Case Studies

Feb. 2, 2009
Foundry M&T Magazine's Case Studies and White Papers Sponsored case studies provide real-world accounts of what's happening in the foundry industry. They chronicle the events faced by business owners and managers who had to deal with changes in the ...

Foundry M&T Magazine's Case Studies and White Papers
Sponsored case studies provide real-world accounts of what's happening in the foundry industry. They chronicle the events faced by business owners and managers who had to deal with changes in the competitive environment, and plots the owners' or managers' response which usually entails a change in their business strategy. Read engaging and relevant case studies for the foundry industry.

A Long-Awaited Metals Industry ERP Solution
For years, metals industry manufacturers have resigned themselves to enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions that were less than satisfactory. Prevailing opinion in the industry held that the most popular, widely supported ERP platforms were not capable of providing the industry-specific functionality they required. On the other hand, specialty ERP platforms designed specifically for metals applications were often poorly supported and incapable of interfacing smoothly – or at all – with other business systems.
A new ERP solution offers metals companies of all sizes  the opportunity to dramatically enhance the way they manage their resources and business processes. Download Here.

Intelligent Demand Response
A major tool for increasing the adoption of automated demand response is to provide incentives to industrial customers for the purchase of the necessary equipment. When the proper equipment is in place, it is easier for the customer to make the commitment to participate. Demand response solves what is primarily viewed as a utility problem. By providing incentives for equipment and systems, utilities invest in the solution. Incentives give companies the tools for providing predictable capacity and streamlined implementation -- and that removes barriers to participation. Download Here.

Wheelabrator Rocker Barrel Machine: Providing high-performance continuous cleaning
The Wheelabrator® Continuous Rocker Barrel machine is designed for high-performance in-line cleaning of castings and forged parts. To satisfy production requirements ranging from less than 5 tons/hr to over 25 tons/hr, a variety of machine sizes are available with blast capacities selected to match the specific cleaning requirements. Download Here.

Impact Markers Support Manufacturing's Desire to Apply Green Manufacturing Techniques
In the manufacturing industry marking and traceability are key issues in analyzing and tracking parts and production processes in all industries and is essential to QS and ISO certification procedures. Without question, the most environmentally friendly, green and cost-effective method is impact marking. Read about one company who has revolutionize how manufacturers can apply green manufacturing techniques. Download Here.

For Foundries, Necessity is the Mother of Invention
Carrier’s Delta Phase® takes a giant leap forward in casting equipment technology that increases foundry throughput and efficiency. Find out why many Progressive foundries have jettisoned their decade’s old, inefficient shakeouts in favor of new technology that handles a wide range of molding processes, mold sizes, metal types, and casting designs by adjusting to ever-changing production demands. Download Here.

New Equipment Means Cleaner Return Sand, and Cleaner, Larger Castings
Arkansas’s Bentonville Casting Co. has grown as a business since it invested in a Didion rotary media drum 17 years ago, and the sizes of its castings have increased, too. It was that pattern of expansion that helped the iron foundry recognize it needed a new system for cleaning the larger castings it now produces. Read Here.

Automotive Foundry Uses RFID to Manage Plant Logistics
Forklifts are outfitted with passive RFID readers; electronic devices weigh the batches on board the trucks; and a real-time location system determines the location and orientation of each vehicle. Read Here.

Customized Shot-Blasting Saves Costs, Protects Product Quality
A demolding system that’s flexible enough to handle the variety of different shapes and high-value products is also effective at removing sand and reclaiming blast media. An air-intake guide ring, an example of the titanium castings produced by Doncasters. Doncasters Settas is a Belgian division of the British-based foundry and forging group, which produces precision investment and sand castings for aerospace, offshore, and high-performance automotive customers. Read Here.

Design Software Speeds Patternmaker’s Turnaround Time
Since adopting Delcam’s PowerShape design software and PowerMill CAM system, Craft Pattern & Mold reports it is capable of shipping machined prototype parts within 14 days of receiving a customer’s CAD file. Craft Pattern typically produces six to 10 different patterns per week, depending on size and complexity, and owner Tony Cremers credits the new technologies “dramatically reducing the development time for our clients.”  Read Here.