On May 12th-13th, 2015, Danko Arlington was honored to participate in a special Metalcasting Roadmapping Workshop held at the O’Hare Hyatt Regency Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois.
The meeting was hosted by The American Metal Casting Constorium (AMC) and was sponsored by the National Institute of Standards Technology (NIST). During the conference, a small group of industry experts, technical associations, and research universities joined together to discuss and prioritize short and long term goals necessary for the viability of American metal casters.
Break-out sessions for special areas of interest included design, process, workforce, and awareness. Overcoming the obstacle known as “tribal knowledge” was common concern, particularly as key people continue to retire and foundries close.
Danko Arlington was eager to share how employer engagement and the pioneering use of the additive manufacturing can revive a well-established foundry business into next generation manufacturing.
The survival of American metal casting is crucial to both our economy and defense. The loss of casting suppliers of military components is becoming a serious national security crisis. The collaboration of industry and government is therefore necessary to establish a mutual consensus how foundries can grow and compete in an ever-competitive world economy.