Weekly Update June 30, 2009

June 30, 2009
Alcoa Howmet expanding Ashland's new binders, catalysts OSHA cites Sturm Ruger Technique for safer molten-metal handling
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This Week's Metalcasting News Review
Alcoa to Expand Investment Casting in Virginia
Alcoa Inc. is planning to invest up to $25 million to expand its Alcoa Howmet plant in Hampton, VA. The investment is meant to increase production capacity for investment castings for industrial gas turbines. Read more
Ashland's New Binders, Catalysts Aimed at Wind-Energy Suppliers
Ashland Performance Materials is targeting foundries that produce castings for windmill turbines with its introduction of the Magnaset line of binders and catalysts. The Magnaset binders and catalysts were specifically designed for foundries that supply wind turbine hubs, or any nodular iron castings where metallurgical properties at the casting surface are critical to control. Read more
OSHA Cites Safety/Health Standards at Sturm Ruger
OSHA’s New Hampshire area director Rosemarie Ohar said the agency’s inspectors identified numerous mechanical, respirator protection, electrical, lead, fire, explosive, and other hazards. She said the conditions “must be effectively and continuously addressed to protect the workers at this plant from potentially deadly or disabling injuries and illnesses now and in the future.” Read more
Featured This Week
New Technique for Smoother, Safer Molten-Metal Handling
A lance-based slidegate design is a simple, effective, and affordable approach to improving casting and raising cast-metal quality. Read more
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