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  • A lack of casting knowledge is at the root of nearly every cost driver for large castings. To complicate matters, even if you have general knowledge or experience in casting, every foundry uses different processes. What works to reduce cost in one operation can drive the cost up in another. Even if you have general casting knowledge, get the foundry involved as early as possible in the design process. Casting engineers and designers have greater
  • Selecting a foundry can be challenging. Whether you’re involved in a new project startup that requires cast parts or if you’re relocating patterns to a different supplier, here is a simple process that will help you to identify the right foundry for your needs. Step 1: Know your product The more knowledge and information you have about the castings, the more productive you will be at narrowing down your list of prospective foundries. Working with
  • For centuries, foundries have been making new metal objects by melting old ones. As a result, metalcasting facilities recycle more than 14 million tons, or 31.5 million pounds of steel each year. This is enough energy to light the homes of Chicago for one year. Foundries convert unwanted scrap metal and recycle it into new valuable products. The scraps can include broken and dated appliances, sewer grates, cans, automobiles, and water meters, to name a
  • The Lawton Standard Co. held an intercompany kaizen event during the week of April 12-16 at Temperform’s sister company, Penn-Mar Castings, LLC in Hanover, PA. This was a first for Penn-Mar since joining The Lawton Standard family of foundries in February 2021. Participants from all the Lawton family sites were involved in this exciting project. As the first kaizen event at Penn-Mar, the team chose a 6S project on the grinding room.  At first, the
  • To build any team, members need to know and understand the capabilities of each member. Anyone who has been on a team, whether a sport, business organization, or even a volunteer group, understands that everyone has different strengths and skills to bring to the effort. The Lawton Standard Co. recognized that to join four distinctly different foundry organizations, the strengths, and skills of the managers need to be understood by the leadership team. This led