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2019
Apr. 26-27 Cast In Steel Competition, Atlanta, GA
Apr. 29 T&O Committee, Atlanta, GA
May 14 Specification Committee, San Diego, CA
May 20 Executive Committee Meeting, Hershey, PA
May 21 Marketing Committee Meeting, Hershey, PA
May 21 Board of Directors Meeting, Hershey, PA
May 21-22 Spring Leadership Meeting and Foundry Tours, Hershey, PA
Jun. 11-12 AMC Technology Review, Chicago, IL
Jun. 18-21 Foundry Benchmark Tours, France
Jun. 24-28 GIFA, Dusseldorf, Germany
Jul. 16-18 Research Review, Chicago, IL
Sep. 7-10 Fall Leadership Meeting, Huntington Beach, CA
Sep. 7 Executive Committee Meeting, Huntington Beach, CA
Sep. 8 Board of Directors Meeting, Huntington Beach, CA
Nov. 16 Specifications Committee, Washington, DC
Dec. 2-5 Defense Manufacturing Conference, Phoenix, AZ
Dec. 11 Marketing Committee Meeting, Chicago, IL
Dec. 11-14 National T&O Conference, Chicago, IL

SFSA CASTEEL REPORTER

MARCH - 2019

Casteel Commentary

The Casteel Commentary reviews SFSA efforts with the Department of Defense to develop a new set of tools for design of steel castings in a model-based environment. This is exciting stuff and we need your support, help and guidance.

Europe Foundry Tours and GIFA 2019
(Registration deadline is March 25th!!)

SFSA has arranged seven foundry tours for members in France, Belgium, and Germany in June, leading up to GIFA in Dusseldorf, Germany. SFSA has arranged transportation and hotel accommodations for the tours, which will start in Paris, France on June 18 and conclude June 24 in Dusseldorf, Germany. The full agenda and registration information is now available on the SFSA Member Hub. Please note: This tour will be limited to the first 30 registrants and the registration must be received no later than March 25th. In addition, the registration costs include transportation and hotel accommodations for the duration of the tour but does not include any cost associated with attending GIFA.

SFSA EHS/HR Meeting

There is still time to register for the SFSA EHS & HR Group Meeting on April 9-10, 2019 at McConway & Torley in Pittsburgh, PA. This meeting is a great opportunity to learn from your peers on many topics including how to improve EHS training and practices, communication, and the latest HR topics. In addition, a roundtable discussion is the perfect forum to share practices and get answers to your EHS and human resource questions. There is no registration cost for members for the meeting - travel, hotel, meals, etc. are the attendees’ responsibility. Additional meeting details and registration are available.

Hotel Accommodations:
Hotel Indigo Pittsburgh East Liberty
Group Rate: $129/night
Make reservations online

Cutoff date for rate is 3/18/19.

NextGenMfg and Future Leaders Meetings

Please join us for the inaugural NextGenMfg meeting on Thursday afternoon, 5/23 in Harrisburg, PA with a tour of Andritz on Friday morning, 5/24. The meeting will feature presentations by the National Manufacturing Centers on robotics and smart manufacturing, and SFSA research on applying scanning technology, automated grinding and machine learning. Attendees will learn how this manufacturing technology can be utilized in the job shop environment of a steel foundry. We’ll also do a roundtable to discuss opportunities for IoT/AI/machine learning along with manufacturing capability touted in Industry 4.0 or Smart Manufacturing to optimize a sand casting surface or do arc-air. In conjunction with the NextGenMfg meeting, we will hold a Future Leaders meeting that will begin on Thursday morning, 5/23 (dutch treat dinner Wednesday evening, 5/22). Future Leaders will have a roundtable collaboration discussion and then participate in the advanced manufacturing technology discussion Thursday afternoon. Many members have recently hired new employees – Future Leaders offers an opportunity to grow these new hires to ensure the future of your foundry. Have you considered getting these individuals to participate in this opportunity? For questions, please contact David Poweleit.

Cast In Steel at AFS CastExpo

SFSA has several activities planned in conjunction with the upcoming AFS CastExpo, April 27-30 in Atlanta. First, SFSA is sponsoring a new student casting competition called Cast in Steel. The challenge this year is to cast a Viking axe. There are 22 teams participating in this year's competition. The axes will be tested for durability and sharpness like the History Channel show Forged in Fire. We will hold the performance testing of the axes on April 26, 1PM at Treehouse Studios, 642 North Ave NW (1.3mi from the Georgia World Congress Center). The awarding ceremony will be on April 27, 4PM in GWCC Room A404.

In addition, we plan to host a luncheon for members on Monday, April 29th after the T&O Committee Meeting that morning. If you haven’t yet let us know whether or not you plan to attend, please take a moment now to do so.

Spring Leadership Meeting

SFSA invites members to attend the SFSA Spring Leadership Meeting on May 21-22 at the Hilton Hotel in Harrisburg, PA. The Spring Leadership meeting will start on Tuesday after the SFSA Board meeting and include lunch and an industry roundtable. The marketing committee will meet in the afternoon and everyone is welcome to attend. On Wednesday, the group will tour three member foundries: Regal Cast, Ashland Foundry & Machine Works, and Effort Foundry. Breakfast, lunch, and transportation will be provided. You must register online, fees are: $30 SLM only, $145 Bus Tour only, if participating in both total will be $175. Costs includes meals listed below. We hope to see you there!

Steel Performance Initiative (SPI)

Steel is a fundamental and critical material for the performance of all defense equipment. It provides affordable and reliable material needed both for protection and lethality. Steel has not been supported in the development or deployment of new technology recently as the focus has been on lighter weight metals or other new technologies. These new technologies oftentimes never transfer to the battlefield given their high cost and lack of Manufacturing Readiness Level. This failure to invest in steel technology for advanced weapon systems threatens US leadership in commercial steel technology and in defense equipment performance. The formation of the Steel Performance Initiative (SPI) will enable the US to develop innovative steel technology and retain global dominance through advanced steels both on and off the battlefield. The goal is to create a sustained program, with all the services participating, which will give steel producers the opportunity to be world leaders in technology and commercially successful so that they form a robust and reliable supply chain for DOD systems. SFSA has the support of government, steel producers, foundries, forge shops, and academia and is working to secure program funding in the GFY ’20 budget.

Research Review

SFSA visited the University of Iowa (UI), Iowa State University (ISU), and University of Northern Iowa on March 5-8 for an R&D project review.

UI is modeling reoxidation and inclusions in steel castings. Air entrainment is the major source of oxide inclusions so knowing how much air is entrained would help quantify inclusions that form. UI performed water modeling trials mimicking the work done by UAB under the Clean Steel Program several years ago. Water is poured from a tank with a bottom nozzle through a sprue into another tank. The displaced and entrained air that exit the bottom of the sprue flow into a collection bag where its volume is measured. The air entrainment prediction model was refined using these water experiments. Trials using molten aluminum (poured in air and in argon) were done as part of a parallel effort with AFS. It was found that a temperature correction factor needs to be applied because when dealing with pouring molten metal, gases entrained are hot in the mold then they cool as they flow into the collection bag. This cooling reduces the volume of the gas collected. In the aluminum trials, the critical velocity (velocity above which air entrainment occurs) was found to be around 2.17 m/s which is different from what has been reported in the literature (0.5-1.0 m/s). First trial with molten steel has been done. Air entrained in WCB seems to be similar to air entrainment in water and aluminum poured in an argon atmosphere. Percent oxygen of the collected air was measured and it was about 0.3%. The oxygen in the entrained air is assumed to be used up by oxide formation. More trials with molten steel will be done.

Iowa State University is continuing their work on developing a digital standard for surface quality inspection of steel castings. Proposed method uses variograms to measure surface roughness. Once the underlying geometry is defined, the height difference between points is calculated. The goal is to output a single surface roughness value from scanned data of the casting surface. Preliminary trials using comparator plates (GAR C-9 and SCRATA Plates) show that this method can differentiate between the different levels of the comparator plates. Gage Repeatability & Reproducibility study still needs to be done and method needs to be tested on actual castings.

University of Northern Iowa is investigating 2 types of ceramic sands as a non-silica alternative for green sand and no-bake molding systems. Both ceramic sands showed less fines when subjected to mechanical attrition. Their tensile strength was reduced after the 1st reclamation cycle but remained constant after 2-5 cycles. The sinter point decreased with the number of reclamation cycles which seemed to have caused the penetration defects observed on test castings. UNI is also taking the lead on assessing the readiness and capabilities of foundries in producing castings using Additive Manufacturing tooling. Survey will be circulated to SFSA members to acquire more industry information.

A complete list of on-going research projects can be found here.

High Alloy Inclusion Class

Thanks to the support of Tom Stevens, the high alloy inclusion class in Guadalajara, Mexico was a success. The class had 27 participants from 11 different foundries. Special thanks to POK and Fimex for hosting the foundry tours and providing support in organizing the event.

 

SFSA Trend Cards

 

Market News

Steel and stainless steel casting demand softened in January. Bookings fell below shipments. Casting shipments remain strong but bookings suggest more stable levels of business.

The backlog is about 9 weeks for steel and stainless castings. The January trend report still anticipates expanding business and the need for more staff.

Census reports are behind because of the shutdown. The weekly production of steel is up while pricing for steel mill products has fallen since the middle of last year.

The demand for capital goods flattened out late last year. Oil prices feel but have bounced up a little in the past month and copper prices have had a similar fall and bounce.

Casteel Commentary

It is a strange and turbulent time. Business has improved and we are facing new challenges with regulatory pressures like silica levels, labor unavailability during low unemployment and a lack of interested new employees. Our industry both for a short time in 2009 and for a much more difficult period in 2016-2017 has gone through a severe contraction and now a strong rebound.

Globalization, cultural changes, uncertain economic policies and generational changes in our plants and in our customers’ organizations make business a continuous challenge. The old understandings and practices are no longer acceptable and legacy practice appear to be questioned but not yet replaced. As our customer’s staff changes even the existing products are questioned.

As a partial response to this challenge, SFSA Board identified new product development, customer education and workforce development as strategic challenges for our industry. We successfully gained financial support from the Defense Department to develop modern model-based tools for casting design tied to NDT based on performance. This project is moving ahead rapidly with the goal of making it easy to buy a steel casting.

One approach for this program is to develop a design methodology like the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code. The Code makes designing fittings and other castings straightforward, it sets the strength levels for design and provides the required NDT levels. SFSA is using modern analysis tools to assess and validate that a similar set of embedded NDT requirements would allow us to provide allowable strength levels for design engineers. This would let them buy a steel casting like ordering a printed metal part. They design the part using the strength levels we provide. We then have a standard first article NDT to qualify the part but that is in the standard and would not require the customer to make any of those difficult quality decisions. We will demonstrate that this leads to reliable and robust designs. The design engineer then can just like a printed metal part, give us the solid model and we can make the part knowing the NDT requirements.

We are also developing standard grades that are like the normal mill products to eliminate the perception that cast grades are inferior in properties to mill products.

The mills make a “carbon” steel grade that looks like ASTM A487 Grade 1A. This is a normalized and tempered grade with a pinch of vanadium. It has a yield strength requirement of 55 ksi with elongation of 22%. We want to have a grade like this so ordering and using the casting will require no special skills but will be as easy as ordering a machined or fabricated part.

In fact we are also working with AWS to include cast grades in AWS D1.1 so we can use that design standard and those pre-qualified WPS weld procedures when our customers use a casting in a fabricated structure.

The other approach we are pursuing is to develop a method of using the simulation of solidification to provide local properties based on the casting process to allow even more aggressive reliable designs. This method would specify NDT for critical features of the casting to ensure reliable performance. The local design properties would depend on the solidification and heat treatment and be provided as a design allowable for the customer. Larger OEMs with sophisticated staff will be able to optimize their performance in a model-based design environment to gain the best value from the casting.

This summer SFSA is planning to support a number of student interns to collect properties from castings with their solidification information for the support of this critical work.

This is exciting and important work and the foundation of growth and prosperity for our industry. We will need your support and advise to ensure we are successful in developing a platform that gives our future design customers the tools and confidence they need to fully utilize our products.

Raymond

STEEL FOUNDERS' SOCIETY OF AMERICA
BUSINESS REPORT
SFSA Trend Cards12 Mo Avg3 Mo AvgJanuaryDecemberNovember
(%-12 mos. Ago)
Carbon & Low Alloy
Shipments17.319.714.229.315.5
Bookings18.88.811.0-1.216.5
Backlog (wks)9.08.98.88.010.0
High Alloy
Shipments10.311.920.15.510.0
Bookings12.89.34.010.513.5
Backlog (wks)9.610.210.010.510.0
Department of Commerce
Census Data
Iron & Steel Foundries (million $)
Shipments 1,383.1938.301,3981,417
New Orders1,410.5950.701,4151,437
Inventories2,017.51,391.302,0862,088
Nondefense Capital Goods (billion $)
Shipments77.353.10.079.679.6
New Orders78.050.80.077.575.0
Inventories178.1120.90.0181.7181.0
Nondefense Capital Goods less Aircraft (billion $)
Shipments68.145.90.068.968.9
New Orders68.645.70.068.268.9
Inventories124.384.60.0127.2126.6
American Iron and Steel Institute
Raw Steel Shipments
(million net tons)
8.07.98.17.87.8

 

 

Archive of past Casteel Reporters

march19.pdf
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The March 2019 Casteel Reporter
january19.pdf
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The January 2019 Casteel Reporter
2019 SFSA Market Forecast.pdf
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2019 SFSA Market Forecast
november18.pdf
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The November 2018 Casteel Reporter
august18.pdf
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The August 2018 Casteel Reporter
june18.pdf
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The June 2018 Casteel Reporter
march18.pdf
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The March 2018 Casteel Reporter
january18.pdf
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The January 2018 Casteel Reporter
december17.pdf
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The December 2017 Casteel Reporter
september17.pdf
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The September 2017 Casteel Reporter
june17.pdf
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The June 2017 Casteel Reporter
appendices 06-2017.pdf
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Appendices to Raymond Monroe's testimony to Section 232 Investigation: The Effect of Steel Imports on National Security - Closed Steel Foundries and Lost Capacity since 2000, and Steel Foundries Involved in Supplying Defense Castings
april17.pdf
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The April 2017 Casteel Reporter
march17.pdf
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The March 2017 Casteel Reporter
january17.pdf
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The January 2017 Casteel Reporter
october16.pdf
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The October 2016 Casteel Reporter
2017 SFSA Market Forecast.pdf
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The 2017 SFSA Market Forecast.pdf
august16.pdf
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The August 2016 Casteel Reporter
june16.pdf
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The June 2016 Casteel Reporter
may16.pdf
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The May 2016 Casteel Reporter
march16.pdf
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The March 2016 Casteel Reporter
january16.pdf
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The January 2016 Casteel Reporter
SFSA - Information Form.pdf
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SFSA Directory Information Form
october15.pdf
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The October 2015 Casteel Reporter
Cast Carbon Steels in AWS D1.1.pdf
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Exploring the Need to Include Cast Carbon Steels in Welding Procedure Specifications - A case is made for adding cast carbon steel grades in prequalified specifications to AWS D1.1
september15.pdf
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The September 2015 Casteel Reporter
july15.pdf
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The July 2015 Casteel Reporter
may15.pdf
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The May 2015 Casteel Reporter
april15.pdf
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The April 2015 Casteel Reporter
february15.pdf
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The February 2015 Casteel Reporter
2015-02-BestPapers2014.pdf
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Award-winning papers presented at the 2014 SFSA Technical & Operating Conference
january15.pdf
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The January 2015 Casteel Reporter
2015-01-CastingIndustryImage.pdf
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IFF Presentation
2015-01-ChinaTrends.pdf
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IFF Presentation
2015-01-SupplyChainImpact.pdf
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IFF Presentation
2015-01-ValvePumpSteelCstgTrends.pdf
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IFF Presentation
november14.pdf
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The November 2014 Casteel Reporter
october14.pdf
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The October 2014 Casteel Reporter
august14.pdf
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The August 2014 Casteel Reporter
may14.pdf
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The May 2014 Casteel Reporter
february14.pdf
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The February 2014 Casteel Reporter
december13.pdf
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The December 2013 Casteel Reporter
october13.pdf
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The October 2013 Casteel Reporter
august13.pdf
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The August 2013 Casteel Reporter
may13.pdf
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The May 2013 Casteel Reporter
april13.pdf
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The April 2013 Casteel Reporter
february13.pdf
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The February 2013 Casteel Reporter
january13.pdf
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The January 2013 Casteel Reporter
Forecast2013.pdf
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The 2013 SFSA Market Forecast
december12.pdf
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The December 2012 Casteel Reporter
october12.pdf
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The October 2012 Casteel Reporter
july12.pdf
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The July 2012 Casteel Reporter
may12.pdf
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The May 2012 Casteel Reporter
march12.pdf
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The March 2012 Casteel Reporter
nffsseminar.pdf
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NFFS Foundry Noise Exposure Seminar information
february12.pdf
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The February 2012 Casteel Reporter
december11.pdf
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The December 2011 Casteel Reporter
forecast2012.pdf
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The 2012 SFSA Market Forecast as presented at the 2011 Technical & Operating Conference
october11.pdf
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The October 2011 Casteel Reporter
september11.pdf
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The September 2011 Casteel Reporter
july11.pdf
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The July 2011 Casteel Reporter
june11.pdf
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The June 2011 Casteel Reporter
april11.pdf
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The April 2011 Casteel Reporter
march11.pdf
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The March 2011 Casteel Reporter
january11.pdf
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The January 2011 Casteel Reporter
november10.pdf
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The November 2010 Casteel Reporter
october10.pdf
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The October 2010 Casteel Reporter
august10.pdf
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The August 2010 Casteel Reporter
201008eqp.pdf
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Equipment available
july10.pdf
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The July 2010 Casteel Reporter
SFSA Directory Information Form.pdf
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The form used to update foundry listings in the Directory of Steel Foundries
june10.pdf
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The June 2010 Casteel Reporter
may10.pdf
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The May 2010 Casteel Reporter
march10.pdf
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The March 2010 Casteel Reporter
february10.pdf
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The February 2010 Casteel Reporter
january10.pdf
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The January 2010 Casteel Reporter
FR74-209 CO2.pdf
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CO2 Emissions reporting rule
Combustible Dust FR ANPR 10-21-09.pdf
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Federal Register notice seeking input on development of a standard for combustible dust
december09.pdf
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The December 2009 Casteel Reporter including graphs and attachments
toptenoshaviolations09.pdf
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Top Ten OSHA Violations
october09.pdf
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The October 2009 Casteel Reporter
steelbus1009.pdf
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Business report and market trend graphs
september09.pdf
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The September 2009 Casteel Reporter
MagmaSoft Tax Credit.pdf
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MAGMATIMES article on Federal Research & Experimentation tax credit.
august09.pdf
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The August 2009 Casteel Reporter
MIEEE.pdf
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Midwest Industrial Energy Efficiency Exchange information
july09.pdf
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The July 2009 Casteel Reporter
FEF CIC Ad 2009.pdf
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Foundry Educational Foundation College Industry Conference
april09.pdf
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The April 2009 Casteel Reporter
march09.pdf
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The March 2009 Casteel Reporter
february09.pdf
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The February 2009 Casteel Reporter including business trend information, graphs and attachments.
steelgurujan2009.pdf
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Steel market condition information.
yrc0209.pdf
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SFSA's Yellow Freight and Roadway discount program.
january09.pdf
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The January 2009 Casteel Reporter including business trend information, graphs and attachments.
Company FMLA policy (federal).pdf
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Federal FMLA Policy.
employee under fmla.pdf
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U.S. Department of Labor poster on Employee Rights and Responsibilities under FMLA.
Certification of Illness or Injury to a Covered Service Memb.pdf
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FMLA Leave Certification of Serious Illness or Injury for a Covered Service Member.
october08.pdf
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The September 2008 Casteel Reporter including business trend information and graphs and attachments.
steelguruoct2008.pdf
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Steel market condition information.
september08.pdf
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The September 2008 Casteel Reporter.
steelbus0908.pdf
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Business trend numbers and graphs only.
steelgurusep2008.pdf
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Steel market condition information.
august08.pdf
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The August 2008 Casteel Reporter
steelbus0808.pdf
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Business trend numbers and graphs only.
steelguruaug2008.pdf
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Steel market condition information.
july08.pdf
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The July 2008 Casteel Reporter
steelgurujul2008.pdf
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Steel market condition information.
ITAR-Info.pdf
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Part 121 - The United States Munitions List
ITAR-Info-Violation.pdf
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Part 127 - Violations and Penalties
DEEDGrantApp053006.pdf
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Demonstation of Energy-Efficient Developments grant application. To be submitted by the utility company.
DEED-Members.pdf
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Utility companies participating in the DEED program.
june08.pdf
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The June 2008 Casteel Reporter
steelgurujune2008.pdf
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Steel market condition information.
may08.pdf
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The May 2008 Casteel Reporter
steelgurumay2008.pdf
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Steel market condition information.
april08.pdf
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The April 2008 Casteel Reporter including business trend information, graphs and attachments.
steelbus0408.pdf
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Business trend numbers and graphs only.
steelguruapr2008.pdf
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Steel market condition information.
march08.pdf
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The March 2008 Casteel Reporter including business trend information, graphs and attachments.
steelgurumar2008.pdf
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Steel market condition information.
MoldThickness2.pdf
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Calculation of Minimum Mold Thickness in Steel Casting - Jacob Thole, Dr. Christoph Beckermann, University of Iowa.
february08.pdf
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The February 2008 Casteel Reporter
steelgurufeb2008.pdf
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Steel market condition information.
january08.pdf
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The January 2008 Casteel Reporter
steelgurujan2008.pdf
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Steel market condition information.
AFSAreaSourceSummary.pdf
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AFS Summary of the EPA Area Source Rule.
FR-AreaSourceFinal.pdf
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40 CFR Part 63 - EPA National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Iron and Steel Foundries Area Sources; Final Rule
  Due to the Technical & Operating Conference, no newsletter was published for December 2007.
november07.pdf
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The November 2007 Casteel Reporter
futureleaders1107.pdf
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Future steel foundry industry leaders meeting notice.
eqp-auction1207.pdf
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Equipment available - auction ends Dec. 6 2007
october07.pdf
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The October 2007 Casteel Reporter
steelguruoct2007.pdf
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Steel market condition information.
ofr2007-1257.pdf
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Cr, Cu, Mn, Mo, Ni, and steel price drivers. US Geological Survey
september07.pdf
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The September 2007 Casteel Reporter
steelgurusep2007.pdf
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Steel market condition information.
Docket2007N-0330.pdf
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Docket 2007N-0330 Presidential Interagency Working Group on Public Safety (Import Safety)
fr17se07P.pdf
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Proposed EPA Area Source Rule for Iron and Steel Foundries
august07.pdf
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The August 2007 Casteel Reporter
steelguruaug2007.pdf
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Steel market condition information.
IEEE Workshop1007.pdf
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IEEE Industrial Energy Efficiency Workshop information
july07.pdf
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The July 2007 Casteel Reporter
steelgurujul2007.pdf
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Steel market condition information
june07.pdf
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The June 2007 Casteel Reporter
steelgurujune2007.pdf
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Steel market condition information
may07.pdf
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The May 2007 Casteel Reporter
steelgurumay2007.pdf
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Steel market condition information
finemanbio.pdf
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Biography of Howard Fineman, speaker at the 2007 SFSA Annual Meeting
SBB Steel Markets.pdf
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Steel - Global Impacts to North American Minimill Competitiveness, by Thomas A. Danjczek, President, Steel Manufacturers Association - speaker at the 2007 SFSA Annual Meeting
april07.pdf
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The April 2007 Casteel Reporter
steelguruapr2007.pdf
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Steel market condition information
march07.pdf
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The March 2007 Casteel Reporter
steelgurumar2007.pdf
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Steel market condition information
hexcr-fiore.pdf
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Information on Hexavalent Chromium
february07.pdf
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The February 2007 Casteel Reporter
steelgurufeb2007.pdf
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Steel market condition information
january07.pdf
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The January 2007 Casteel Reporter
steelgurujan2007.pdf
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Steel market condition information
december06.pdf
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The December 2006 Casteel Reporter
internapp.pdf
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SFSA Internship sponsorship information and form
steelgurudec2006.pdf
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Steel market condition information
november06.pdf
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The November 2006 Casteel Reporter
steelgurunov2006.pdf
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Steel market condition information
october06.pdf
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The October 2006 Casteel Reporter
september06.pdf
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The September 2006 Casteel Reporter
august06.pdf
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The August 2006 Casteel Reporter
steelbus0806.pdf
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Industry business numbers and graphs only
july06.pdf
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The July 2006 Casteel Reporter
steelbus0706.pdf
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Industry business numbers and graphs only
China6-22-2006.pdf
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Evaluation of Chinese Economy and Trading Practices
Chinese Steel Subsidies Paper.pdf
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The China Syndrome: How Subsidies and Government Intervention Created the World's Largest Steel Industry
RL32333.pdf
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CRS Report for Congress - Steel: Price and Policy Issues. Update June 26, 2006
june06.pdf
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The June 2006 Casteel Reporter
China tour tentative list-0606.pdf
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Tentative list of plants to be visited on the tour of China
may06.pdf
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The May 2006 Casteel Reporter
steelbus0506.pdf
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Industry business numbers and graphs only
HexCr monitoring.pdf
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Exposure Monitoring Guidance for Compliance with the new OSHA Standard fro Hexavalent Chromium
KFTA comments.pdf
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U.S.-Republic of Korea Free Trade Agreement: Written Comments Concerning the Probable Economic Effect of Providing Duty-Free Treatment for Imports
AMMEX EERE-ITP.pdf
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EERE's Industrial Technologies Program: Proven Returns on Federal and Industrial Investments
april06.pdf
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The April 2006 Casteel Reporter
emsguide.pdf
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Environmental Management Systems Implementation Guide for the foundry sector, USA EPA
AreaSourceUpdate.pdf
(168kB)
Iron & Steel Area Source rule
march06.pdf
(124kB)
The March 2006 Casteel Reporter
monroe-outlookSpring2006.pdf
(756kB)
Economic outlook presentation given by Raymond Monroe at the SFSA Spring Management Meeting on March 9, 2006
lashinsky-outlook2006.pdf
(36kB)
Economic outlook presentation given by Bernard Lashinsky at the SFSA Spring Management Meeting on March 9, 2006
keramida-annual compliance calendar.pdf
(148kB)
Regulatory Compliance Calendar for Steel Foundries by Keramida
keramida-Env Audits.pdf
(48kB)
Environmental Audits in the Primary Metals Sector - Jim Schifo, Keramida
keramida-Regulatory Calendar - 2006.pdf
(1.1MB)
Common Environmental Compliance Deadlines - Keramida
February06.pdf
(496kB)
The February 2006 Casteel Reporter
china exports surge.pdf
(20kB)
China steel exports surge due to domestic overcapacity
2005CHINASD_0106.pdf
(68kB)
Chinese Steel Industry - Record Steel Output with Big Decline in Net Imports in 2005
Measurement Error - ISU.pdf
(388kB)
Measurement Error of Visual Casting Surface Inspection - Iowa State University
january06.pdf
(51kB)
The January 2006 Casteel Reporter
december05.pdf
(495kB)
The December 2005 Casteel Reporter
USCCCHINAexec_summ_05.pdf
(82kB)
USCC Executive Summary on China Trade
november05.pdf
(83kB)
The November 2005 Casteel Reporter
hexcr-nov05.pdf
(1,041kB)
Congressional letters on Hexavalent Chromium
october05.pdf
(79kB)
The October 2005 Casteel Reporter
rdtaxcredit.pdf
(77kB)
Presentation on the R&D Tax Credit given at the 2004 SFSA Annual Meeting
september05special.pdf
(15kB)
Special September 2005 Casteel Reporter about the possible impact of a natural disaster on the steel casting industry
september05.pdf
(81kB)
The september 2005 Casteel Reporter
testbars.pdf
(1,043kB)
"Test Coupons and Casting Quality" and "Mechanical Properties of Test Bars Compared to Castings"
august05.pdf
(455kB)
The August 2005 Casteel Reporter
MoriciSteelPrices.pdf
(62kB)
Manufacturing and Steel Prices, by Peter Morici, February 2005
China prices 7-2005.pdf
(385kB)
Prices of Castings, Foundry Raw and Auxiliary Materials in Some Regions of China
pub3771.pdf
(3,110kB)
US ITC Publication 3771, Foundry Products: Competitive Conditions in the U.S. Market
july05.pdf
(70kB)
The July 2005 Casteel Reporter
WFO2005 Paper.pdf
(305kB)
World Foundry Organization paper on the last 20 years of steel casting research
june05.pdf
(54kB)
The June 2005 Casteel Reporter
SFIC Washington Forum OSHA.ppt
(164kB)
Presentation on OSHA Proposed PEL for Hexavalent Chrome, in PowerPoint format
SFIC Washington Forum OSHA.pdf
(453kB)
Presentation on OSHA Proposed PEL for Hexavalent Chrome, in PDF format
may05.pdf
(197kB)
The May 2005 Casteel Reporter
MACT-Scrap.pdf
(159kB)
Amendments to the Scrap metal and Inspection provisions of the Iron and Steel Foundry MACT
april05.pdf
(115kB)
The April 2005 Casteel Reporter
IntlTradeEvents.pdf
(38kB)
International Trade Events
equipment0405.pdf
(49kB)
Equipment Available
march05.pdf
(590kB)
The March 2005 Casteel Reporter
february05.pdf
(624kB)
The February 2005 Casteel Reporter
january05.pdf
(483kB)
The January 2005 Casteel Reporter
afs-gac.pdf
(568kB)
AFS Government Affairs Conference Information
december04.pdf
(292kB)
The December 2004 Casteel Reporter
november04.pdf
(445kB)
The November 2004 Casteel Reporter
october04.pdf
(223kB)
The October 2004 Casteel Reporter
september04.pdf
(489kB)
The September 2004 Casteel Reporter
august04.pdf
(414kB)
The August 2004 Casteel Reporter
antitrust.pdf
(59kB)
General Rules of Antitrust Compliance & Antitrust Policy Statement of Steel Founders' Society of America
july04.pdf
(278kB)
The July 2004 Casteel Reporter
june04.pdf
(242kB)
The June 2004 Casteel Reporter
may04.pdf
(840kB)
The May 2004 Casteel Reporter
Nolan_Dollars.pdf
(6,013kB)
Dollars and "Sense" presentation by John Nolan, Vice President, Steel Dynamics, Inc.
Nolan_Dollars_Sequel.pdf
(3,103kB)
Dollars and "Sense" "The Sequel" presentation by John Nolan, Vice President, Steel Dynamics, Inc.
april04.pdf
(333kB)
The April 2004 Casteel Reporter
march04.pdf
(428kB)
The March 2004 Casteel Reporter
  Due to our office move, the February 2004 Casteel Reporter was not produced.
january04.pdf
(211kB)
The January 2004 Casteel Reporter
december03.pdf
(522kB)
The December 2003 Casteel Reporter
november03.pdf
(253kB)
The November 2003 Casteel Reporter
october03.pdf
(232kB)
The October 2003 Casteel Reporter
september03.pdf
(322kB)
The September 2003 Casteel Reporter
august03.pdf
(219kB)
The August 2003 Casteel Reporter
july03.pdf
(550kB)
The July 2003 Casteel Reporter
june03.pdf
(175kB)
The June 2003 Casteel Reporter
may03.pdf
(175kB)
The May 2003 Casteel Reporter
april03.pdf
(277kB)
The April 2003 Casteel Reporter
march03.pdf
(377kB)
The March 2003 Casteel Reporter
february03.pdf
(256kB)
The February 2003 Casteel Reporter
january03.pdf
(266kB)
The January 2003 Casteel Reporter
december02.pdf
(500kB)
The December 2002 Casteel Reporter
  Due to circumstances beyond our control, the November 2002 Casteel Reporter is not available online.
october02.pdf
(204kB)
The October 2002 Casteel Reporter
september02.pdf
(251kB)
The September 2002 Casteel Reporter
august02.pdf
(159kB)
The August 2002 Casteel Reporter
june02.pdf
(324kB)
The June 2002 Casteel Reporter
may02.pdf
(497kB)
The May 2002 Casteel Reporter
april02.pdf
(518kB)
The April 2002 Casteel Reporter
march02.pdf
(255kB)
The March 2002 Casteel Reporter