Code of Conduct

Community Rules & Etiquette and Privacy Guidelines

Thank you for being part of our community. To ensure the best possible experience for all members, we have established some basic guidelines for participation.

By joining and using this community, you agree that you have read and will follow these rules and guidelines. You also agree to reserve discussions and shared files and content to that best suited to the medium. This is a great medium with which to solicit the advice of your peers, benefit from their experience, and participate in an ongoing conversation. Questions for or about AFS should be directed to our Member Services department via the Contact Us link on this site. Technical questions on association management issues should directed to our helpdesk.

Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with these important guidelines. If you have questions, contact the Member Services Department. In order to preserve a climate that encourages both civil and fruitful dialogue, we reserve the right to suspend or terminate membership in this community for anyone who violate these rules.

The Rules

  • Don't challenge or attack others. The discussions and comments are meant to stimulate conversation not to create contention. Let others have their say, just as you may. 
  • Don't post commercial or promotional messages anywhere on CastingConnection. Contact people directly with product and service information if you believe it would help them.  If you wish to promote an event, product or program, contact the AFS Business Development Division
  • Use caution when discussing products. Information posted on the lists and in the libraries is available for all to see, and comments are subject to libel, slander, and antitrust laws. 
  • CastingConnection is not a job board and should not be used to solicit job opportunities.  Rather, please visit the AFS Metalcasting Career Center.
  • All defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials are strictly prohibited. Do not post anything that you would not want the world to see or that you would not want anyone to know came from you. 
  • Please note carefully all items listed in the disclaimer and legal rules below, particularly regarding the copyright ownership of information posted. 
  • Remember that other participants have the right to reproduce postings to this site unless you specify otherwise. 
  • Post your message or documents only to the most appropriate lists or libraries. Do not spam several lists or libraries with the same message.
    All messages must add to the body of knowledge. We reserve the right to reject any message for any reason.

Discussion Group Etiquette

  • Include a signature tag on all messages. Include your name, affiliation, location. 
  • State concisely and clearly the topic of your comments in the subject line. This allows members to respond more appropriately to your posting and makes it easier for members to search the archives by subject. 
  • Include only the relevant portions of the original message in your reply. Delete any header information, and put your response before the original posting. 
  • Only send a message to the entire list when it contains information that everyone can benefit from. 
  • Send messages such as "thanks for the information" or "me, too" to individuals--not to the entire list. Do this by using the "Reply to Sender" link to the left of every message.
  • Do not send administrative messages, such as remove me from the list. Instead, use the web interface to change your settings or to remove yourself from a list. If you are changing e-mail addresses, you do not need to remove yourself from the list and rejoin under your new e-mail address. Simply change your settings. 
  • Warn other list subscribers of lengthy messages either in the subject line or at the beginning of the message body with a line that says "Long Message." 
  • Do not use CastingConnection to promote non-AFS events, webinars or programs. 

The Legal Stuff

This site is provided as a service for the members of American Foundry Society.  American Foundry Society is not responsible for the opinions and information posted on this site by others. We disclaim all warranties with regard to information posted on this site, whether posted by American Foundry Society or any third party; this disclaimer includes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness. In no event shall American Foundry Society be liable for any special, indirect, or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data, or profits, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of any information posted on this site.

Do not post any defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials. Do not post any information or other material protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner. By posting material, the posting party warrants and represents that he or she owns the copyright with respect to such material or has received permission from the copyright owner. In addition, the posting party grants American Foundry Society and users of this site the nonexclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print, and use such information or other material.

Messages should not be posted if they encourage or facilitate members to arrive at any agreement that either expressly or impliedly leads to price fixing, a boycott of another's business, or other conduct intended to illegally restrict free trade. Messages that encourage or facilitate an agreement about the following subjects are inappropriate: prices, discounts, or terms or conditions of sale; salaries; profits, profit margins, or cost data; market shares, sales territories, or markets; allocation of customers or territories; or selection, rejection, or termination of customers or suppliers.

American Foundry Society does not actively monitor the site for inappropriate postings and does not on its own undertake editorial control of postings. However, in the event that any inappropriate posting is brought to the attention of American Foundry Society we will take all appropriate action.

American Foundry Society reserves the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by these guidelines.

Privacy Policy

We respect your privacy

Any personal information you provide to us including and similar to your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address will not be released, sold, or rented to any entities or individuals outside of our organization except as noted below.

With Whom Do We Share the Personal Information We Collect Through This Site

Our Service Providers. 
We may share your personal information with companies (including our affiliates) that perform services on our behalf, for example, companies that help process credit card payments. Our service providers are required by contract to protect the confidentiality of the personal information we share with them and to use it only to provide specific services on our behalf. 

Business Transfers. 
Your personal information may be transferred to another entity (either an affiliated entity or an unrelated third party) in connection with a merger, reorganization, dissolution or similar corporate event. If such a transfer were ever to occur, the acquiring entity’s use of your personal information will still be subject to this Privacy Policy. 

Government and Legal Disclosures 
We may disclose the personal information we collect through this Site, when we, in good faith, believe disclosure is appropriate to comply with the law (or a court order or subpoena); to prevent or investigate a possible crime, such as fraud or identity theft; to enforce our Terms and Conditions or other agreements that govern your use of this Site; or to protect the rights, property or safety of our company, our users, or others.

External Sites.

We are not responsible for the content of external internet sites. You are advised to read the privacy policy of external sites before disclosing any personal information.


A "cookie" is a small data text file that is placed in your browser and allows us to recognize you each time you visit this site (personalization, etc). Cookies themselves do not contain any personal information, and we do not use cookies to collect personal information. Cookies may also be used by 3rd party content providers such as newsfeeds.

Remember The Risks Whenever You Use The Internet

While we do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information that you transmit to us and you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of any passwords or other account information. In addition other Internet sites or services that may be accessible through our site have separate data and privacy practices independent of us, and therefore we disclaim any responsibility or liability for their policies or actions. Please contact those vendors and others directly if you have any questions about their privacy policies.  For any other information please contact us using the Contact Us page

Antitrust Policy Statement

The American Foundry Society (AFS) is a trade and technical association of foundries where castings of metal are made.

AFS is organized to promote the common interests of the foundry industry.  AFS will not become involved in the competitive business decisions of its member companies, nor will it take any action which would tend to restrain competition in the metal castings industry.

Nevertheless, it is recognized by the Board of Directors of AFS that the Society and its varied activities could be regarded by some as a forum or opportunity to promote anti-competitive conduct.  For this reason, the Board of Directors has taken this occasion, through this statement of AFS’ General Policies of Antitrust Compliance, to make clear its unequivocal support for the principles of competition that the antitrust laws serve.  It is essential that AFS members comply in all respect with those laws when engaged in any AFS-sanctioned events or discussions.

In addition to AFS’ firm commitment to the principles of competition, members should be aware that the laws can impose penalties on individuals and corporations that are now so severe that good business judgment demands that every effort be made to avoid any violation of those laws.  Certain violations of the Sherman Act, such as price-fixing, are felony crimes for which individuals may now be imprisoned for up to three (3) years or fined up to $100,000 or both, and corporations can be fined up to $1,000,000 for each offense.  In addition, treble damage claims by private parties (including class actions) for antitrust violations are extremely expensive to litigate and can result in judgments of a magnitude which could seriously affect the financial interests of the members.

It shall be the responsibility of every member of AFS to comply with the antitrust laws, especially in connection with all AFS events.  AFS officers and committee chairmen should work to communicate the policy and insist that members adhere to it in the course of activities pursued under their leadership.

To assist in recognizing situations which may raise the appearance of an antitrust problem, the Board will as a matter of policy furnish copies of AFS’ General Policies of Antitrust Compliance to its staff and all officers, directors and committee chairmen.  AFS also may make available general legal advice when questions arise as to the manner in which the antitrust laws may apply to the activities of AFS or to any committee.

Antitrust compliance is the responsibility of every AFS member.  In the event that AFS confirms a violation of the General Policies of Antitrust Compliance, then it will immediately suspend that member’s membership and remove any officer serving as a representative of that member.


The following policies are applicable to all AFS members in connection with all AFS activities:

Members must not use AFS or any committee, conference or activity of AFS for the purpose of bringing about, or attempting to bring about, any understanding or agreement, whether written or oral, formal or informal, expressed or implied, among competitors with regard to prices, terms or conditions of sale, discounts, distribution, volume of production, territories or customers.

No AFS member activity or communication shall include discussion of (a) prices or pricing methods, (b) production quotas or other limitations on either the timing or volume of production or of sales, or (c) allocation of territories, markets or customers in any way.

AFS committee members shall not undertake any activity, which involves exchange or collection and dissemination among competitors, of any information regarding prices, pricing methods, costs of production, or of sales or distribution or individual company statistics of any kind, without first obtaining the advice of legal counsel, whom AFS approves, as to those proper and lawful methods by which these activities may be pursued.

No AFS member activity or communication shall include any discussion or action which might be construed as an attempt to prevent any person or business entity from gaining access to any market or to any customer for goods or services, or to prevent or boycott any business entity from obtaining a supply of goods or otherwise purchasing goods or services freely in the market.

No AFS member activity or communication shall include any discussion or action which might be construed as an agreement or understanding to refrain from purchasing any raw materials, equipment, services or other supplies from any supplier (except where lawfully authorized such as efforts to insure materials suppliers are not engaging in forced or slave labor in the supply chain).

Members must not use AFS or any committee of AFS to bring about the standardization of any product or method of manufacture or certification of any product or program for the purpose of preventing the manufacture or sale of any product not conforming to a specified standard or which would tend to have the overall effect of either lessening competition or resulting in impermissible price stabilization.

No person or company shall be unreasonably excluded from AFS membership or participation in any AFS activity where such exclusion may impair such person’s or company’s ability to compete effectively in the metalcasting industry.

In conducting AFS committee meetings, the chairman shall prepare and follow a formal agenda.  Minutes of each meeting shall be distributed to all persons who attended such meetings.  Approval of the minutes shall be obtained from the membership of the committee at its next meeting.  Copies of the minutes shall be transmitted to the headquarters staff.

AFS speakers and authors of conference papers shall be informed of the need to comply with AFS’ antitrust policy in the preparation and presentation of their papers.

In informal or social discussions at the site of an AFS meeting, all member representatives are expected to observe the same standards of personal conduct outlined in these policies.  Copies of the foregoing Antitrust Policy Statement and General Policies of Antitrust Compliance are available.

Recommendation:  The Antitrust Policy Statement of the Society and General Policies of Antitrust Compliance were accepted as presented with the recommendation that attendees to the Annual Casting Congress be made aware that a copy of the policy and rules are available.