyer's Guide issue. The Buyer's Guide has been broken out in the following manner to save you time as you search for suppliers of foundry equipment, materials and services.

Product Showcase (p. BG 3)

This section highlights color photos and brief descriptions of products in all areas of the foundry. By using Reader Action Online at or circling the appropriate number on the Reader Action Card (found on p. BG 163), you can obtain valuable, informative product literature on these products/services and how they can work for your foundry.

Product Category Index (p. BG 7)

with the wide range of raw materials, equipment and services needed to produce quality castings, the Product Category Index helps you immediately locate the sources of all the products you need--from abrasive belts to zircon sand, Simply find the product in the alphabetical listing, and the corresponding page number will immediately refer you to the page where you will find the sources of those products.

Product Index (p. BG 13)

Organized by product subheadings, this section allows you to immediately access the suppliers who can source the products you are looking for. (You'll also notice that advertising firms are boldfaced, and that this section also includes condensed advertising listings, or "adlets.")

Manufacturers' Index (p. BG 129)

Found here is the full contact data for firms supplying products and services to the metalcasting industry. From this inclusive listing of industry suppliers, you have at your fingertips a comprehensive "rolodex" of suppliers--to request product information, ask pricing and service questions or to find assistance with troubleshooting a particular problem.

Editorial Index (p. BG 151)

The editorial index references MODERN CASTING and Engineered Casting Solutions issues from the last 12 months. For MODERN CASTING features, the index is arranged by subject, providing an easy-to-use resource for problem solving.

Metals Associations (p. BG 158)

Because industry associations can be a much-valued resource in a variety of different ways, this section features a directory of the major metalcasting trade organizations. You will find full addresses, telephone and fax number information, contact names, and descriptions of services (including publications, seminars/ courses, legislative services, etc.). Included within this section is contact information for U.S. state foundry associations. The Buyer's Guide also includes a directory of international metalcasting associations.

Advertisers' Index (p. BG 161)

The MODERN CASTING advertisers index can expedite your requests to suppliers so that you can obtain your information in an even more timely fashion. By referring to the index on p. BG 161, you can easily access the phone (including toll free/ and fax numbers and email addresses so that you can immediately send along your requests. Also included for your information are the page numbers of the suppliers' advertisements.

Reader Action Online ( and Reader Action Card (p. BG 163)

Here is the opportunity for you to find out more about the products and services seen in the display advertisements and Product Showcase items in this issue, Go to for Reader Action Online to have your information requests processed immediately and sent to the suppliers of choice immediately. Once the suppliers receive your request (via email) with your name and address, they will quickly follow-up with the requested information.

You also may use the traditional Reader Action Card to request information. Three cards are included in this issue so that you can request information at any time during the next year (regular issues' response cards are effective only for 4 months).
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Date:Nov 1, 2003
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