Materials en Drawing, Recording, and Sharing Data from Sand <div class="node-body article-body">GreenSand Controls develops sand compactability control systems, moisture control systems, etc., and its latest is the patent-pending, “Precision Measuring Equipment, Automatic Compactability Testing Station," or PME_ACTS. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Materials Molds/Cores Gold Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:12:00 +0000 34731 at <p>The patent-pending Precision Measuring Equipment, Automatic Compactability Testing Station,&quot; or PME_ACTS.</p> Allied Mineral Buying Monolithics, Precast Shape Producer <div class="node-body article-body">Refractories manufacturer Allied Mineral Products Inc. announced it plans to buy Pryor-Giggey Co., a maker of monolithic refractory products and precast shapes. No price has been reported for the purchase. Columbus, OH-based Allied Mineral stated it expects to complete the acquisition by the end of January 2017.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Finishing/MRO Materials Melt/Pour News Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:03:00 +0000 34461 at <p>Pryor Giggey manufactures monolithic refractories and precast shapes at plants Alabama and Washington. According to its announcement, Allied Mineral plans to expand these operations &ldquo;in the near future.&rdquo;</p> Purchase Complete, Restart Planned at Keokuk Steel Castings <div class="node-body article-body">Less than a year after the first announcement of its closing, Keokuk Steel Castings in Iowa has been purchased and preparations are in progress to restart the operations. The Mills Group, a manufacturing holding company closed the acquisition of the plant on November 30. A team of workers is preparing to restart the electric melting and casting operation in January 2017.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Materials Melt/Pour News Tue, 20 Dec 2016 13:39:00 +0000 31591 at <p>The Mills Group completed its purchase of Keokuk Steel Castings on November 30, and has a crew on site preparing for the upcoming restart at the Iowa foundry.</p> Photo by Kevin Hardy, Metalcasting Business Outlook Data — 2017 <div class="node-body gallery-body">Each year FM&T surveys readers to gain the metalcasting market outlook of those who are active in North America’s foundries and diecasting plants.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Materials Melt/Pour Molds/Cores Simulation/IT Testing/QC Sun, 11 Dec 2016 04:10:00 +0000 30451 at <p><em>Readers&rsquo; responses define business conditions in metalcasting, its recent performance and its future prospects</em><br /> <em>FM&amp;T</em> counts on readers for the information that bring us up to date on the state of metalcasting in North America. Each year, during October, <em>FM&amp;T </em>surveys metalcasters to measure the outlook of men and women working in North America&rsquo;s foundries and diecasting plants. We seek to identify the problems they face in their businesses, in the supply chain, and the economy, to learn what plans they&rsquo;re making for the coming business cycle, and to understand better their expectations for the coming year.</p> <p align="left">The readers&rsquo; responses and insights help us evaluate the state of the metalcasting industry as the current year closes and 2017 approaches.</p> <p align="left">We surveyed readers by email: These results include responses from nearly 200 readers who represent the full variety of foundries and diecasters.</p> <p><em><a href="" target="_blank">You can read the report that accompanies the survey results here.</a> </em></p> 2017 Metalcasting Outlook <div class="node-body article-body">As 2017 arrives, the metalcasting industry can be confident it has the experienced personnel, strategic insights, and technological resources to drive almost any growth strategy, or to combat any challenge to its stability and resourcefulness. What it needs, what it hopes for, is the opportunity to grow and expand, and to demonstrate the breadth of its potential. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Materials Melt/Pour Molds/Cores Shakeout Testing/QC Gold Sun, 11 Dec 2016 03:26:00 +0000 30441 at <p>As 2017 arrives, metalcasters can be confident they have the personnel, insights, and resources to drive growth: What they need is the opportunity to grow.</p> The Bell Tolls for 450-Year-Old Foundry <div class="node-body gallery-body">One of the world’s oldest operating metalcasting businesses, indeed one of the oldest manufacturers of any type, will cease operations next spring. Whitechapel Bell Foundry Ltd., in London, last week it plans to close in May 2017. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Materials Melt/Pour Molds/Cores Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:59:00 +0000 29011 at CGI Production Stable, Revenues Up for SinterCast <div class="node-body article-body">SinterCast AB licensees’ series production of compacted-graphite iron (CGI) stabilized during the third quarter (July-September) of 2016, marking the seventh-straight quarter with output “at or above the 2 million engine equivalent threshold” (i.e., 110,231 short tons), though it added that the quarterly total was 5-10% lower than during Q1 or Q2. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Materials Melt/Pour News Tue, 29 Nov 2016 02:20:00 +0000 28821 at Diecast Tooling Developer Expanding R&D, Production <div class="node-body article-body">HTS International Corp., a developer of tooling for diecasting and injection molding, plans to build a global headquarters and manufacturing center in eastern Tennessee, a $21.4-million capital program that would employ about 200 new workers over the coming four years. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Materials News Tue, 08 Nov 2016 13:41:00 +0000 28301 at Reshaping Material Science and Forming Technology <div class="node-body article-body">Metal-matrix composite casting is not new, but it’s a complex, difficult, and expensive process. While there are potentially lucrative applications in aerospace, automotive, and other sectors, the MMC advantage may be slipping away from metalcasters.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Materials Molds/Cores Gold Fri, 04 Nov 2016 14:33:00 +0000 28251 at <p>Sample parts made of zinc-plated steel and a customized, bio-based polyamide called Vestamid<sup>&reg;</sup> Terra, were injection molded and adhesively bonded in a single step using an adhesion promoter called Vestamelt<sup>&reg;</sup> Hylink.</p> American Axle Buying MPG for $1.6 Billion <div class="node-body article-body">American Axle & Manufacturing is buying Metaldyne Performance group in a $1.6-billion cash and stock deal that creates new, global Tier One automotive supplier with powertrain, drivetrain, driveline design and manufacturing. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Materials Melt/Pour Molds/Cores News Thu, 03 Nov 2016 17:53:00 +0000 28191 at <p>American Axle &amp; Manufacturing and Metaldyne Performance Group entered into a definitive merger agreement, with AAM slated to acquire MPG for approximately $1.6 billion in cash and stock, plus the assumption of $1.7 billion in net debt. The deal would close in mid 2017.</p>