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EDITORIAL


On the Leading Edge of the Industry T


his issue of Modern Casting includes a major focus on additive manufacturing. T ere are case studies from our industry,


perspectives to consider, and perhaps a call to ac- tion for your own company. T e issue follows the American Foundry Society’s fi rst multi-day con- ference on additive manufacturing last autumn. At that conference, held Oct. 3-6 in Novi,


Michigan, we had an exciting and close look at how these emerging, disruptive technologies are being used in our industry to produce cast com- ponents and what it will mean for metalcasters. We toured facilities that have adapted additive manufacturing as signifi cant parts of their busi- ness plans. Just as additive manufacturing is on the


leading edge of our industry, each month our editorial team strives to provide inspirational, informative, and interesting content that helps you and your team be as innovative, productive, and profi table as you can. T ere are frequent updates on other technological process advanc- es, tips on elimi- nating casting defects, stories of successful conversions from fabrica- tion to castings, government aff airs updates, and insight into ways to engage your manufac- turing workforce to perform at the highest pos- sible level. Speak-


ing of high- performance workforces, AFS is on the leading edge of providing knowledge and skills training for the metalcasting industry. All AFS Institute class- room courses have been revamped to employ adult-learning best practices. For those who prefer training in the convenience of their own


Metalcasting is a


fast-changing industry,


operating in an atmosphere of rapid-fi re change in the


marketplace, the workforce, and in government.


AFS has an obligation to help lead the industry successfully through these changes.


facility, the AFS Institute off ers most courses as in-plant, company-specifi c op- tions. Moreover, many dozens of foundries are now employ- ing e-learning from the AFS Institute to develop their talent, as was noted in a recent Modern Casting case study of Charlotte Pipe and Foundry. A skilled workforce can not only improve a foundry, but also dif- ferentiate it from the competition. Metalcasting is a fast-changing industry, operat- ing in an atmosphere of rapid-fi re change in the marketplace, the workforce, and in government. AFS has an obligation to help lead the industry successfully through these changes. Modern Casting is one of the essential ways we communicate critical information and advance those aims. T ank you for your


readership, and enjoy this issue.


Doug Kurkul, AFS CEO


If you have any comments about this editorial or any other item that appears in Modern Casting, email managing editor Shannon Wetzel at swetzel@afsinc.org.


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