Ramón Suárez: “Our target with the organization of the 2nd Carl Loper Symposium is to bring innovations close to the future of the Foundry Industry”
The 2nd Carl Loper Symposium on Foundry Technologies will be held in Bilbao on the 30th of September and 1st of October 2019. This meeting is organized by IK4-AZTERLAN Metallurgy Research Centre with the collaboration of the American Foundry Society, the Word Foundry Organization and the Tabira Foundry Institute.
In the words of Ramón Suárez, head of R&D and Metallurgy Processes at IK4-AZTERLAN, the target of the symposium is to “gather technological developments that are aligned with the current and future needs of the foundry industry”.
Why a Symposium honoring Carl Loper?
Dr. Prof. Carl Loper was a relevant figure in both fields, research and foundry technologies. He was also a close figure to IK4-AZTERLAN, with several contacts and collaborations in the past. He was taking part in the 2nd International Technical Foundry Forum, organized in Bilbao by IK4-AZTERLAN in 2005, sharing part of his experiences in the preconditioning of iron for the manufacturing of big size castings.
10 years have gone since the 1st Carl Loper Symposium was held in Madison (USA) in 2009, where we took part as well, along with relevant international professionals from academia and industry. Dr. Prof. Carl Loper passed away in 2010.
With this 2nd edition, we want to take back this initiative with the aim of stablishing this technical meeting as a three yearly international working frame to bind academic and industrial worlds.
What would you highlight from the program of this relevant event?
Focusing into the program of the Symposium, our target is it to be a little different in comparison with the classic congresses, that usually have a high scientific character.
We want to bring a closer industrial view and make it an attractive meeting point for industry professionals. For that reason, we will have several Key Note Lectures from first level international companies, that will share some of their main technological developments as well as some hints of the requirements, demands and challenges that the foundry industry will be facing in the closer future.
Of course, we will also count with scientific contributions driven to present solutions to complex topics close to the needs of the foundry sector.
Summarizing, we would like the Symposium to be a bridge between the scientific and the industrial worlds.
The meeting will be held on September the 30th and October 1st in Bilbao. Both days with morning and afternoon sessions. Currently, until March 30th, the abstract submission period is open. The specific program of the event will take form after the international scientific committee evaluates the works to be presented.
Do you think that more working frames are needed between the industry and the scientific and academic fields?
Without any doubt, researchers must develop knowledge and technological innovation to bring value to the industry. It is our main purpose and at IK4-AZTERLAN we are especially sensitive with that aspect. As a Technology Centre focused on metallurgy and metallic materials transformation technologies that has always to accompany and to provide solutions to the industry and specially to foundries, being fully aware of the importance of this fact.
At the same time, we cannot forget that, from the research field, we must anticipate technological answers to the needs of the industry and bring “usable” knowledge and technological development to improve processes. Very few industrial professionals are interested in innovations that cannot be applicable to their processes.
In any case, the road to innovation should begin with the active listening to the problems and the needs of industrial companies, including the changes given in the market and in the regulatory field, among many others.
Creating working spaces that will facilitate the connection and will allow to align the needs of companies and the working lines of the different innovation agents is very important.
Which kind of professional profiles do you expect to gather around this event?
We would like to gather professionals from both worlds: industry and academia from all over the world. We want this Symposium to become a three-yearly meeting between both fields, that will allow us to check out that the interests, worries and working lines are, indeed, aligned.
We hope to be able to achieve this target and to settle this Symposium as a reference international technical meeting.