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Patternmakers confront continual change.

The recent Division 7 name change from the Foundry Tooling Division to the Pattern and Foundry Tooling Division is indicative of the constant changes occurring within our industry. The demand for such a variety of products has never been greater than it is today.

Thousands of patternmakers employed in the foundry industry are constantly called upon to supply patterns, ranging from modest loose patterns to computer-driven, high-tech production patterns, coreboxes and a wide variety of tooling that was not imagined 25 years ago.

Pattern tooling managers need to be aware of the latest innovations in equipment, pattern materials, ergonomic and environmental concerns-and the list continues. This heightened consciousness is vital today as the technology of tooling and pattern making becomes more complex. Committee Responsibility

The Pattern and Foundry Tooling Division, which is comprised of seven subcommittees, meets at AFS headquarters three times a year and at the annual AFS Casting Congress. Subcommittee reports are submitted at the quarterly meetings. in addition, all division members are participating members of the Programs & Papers Committee (7-B).

The Research Committee (7-C) is investigating alternate pattern, corebox and tooling materials with the consideration of cost, delivery, quality and suitability to manufacturing. Numerous papers have been presented at previous Casting Congresses, including a material wear study by Dr. S. Helzer, University of Northern Iowa. A future report will present the latest information on a scanning electron microscope study of these wear-tested materials.

The Pattern & Casting Design Committee (7-D) is concerned with appropriate casting designs from a variety of metals. This committee welcomes inquiries on casting problems and in other areas.

The Apprentice Development & Education Committee (7-E) emphasizes the training of future patternmakers and curbing the shortage of adequate educational programs for developing these individuals into skilled craftsmen. This concern is shared by the Patternmakers League of North America (PMLNA) and the U.S. Dept. of Labor. The PMLNA president also participates on this committee.

The Awards Committee (7-F) reviews and recommends the granting of awards to deserving individuals. These recommendations are then submitted to the Executive Committee (7-A) for approval. Recently, an award was granted to Ed Hamilton, a patternmaker, foundry consultant and active participant in the metalcasting industry for more than 50 years. Hamilton wrote the revised version of The Pattemmakers Guide published by AFS last year. This excellent publication is a credit to both the Division and the author.

The Publications Committee (7-G) reviews for relevance written manuscripts submitted by the industry.

The Pattern & Foundry Tooling Division invites industry leaders to join its membership. Volunteers who participate in committee work of the various technical divisions are the backbone of AFS technical activities.
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Title Annotation:AFS Technical Division Report: Division 7/Pattern & Foundry Tooling
Author:Matejcik, Paul C.
Publication:Modern Casting
Date:May 1, 1991
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