06. August 2019 - 7:00
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2019 Defense Casting Symposium | Waterfront Conference Center, Bettendorf Iowa | Tuesday, 06. August 2019

A meeting with defense agencies and the domestic metal casting supply chain to facilitate agile support to the US warfighter
The attendee will have the opportunity to:
• Tour of RIA AM COE and local defense casting supply chain member• Understand supply chain requirements for rapid casting supply• Learn the workings of the acquisition process and how they impact the supply chain• Learn about technologies that can speed casting acquisition and improve success rate• Meet with members of the military to discuss current and future casting requirements• Better understand technical data packages and the information they contain• Learn about resources for working with the Defense Logistics Agency• Help improve the domestic supply chain for defense related castings and support for the warfighter• Discuss ways to improve the acquisition, contracting and qualification process• Help identify the sticking points in ordering, manufacturing and supplying and quantify their impact to people who could make changes. • Help to build a team approach between suppliers and customers to establish a dialogue for solution to issues• Reach a larger audience more effectively to identify and prioritize issues or to hear suggest potential solutions

Hotel Information - Attendees to the conference will receive a special discounted rate at the Isle Casino Hotel of $84.99.  Reservations can be made at or calling the Isle Hotel at 1-800-843-4753 and identifying themselves as group code DOD2019 or by following the link  

Preliminary Agenda
Day 1
AM Sessions – Tours of a commercial Steel foundry and Rock Island Arsenal. (Must Preregister)
PM Sessions – Symposium kickoff and current conditions for casting supply
                Keynote speaker - TBD
                State of current DOD casting requirements
                State of the casting supply chain and ability to respond to DOD requirements
Day 2
AM Sessions
Breakout sessions chaired by Industry technical organizations exploring casting requirements for aviation, land Based, and maritime castings.
                Current federally funded casting programs
PM Sessions
                Fundamentals for delivery of castings, Industry and Government panel discussion
                Matching available technologies with casting requirements
                Gap analysis in casting acquisition, manufacturing and qualification process
                New technologies available for casting manufacture
                Technical Data Package requirements for supply chain rapid response
Day 3
AM Sessions
                Casting supply chain readiness survey
                Leveraging technology to increase first pass yield and speed to the Warfighter
                Understanding supply chain requirements for technical data packages
                Understanding the DOD qualification process
Closing address TBD
PM Sessions – Government Only
                How can more castings be inducted into the supply chain system at the component level?
                How can the government aid in the shortening lead times
                Discussion of development of DOD wide metal casting working group
Education on metals castings
Rooms will be available at the Isle Casino and Hotel on the Mississippi River at a discounted rate