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EDITORIAL


The Industry Wins A


lmost every year, the May issue of Mod- ern Casting ranks as one of my favorites. By showcasing the winners of the annual


AFS Casting Competition plus coverage of the Metalcasting Congress, this issue highlights industry achievement. T is year’s winner of the Casting Competi-


tion is Aristo-Cast Inc. (Almont, Michigan) for a unique lattice-designed seat frame for aerospace applications. T e investment caster used its estab- lished best practices to bring to life a new way of looking at part design, and the result is encourag- ing for future applications. Competition is close every year, and this was


no exception. It’s not surprising because the diversity of the metalcasting industry means designers have a lot of different ways of achiev- ing their goals in fantastic ways. This year, the best-in-class and honorable mention winners


What the individuals of the industry


accomplish together when they are working toward the same goals is


something to be proud of, and these achievements should be recognized.


are prime examples of reducing weight (some- times even by switching from aluminum to iron), simplifying logistics, improving quality, cutting cost, and turning customer’s dreams and wish lists into reality.


The Casting of the Year winners were on


display on the exhibit show floor at Metalcasting Congress in Milwaukee last month. It’s the per- fect spot to recognize the achievement—in the middle of the rest of the supply chain showcas- ing their own best capabilities and products and in tandem with many other top industry awards that are presented, most of which we share on in our post-show coverage starting on page 40.


Shannon Wetzel, Managing Editor


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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When achieve- ment and awards are brought up, the misconception can be that the award is the achievement. On the contrary— awards recognize achievement. We should strive for the achievement, not the awards. So, what has the industry achieved in the last year? • Advances in additive manu- facturing and rapid manufacturing.


• Significant plant safety milestones. • Advocacy to the next generation of met- alcasters and customers.


• Advocacy to our city, state and national leaders.


• Alloy developments in magnesium, copper, aluminum, iron and steel.


• Molding process developments, from wax and lost foam patterns to sand mold filling.


• Improved simulation and prediction tools. • New tools for employee training and education. This list doesn’t even start to touch every-


thing. What the individuals of the industry accomplish together when they are working toward the same goals is something to be proud of, and these achievements should be recognized. They elevate the entire industry. Congratulations not just to this year’s win- ners, but also to all the other members of this industry who have collaborated toward a goal and met it this year.


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