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Metal Casting Technologies : September 2005
On to other matters. I would like to refer you to the Letter to the Editor located on page 5. Since I have jumped on board the magazine, I have had a number of people from Australia to Indonesia to Malaysia interested in talking to me about the magazine and its efforts to service the Australasia region. So far, however, there has only been one person who picked up a pen (or pecked at a keyboard) to make it an official communication. I refer to Fred the Foundry Man's letter, of course. Fred actually took the time to phone me to discuss his feelings before he sent the letter in. I have to say that I am intrigued by what he has to say. As I mentioned to you in the last issue, I am keen to get you in the industry contributing more to the magazine. He suggests one viable way to do so. Why not get a forum going? I think it would be of excellent benefit to the industry in general if pertinent foundry issues were discussed routinely throughout the magazine. You may just find that someone else has experienced exactly the same problems that you are facing, and are willing to discuss it though the magazine. Fred has thrown down the challenge with two specific questions he has posed. Anybody out there ready to take Fred's challenge? I assure you that your contributions will be given serious consideration and treatment by our staff. You don't even have to use a pseudonym (like Fred does)! On a more serious note, I, along with everyone else, am saddened by the passing of Ron Warland, who served as the AFI-NSW State Secretary for so long. Ron was the face of the AFI-NSW for so long, and will be greatly missed. This issue is absolutely choc-a bloc with articles, news items, industry briefs and the like. I'm not going to go through each article and contribution here, as I am rapidly running out of space! However, I urge you to give the entire magazine a thorough read. There's a lot of juice packed in here! So, once again, welcome to the AFI Conference. I'll be attending from start to finish, so please do not hesitate to seek me out to talk about the magazine and how it can serve you better. Enjoy and learn. Ken Foulke Ken Foulke The Editor, METAL Magazine. Dear Editor The last issue of Metals contained some very interesting technical articles. However I never ceased to be amazed at the times we read about technology or a special casting being made by somebody overseas, which implies that we can't make world beating stuff here in Australia. Does anybody realise that Australia pioneered the casting of one piece steel 6 wheel railway bogies which we exported, when the rest of the world was welding 2 castings together to make a bogie. A bronze art casting of a raging bull DOUBLE life size was made at a Sydney foundry about 4 years ago. Can anybody overseas beat that? As you are the new Editor, being the new kid on the block so to speak, I suggest it would be a worthwhile inclusion in METAL to have a 'Technical Forum' feature in each issue where technical issues could be discussed. We read technical advertising articles, but not often down to earth shop floor issues. I would like to start the ball rolling by asking our readers to send in responses to 2 technical questions: 1. If you have a furnace full of molten aluminium, how do you de gas it if you don't have any degassing tablets and no Nitrogen? 2. Can Ductile Iron castings be successfully welded? Regards Fred the foundry man Letter to the editor Who's Who of Metals 2005/6 5