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Astech Inc president Alan Bukach showing the new Palmer Manufacturing amp Supply mold carousel

Astech Adds No-Bake Molding Automation

April 7, 2014
Recent plant expansion Max. 50x72x48 molds Improves mold quality, downstream processes

Astech Inc., a steel jobbing foundry in Vassar, MI, installed an automated carousel molding line and a new core blowing machine recently. Both systems were supplied by Palmer Manufacturing & Supply.

This project follows an expansion of the foundry’s production space to 75,000 sq. ft., in 2012.

Astech is a specialty producer of iron and steel castings in low to medium volumes, including its own line of austenitic manganese steel structures supplied for wear-resistant applications. Included in this are a series of cast replacement liners for blast cleaning machines, including Wheelabrator, Pangborn, BCP, Goff, and other models.

Wear-resistant castings are supplied to manufacturers in power generation, mining, pulp and paper, automotive, agriculture, steel processing, asphalt and cement industries.

The new Palmer, eight-station carousel line is dedicated to producing no-bake molds. It will accommodate molds with maximum dimensions of 50x72x48. The maximum weight for cast part is limited to 900 lb. 

“Our new no-bake line has increased production significantly,” according to Astech president Alan Bukach. “Adding automation to our no-bake process has improved our mold quality and downstream processes as well.

“The Palmer core blower affords us a great deal of flexibility in adapting to a wide spectrum of core configurations,” he added.”

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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.)