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Metal Casting Technologies : March 2008
CONTRIBUTORS ELIUS LEVIN is a native-born Australian business journalist who has lived in China for 12 years. He has worked as an editor and writer throughout the past 20+ years, and professionally since 1989. JOHN HERMES D. BAUTISTA PMAI Technical Consultant GOPAL PADKI Group Vice President - Shengquan Group. Mr.Padki holds several official positions within Foundry Society of China, import and export working committee, and China Foundry Association DR PC MAITY Professor in the Foundry Technology Department of the National Institute of Foundry and Forge Technology in Ranchi India JOHN PEARCE Metals Specialist, MTEC National Metals and Materials Technology Centre, Thailand JEFF F. MEREDITH Casting Solutions Pty Ltd PAULA WALLACE Paula is an experienced industrial and business writer who brings extensive research skills which she will apply to reporting on the trends of the booming Asian foundry scene. Things are Different Now wenty years ago if you mentioned the word foundries, the image was negative- dungeon like places with deplorable working conditions. Enter the 21st century and today's state-of-the-art foundries use highly sophisticated technology which guides every stage of the process with a commitment to recycling and good environmental policies. Furthermore, there is clean air provided by using high-energy dust collection systems. In a modern 21st century foundry it is common to see Computer Numerical Control machine operators, quality assurance people and laboratory technicians as well as many types of engineers all adhering to rigorous quality standards. It is the wonders and brilliant minds of the people who created the technologies which transition us from old world foundries to today's modern ones. The twenty first century has also brought us globalisation with China followed closely by India as being the big manufacturing engine rooms for the world. The shift of economic power is transitioning from the US to China. However, metal casting is still big in the US. It plays a critical role in the success of U.S. manufacturing through the production of their very high quality castings being used in 90% of all finished manufactured products. Alongside this global shift is the increasingly important climate change factor which is driving the need to have globally competitive and environmentally responsible industries. Ingenuity and new technologies will continue to ensure that foundries remain innovative, high tech, challenging, clean and safe. This will also drive the latest computer based design and simulation, energy efficient practices as well as waste minimisation technologies. Already computer based design tools are replacing in- plant tryouts with simulations enabling faster analysis and energy saving. EDITORIAL Barbara Cail T www.metals.rala.com.au 4