This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
FROM AFS


AFS: Building Value Through Industry Connections


JEAN BYE, AFS PRESIDENT AND PRESIDENT/CEO OF DOTSON IRON CASTINGS (MANKATO, MINNESOTA) T


he foundry industry contin- ues to face rapidly evolving challenges. We are dealing


with recruiting and talent shortages, the new silica standards, competitive pressures, and the need for automa- tion, as well as figuring out how to best utilize manufacturing data and evolve toward smart factories, all while keeping an eye on transforma- tional change coming in the way of additive processes. It can seem over- whelming with so much unknown in front of us. And yet, it can be exciting, as


well. The tired, old, dirty foundry of 50 years ago is evolving into something unrecognizable with automation, process controls, robot- ics, big data analytics, and artificial intelligence. How do we move past seeing it


as an overwhelming volume and speed of change and into seeing the exciting potential it brings? I believe the answer to that question is AFS.


the power of working together to continue being the industrial power- house that is our heritage. Certainly, AFS plays a role in of-


fering education and innovation and advocating for us. But more impor- tantly it brings us together—to talk, to learn to support one another, and to grow together. If we look at the talent void,


AFS offers classes and collaborates with FEF (Foundry Educational Foundation) to reach students at all levels. But AFS alone cannot create the industry image needed to draw students into our field. That takes every foundry working locally and in partnership with AFS to build the visibility that will draw talent to our industry. The silica issue is a perfect ex- ample of foundries drawing together to support a common platform and to impact the final interpretation of the regulations by working directly with lawmakers and staff.


All of us in the industry have both the opportunity and the obligation to get involved, to show up, to be an active participant in not only supporting our


individual foundries’ interests, but in helping build a strong American foundry industry.


AFS brings us connectedness and collaboration. It brings the oppor- tunity to learn from one another and to innovate our way to a strong American foundry industry. Any one of us alone will struggle to navigate these challenges. But we can harness


46 | MODERN CASTING July 2018 This past year we had a fire at


Dotson. We were unable to pro- duce for five weeks. It is by far the largest challenge our company has faced in its 142-year history. The connections we had through AFS played an integral role in our


Jean Bye


recovery. Even before our recovery was complete, we were able to pay it forward to assist another foundry through their challenges. Some might question that rather than support one another, we should let some foundries die. I challenge that thought and offer that we need a strong American foundry industry to support strong manufacturers and suppliers in America. Tis isn’t about American foundry against American foundry. Tis is about making the American foundry industry strong. And to do that we need to work together, network, and bring our collective talents together to tackle the challenges.


Membership in the American


Foundry Society provides the forum for developing industry connections and collaboration. I would strongly advocate the idea that all of us in the industry have both the op- portunity and the obligation to get involved, to show up, to be an active participant in not only supporting our individual foundries’ inter- ests, but in helping build a strong American foundry industry.


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68