Farrar invests in upgrades

AFS Corporate Member Farrar Corporation will be installing a new molding line this spring to increase capacity and improve efficiency at its ductile iron sand casting operation in Norwich, Kansas.

The $3.7 million investment also includes replacing the General Kinematics Vibradrum with a GK media drum. The new molding line is the FBO-IIIS 20 x 24 from Robert Sinto Corporation and will provide the foundry a faster mold cycle, deeper draw, and reduced maintenance costs. The investment is part of a phased approach to make more castings with tighter quality and process controls. 

In 2020, Farrar installed a new 2500KW Inductotherm coreless induction furnace to replace its 1850 KW furnace, which added about 1 ton/hour melt capacity. This past year, the company also purchased two DMG-Mori NTX 5-axis CNC machining centers for its machine shop in Norwich.

Future plans for the company include replacing additional aging molding machines, adding core capacity, and bringing on more CNC machines.