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March 14, 2011

Monday, March 14, 2011

Take our Hostile Duck on your next trip, and you can earn a $10 gift card!  Applied Process' antagonistic mascot, the Hostile Duck, is hitting the road, and hopes to travel with everyone around the world.  Just e-mail your request for a Hostile Duck t-shirt to info@appliedprocess.com, have yourself photographed (in your t-shirt) with a famous person or at a famous world landmark, and e-mail your photograph (and name, location and photo details) back to us.  If we post your photograph on our Facebook page Applied Process Family of Companies Facebook Page we'll send you the gift card.  It's that easy, but the more creative you can be, the better.  The Applied Process staff has already started their journeys, as evidenced by this photo of Dr. Kathy Hayrynen, Technical Director of Applied Process, Technologies Division, taken recently at the original French market Café Du Monde in New Orleans.

March 1, 2011

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Applied Process is pleased to announce that Henry Frear will assume the role of Regional Sales Engineer for the Applied Process companies.  His efforts will be focused on, but not limited to, growing the pie for Austempering in the Upper Midwest.

Henry joins Applied Process directly from an assignment at 3M in Prairie du Chien, WI.  In that post he designed components for use at 3M and also did Six Sigma work.

Henry is wrapping up a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.  While in school he was very active in the foundry lab where he cast grey iron, ductile iron, steel, bronze and aluminum parts to raise funds for the student AFS chapter.  He has a Major in Industrial Technology Management.

Having grown up in an agricultural environment, Henry will be well-prepared to speak the language and understand the needs of our valued customers in this major market segment.

Vasko Popovski, Technical Sales Group Leader stated "He has a can-do attitude that will help us continue serving our customers and growing the pie moving forward".

February 17, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Applied Process CEO John Keough presented "Austempered Ductile Iron (ADI) - A Green Alternative" at the 59th India Foundry Congress on February 12th.  The Congress is India's leading fair on foundry technology, equipment and supplies.  Keough's presentation discusses the light weight and low energy properties of Austempered Ductile Iron as a "green" alternative to "lightweight" metals such as aluminum and magnesium.  "The design community is largely unfamiliar with the properties of ADI," said Keough.  "ADI components can be designed with less waste and at lower life-cycle energy than many comparable designs in steel, aluminum or magnesium.  It can become a very attractive 'green' choice."

February 3, 2011

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Applied Process will participate in the Metalcasting Congress, April 5-8 in Schaumburg, Illinois.  The Metalcasting Congress is North America's largest annual event for the industry.  Sponsored by the American Foundry Society, the Congress will feature more than 200 suppliers.  Applied Process is exhibiting in booth 413.

In addition, Dr. Kathy Hayrynen, technical director of Applied Process, Technologies Division, will participate in an overview about the AFS Cast Iron Division April 7 during the Congress.

January 6, 2011

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Applied Process is pleased to announce that Dr. Kathy Hayrynen will become the first female president of the Foundry Educational Foundation (FEF) in 2012.

Hayrynen has been the technical director of Applied Process, Technologies Division, since 1998.  She served in a similar capacity with AP from 1995 to 1998.

In addition to FEF, Kathy is active in the Ductile Iron Society, ASTM International, SAE International, the American Foundry Society and is a fellow of ASM International, which also awarded her the 2009 George A. Roberts Award.

Kathy earned her PhD in Metallurgical Engineering in 1993 from Michigan Technological University.

December 14, 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Applied Process' Christopher Bixler's paper "Locally Austempered Ductile Iron (LADI)" was published in the 2010 SAE International Journal of Materials and Manufacturing. Considered among the most outstanding SAE technical papers of the year, Chris Bixler's work in now available for downloading.

There are numerous component applications that would benefit from localized austempering (heat treating only a portion of the component) for either improved wear properties or fatigue strength.

Bixler, et al. work is a great achievement, and indicative of the level of technological expertise at Applied Process," said John Keough, company CEO. To read the entire paper click on the link below.

Article: Locally Austempered Ductile Iron (LADI)

Applied Process Supports the FEF College Industry Conference

Friday, December 03, 2010

Applied Process participated in last month's Foundry Educational Foundation (FEF) College Industry Conference, where nearly 250 industry executives, student delegates, key professors and university administrators were in attendance.

FEF is a privately funded scholarship organization established by the metal casting industry in 1947. The FEF helps employers related to the metal casting industry connect with students who are passionate about castings. This year's conference awarded 21 student scholarships and arranged for 90 student delegates to interact with representatives of 36 companies in the metal casting industry.

Applied Process is a long-time contributor to both the FEF and FEF Endowment. Four former FEF students currently hold key management positions with the company: John Keough, CEO, Dr. Kathy Hayrynen, Technical Director, Chad Plant Manager APW, and Chris Bixler, Principal Process Engineer. Dr. Hayrynen is currently on the FEF Board, and Keough is the FEF key contact at the University of Michigan, where he is an Adjunct Professor.

For more information about FEF, visit www.fefinc.org.

Applied Process CEO John Keough (left) and University of Michigan FEF representative Keegan Schrider, a senior Materials Science and Engineering student, at the FEF College Industry Conference.

Applied Process Presents at AFI, Australia

Monday, November 08, 2010

Applied Process' John Keough presented "ADI - A Green Alternative" at the October AFI National Conference and Meeting in Adelaide, Australia. As a result of his presentation, the Australia Ductile Iron Producers Association (ADIPA) made a $1,000 donation to the Foundry Educational Foundation (FEF) Endowment Fund. The AFI Conference attracted engineers, scientists, students, educations and manufacturers under the theme "Casting a Greener Future." It is one of the most popular conferences in the country.

"I was thrilled to participate in this conference, and especially for the donation that was made to FEF," said Keough. "Manufacturers in Australia are dedicated to greener systems, and were very interested in what we're doing at Applied Process." To read the entire paper click on the link below.

Article: ADI - A Green Alternative

Justin Lefevre joins the Technical Sales Group at AP

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Effective immediately, Justin Lefevre will assume the role of Regional Sales Engineer for the Applied Process companies. His efforts will be focused on Growing the Pie in the Upper Midwest.

Justin joins AP fresh from an assignment at Caterpillar in Peoria, IL, where he worked in their metallurgy lab. Justin also has foundry experience from a previous post at East Jordan Iron Works.

Justin earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. He brings a strong mechanical engineering influence to the Sales team, and he will surely put that background to work helping our customers to move conversions from idea to reality.

Applied Process Supports the Kansas State University Mini Baja Team

Monday, October 11, 2010

David Prieb, President of the KSU Mini Baja team writes that the "Austempered suspension arms drew quite a bit of attention; they were truly unique in design and construction." The team built a car that ran in a Bellingham, WA competition last May, along with 111 other cars. David also said the "arms held up to anything we were able to throw at them. They actually deformed the mounts on the frame and showed no signs of damage."

Applied Process supports American Free Enterprise. Dream Big

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

We've joined with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to become a supporter of American Free Enterprise. Click on the logo for more information.

Vasko Popovski, PE has been elevated to Technical Sales Group Leader for the Applied Process family of companies

Monday, August 23, 2010

Effective immediately, Vasko Popovski will assume the role of Group Leader - Technical Sales for the Applied Process companies. In his new role, Vasko will be building and leading a technical sales force capable of supporting AP's sales focus and goals; helping AP to deliver value to customers worldwide.

Vasko joined Applied Process in February of 2008 in a regional sales engineering role. Before that he was National Account Manager for Elkem Metals. Prior to moving into sales Vasko filled various quality and process engineering roles at Harmony Castings, Union Electric Steel, Babcock & Wilcox Nuclear Equipment Division and Citation Corporation.

Vasko earned a Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics at the University of Pittsburgh. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Technology from Kent State University where he was also an instructor. Vasko is a Registered Professional Engineer.

Vasko is very active in the technical associations and is author or co-author on over 10 papers. The AFS Cast Iron Division gave him the "Outstanding Individual Service Award" in 2005 and he was awarded the "Elkem Foundry Division Special Award" in 2006.

And the winner is....Jana Fogarty

Friday, June 11, 2010

At our 2010 Cast Expo booth we held a drawing for one of our Hostile Ducks.

Jana is a Metallurgical Engineer in the Cast Iron Division of Kohler. She is also on the Ductile Iron Research Committee for AFS as well as being a Michigan Tech. grad.

Here she is with Tim Dorn accepting her Hostile Duck.

To read more about the Hostile Duck click on the link below.

Hostile Duck-Industrial Fable.pdf

China International Foundry Exposition in Beijing

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Stephen Gladieux and Xia Yong at the joint AP Suzhou and Shanghai Powermax booth during the 2010 China International Foundry Exposition in Beijing. This was the 10th occurrence of this show and a wide variety of foundries and foundry suppliers were present from all over the world. There was a strong focus on new technology for foundries with halls dedicated to furnace manufacturers and supplies, molding and shake out equipment, and other aspects of the foundry process. A great many foundries were exhibiting as well including products ranging from automotive, general industry, and wind power. AP Suzhou teamed up with Shanghai Powermax to answer questions about austempering technology and applications. In general, it was a very fruitful expo.

For Immediate Release from FEF - Foundry Educational Foundation

Sunday, May 02, 2010

FEF held its Annual Meeting at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio on April 16, 2010.
At the meeting, the following officers of FEF were approved:

President - Tom Cobett-Research & Dev. Mgr., OmniSource Corp., Strongsville, OH
1st Vice President - Jim Frost-Assistant Melting Mgr., ACIPCO, Birmingham, AL
2ND VICE PRESIDENT - KATHY HAYRYNEN-TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, APPLIED PROCESS, LIVONIA, MI
Secretary - Joe Costabile-Sales Engineer, Hickman, Williams & Co., Oak Brook, IL
Treasurer - Rob Steele-NA Operations Mgr.-S&B Industrial Minerals NA Inc., St. Augustine, FL
Immediate Past President - Jerry Clancey-V.P. Sales, Fairmount Minerals, Benton Harbor, MI

Applied Process, Inc., the World Wide Leaders in Austempering Technology would like to congratulate Dr. Kathy Hayrynen on her appointment.

April 14, 2010

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

SAE paper 2010-01-0652, Locally Austempered Ductile Iron (LADI) by Christopher Bixler, Kathy Hayrynen and John Keough of Applied Process Inc., George Pfaffmann of AjaxTocco Magnathermic and Scott Gledhill of ThyssenKrupp Waupaca was presented today at the SAE Congress in Detroit. Chris Bixler introduced the LADI concept in the camshaft application detailed in the paper. The LADI process can deliver high allowable contact stresses, low process variation and a lower component price than assembled, steel billet or surface hardened ductile iron camshafts. Applied Process Inc., AjaxTocco, ThyssenKrupp Waupaca and Linamar have formed a collaborative effort to bring this exciting new process to market. For more information email us at info@appliedprocess.com.

LOCALLY AUSTEMPERED DUCTILE IRON (LADI) TO BE INTRODUCED AT SAE WORLD CONGRESS 2010

Livonia, Mich....March 31, 2010

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Applied Process, Inc. along with Ajax Tocco Magnethermic Corporation, ThyssenKrupp Waupaca, Inc., and Linamar Corporation will debut a revolutionary surface Austemper heat treatment process called Locally Austempered Ductile Iron (LADI) at the SAE World Congress on April 14, 2010.

LADI is a cost effective, high-performance induction based heat treatment process that allows localized regions of a cast iron component to be austempered, which achieves improved wear properties and contact fatigue strength over similar surface hardening heat treatments. The LADI process has been developed utilizing unalloyed grades of ductile iron allowing for reduced casting cost and increased machine tool life. The LADI process has been validated as a material process combination for automotive camshafts. Powertrain components, gears, ground engaging equipment, wear surfaces and railroad components could also benefit from the LADI process.

"There is currently a need in the automotive industry for materials that can handle contact stresses in excess of 1700 MPa that are cost effective but do not sacrifice performance," stated Philip R. Guys, Vice President of Engineering at McLaren Performance Technologies. "We think LADI will fit this need perfectly."

Locally Austempered Ductile Iron (LADI) will be presented at the 2010 SAE World Congress during the Casting Materials M402 technical session at 9:40 a.m. on Wednesday, April 14 in room D0-03A.

More information on the LADI process is available by contacting Chris Bixler at cbixler@appliedprocess.com or +1-734-464-8000 extension 227.

March 29, 2010

Monday, March 29, 2010

University of Michigan MSE 365 Lab at Joyworks Studio

John Keough, CEO of Applied Process and Adjunct Professor at UoM recently hosted the (now annual) MSE 365 metal casting lab at his Joyworks studio. Professor Brian Love, several graduate assistants and 52 MSE students participated in the lab over three days in March. Personal lost foam creations and UoM seals produced in chemically bonded sand molds were poured in aluminum during the labs. The students prepared the molds and poured them. The students also ran thermocoupled cooling rate studies and cast some chill samples for subsequent microstructural investigation. Mr. Keough was assisted by (Dr. Kathy Hayrynen (AP's Technical Director) and AP's Principal Process Engineer, Chris Bixler. Applied Process is dedicated to the metal casting industry and the education of young technologists.

February 15, 2010

Monday, February 15, 2010

Applied Process would like to congratulate Steve Sumner, Plant Manager at AP Livonia. Steve ran in the P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon in January. He had a clock time of 3:27:11 putting his overall place at 526 out of 5741 runners and his division place at 55 out of 460 runners. Steve's time also qualified him to run in the Boston marathon in April 2010.

February 2, 2010

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Recently in Metal Casting Design and Purchasing magazine there was an article published by our own team entitled Agricultural Applications of Austempered Iron. The article talks about several developments that have occurred in the past few years regarding the use of austempering applications in the agricultural industry. To read the entire article click on the link below.

Article: Agricultural Applications of Austempered Iron

January 12, 2010

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Tim Dorn, VP of Sales and Marketing, gave a talk today at the Agriculture Equipment Technology Conference in Orlando, Florida. Here he is with Neal Stoffel, Sr. Project Engineer, Kondex Corporation, Lomira, Wisconsin. Neal was the Program Chair for the Supplier Showcase. The Supplier Showcase was a session to feature newer technologies and innovations in the agriculture industry with the most up-to-date information. This was held in conjunction with the AG Connect 2010 Expo. Tim's talk was on the Advantages in Utilizing Austempered Ductile Iron.

November 16, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

In a recent article posted on "themonty" The Keough family is listed as one of the 25 Most Influential People in the North American Heat Treating Industry. The entire paragraph reads "The Keough Family. Bill and Chip. Very unfortunately Bob Keough the founder of AFC-Holcroft passed away this past year however the legacy he leaves lives in his two sons Chip as President of Applied Process (commercial salt heat treating) and Bill as President of AFC-Holcroft (new furnaces). Applied Process is the largest commercial salt heat treating in North America, AFC-Holcroft one of the largest builders of new furnaces.

November 1, 2009

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Applied Process is celebrating 25 years of excellence and commitment to our customers and employees.

Applied Process, Inc. began as an experimental division of the Atmosphere Furnace Company. It's charter was to develop new and unique ways of processing heavier parts with particular interest in austempering of cast irons. AP grew into a stand alone business and was incorporated in 1984 with John R. (Chip) Keough as President. As business continued to increase, AP moved to its current location in Livonia, Michigan. The 33,000 square foot plant provided the room needed for continued growth. Commercial interested in austempered cast irons has continued to increase. Applied Process now operates 4 wholly owned companies and licensees in Australia, England and India.

October 27, 2009

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Applied Process, Inc. is pleased to announce that Dr. Kathy L. Hayrynen, FASM has received the 2009 George A. Roberts Award. This award was established by the ASM Materials Education Foundation in 2003. It is presented annually to an individual "who has made a significant impact to reach students and teachers, in efforts to increase awareness of materials and applied science careers."

Kathy received her BS, MS and PhD in Metallurgical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and then joined the AP family in 1995. She served as a volunteer for the first ASM Materials Camp for high school teachers at the University of Michigan in 2003. Within a short time, she assumed responsibility as the local coordinator of this camp.

Kathy has held various positions at ASM including the Education Chair of the Detroit Chapter and in 2002 she entered the officers' rotation, serving as the Chapter Chair in 2004/2005. She was instrumental in starting the first ASM Student Chapter at the middle school level.

Over the years, Kathy has received numerous awards and honors for her professional and volunteer activities, including ASM Fellow, the 2006 ASM Detroit Chapter Service Award and the 2008 ASM Detroit Chapter President's Award.

We are happy to have Kathy on our team and wish her continued success.

August 31, 2009

Monday, August 31, 2009

John R. (Chip) Keough, CEO of Applied Process has been made an Adjunct Professor at University of Michigan’s Material Science and Engineering Department in the College of Engineering. Mr. Keough is a 1977 graduate of Michigan and holds BS degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Metallurgical Engineering. He is also a Registered Professional Engineer. He has been active on the UoM MSE Alumni Advisory Board for many years.

His role at UoM will be to supplement and assist the department faculty with instructional and lab based activities related to metals, and specifically, to metal castings. The picture shown here was taken during a lab module of a 300-level materials processing course. In the module, the students studied the history of metal castings and designed and made castings at Mr. Keough’s Joyworks Studio in Ann Arbor. MSE 365 instructor, Professor Brian Love (left), the students and their teaching assistant and John Keough (right) are shown in this photo). One of the more creative castings from the UoM students is shown below.

June 9, 2009

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

John R. (Chip) Keough, CEO of Applied Process Inc., is pleased to announce that AP Suzhou in Suzhou, Jiangsu, China has attained ISO 9001:2008 status joining its sister plants; Applied Process (Livonia, Michigan), AP Westshore (Oshkosh, Wisconsin) and AP Southridge (Elizabethtown, Kentucky) with ISO certification. The AP family of companies is dedicated to providing the highest quality Austempering services available anywhere, on time and at competitive prices. For more information contact: cduman@appliedprocess.com or tdorn@appliedprocess.com.

Chad Moder appointed Plant Manager

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Applied Process Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Chad Moder as Plant Manager of the AP Westshore facility located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Chad joined AP in 2007 with a Bachelors’s degree in Industrial Technology Management from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and has several years of foundry production and metallurgical experience. Chad is currently pursuing his MBA at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Tim Dorn appointed Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Oshkosh, Wisconsin – AP Westshore, Inc., a member of the Applied Process family of companies has added Chad Moder as their new Assistant Plant Manager.Applied Process is pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Dorn as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Tim joined the Applied Process family of companies at our AP Westshore facility in Oshkosh, Wisconsin in 2003, under the direction of John Wagner, Chief Operations Officer. Tim is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a BS is Materials Science. He has extensive technical experience in Manufacturing, Engineering, Purchasing and Sales roles, including 15 years of practical foundry experience. He is married with two children, is an avid Packers fan. Tim reports to John Keough, CEO, and will continue to work out of Wisconsin.

AP Westshore, Inc. Adds Assistant Plant Manager

Monday, June 09, 2008

Chad is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a B.S. in Industrial Technology-Materials and Materials Processing. He is currently working on his MBA at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Chad has several years of foundry production and metallurgical experience, including Cupola melting, molten metal processing and defect analysis and reduction. Chad brings over 6 years of management experience with him as well as a background in Lean Manufacturing principals. Chad is also a member of the American Foundry Society (AFS).

Chad will report to AP Westshore’s Timothy Dorn, Plant Manager, and will be an integral part of assisting our customers with their technical and product needs, as well as helping the AP Westshore company exceed our customer’s high quality standards.

We are pleased and excited to have Chad join our team.

Applied Process, Inc. Expands Sales Force

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Livonia, Michigan – The Applied Process family of companies has expanded its sales force with the addition of a Regional Sales Engineer position and is pleased to announce the hiring of Mr. Vasko Popovski.

Mr. Popovski is a Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Wisconsin. . He received his B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering and B.A. in Economics from The University of Pittsburgh and an M.A. in Technology from Kent State University.

Vasko also brings over 15 years experience in Engineering, Management and Sales in the foundry industry. He has authored and published seven technical papers. As an instructor, Vasko has also conducted numerous technical seminars for clients, professional groups, and University students.

He is active with American Foundry Society as Chair of the 5L Committee on Molten Metal Processing. Vasko also serves on two other AFS Cast Iron Division committees.

AP’s COO, John Wagner, said “This combination of education, experience and active involvement in industry organizations will surely help us continue to achieve our Corporate Goals.”

ADI Seed Boot Receives Prestigious Casting of the Year Award!

Friday, May 18, 2007

Smith Foundry Co., Minneapolis, MN. claimed the top prize in the annual Casting of the Year Competition hosted by Engineered Cast Solutions Magazine and the American Foundry Society for their Rangeland Planter Boot casting submission. Their conversion of a multiple piece steel weldment to an Austempered Ductile Iron (ADI) one piece thin walled (0.25 in) casting achieved a 65% cost reduction, 15% weight reduction and a 50% reduction in lead time over its fabricated counterpart. Increased wear properties are also expected to be achieved and will be validated during field use. The previous weldment averaged only 500 acres of planting before it needed to be changed.

Applied Process, Inc. would like to congratulate Smith Foundry on a job well done!

For the full PDF version of the article please click here.

History and Properties of Grade 750 ADI

Thursday, May 17, 2007

A paper titled “The History and Properties of Grade 750 ADI” was presented by Dr. Kathy L. Hayrynen at the AFS Casting Congress in Houston on May 17, 2007. This paper describes the development of Grade 750 ADI since the early 1970’s in addition to providing data from research in progress at Applied Process Technologies Division.

The paper is co-authored by John R. Keough, CEO of the Applied Process Companies. It is available as part of the 2007 Transactions of the American Foundry Society.

AFS Presents Best Paper Awards

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

The American Foundry Society presented the 2007 Best Paper Award for the Cast Iron Division to Dr. Kathy L. Hayrynen and co-authors Dennis Moore, Jason Parolini and Dr. Karl Rundman from Michigan Technological University for their paper titled ”On the Thermal Stability of Ausferrite in Austempered Gray Iron Components for Long Exposure High-Temperature Applications.”

Dr. Hayrynen presented this paper at the 2006 AFS Casting Congress. It summarizes the results of a thermal stability study on the material used to produce gray cast iron cylinder liners for diesel engines.

Best paper awards for the American Foundry Society are determined by peer review of papers submitted for publication in AFS Transactions. This is the fourth best paper award for Dr. Hayrynen, three of which were co-authored with Rundman and Moore.