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Metalcasting Congress gathers industry to Milwaukee: the annual show brings together suppliers, metalcasters and casting buyers for knowledge transfer, professional development and business meetings.

A MODERN CASTING STAFF REPORT

The North American metalcasting industry's annual show heads to Milwaukee April 25-27. Metalcasting Congress offers professional development, technology transfer and networking opportunities to all members of the metalcasting supply chain community, including suppliers, metalcasters and casting buyers/ designers.

More than 200 exhibitors will be on hand to discuss their solutions to metalcasting operations, design and engineering. A free reception with the exhibitors will be held Wednesday, April 26 from 4:30-6 p.m. Attendees are invited to mingle on the show floor with exhibitors and enjoy refreshments and light hors d'oeuvres.

Two registration options are available for Metalcasting Congress: for exhibits only or exhibits and education.

Those registered with Exhibits and Education passes will have access to 2 1/2 days of technical and management sessions covering the business of metalcasting, engineering & technology, casting design & purchasing, nonferrous and ferrous alloys, molding processes, environmental health & safety, and professional development.

The AFS Institute returns this year with four short-format courses on Casting Material Properties, Identifying the Correct Casting Defect, Virtual Casting Process, and Building Positive Buzz: Intentionally Shaping Your Reputation Through Emotional Intelligence.

Harry Moser, founder of the Reshoring Initiative, headlines the first day of the show as keynote speaker. He will address how companies can assess more accurately the total cost of offshoring and talk about how manufacturing can shift the collective thinking from "offshoring is cheaper" to "local production reduces the total cost of ownership."

Moser also will be leading a workshop later that day on quantifying domestic sourcing's financial benefits for companies and their customers.

"We helped a Chicago area contract manufacturer save a $60 million order versus a lower-price Chinese competitor," Moser said.

The goal of the workshop is to train metalcasters to achieve similar results. The workshop is included with Congress registration, but advance registration is requested to ensure a seat and workshop materials. Notify Diane Waligurski at dwaligurski@afsinc.org of your plans to attend.

Hoyt Memorial Lecturer Doug Trinowski will close out the Metalcasting Congress program on Thursday, April 27.Trinowski's lecture, "The Power and Need for Research in Metalcasting," will compare and contrast how research is conducted in other countries, primarily those in the European Union. He also will discuss the need for improving the technical transfer process and commercializing fundamental research to improve competitiveness and sustainability of the North American metalcasting community.

At the Annual Banquet, held Tuesday, April 25, the industry's top honor, the AFS Gold Medal, will be awarded to Gary Gigante, retired CEO, Waupaca Foundry Inc. (Waupaca, Wisconsin) and Sara Joyce, vice president of quality and technical assurance, Badger Mining Corp. (Berlin, Wisconsin).

Other networking events include the Copper Division Luncheon, Division Recognition Luncheon, Presidents Luncheon, Women in Metalcasting Breakfast, Alumni Dinner, and Future Leaders of Metalcasting meeting. For more information or tickets for these events, visit www.metalcastingcongress.com.

The exhibits and program of events and sessions will be held at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee. The Wisconsin Center is connected via Skywalks to Hilton and Hyatt hotels and it's walking distance to the Milwaukee Public Museum, Humphrey I-Max Theater, Riverwalk, Theater District and the Grohmann Museum, which features the Eckhart G. Grohmann Collection "Man at Work." This collection features paintings and sculptures of trade and industry, including a significant amount of artwork depicting metalcasting.

To register to attend Metalcasting Congress, go to www. metalcastingcongress.com.

Caption: Metalcasting Congress is held at the Wisconsin City Center in Milwaukee this year.

Caption: Metalcasting-themed art is on display at the Grohmann Museum, which is within walking distance of the show.
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Title Annotation:121st Metalcasting Congress: April 25-27, 2017 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Publication:Modern Casting
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Date:Mar 1, 2017
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