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Ryzhov Sergey | Dreamstime
Low-pressure sand mold components.
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Optimizing Costs in Use, with Value

Nov. 1, 2023
Targeted measures that optimize energy, material consumption, or process adjustments deliver value and make foundries more efficient, and result in high-quality castings.
Robert Kneschke | Dreamstime
ASK specialists do not work independent of the customer foundry or core shop, but rather with the internal resources available there.
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Experience, Skill, and Resources Advance the Value of Resin Technologies

Sept. 2, 2021
Recommendations from proven best practices can be implemented or scientific test plans can be developed, to address process-related dilemmas.
Warut Sintapanon | Dreamstime
Warm air contains much more moisture than cold air -- and air-moisture levels can have a significant impact on core and mold production.
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The Right Atmosphere for Quality Cores, Molds

Aug. 2, 2021
The effect of temperature on moisture-saturated air is important to understanding performance and productivity in core rooms and molding lines.
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3DP Improves Filter Design, Metal Filtration

July 1, 2021
Additive manufacturing achieves uniformity and consistency in filter design, with higher flow capacity than sintered ceramic-foam filters can offer.
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A Better Formula for the Best Release

May 31, 2021
A new, 100%-active release agent for cold box and no-bake processes improves the efficiency and reliability of spray application.
Ryzhov Sergey | Dreamstime
Plant air and the humidity levels in the work environment affect the quality of cores and molds -- and the corresponding scrap rates.
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Air Quality and Operating Practices Shape Core, Mold Results

Jan. 1, 2021
Reviewing historical core/mold scrap records, I noticed that defects increase in the spring, peak during mid-summer, decline during the fall, and reache a bottom throughout the...
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Environmental Effects on Cores and Molds

Nov. 30, 2020
Seasonal variations and other changes in temperature and atmospheric moisture can influence the casting performance.
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Filtering High-Volume Castings

Nov. 2, 2020
Reticulated filters have limited filtration ability, while newer options make it possible to cast larger products and improve casting yield.
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Cored wire offers a proven approach that is gaining acceptance for treating ductile iron: Alloys like magnesium, FeSi, rare earths, calcium, etc. are encased in steel sheathing and delivered in an easy-to-use package.
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Advancing Mag Treatment for Ductile Iron

Oct. 6, 2020
We treat base iron during furnace tapping, but the pour-over method is less than ideal for our large treatment size, and it results in excessive alloy additions. Plus, the plant...