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Metal Casting Technologies : December 2006
BRIEFINGS of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME) to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas on the current status and the possible future directions of materials and processing R & D in ASEAN countries. The aim is to encourage increased collaboration in research activities in materials processing across the Asian region. The symposium was jointly organized by JSME and MTEC. Although JSME have run collaborative international conferences in the US this was a first time for the Society in Asia. Over 230 participants had the choice of 160 oral presentations over a very wide range of materials topics. Ten papers, from Thailand (5) Japan (2) India (2) & Malaysia (1), dealt specifically with casting processes including waxes and slurries for investment casting, thermal fatigue of Ductile Iron, mechanical properties of Al Alloys and characterization of semi-solid processed High Cr Irons, etc. The Symposium Chairman, Professor Yoshiharu Mutoh of Nagaoka University of Technology, Japan said that it was very encouraging for the future of materials in ASEAN that many of the presentations were by young researchers. A special issue of the JSME International Journal, the Journal of Materials & Materials Processing (JMMP) will be issued to publish selected papers from this symposium. The 20th Metalex exhibition and conference is being held at BITEC in Bangkok from 23 -26th November, 2500 exhibitors with 10 international pavilions are lined up to demonstrate the latest in machine tools and metalworking technology. Among several conferences being held at this event is the Third Thai Foundry Conference organized by the TFS and co-sponsored by MTEC and ISIT. The topics scheduled for presentation include R & D for Non-ferrous Melting, Alloy White Irons, Filtration of Grey & Ductile Irons, and the Effects of Double Oxide Films in cast Al alloys. Separate conferences are set to cover mould & die technology, the automotive industry, and welding. Growth must embrace Sustainable Development In a recent speech at the Foreign Correspondent Club of Thailand Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont referred to the rapid economic development in Thailand over the last 40 or so years. He said that Thailand will continue to be an open market economy but that in future progress would not be measured in terms of quantity but quality. He stressed that Thailand should consider growth in the broader sense that embraces not only competitiveness but also sustainable development, social justice and contentment following the "Sufficiency Economy" philosophy of His Majesty the King of Thailand. ● METAL Casting Technologies December 2006 The first November blooms of the cool season on one of the many ratchapruek trees that are planted around the Thailand Science Park -- the site of the National Science & Development Agency incorporating MTEC. Vale Allen F Vaughan 2.10.1933 -- 24.9.2006 A Tribute to a Fine Man Allen Vaughan started his apprenticeship at Saunders & Stewart in Western Australia (WA), aged 17. When his five year apprenticeship finished he applied for work at a foundry in the goldfields at the Sons of Gwalia mine but after less than a year returned to the city and commenced work with Bradford Kendal in South Fremantle, WA. He was soon to rent a foundry that had closed down and started his own business, Vaughan Castings. His son, Allen Jnr, having completed his apprenticeship joined the business. Along with Allen Jnr's experience the company thrived and moved from a cupola furnace to a rotary furnace, and eventually an electric furnace enabling them to produce a wider range of metals and expand the business. In 1987 the company was invited to quote on an America's Cup design keel for the Kookaburra Syndicate. The first keel was poured in the rear of the foundry in a pit and they went on to make 21 keels of different designs ranging between 20 to 23 tonnes. It was around this time that the Company was sold. However, Allen bought a block nearby and started a small, non-ferrous foundry called Casting Supplies, which became his playpen! He loved the work and the camaraderie of people calling in for a beer after work and discussing how they could sort out the world. In August 2005 Allen was diagnosed with Prostate cancer and although he was told it was not a big problem it spread very rapidly. He continued working up until Christmas 2005 when it became clear that he would not be able to continue. His life was his work followed closely by his second passion, fishing! He was a fine tradesman who made his mark on the industry he loved and was never one to boast of his many achievements. He will be sadly missed by his family and the many friends he had throughout the foundry industry. 16