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Weekly Update May 15, 2012

May 15, 2012
Michigan Steel expansion Fire at Illinois foundry The dynamic nature of casting simulation software Monolithics for high temps Portable CMM

This Week’s Metalcasting News Review

Michigan Steel Marks Expansion

Rothbury Steel Inc. is the latest incarnation of a Muskegon-area foundry long known as Kurdziel Iron Foundry, and briefly as Carlton Creek Ironworks. It was bought by Michigan Steel Inc. last year and reconfigured to melt steel as well as gray and ductile iron.



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Illinois Metalcaster Damaged by Fire

The Westwick Foundry in Galena was badly damaged in a fire that reportedly started in the finish grinding operation and then spread to an area used to store patterns.


Featured This Week

Design Change

A push toward integration with CAD design is one indicator of the dynamic nature of casting process simulation software.


Forums and Blogs

REB Blog: Gaining notoriety

What are the five big ideas that one steel foundry exec is pushing to achieve growth and expansion?


New Products

Monolithics for High Temperatures

Morgan Thermal Ceramics is offering a high-strength, low-cement range of refractory monolithic lining materials for high-temperature applications. The series includes low-cement castable and low-cement gunning materials, and according to the developer they offer excellent resistance to chemical attack and abrasion, combining the performance of high-fired brick with the installation ease of a refractory castable.


Portable Shop-Floor CMM

Hexagon Metrology launched the Brown & Sharpe 4.5.4 SF coordinate measuring machines (CMMs), designed to perform reliably in harsh manufacturing environments. The SF series introduces a variety of advancements based on long experience with thousands of prior CMM models. With a focus on portability, the new series has a small footprint — 52.2×32.8×s79.5 in.


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