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Weekly Update May 8, 2012

May 8, 2012
ME Elecmetal growing in China PCC buys aerostructures specialist New release agent for better coremaking high-performance vacuum pumps Roughness, contour measuring for complex parts

ME Elecmetal Building Foundry in China

ME Elecmetal, the ferrous foundry group that specializes in producing castings for grinding and crushing equipment used in mining operations, has a $45-million plan to build a specialty steel foundry at Changzhou, in China’s Jiangsu province. Last year it formed a venture with Long Teng Special Steel Co. Ltd. to build a foundry now producing grinding balls in China.


Precision Castparts Buying Aerostructures Specialist

PCC, which includes investment casting in its varied manufacturing portfolio, is buying a Canadian machining and fabricating operation that concentrates on aerostructures, a market segment that has been one of PCP’s expansion targets in recent years.


New Release Agent Improves Coremaking

Using release agents specially developed for core and mold manufacturing can increase foundries’ product quality and productivity, ASK Chemicals explained, and its Ecopart 756 formulation for operations that use gas-cured binders is a new option in the pursuit of process efficiency.


High-Performance Vacuum Pumps

Edwards' new GXS pumps have high peak pumping speeds of up to 436 cfm, and when combined with a booster pump can offer even higher speeds of up to 1,978 cfm, while achieving ultimate vacuum typically down to 3.8×10-4 Torr without purge.



Vortec Personal Air Conditioners (PACs) are Diffuse-Air Vests, providing the most effective and affordable body cooling solution on the market, to minimize heat stress and fatigue. PACs improves worker comfort and productivity in extreme temperatures; and deliver consistent, adjustable cooling.

Roughness, Contour Measuring for Large, Complex Parts

JENOPTIK's Wavemove automated surface roughness and contour measuring system includes up to seven CNC axes for complete high-accuracy measurement and evaluation of complex shaft or prismatic parts, such as automotive crankshaft, cylinder heads, engine blocks, transmission housings, and more — on the production floor, close to manufacturing processes.


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