* Some of the questions a foundry would ask about converting to this Western-dominated binder are answered to provide practical guidance to foundries
considering a switch.
This method of pouring typically is used in larger, higher production foundries
with molding line rates of 275 molds/hr and above.
A high-production investment casting process would be an abrupt technology change that could impact many foundries
. Another important variable is customer preference: does the customer value a solution or does it only care about the product?
"Customers used to expect 5-10% annual cost reductions from foundries
," said Monroe.
recondition their sand by bringing used sand back to the muller, adding more clay, seacoal and water, and mulling it.
At a recent AFS Chicago Chapter meeting, an officer of a large foundry discussed success found in making conversions for an OEM with its own captive foundries
. Granted, the manufacturer's participation in the foundry industry has diminished significantly with the closing of some of its own captive foundries
, but shouldn't such an organization have been able to "market castings" internally?
And, even more beneficial to the company, its orders are much smaller, making it less feasible for large foundries
to go after the business, he says.
While many nonferrous foundries
continue to seek out marker share, the overall number of foundries
continues to dwindle.
Huff, FACT, Three Rivers, Michigan John McCutcheon, Neenah Foundry Company, Neenah, Wisconsin Jeff Bianco, Grede Foundries
Iron Mountain Foundry, Kingsford, Michigan Godfrey Sergeant, Grede Foundries
New Castle Foundry, New Castle, Indiana Mary Wolfe, Deeter Foundry, Lincoln, Nebraska
The fact that these concepts are mutually exclusive is what has caused trouble for many foundries
over the years, especially jobbing foundries
"So many foundries
are tonnage driven that they lose sight of what it takes to be a profitable foundry," said Hall.
The innovative design of the new ACE tight flask molding machine is a realistic alternative for companies considering entry into the tight flask market or for foundries
who wish to update existing capabilities.
Currently used in two German foundries
, the Beach-Box binder is achieving cure rates, cycle times and strengths that are equal to coldbox binders.
Simply put, an emission factor is a number that lets foundries
predict their emissions based on some unit of production.
(VDG), presentations will focus on information technology for foundries
and the various approaches being taken worldwide in simulation processes and process automation methods.