How to Increase Casting Finishing and Dimensional Stability

Posted in News On 2018-01-31 10:16:47

Fully automated no-bake foundry processes provide improved casting finishing characteristics, surface smoothness and dimensional stability. A smoother cast surface eliminates secondary operations such as machining, cleaning and finishing. Dimensional stability is also critical for long-lived operation in high wear, high temperature and highly corrosive environments.  

JL Precision Castings, a Precision Castparts Company, leads the way in their commitment to provide a superior casting finishing process for various industries including but not limited to:

  • Paper Manufacturing
  • Pulp Production
  • Agriculture
  • Oil and Gas
  • Food and Dairy
  • Furnaces and Ovens
  • General Industrial
  • Heavy Trucks
  • Material Handling
  • Mining Industry
  • Petrochemical
  • Pumps and Valves
  • Other

Challenges

One of the challenging aspects in the sand casting process is the foundry sand itself. While coarse sand causes surface peaks and valleys, fine sand creates a less permeable mold which traps gases and causes porosity. Removing the surface peaks and valleys that coarse sands produce typically requires additional finishing operations. On the other hand, alleviating porosity in a fine sand mold is required to produce a dimensionally stable product. The challenge is to use consistent foundry sand grain size.

Solutions

JL Castings’ latest manufacturing process investment in automated molding lines is the solution to these issues. Automated molding lines properly screen the foundry sand, producing an optimum environment for fine and coarse grain sands. The screening process seats fine and coarse grains tightly together, creating a smooth finish on the product. The blowing and slinging operations performed by automated machines provide a smoother finish than the hand ramming processes performed by employees. Proper foundry sand compaction saves time, money and manpower that are required in secondary operations. These savings are then passed on to the customer. 

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These five tests are done hourly for optimum fine and course foundry sand ratios:

  1. Compactability
  2. Green compression strength
  3. Moisture content
  4. Permeability
  5. Temperature

JL Castings manufactures a superior casting finishing process with proper sand manipulation techniques. Not only is the finish visually appealing, the integrity of the product has increased as well. JL is the industry leader in providing a quality product to their customers at a fraction of the cost. Contact JL Castings for your custom quote today.