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Metal Casting Technologies : March 2006
FEATURE THE EFFECT OF A FEW BEERS AND A HOT PIE red the Foundryman was seriously involved with a few cold beers after the last cast for the day, and reading an issue of MCT magazine, when he very nearly choked on the pie he was eating. There was nothing wrong with the pie, but an article he read had the same effect on him as getting a hot tear in a rush job. Apparently the brains trust of the Foundry Council has proposed that the word 'FOUNDRY' is socially unacceptable and the industry is suffering because some Politicians have some outdated opinions of what foundries are. If we don't call it the foundry industry, what do we call it? Fred realised that over the years he had travelled the world and everybody he met understood what he did when he said he was a foundryman. Admittedly there were those who thought foundries were dirty noisy places, but they didn't have any less respect for Fred. Perhaps that's what troubles the Politicians, and by changing the name will change the world's opinion of the foundry industry. If that's the case then why hasn't it been done years ago, because the foundry industry is basically the same as it's always been? Fred enjoys working in the foundry industry and has a good life style. The remuneration is reasonably good and all his mates and families seem to cope with life's pressures quite well. HOW WILL THE REST OF THE WORLD COPE Fred decided to knock over another 3 or 4 beers and give this issue some serious thought, because there is some ' setting straight' to be done. Fred reckons that whoever the genius was who thought up the idea to drop 'FOUNDRY' must be from another planet. As far as industry associations go, the American Foundrymen's Society (AFS) is internationally respected for service, quality and intellect. The Institute of British Foundrymen (IBF) would be very impressed if we suggested they change their name to something else. The International Committee of Foundry Technical Associations (CIATF) is a long established world wide organisation which meets every 4 years in a different host country for the World Foundry Congress. Australia was host in 1978. FOUNDRY is used, recognised and respected as a specific description for a unique activity in the worldwide metal manufacturing industry. Metal casting companies and institute organisations include the word FOUNDRY to designate the category of manufacturing and/or industry they represent. Recently in 2005 the NSW AFI held the Molten Engineering Foundry Conference in Sydney, which was hailed as the most successful and well attended foundry conference in Australia with international participation. If any improvement could have been made, it would certainly not have been by removing the word FOUNDRY. The American Foundrymen's Society Inc (AFS) Congresses are a 'Mecca' for foundry blokes world-wide. The Chinese and Indian FOUNDRY Institutes are charging ahead at ever increasing speed. Established FOUNDRY Industry 'ICONS' Foundry -- what s in a name F By Nev Murray www.metals.rala.com.au 50