Articles: Industry News

The American Foundry Society knows the importance of being at the cutting edge of technology. That, again, was proven true during the 2018 Additive Manufacturing for Metalcasting Conference.
 
From Sept. 10-13 in Louisville, Kentucky, over 120 attendees heard about the latest developments in this new and crucial process.
As people toured the University of Louisville Rapid Prototyping Center, the murmurs and whispers were the same.
 
“They’ve got a pretty good layout here.”
 
“This is pretty nice.”
 
Monday’s tour was the unofficial beginning of the 2018 Additive Manufacturing For Metalcasting Conference, and the trip to the center began the week on an informative and cutting-edge note.

AFS Corporate Member Amsted Rail (Chicago) a provider of fully integrated freight car systems for the heavy haul rail market, has added a new, complete AFC-Holcroft UBH line to meet a growing need for additional heat treatment capacity.

This purchase includes a batch style carburizing furnace, two expansion modules to increase endothermic generator gas output, a rotary hearth reheat furnace for press quenching, and a continuous integrated parts washer and temper furnace

Terves broke ground on a 12,000 sq. ft. expansion to its magnesium foundry.

The H3-classified magnesium metal processing facility expansion enables Terves to further expand its metal processing, heat treatment, machining, and storage capabilities. The expansion plans include additional permanent mold and materials handling and storage space, and the addition of sand casting, squeeze casting, and diecasting capabilities for custom magnesium and magnesium alloys and composites, in addition to further expansion of build-to-print component CNC machining services.

Consolidated Precision Products Corp. (Cleveland), a manufacturer of components and sub-assemblies primarily for the commercial aerospace and defense markets, announced it has reached an agreement to acquire Selmet Inc. (Albany, Oregon).

Selmet is a manufacturer of titanium castings and machined components for the aerospace and defense industries. Founded in 1983, Selmet operates an investment casting foundry.

With the acquisition of Selmet, CPP will expand its offering to include titanium castings.

Simpson Technologies (Deutschland) GmbH (Alfeld, Germany), a subsidiary of AFS Corporate Member Simpson Technologies Corporation (Aurora, Illinois) specializing in process solutions for the metal casting and chemical process industries, announced the acquisition of Webac Gesellschaft für Maschinenbau mbH (Euskirchen, Germany) together with its subsidiaries Webac Maskin AB (Stockholm, Sweden) and Webac s.r.o (Pribram, Czech Republic). Webac has 56 years of experience in Germany providing advanced process technology and customized plants for the foundry and oil and gas industries.

AFS Corporate Member Betz Industries (Grand Rapids, Michigan) is planning to invest $3.5 million to add a new 41,280 sq. ft. facility in Walker, Michigan, that would offer machining services. The gray and ductile iron caster produces castings for multiple industries.

According to a report from MiBiz.com, the addition could add 15 new jobs and will allow the company to machine products instead of sub-contracting to other facilities.

AFS Corporate Member Waupaca Foundry (Waupaca, Wisconsin) was honored by Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing with one of five available professional excellence awards. Waupaca is the first Tier II supplier to be honored with one of these awards.

Waupaca has supplied iron castings to TIEM since 2002. In 2017, Waupaca was contracted to produce 21 parts at its gray and ductile iron foundries in Waupaca and Marinette, Wisconsin, and Tell City, Indiana.

Consolidated Precision Products Corp. (Cleveland), a manufacturer of components and sub-assemblies primarily for the commercial aerospace and defense markets, announced it has reached an agreement to acquire Selmet Inc. (Albany, Oregon).

Selmet is a manufacturer of titanium castings and machined components for the aerospace and defense industries. Founded in 1983, Selmet operates an investment casting foundry.

ASTM International made two announcements related to standards that have implications in metalcasting.

Proposed standards support improved zinc diecasting alloys
ASTM International’s committee on nonferrous metals and alloys is proposing two new standards. One is for a zinc-aluminum-copper alloy with improved strength while the other seeks to determine the requirements for die castings with thin walls which can help reduce industry costs.