The American Foundry Society (AFS) held its 27th annual Environmental, Health and Safety Conference on August 11–13, 2015 in Park City, Utah. The conference was heavily attended by both safety and environmental representatives from multiple McWane facilities as well other foundries from across the United States.
McWane played a big role in the conference by providing several speakers (Mike Parker, Ward Pate, and Jeet Radia) and the conference co-chair (Holly Guerrero) from among the McWane safety and environmental ranks. Also, as part of the conference, our nearby foundry, McWane Ductile–Utah, opened its doors to over forty attendees for a plant tour.
We are proud to announce that the American Foundry Society’s Division 10 Executive Committee has selected McWane Group Environmental Director Larry Bowers as their 2014 recipient of the Jonathan Stone Outstanding EHS Contribution Award. This award is presented to deserving individuals who exhibit exemplary service to the metalcasting industry.
In 2014, Larry led a highly successful AFS Stormwater Compliance Seminar in Atlanta, Georgia. The award will be presented at the AFS 27th Environmental, Health and Safety Conference which will be held in Park City, Utah, in August 2015.
Please join us in congratulating Larry on receiving this prestigious award. It is very well deserved!
Clow Valve and HA International joined forces over the past year to conduct a case study to evaluate the changes/improvements, if any, that might occur if Clow ran CO2 cured cores. They recently had the opportunity to present their findings at the American Foundry Society’s Sand Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The CO2 process of replacing amine gas to cure cold box cores is common in Europe, however it is new to the United States and Clow. In fact, Clow is one of a few foundries that is running it in high production.
Clow has been running and learning from this process for over a year on one core center and has now moved it to the other machines.
According to John Grahek, Assistant Metal Casting Facility Manager, “This has allowed us to eliminate the flammable MEF gas used to cure cores and utilize an environmentally friendly CO2 gas further reducing our plant hazards, HAPS, and VOC’s.”
Ironically John, Jeff, and Brodie are Foundry Education Foundation alumni from the University of Northern Iowa. It’s a small world!