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Investment Caster, Machine Shop Integrated for Turbine Components

Oct. 27, 2011
Triax Turbine Components is single-source supplier of hot gas-path parts"
Torque Capital Group reports it has combined the investment casting foundry and machine shop it acquired in July to form a “vertically integrated U.S. manufacturer of hot gas-path parts for industrial and aero turbine engines.” Triax Turbine Components is comprised of Triumph Precision Castings, a steel investment caster in Chandler, AZ, and Dynamic Turbine, a precision machining operation in Norcross, GA. “Triax” is a name chosen to indicate the company supplies turbine components in three forms — raw castings, machined castings, and finished parts. The company’s specialties are airfoil blades, vanes, and shrouds. It also offers reverse engineering services and supply-chain management. “Increasingly, we’re seeing customers forced to accomplish more with fewer resources, while maintaining the same level of service to their customers,” said Triax president Mark Doelling. “One call to us gives them seamless and cost-effective program management.” The Arizona foundry, formerly a unit of the Triumph Group Inc., has a fully automated shelling line and VIM casting furnaces producing equiaxed, directionally solidified and single-crystal castings. Each casting is serialized for complete traceability, and all parts are certified to inspection and material testing requirements, the company said. The foundry also has vacuum heat-treating and caustic core-removal capabilities, and multiple in-house NDT options. The former Dynamic Turbine machine shop in Georgia produces precision-machined, superalloy turbine components, including rotating blades and vanes. Its process equipment includes five-axis grinding centers, milling machines, electric-discharge machines, lathes, ATOS white-light scanning, and scanning CMMS capabilities. Both the foundry and machining operation are ISO and/or AS 9001 certified. The company said its concurrent engineering and synchronization of the two facilities’ production schedules drives down costs and ensure on-time delivery.
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Robert Brooks has been a business-to-business reporter, writer, editor, and columnist for more than 20 years, specializing in the primary metal and basic manufacturing industries. His work has covered a wide range of topics, including process technology, resource development, material selection, product design, workforce development, and industrial market strategies, among others. Currently, he specializes in subjects related to metal component and product design, development, and manufacturing — including castings, forgings, machined parts, and fabrications.

Brooks is a graduate of Kenyon College (B.A. English, Political Science) and Emory University (M.A. English.)