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Weekly Update April 15, 2008

July 11, 2008
Atlas Will Appeal Citations Following Deadly Explosion Ross Aluminum Casting Expands Permanent-Mold Capacity Wescast Opts for Plexus MES
Weatherly Casting & Machine Co. in Weatherly, PA, recently purchased a Carrier Vibrating Equipment Vertical Shakeout and Sand Conveying System for their No-Bake flask cleaning line. The vertical shakeout has a working area of 14' x 14' and includes heavy-duty, abrasion-resistant decks and rider bars. The system also incorporates a steep inclined "V" trough and flat-deck conveyor. Both conveyors include heavy-duty drives and bolt-down hoods for a cleaner environment. For more information on Carrier's foundry equipment, call 502-969-3171 or visit:
This Week's Metalcasting News Review
Atlas Will Appeal Citations Following Deadly Explosion
Atlas Casting & Technology will appeal citations issued by the Washington State Dept. of Labor and Industries following an October 2007 explosion and fire that killed one person and injured four. Read more
Ross Aluminum Casting Expands Permanent-Mold Capacity
Ross Aluminum Castings L.L.C. reports that it recently increased its production capacity for permanent-mold castings by approximately 50% with the addition of a new melting and pouring line. Read more
Wescast Opts for Plexus MES
Wescast Industries Inc. has contracted Plexus Systems to implement its manufacturing enterprise software for the producer’s global operations. Plexus indicates that implementation will begin at Wescast’s Asian business unit in Wuhan, China, and at one unidentified plant in Ontario. Read more
Indian Group Buys Matrix Metals
The Sanmar Group has acquired Matrix Metals L.L.C. from Jeffries Capital Partners. Matrix Metals operates three steel foundries: Keokuk Steel Castings in Keokuk, IA; Matrix Metals, in Richmond, TX; and Acerlan S.A, in San Juan del Rio, Mexico. Read more
Featured This Week
Advances in Lost Foam Casting
CAD software gives casting designers a fast and effective method for coordinating their proposals with foundries, pattern makers, and tool builders, incorporating comments and suggestions, selecting locations for gates and adding risers — all before any production decisions are finalized. Read more
Forums And Blogs
Cast Expo Preview
Take a tour of this year's most important metalcasting event, and learn what products and services the leading exhibitors plan to demonstrate and introduce. Read more
REB Blog: Going where the customers are
With all that’s at stake in their own industry, and the auto industry, why are there only three metalcasters exhibiting at the SAE World Congress in Detroit this week? Read more
Upcoming Events
Analysis & Reduction of Casting Defects, Schaumburg, IL
April 22-24, 2008 Read more
Cupola Melting for Engineers, Birmingham, AL
April 23-25, 2008 Read more
Foundry Sand Test Procedures Workshop, Cedar Falls, IA
April 29-May 1, 2008 Read more
CastExpo '08, Atlanta, GA
May 17-20, 2008 Read more
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