Molds/Cores http://foundrymag.com/taxonomy/term/6604/more en A Better Way to Make Cores http://foundrymag.com/moldscores/better-way-make-cores <div class="node-body article-body">The results of this “3-in-1” technique include faster cycle times, no gassing manifold transfer or exhaust time; and a minimized table stroke, which reduces the cycle time. In addition, the machine has a small footprint to conserve workspace requirements, and it’s able to work with a foundry’s existing tooling inventory. Further, its production capability, energy consumption, and initial capital cost are better than many comparable coremaking options.</div> <p><a href="http://foundrymag.com/moldscores/better-way-make-cores" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://foundrymag.com/moldscores/better-way-make-cores#comments Molds/Cores Gold Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:28:00 +0000 34751 at http://foundrymag.com Adjusting Sand Classifiers to Reduce Fines http://foundrymag.com/reducefines <div class="field-byline"> Ken Strausbaugh </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Removing sand fines through the classifier depends on several process details, namely 1) dwell time; 2) fluidizing air volume; and 3) exhaust negative pressure in the head space.</div> <p><a href="http://foundrymag.com/reducefines" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://foundrymag.com/reducefines#comments Molds/Cores Gold Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:18:00 +0000 34741 at http://foundrymag.com <p>Palmer Manufacturing&rsquo;s HCCL-Series sand classifier system has four major components: a base, or plenum chamber, into which fluidizing air is supplied by a blower; a fluidizing deck; a heat exchanger bundle; and a main body, which serves as a cover and pressure chamber.</p> Drawing, Recording, and Sharing Data from Sand http://foundrymag.com/moldscores/drawing-recording-and-sharing-data-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="http://foundrymag.com/moldscores/drawing-recording-and-sharing-data-sand" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://foundrymag.com/moldscores/drawing-recording-and-sharing-data-sand#comments Materials Molds/Cores Gold Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:12:00 +0000 34731 at http://foundrymag.com <p>The patent-pending Precision Measuring Equipment, Automatic Compactability Testing Station,&quot; or PME_ACTS.</p> A Primer to Ensure Proper Heat Treatment of H-13 Tool Die Steel http://foundrymag.com/finishingmro/primer-ensure-proper-heat-treatment-h-13-tool-die-steel <div class="node-body gallery-body">If a die fails prematurely, production costs rise and the potential for lost business increases. Heat treating is most important factor in determining the performance of die steel. Confirming proper heat treatment of the die steel is essential.</div> <p><a href="http://foundrymag.com/finishingmro/primer-ensure-proper-heat-treatment-h-13-tool-die-steel" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://foundrymag.com/finishingmro/primer-ensure-proper-heat-treatment-h-13-tool-die-steel#comments Finishing/MRO Molds/Cores Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:03:00 +0000 34391 at http://foundrymag.com Ensuring Proper Heat Treatment of H-13 Tool Die Steel http://foundrymag.com/heattreatH13 <div class="field-byline"> Mark L. Purtee </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The single most important factor in determining the performance of die steel is the heat treatment process. To ensure the dies achieve their desired performance, confirming proper heat treatment of the die steel is essential.</div> <p><a href="http://foundrymag.com/heattreatH13" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://foundrymag.com/heattreatH13#comments Finishing/MRO Molds/Cores Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:36:00 +0000 34381 at http://foundrymag.com <p>Heat treatment is the single most important factor in determining performance of die steel.&nbsp; The challenge is to determine whether a proper heat treatment has been performed.&nbsp;</p> Innovations Enhance Mold Drying Effectiveness http://foundrymag.com/moldscores/innovations-enhance-mold-drying-effectiveness <div class="field-byline"> Mike Grande </div> <div class="node-body article-body">In order to achieve highest throughput, foundries must increase the rate of mold and core production, which means that the refractory coating — also known as a "mold wash" or "core wash" — on those products should be force-dried using a convection oven.</div> <p><a href="http://foundrymag.com/moldscores/innovations-enhance-mold-drying-effectiveness" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://foundrymag.com/moldscores/innovations-enhance-mold-drying-effectiveness#comments Molds/Cores Gold Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:06:00 +0000 34331 at http://foundrymag.com <p>Sand core dryers use high-velocity air nozzles to improve energy efficiency by allowing a reduced oven temperature.</p> Thermal Systems for Core, Mold Drying Productivity http://foundrymag.com/moldscores/thermal-systems-core-mold-drying-productivity <div class="node-body gallery-body">Boosting core and mold production by speeding refractory drying involves a careful selection of convection oven technology, operating at 200°-400°F and can dry molds or cores in 10 to 30 minutes, versus 10- 20 hours needed for passive drying at ambient temperature.</div> <p><a href="http://foundrymag.com/moldscores/thermal-systems-core-mold-drying-productivity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://foundrymag.com/moldscores/thermal-systems-core-mold-drying-productivity#comments Molds/Cores Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:46:00 +0000 34321 at http://foundrymag.com Principles and Practices for Placing Chills in Large Molds http://foundrymag.com/ask-expert/principles-and-practices-placing-chills-large-molds <div class="node-body article-body">"Chills" are effective for controlling heat loss in metal casting but there are difficulties perfecting the technique. </div> <p><a href="http://foundrymag.com/ask-expert/principles-and-practices-placing-chills-large-molds" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://foundrymag.com/ask-expert/principles-and-practices-placing-chills-large-molds#comments Ask the Expert Melt/Pour Molds/Cores Mon, 02 Jan 2017 05:01:00 +0000 33371 at http://foundrymag.com <p>Placing &quot;chills&quot; in a sand mold can help to control heat transfer, but the proper handling and placement of the metal part requires some customization by the metalcaster.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Metalcasting Business Outlook Data — 2017 http://foundrymag.com/materials/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="http://foundrymag.com/materials/metalcasting-business-outlook-data-2017" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://foundrymag.com/materials/metalcasting-business-outlook-data-2017#comments Materials Melt/Pour Molds/Cores Simulation/IT Testing/QC Sun, 11 Dec 2016 04:10:00 +0000 30451 at http://foundrymag.com <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="http://foundrymag.com/materials/2017-metalcasting-outlook" target="_blank">You can read the report that accompanies the survey results here.</a> </em></p> 2017 Metalcasting Outlook http://foundrymag.com/materials/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="http://foundrymag.com/materials/2017-metalcasting-outlook" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://foundrymag.com/materials/2017-metalcasting-outlook#comments Materials Melt/Pour Molds/Cores Shakeout Testing/QC Gold Sun, 11 Dec 2016 03:26:00 +0000 30441 at http://foundrymag.com <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>