Neitner have more than 40 years of combined experience at Hill & Griffith providing foundries
information and analysis related to the green sand molding process and its additives and defects.
This means that true jobbing foundries
with casting runs in the hundreds can reap some of the efficiency benefits of automatic pouring that high-production foundries
Examples for this foundry might include entering other (non-automotive) custom markets, expanding its service expertise to offer "finishing work" for other foundries
or even forward integration into sub-assembly.
are having their casting prices undercut by up to 50% by low-cost foreign competition.
By reclaiming sand, foundries
retain the quality level of their sand system without the added expense of 100% new sand, Some new sand always must be added to reclaimed molding sand--the reclaiming process is, after all, a reducing process.
Is Reality," the quote from a "prominent automotive design engineer" left me cold.
Looking back, what can be learned from these foundries
' experiences in installing a new line?
As a result, a slew of foundries
closed down in light of their inability to compete.
Fighting against volatile energy prices and stiff competition from Chinese markets (as well as from a number of other Asian countries), foundries
seem to be in the center of a perfect storm, one that may take some time to subside.
Jeff Bianco is the factory manager at Grede Foundries
Inc.--Iron Mountain Foundry, Kingsford, Mich.
serving the automotive industry are the best examples of these cost-driven businesses, and they must be operated in such a way that the plant's efficiency--its economies of scale--is maximized.
have been willing accomplices in this carnage over the years.