Weekly Update April 22, 2008

July 11, 2008
Intermet Starts Robotic Finishing Cell at Virginia Foundry Ontario Orders Safety Improvements at Peninsula Alloy American Metal & Technology Increases Finishing Capacity
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This Week's Metalcasting News Review
Intermet Starts Robotic Finishing Cell at Virginia Foundry
Intermet reports it has started up a robotic press cell at its New River Foundry in Radford, VA, where it handles and cleans light-truck differential carriers. The installation removes casting residue and reduces heavy manual labor, and verifies process results with a laser vision system. Read more
Ontario Orders Safety Improvements at Peninsula Alloy
The Ontario Ministry of Labour directed a Stevensville, ON, foundry to address a series of workplace safety violations following an explosion and fire on March 26, which seriously injured one worker. Read more
American Metal & Technology Increases Finishing Capacity
Chinese manufacturer American Metal & Technology Inc. has acquired four new CNC lathes. American Metal is in the midst of the second phase of its four-phase capacity expansion plan. Read more
Featured This Week
Cost-Effective, Jig-Less Tooling Wins Aerospace Orders
One effective cost-saving advantage for SAAB is a portable measurement system, supplied by Metronor. Producing tooling for these parts is a complex process, and expensive even when successful, because the tooling must be able to compensate for inherent process variations. Read more
Forums And Blogs
REB Blog: The start of something small
Can nanotechnology make automotive castings lighter and more fuel efficient? Ford Motor Co. seems to think so. Read more
Upcoming Events
Foundry Sand Test Procedures Workshop, Cedar Falls, IA
April 29-May 1, 2008 Read more
Train the Trainer, Wheeling, IL
April 29-May 1, 2008 Read more
IMA-NA Spring Meeting, Washington, DC
April 30-May 2, 2008 Read more
CastExpo '08, Atlanta, GA
May 17-20, 2008 Read more
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