• Using Industry 4.0 in the No-Bake Foundry

    The all-encompassing Smart Factory may be out of reach for many businesses but by choosing the elements and technologies that suit your business, giving you the immediate benefits, there is no reason not to invest.

  • Steel Melting in Coreless Induction Furnaces: Refractory Challenges & Experience

    An overview of refractory properties and factors to help control refractory performance in coreless induction furnaces and best practices that will benefit your refractory lining.

  • CastExpo 2022 Preview

    Get a sneak peek at everything CastExpo 2022 has to offer during this preview webinar for attendees, exhibitors, and anyone interested in learning more about North America’s largest metalcasting trade show and congress. Presented by AFS CEO Doug... more

  • Root-cause Analysis & Problem Solving of Shrink Defects in Aluminum Alloy

    In order to investigate the root cause of shrink defects in aluminum alloy A319, the solidification rate of this alloy in the sand molds prepared by a Cold Box system, has been studied. The present study is focused on the contribution of the... more

  • How to be Prepared for an OSHA Inspection

    Each year, OSHA conduct thousands of inspections, including hundreds in the foundry industry — resulting in millions of dollars in fines.  In the state of Michigan alone, over 10 foundries had wall-to-all inspections from March to October 2021. ... more


  • Lost Foam Stainless Steel

    An update on the AFS Research Project: Lost Foam Process Stainless Steel ASTM A351 CF8M.

  • The 2022 Economic Outlook for Manufacturing

    The new year begins with a growing economy and strong demand for manufactured goods, tempered by major challenges including shortages of workers and materials, the fastest inflation in 31 years, and ongoing effects of Covid-19. Helping us evaluate... more

  • Industry Challenges for Women's PPE

    Laura Biggerstaff from Iron Elk LLC discusses the challenges and opportunities in the safety apparel market, specifically focusing on the lack of safety apparel for women. Ways in which companies can begin integrating these products in their... more

  • Hot Tearing Susceptibility of Al-Zn Alloys

    Hot Tearing Susceptibility (HTS) of aluminum alloys was investigated using a constrained rod hot tearing test apparatus. The test apparatus and procedure were validated using Al-Cu alloy. Subsequently, the test was used to characterize new... more

  • Metalmorphasis: Change and Transition

    Some changes are the result of biology and the passage of time, within the natural cycle or order of things. Others are self-generated, under our own control and resulting from willful efforts, or dependent upon encounters with significant... more