The Chesterfield and Sheffield Branch were pleased to be able to host their first ‘in person’ Technical Seminar since 2019.

The event was very well supported, with around 70 ICME Members from across the UK attending in person, plus a number of delegates logging in to attend virtually, and the level of questioning and discussion was excellent, with delegates clearly enjoying being back face to face.

Branch President, Simon Alexander FICME, started the proceedings by welcoming all the delegates to the event, which was kindly hosted by the Advanced Manufacturing & Research Centre at the Knowledge Transfer Centre, Sheffield University.

The theme of the seminar was Net Zero and Mark Fenyes, CEng FICME, Chairman of OMEGA Sinto FM, began by speaking about developments in sand reclamation to enable foundries of different types to reduce costs & meet the ever increasing environmental challenges, with mining, extraction & transportation being more significant contributors to energy consumption than reclamation.

Simon Olive FICME , Managing Director of Maxima Engineering, showed several innovative visual examples of tracking metal flow inside the mould cavity that have been developed by researchers, including Professor John Campbell Hon FICME, in order to better understand the behaviour of liquid metal and how this work has contributed to modern computer simulation technology.

There was a presentation on the various training initiatives that are available through the ICME, from Amy Worrallo MICME, ICME EPA Quality Manager, who described the suite of leadership and management courses, which have been very well received, the planned professional development programme for early career professionals and also the recently launched cast iron metallurgy programme.

Richard Heath Prof ICME  – Health Safety & Environment Officer for Cast Metals Federation – delivered his usual entertaining, but nonetheless serious, message regarding Health & Safety news, with valuable advice on the likely focus of the Health & Safety Executive Factory Inspectors as they also emerge from their enforced hibernation during lockdown.

Following the lunch break, Joe Veale Prof MICME – Technical Manager at Sheffield Forgemasters – gave delegates the benefit of his practical experiences in the use of statistical data & how this could be used to develop valuable tools to measure & control foundry processes or operator performance.

Matt Cawood – Head of Group, Castings AMRC Castings – explained the different roles between AMRC (who remain part of Sheffield University) and Castings Technology International following the January 2021 management buyout of CTI.  The two, now separate, business units are both using the shared casting facilities at Rotherham.  With other AMRC partners, like Boeing & Rolls Royce, AMRC Castings are seeking to convince designers in aerospace and other sectors that cast parts are a viable and possibly more sustainable and cost effective alternative to components machined from solid blocks.

CTI Managing Director, Richard Cook, gave an explanation of the new management structure & business model with the main goal being skills and jobs preservation.  He was supported by Will Jeffs, Technical Development Director, who described some of the practical projects that are ongoing, including the use of the unique titanium melting facility, together with efforts to benchmark metal printing (or Additive Layer Manufacture) versus Castings.

Photo L to R: Steve Illingsworth – Matt Cawood – Richard Cook – Simon Olive – Simon Alexander – Mark Fenyes – Richard Heath – front row, L to R, Joe Veale & Will Jeffs.

The event was followed by a tour of CTI/AMRC Foundry Facilities.

All of the excellent speakers were presented with a memento of the event by Branch President Simon Alexander, in the form of a bottle of Sheffield’s own ‘Henderson’s Relish’.

The Chesterfield & Sheffield Branch would like to thank the following for their contribution in making the event a great success:

All of the delegates who attended the event or joined online & their respective companies for their support.

The excellent speakers for their presentations which attracted an unprecedented number of attendees.

Matt & AMRC Team for hosting the event along with valuable organisational support together with Will Jeffs & CTI colleagues for facilitating the interesting site tour.

Simon, David & Jake at Team Maxima Engineering, together with Richard Heath, CMF, for their help & support with online presentation & recording of the event.

Angela & ICME colleagues for help in promoting & advertising the Technical Seminar.

Article written by Steve Illingworth FICME.