Many foundries believe that they can produce cores merely for the price of sand and resin. That would be an ideal way for any business to operate, but the truth is that coremaking expertise carries a cost. At Humtown Products we have spent hundreds of hours calculating costs and striving to become the most efficient core room in the country, which now allows us to deliver quality cores across the country, on time, every time.
To foundries that believe buying cores from expert suppliers is too expensive we reply, “core cost averaging.” If your foundry is falling behind on coremaking efficiency and you fear losing a customer, try this: Build us a box. Let us run some of the cores, and your core room can run as many as possible. This will allow you to ship the order and lower the average cost of cores. Foundries are in the business to pour metal, and no molding lines should be idled because there are no ‘affordable’ cores ready to set.
Humtown Products provides coremaking solutions. This may involve locating new production equipment (for an emergency re-sourcing project) or running tooling over a holiday shutdown. An automotive foundry had over 10 large George Fischer tools that needed to be converted for our B&P CB-50. After quoting the work, we realized the change would require the automaker to shut down an engine line, meaning the costs would be unacceptable. After researching the equipment, we found three machines and committed to installing them in less than four weeks, to run cores for the customer. That project proved Humtown Products’ customer commitment.
Another advantage to foundries engaging expert core suppliers is the availability of almost every core machine without the capital investment cost of installing. Customers and their orders will come and go, but sitting on idle core machines is not an option for foundries: they compete best by pouring metal.
Another option for some foundries is to engage a coremaking service until the proper equipment is installed: they can serve their customers better by starting a job sooner.
A new value-adding service available from Humtown Products invites metalcasters or OEMs to build a core box with the maximum cavities for lowest core price, for production at the lowest average cost per core, followed by delivery to the foundry. The instability of the metalcasting market has OEMs and foundries shipping their tooling all over the world — but while molding lines may be similar the cost of retooling can be very high. Sourcing cores from one expert supplier solves this, and if a matchplate has to be shipped to another foundry the problem is only to change the delivery address.
Humtown has worked with clients that produce automotive core assemblies in volumes up to 2,600 sets/day, and has shipped to prototype work to production foundry in Mexico. Virtually any project can be quoted.
Foundries are in the business of melting and pouring metal. Coremaking is a process cost that many foundries would rather not carry. With good communication and understanding of metalcasters’ objectives, Humtown Products has eliminated the coremaking process and allowed foundries to do what they do best.