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Issue No. 1, 2016

2016 Annual Mtg. Highlights

DIS Member of the Year Award

DIS Lifetime Achievement Award

Solution Strengthened DI

Sonic Test for Nodularity for Evaluation of DI Castings

Use of CT Scanners

Death of a Salesman

Heat Treating of DI for IQDI Products

Annealing, Stress Relieving, Normalizing

Induction Hardening

Base Iron for ADI

Issue No. 2, 2015

2015 Gear Expo

2015 Fall T&O Mtg. Highlights

2015 FEF Conference

Back to Basics Panel

Converting GI to DI

Thermal Analysis of DI Microstructure

Inmold Production of DI

Image Analysis Workshop

Dynamics of the Industrial Sand Markets

Alloy & Treatment Process Optimization for Quality DI

Shrinkage & Microstructure Investigation for Ni-Resist DI

Issue No. 1, 2015

2015 Annual Meeting Highlights

DIS Lifetime Achievement Awards

2015 Gear Expo

DIMG/Design w/Ductile Iron Seminar

Obituary – Scott McIntyre

Melt Quality & It’s Effect on Casting Quality

Pressure Ratings for Ductile Manifold Applications

Industrial Sand Market Update

Clay & Green Sand Additives

Practical Green Sand

Green Sand Control

Conversion Success Stories

Issue No. 4, 2014

DIS Signs Agreement with THORS

Ductile Iron Production Seminar Highlights

DIS Move

119th AFS Casting Congress Highlights

2015 Annual Meeting

Issue No. 3, 2014

Fundiexpo, Monterrey, MX Highlights
Design w/Ductile Iron Seminar
2014 Fall T&O Meeting
DIS Research Proj. #28 Meth. Properties of DI After Long Times at Elevated Temps – Kathy Hayrynen and Eric Nelson
Resonant I section of DI Components – Nodularity Internal/External Flaws and NVH Link – Gail Stultz
Dynamic Control of Cast Iron Technology – Paolo Perrucci
Pressure Pour Maintenance – Jason Wahl
Monitoring and Maintenance of a Pressure Pour Furnace – Chad Moder
Current Refractory Options in Pressure Pour Furnaces – Jim McMinn
Automated Pouring Link – Bob Vouk
Bottom Pouring – Greg Selip
Pouring with Teapot and Lip Style Ladles – Brandon Reneau
Virtual Nozzle Teapot Spout Lip Pour – Jay Zins
FEF Keith Millis Scholarship Awards & Conference Highlights

Issue No. 2, 2014
2014 Annual Meeting Highlights
Controlling Slag Defects in GI & DI – Alan Patrick, Matt LaFramboise & Dave Williams
3D Printing for the DI Foundry – Steve Murray
Is the Growth of the DI Industry at Risk – George Kokos
High Silicon Molybdenum Cast Iron w/Mixed Graphite Shapes for Elevated Temperature Applications – Delin Li
Preventing Rust and Corrosion on DI Using VCI Technology – Wayne Siefert
Machining DI: Benefits, Concerns and General Guidelines – Tim Heagney
Virtual Tour of Penticton Foundry – Chad Gentes
Inoculation Method Panel – Mike Galvin, Riley Kerestes, Jim Csonka, Joseph Keske, Kyle Rabine

Issue No. 1, 2014
Ductile Iron Production Seminar Highlights
118th AFS Metalcasting Congress
Ductile Iron Society Annual Meeting

Issue No. 3, 2013
2013 Keith Millis Highlights
New DIS Website
FEF Keith Millis Scholarship Awards
2014 Annual Meeting
FEF Conference Highlights
News Briefs

Issue No.2, 2013

Defulfurization at Waupaca Plt. #6 – Aaron Gesicki

Successful Implementation of Green Sand Additives from Foundry Dust – Vic LaFay

Foundry Process Benchmarking – Peter Moulder

Review of Slags for DI in Melting, Holding & Pouring – Dave Williams

Staffing the 21st Century – John Davies

Advances in DI Process Control Through Thermal Analysis – Dave Gilson (Not Available)

A New Approach to Automated Pouring, An Examination of the Overall Pouring Process – Bill Pflug

DIS Project #48 & #49 – Rick Gundlach

Panel – Treatment Methods – Fred Linebarger, Brandon Reneau, Cesar Braga, Larry Carmack, Jay Zins, John McGoldrick

News Briefs

Issue No.1, 2013

DIS 2012 Production Seminar Highlights

News Briefs

Issue No. 3, 2012

Melt Yard and Deck Basics – Larry Helm

Iron Control in a Large Induction Melt Foundry – Brandon Reneau

Optimizing Magnesium Recovery – Brian Johnson

New Developments in Binders and Coatings for Ductile Iron – Doug Trinowski

Cast, Clean and Make Money – Gene Muratore

Blending Optimization in the Ductile Iron Industry – Peter Moulder

Observations for Management on Iron Foundry Safety Statistics – Ted Schorn

Introduction to THORS – The Online Learning Resource – Al Alagarsamy and John Mirka

Issue No. 2, 2012

Market Advances in Compacted Graphite Iron – Dave Gilson

Patriot-The New Benchmark for Large Ductile Iron No-Bake Molding Operations –  Mark Adamovits

Evaluating Alternative Charge Materials: Cost and Chemistry – Kevin Pilon

How to Minimize Rare Earth Usage in Ductile Iron – Doug White

A Summary of the Elements Effects on Ductile Iron – Rick Gundlach

Letting Mr. Charpy Die – Evaluating the Usefulness of Charpy Impact Testing on Ductile Iron – Meghan Oaks

The New AFS Guide to Ductile Microstructures – Tom Prucha

Cupola Operations Panel – Mark Bidoli, Robert Bigge, Scott Gledhill

Refractory Alternatives for Combatting Elephant’s Foot Erosion and Top Cap Wear in Coreless Furnaces – Pete Satre

Issue No.1, 2012

DIS 2012 Production Seminar Highlights

DIS/AFS Casting Congress

2012 Agricultural Machinery Conference

Issue No. 2 2011

Managing Intricacies of Ductile Iron Production – Prem Mohla/Al Alagarsamy

NITEK-The New Way to Make Ductile Iron – Abhay Pande/Bill Simmons

Identification & Elimination of Inclusion Defects in Ductile Iron Castings –  Don Craig

The Environmental Approach to Reduced Waste and Increased Metal Recovery by In-House Slag Processing – David Roth

Implementation of Thermal Analysis to Reduce Shrinkage Defects in Ductile Iron Castings – Alex Pardo

Profitable Growth Through Business Innovation – Dileep Thatte

Castings as a Source of Competitive Advantage. Their Job, or Our Job – Paul Jones

Robotic Grinding Using ABB’s Force Control Technology – Alan Wertz

Improved Process Techniques for Thin Sectioned Ductile Iron – Marc King

2011 FEF Conference

Joe Hsieh-Drexel Univ.- Resume

Dean Zawistowski-Kent State Univ.- Resume

Issue No. 1 2011

Influence of Coatings on the Graphite Structure in the Rim Zone of of DI Castings – Bruce Lundeen

Foundry Alloys, A Worldwide Perspective – Jim Csonka

Heavy Section Ductile Iron Update – Serge Grenier

Treatment of Microshrinkage in DI with FeSiLa Inoculant – Steve Thelen

High Performance, Low VOC Chemical Binder System – Joe Fuqua

Avoiding Shrinkage Defects and Maximizing Yield in Ductile Iron – Doug White

Issue No. 2, 2010

Quality Requirements for General Electric Ductile Iron Castings Exceeding 10 Tons Used for Wind and Gas Turbine Components-Revisited – Greg Bouse

FEF College Industry Conference

Heavy Casting Automated Cleaning and Finishing – Jim Garrett

How to Filter a Heavy Section Castings-The Do’s and Dont’s – Thorsten Reuther

Design Overview of Large Ductile Iron Casting Wind Turbine Generator – Kevin Till

Wind Energy Castings-Metallurgical Challenge – Dr. Sven Uebrick

Issue No.1, 2010

2010 Spring Meeting Summary

Refractory Concerns for Melting, Treating and Pouring Ductile Iron – Pete Satre

Fluxing in Ductile Iron Melting and Pouring – David Williams

Process Compensated Resonant Testing for Ductile Iron – Robert Nath

Carbidic Ductile Iron – Marc King

Melt Deck Safety – Chuck Cushing

Ductile Iron Slag Management in Coreless Furnaces – Chris DeRosa

Innovations in Medium Frequency Induction Melting – Charles Fink

Front End Nodularity Determination Using Standard Coupons – Matt Meyer

A.R.M.S. Automatic Robotic Melt System – Paul Webber

Studies of Nuclei in Ductile Iron – Why Is This Important for Foundrymen – Rob Logan

Issue No.2, 2009

Recent Metallurgical Issues in Ductile & Gray Iron-Bob Bigge

Study of the Effect of In-Mold Alloy Chemistry, Bismuth Addition & Tensile Technique on the Mechanical Properties of ADI – Cesar Braga

Core Processes – Innovations in Metalcasting – Jim Furness/Jim DeVenne

Advancements in No-Bake Technologies – Joe Muniza

A Continuous Carbonite Process for Producing Foundry Size Formed Coke – Dr. Richard Wolfe

DIS Project #42 – Ultrasonic Testing for Nodularity Determination – Richard Gundlach/Prem Mohla

DIS Project #43 – Dimensional Growth of Iron Castings During Heat Treatment – Richard Gundlach

Interlammelar Spacing and Pearlite Hardness: A Literature Review – Gene Muratore

Core Machine Technology Impact – Pat Farver

Issue No.1, 2009

An ICRI Case Study – Bruce Blatzer

Ductile Foundries in China – Don Rhoda

Thin Sectioned DI Study – Marc King

Creating a Valuable Technology Portfolio – Paul Mikkola

Former Theories of Filtration When Compared With New Cognitions – Thorsten Reuther

Agricultural Applications of Austempered Iron Components – Kathy Hayrynen

Effective Metallurgical Interpretation of Ductile Iron at Neenah Foundry – Mike Riabov

Intelligent Demand Control and Automated Demand Response – Jim Majsak

Intelligent Demand Control and Automated Demand Response – Larry Collins

Issue No.3, 2008

Speakers Bios – Monday October 20 Session

Speakers Bios – Tuesday October 21 Session

Speakers Bios – Wednesday October 22 Session

Thin Wall Ductile Iron Castings: Technology Status 2008 – Chantal Labrecque

The Use of Oxygen Activity Measurements to Determine Compacted Graphite Structure-Frans Mampaey

Solution Strengthened Ferritic Ductile Iron ISO1083/ JS/500-10 Provides Superior Consistent Properties in Hydraulic Rotators – Dr. Richard Larker

US Ductile Iron Metalcasting: Competing Globally – Al Spada, Chandra Rajan & Patricio Gil

The Development of ADI and IDI in Italy – Enrico Veneri

Agricultural Applications of Austempered Iron Components – John Keough, et al

Scott Gledhill Appointed DIS Vice President

Issue No.2, 2008

Reflection Back on 50 Years

Effect of Cooling Rate on Pearlitic DI Mechanical Properties

Standard Test for the Machinability of Cast Iron

Oxygen Activity Measurements in Cast Iron

Low Emitting Technologies That Solve Foundry Odor Problems: Two DI Foundry Case Studies

Understanding the Formation of Dross in Ductile Iron Castings

DIS Project 40 – Survey of Greensand Properties of Member Foundries

Ductile Iron: The Steel Alternative

Issue No.1, 2008

DI Production Seminar Wrap Up

DIS Associate Member Profiles

Issue No.3, 2007

Tony Thoma appointed DIS Vice President

Magnesium Recovery & Addition Rate in Tundish-Treated Ductile Iron

DIS Fall Meeting Wrap Up

Transitioning to a Lean Culture

Autonomous Casting Process Optimization

Analyzing Filter Flow Characteristics

How Do We Become Metal Casting Missionaries-The Story of FEF Foundry in a Box Project

The Lean Paradox

Semi-Automated Core Line for Vertically & Horizontally Split No-Bake Core Boxes

AFS Announces Metalcaster of the Year Winner

Issue No.2, 2007

Finding the True Eutectoid Point (TEP) – An Essential Task for Efficient Process Control of Ductile iron

AFS Announces Casting of the Year Winners

AFS Announces Casting Design Assistance Program

ATAS Practical Usage at Torrance Casting, Inc.

Ductile Iron Welding

Issue No.1, 2007

Why Primary Graphite is Bad

Making a Large Ductile Iron Casting with Foam

Friction and Wear Characteristics of Ductile Iron in Dry Sliding Conditions

Mechanism and Control of Buildup Phenomenon in Channel Induction and Pressure Pouring Furnaces – Part 1

Issue No.3, 2006

Global Trends & Competition Latin America

Greenfield Experiences in Mexico

U.S. Metalcasting: Competing in a Global Economy

Power Curtailment

Application of Lean Manufacturing in a Ductile Iron Casting Facility

Issue No.2, 2006

Compacted Graphite Iron and Ultrasonic Testing

Influence of Graphite Morphology and Matrix Structure on Fatigue Strength and Wear Resistance of Ductile and Austempered Ductile Iron

Production of Iron Castings Utilizing a New Generation of Feeding Systems

Refractory Considerations for Melting Ductile Iron

Issue No.1, 2006

Ductile Iron Society Holds Production Seminar

The Production of Austempered Ductile (ADI)

A New Method for Chill and Shrinkage Control in Ladle Treated Ductile Iron

Modeling, Model Verification, and Defect Formation in Iron Castings

Issue No.3, 2005

Ductile Iron Society Awards Scholarships

Ductile Iron Treatment Optimization

Green Sand – The Process of the Future

Applications for Austempered Ductile Iron Castings

An ADI Alternative for a Heavy Duty Truck Lower Control Arm

Ten Steps to Improving Casting Yield in Ductile Iron Foundries

Issue No.2, 2005

Environmental Embrittlement of Ductile Irons – A Review of Available Data

Tim Eilers Receives the DIS Annual Award

Average Metalcasting Hiring Wage $9.58 According to AFS Survey

Ductile Iron for Heavy Section Wind Mill Castings:  European Experience

Micro-shrinkage in Ductile Iron/Mechanism & Solution

Applications of ADI in High Strength Thin Wall Automotive Parts

Phase Transformation and Fatigue Properties of Alloyed and Unalloyed Austempered Ductile Irons

Issue No.1, 2005

Ductile Iron Society Opens Membership Globally

Coping with Higher Molybdenum Prices in Iron Foundries

A Study of the Machinability of an ASTM Grade 3 Austempered Ductile Iron

Environmentally Assisted Embrittlement of ADI – Current Understanding

Reticulated Filtration of Large Ferrous Casts and Castings

Silicon Alloyed Ductile Iron with Excellent Ductility and Machinability

Saint-Gobain Advance Ceramics Hamilton

Issue No.3, 2004

“Monday Morning” Iron

AFS Section 332 Hearing

Optimum Level of Inoculant

Defect Analysis

Effect of Charge Materials

App. of Solidification Modeling

New ADI Production Tech.

Issue No.2, 2004

Millis Symposium Summary

FEF News

Report on Spectrographic Standards

Factors Influencing Ductile Iron

Producing Quality Ductile Iron

Cored Wire Use for Ductile Iron

FEF Seeks Equipment

Montreal Meeting Photos

AFS News

Issue No.1, 2004

New Process of DI Production

Ductile Iron and Wind Energy

Melt Cold and Pour Hot

AFS Signs Alliance Agreement with OSHA

Control of Slag and Insoluble Buildup in Ladles, Melting and Pressure Pour Furnaces

Improved Ductile Iron Casting Quality Through Optimized Coating Technology

Issue No. 3, 2003

DIS Members Visit Scandinavian Foundries

Millis Scholarship Winner

PQ-DIT Process

Direct Flow Simulations in Pressed Foundry Filters

SAE Fellow Award

Thermodynamic Evaluation of Boron Removal from Ductile Iron Melts

U.S. EPA MACT Standards

Ten Steps to Improving Casting Yield in Ductile Iron Foundries

Cost Reductions through Direct Pouring on Automatic Horizontal Molding Machines

Influence of Section Size on the Machinability of Ductile Irons

Issue No.2, 2003

DIS Visits Benton Foundry

DIS Annual Award to Kathy Hayrynen

College Industry Conference Preview

Nodule Count – Why and How!

A Review of the North American Foundry Industry

Metalcasting Industry Releases 2003 Operational Cost Survey Results

AFS Cast Iron Marketing Committee Introduces New Website for Material Property Comparisons

Boron Related Hardness Problems

Survey on Ductile Iron Practice

Issue No. 1, 2003

Associations Join to Promote Castings to Transportation Industries

Auditing Sand Profiles for a Quality Green Sand System

Intermet Introduces New Ferrous Material at 2003 SAE World Congress

Eliminating Carbides in Ductile Iron

Improving Melting Yield through Better Furnace Operation

Issue No. 3, 2002

DIS Receives the Society/Association of the Year Award

Surface Defects in Iron Castings

Applications of ADI

Opportunities in Metal Casting

FEF College Industry Conference

Spectrometer Standards

AFS Trade Commission

Issue No. 2, 2002

PMI Answers Questions on Investment Casting

Shrinkages in Iron Castings

Machinability of Ductile Iron


Nitrogen in Ductile Iron


FEF College Industry Conference

Monday Morning Iron

Newest Developments in Sand Testing

Issue No. 1, 2002

Formation of Inductotherm Group

Practical Methods of the Control of the Inclusions Content of Ductile Iron

The Effect of Different In-Stream Inoculants on the Solidification of Ductile Iron

Something Has Been Changed

Thermal Analysis Part 1

Thermal Analysis Part 2

Thermal Analysis Part 3 – Suggestions for Improved Reliability in TA of Cast Irons

Associate Member Profile Didion International

Issue No. 3, 2001

DIS Visits Neenah Foundry at 115th T&O Meeting

DIS Operating Committee Meeting

Simulation of Microstructure and Mechanical Properties in Ductile Iron

Offsetting Macro-Shrinkage in Ductile Iron

Near Net Shape Ductile Iron Components – A novel Approach Using Semi-Solid Forming

Shrinkage in Nodular Iron

Solving Casting Problems

Basic Metallurgy

FEF College Industry Conference

Associate Member Profile Superior Graphite – Best Plant

Obituary Xarifa Sallume Bean, 1909 – 2001

Issue No. 2, 2001

DIS Announces New Member

CTIF Announcement

DIMG Marketing Group Presentation Summary

Properties of Thin-Wall Ductile Iron Castings

“Reduction of Shrinkage Scrap and Notes About Risering”

Carbon Additives

Nodularizing and Inoculation Approaches for Year 2000 and Beyond – Part 1

Offsetting Macro-shrinkage in Ductile Iron.  What Thermal Analysis Shows

FEF College Industry Conference

Issue No. 1, 2001 Best of the Ductile Iron News

Notice: AFS/SAE 2002 Meeting (Not a Reprint)

Ductile Iron Answers the Pipe Makers Dream

Designing with  Ductile Iron

The Advantages of Investment Casting Technology

Use of Bismuth in Ductile Iron


Venting – “The Lost Art”

The Effect of Boron in Ductile Iron

Physical Properties of Manifold Materials

Nickel (Not a Reprint)

Miller & Co. Offers Ceramic Filters (Not a Reprint)

Foundry Member Profile – Wells Manufacturing – Gearing Up

Associate Member Profile – Climax  Research Services

Issue No. 3 2000

Carbidic Austempered Ductile Iron (CADI)

K.D. Millis Scholarships Awarded

Dotson Foundry Virtual Tour

Factors that Affect compactability and Consistency in Green Sand

Comparative Machinability Evaluation of Ferritic Ductile Iron Castings

Porosity Defects in  Gray and Ductile Iron Castings from Mold Metal Interface Reactions

Purchasing Quality Ductile Iron

Casting Process Simulation

Comparison of Clarifier Drives

Ashland Introduces ExactCalc

Associate Member Profile – ASI International

Associate Member Profile – Odermath

Issue No. 2, 2000

Cover Story Multiple Channel Ultrasonic Instrument of Inspection Systems

Production and Machining of Ductile Cast Iron

Successful Automated Pouring of Ductile Iron:  Design and Operation

Millis Scholarship Fund Students Studying Ductile Iron

On the Suitability of ADI as an Alternative Material for (Railcar) Wheels

Globe Metallurgical Names 2000 Challenge Scholarship Winners

Foundry Member Profile – Farrar Corporation

Associate Member Profile – Hunter Automated Machinery Corp.

Associate Member Profile – Climax Research Services

Issue No. 1, 2000

Automatic Pouring of Molten Metal by Utilizing Real Time Vision Based Control System

Ductile Iron Castings Made to Specification GGG 40.3

Environmental Compliance Considerations & Strategies for Foundries

Globe Metallurgical’s “Challenge Scholarship Program”

Deep Cryogenic Tempering – One of Metalworking’s Best Kept Secrets

Associate Member Profile – MAGMA Foundry Technologies, Inc.

Issue No. 3, 1999

Overview of the SiC Market

Thermal Analysis Testing for Acceptable Mg Content

Rapid Determination of Mg in Ductile Iron

Experience with Recarburizers

Additional Info. Resources

FEF College Industry Conference

Henych Announces Retirement

William Beatty Obituary

Associate Member Profile – AP Southridge, Inc.

Issue No. 2, 1999

Millis Elected to Hall of Fame

Continuous Casting of Ductile Iron

Properties of GGG 40.3

Suggestions for Saving Money

Leonardite and Its Effects of Green Sand Molding

Albert P. Gagnebin Obituary

Profile – Bremen Castings, Inc.

Profile – Rochester Metal Products

Issue No. 1, 1999

Molten Metal Filtration – An Engineered Balance

Expendable Millis – The Father of Ductile Iron

Dr. Bela Kovacs Obituary

Modified “NiResist,” “Nomag” Cast Irons and Technological Processes of their Manufacture

Japan Malleable Casting Association (JMCA) Visit to Inductotherm

Intermet Study Reveals the Advantages of Cast Ductile Iron Crankshafts

Intermet Leads Joint Development of Enhanced Compacted Graphite Iron

Associate Member Profile The “Magic” of Applied Process

Issue No. 3, 1998

Ductile Iron News Reaches Out Globally by Joint the Internet

Prioritizing Green Sand Testing

Keough of Applied Process Wins Dual Recognition for Industry Services

Ductile Iron Bomb Bodies

Experiences in Ductile Iron Production

The Effect of Metallic Charge/Melt History on Nucleation Potential in Ductile Cats Irons

FEF College Industry Conference

Record Ductile Iron Casting