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Technical & Operating Conference

While the 2020 T&O Virtual Conference was different from the previous 73 years that were done in-person, it was still a fantastic success! Amongst a pandemic and tough business conditions, members made the same investment they have always done by putting forward a strong set of technical and operating papers, and by actively collaborating through discussion.

Fingers crossed, this year we will celebrate in-person the T&O’s Diamond Jubilee with its 75th annual conference. Please mark your calendars for tentative dates of December 8th through the 11th, 2021 with plans to be in Chicago. The T&O Committee started planning the conference in January. Paper contributions are still welcome – please contact Dave.

To commemorate the diamond anniversary of the Technical and Operating Conference, SFSA will hold a children’s art contest. The winning work may become the face of this year’s conference. With the focus on operations, the artwork should illustrate processes for manufacturing castings or the people who do foundry work, or both. Program details to be released in May, deadline for submissions will be at the end of June.

The Technical & Operating (T&O) Conference is the SFSA flagship industry event, and the world’s premier steel casting meeting. Papers are compiled as conference proceedings. The majority of topics are presented by foundries and cover: melting, foundry engineering, molding, raw materials, finishing, heat treatment, quality, management, safety, human resources, environmental, specifications and other technical. In addition to these, cutting edge research is showcased to promote transition to our industry.

The Committee of Operating Executives, which started in 1938, was the precursor to the T&O Conference with the first one being held in 1947.

Attendance is restricted to SFSA members and board approved guests.

The 2021 T&O Conference is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 8 – 11, 2021 in Chicago.

SFSA would like to congratulate the best paper winner from the 2020 T&O conference. The winner is:

The T&O Committee is honored to showcase this paper by making it available for download here. We appreciate the support provided to the steel casting industry through papers such as this. To receive the full conference proceedings and hear the authors present their material firsthand, please make plans to attend the 2021 National T&O Conference.