Virtually every industry relies on casted metal parts from a foundry in one way or another. Aircraft, ships and automobiles all use casted metal components, and metal casting for machines in factory and production settings is integral to operations. Casting metal parts yields excellent accuracy and repeatability, so you can expect consistent quality and performance with every part.
Where Casted Metal Parts and Tools Are Used
The casting process is virtually limitless in what it can create. It’s a reliable method to make metal parts, and the application of post-casting processes like machining can yield precise, long-lasting components. Many of the industrial equipment setups in manufacturing plants need cast metal parts and tools, including:
- Air compressors
- Pump housings
- Industrial pumps
- Piston connecting rods
- Wall-mount bearing housings
Other parts and tools made with casting include manifolds, lock and hinge hardware, and hand tool parts.
The most common alloys used for metal casting for machines are:
- Stainless steel: Stainless steel alloys are best for parts that need to resist oxidation and corrosion.
- Brass/bronze: Brass and bronze alloys resist corrosion and have good machinability. They’re also nonmagnetic.
- Aluminum: Aluminum alloys have excellent machinability and corrosion resistance, and most are easy to weld.
- Carbon steel: Carbon steel alloys are hard and have good machinability and weldability. They are not the best option for parts that need corrosion resistance.
Benefits of Metal Casting for Tools
Industrial metal casting can create parts of virtually any size, from a few ounces to hundreds of pounds. All parts will have superb dimensional accuracy to meet your exact specifications. The final product is also solid and durable, so it will last through many cycles on the machine in high-wear applications.
The sand casting process is used to create parts and tools in the foundry industry. Sand is formed around a pattern with a hollow cavity in the shape of the part or tool that will be made. A melted metal alloy is poured into the pattern. Once the molten metal has cooled, the sand is broken away, leaving behind the solidified metal part or tool.
The advantages of sand casting include:
- Quick process: Sand casting is a fast-paced metal casting process. You’ll get the final product and can start machining it much sooner than if you’d used another creation method.
- Many metal options: Nearly any alloy can be used to create sand castings, including ferrous and non-ferrous options.
- Low tooling cost: The sand casting process has a low tooling cost and is generally cost-effective.
- Several product options: Sand casting can make nearly any part or tool you need. There are virtually no limitations on weight, shape or size.
- Supports any quantity run: Whether you need one part made or want a large run completed, the sand casting process can fit your needs.
Contact Warner Brothers Foundry Company Today
Warner Brothers Foundry Company has been a family-owned and -operated business for more than 65 years. We make quality parts and tools using the best casting methods. For more information, complete our online contact form or call 586-773-0858 today.