Foundry Executive Leadership Conference to Feature Heavy Hitters and Great Insights

AFS has announced that noted global futurist Jack Uldrich, USS Cole Commander Kirk Lippold, and FOX News Chief Washington Cor- respondent James Rosen will headline the 2017 AFS Foundry Executive & Leadership Conference. Te annual conference will be held

September 17-19 at Stowe Moun- tain Lodge in Stowe, Vermont. Te 2017 conference is chaired by AFS Vice President Jean Bye of Dotson Iron Castings. All owners, CEOs and managers of foundries, suppliers to the industry, and buyers of castings are encouraged to attend. In addition to Uldrich, Lippold, and Rosen, other key speakers will include highly regarded human resources specialist Celina Peerman, Ph.D.; Laempe Reich Director Peter Reich; Jim Folk, CEO of the Folk Group; and Denny Dotson of Dotson Iron Castings. “Tis is the premier annual event

where metalcasters meet to gain ex- ceptional insight into enhancing their

ability to lead their company during uncertain times and to cultivate lasting relationships with peers in the indus- try,” said Doug Kurkul, CEO of AFS. Attendees will be free to par-

ticipate on their own in the optional annual golf tournament organized by Mike Didion of Didion International or in other leisure activities before or after the conference, including spa treatments and onsite resort activities

such as ziplining, treetop adventures, hiking, fishing, mountain biking, indoor rock climbing, and furniture making. Attendees will also have ac- cess to information and registration for offsite tours. Registration for the Foundry

Executive & Leadership Conference is open. You can register online at www., or call Customer Ser- vice at 800-537-4237, ext. 290.

AFS Disagrees With UCLA Copper Alloy Research Report AFS refutes and challenges the

incorrect conclusions of a newly released research report, “Lifecycle-Based Alternatives Analysis of Lead-Free Brass Substitutes in the Potable Water Supply System.” Te project, which was conducted by Peter Sinsheimer, executive director of the sustainable technology and policy program at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), studied no-lead alloys used for cast brass components in water applications. AFS believes the study contains

many inaccuracies in the data and methodologies and contests the report’s conclusion that the use of copper bis- muth alloys for potable water applica- tions should be discontinued. Research- ers incorrectly assumed scrap from alloy and component manufacturers cannot be recycled because it is a contaminant that cannot be separated from copper. On the contrary, AFS members pro-

duce most of the metal castings used in water applications and have been suc- cessfully recycling bismuth alloys daily and returning them to the foundries in the form of new castings. From the beginning of the UCLA

project, AFS raised red flags about the study because it seemed to be focused on identifying a single best commercial alloy for all applications. Te market- place has already demonstrated that multiple alloys are required, and this assumption that there could be a single alloy solution continues to raise ques- tions that undermine the study. Te 2011 Federal Safe Drinking

Water Act requires that all cast copper components used in potable water applications contain less than 0.25 percent lead. No-lead alloys have been in the marketplace for more than two decades and multiple no-lead alloys already in-service meet and exceed

government regulations, with even more new alloys in development. No single alloy will produce all the various components used in water systems, and unnecessarily narrowing the field of alloy choice will drastically limit the design and application options for mu- nicipalities and other casting users. AFS strongly contests the techni-

cal findings in this study and urges the water works industry not to act on the report conclusions until reading the AFS technical report refuting the project. AFS believes that the project has not sufficiently responded to metalcast- ing industry input, which is important, as it provides the expertise from those foundries most active in producing the type of components that the research is intended to address.

For more information, email Rich Jefferson, rjeffer- or Steve Robison,

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