The grapple arm, or grab arm, shown here is used on tree harvesting equipment manufactured by Quadco Group for the forestry industry. The grab arms are located near the top of the harvester and hold trees in place as they are being cut down at the base.
Long Day’s Journey Into RightOctober 6, 2020
A fall-protection system hinged on a hook that had to be light and super strong—after years of trial and error, what this persistent inventor wanted was a metalcasting “witch doctor.” What he got was metalcasting science at its best.Read more
Cast copper is a versatile material with a variety of alloys.
While 3D sand printing has seen a drastic increase in use over the last five years, the technology is primarily used for small- to medium-scale prototypes and high-mix, low-volume tooling. As new technologies are developed, the speed and scale of printing is believed to increase exponentially.
Life cycle analysis is a relatively new discipline that incorporates all major phases—production, use and recycling/end-of life—of a product or a process life cycle to calculate total impacts.
Why Do We Use Castings?
A basic question comes up often over the years: “Why do we use castings?” Some folks take this as a negative question, but I interpret it as an indication that the person asking is new to the casting process or looking for more information on castings.
Supply Chain Relationships
Jordan Brown, of BCI Solutions (Bremen, Indiana), is a familiar face in the metalcasting industry—not just through her work at BCI (where she is the fifth generation of the Brown family to be part of BCI) but also as active member of AFS where she serves on the steering committee of Future Leader
Better Tooling, Better Profit
Before a part is put into production, a plan for how to make the part cost effectively and efficiently must be put into place. At this step of the supply chain, tooling providers have a significant impact on a program’s quality, cost and flexibility for growth.
Snowmobile Casting Gains Advantages Over Tubular Fabrication
Ski-Doo, manufacturer of snowmobile equipment and accessories, wanted to provide its customers with an enhanced front bumper upgrade to the welded tubing bumper that comes standard.