Advances in foundry sand heating/cooling
Evolving needs from heat transfer technology open door for indirect plate solutions
Author: Jamie Zachary
The metal-casting industry is a dichotomy of past and present. Born generations ago, it today is highly modernized and a cornerstone of most durable goods – from appliances to aircraft carriers.
Still, many U.S. foundries’ vintage sand-handling systems need upgrading to meet the increasing complexities and quality requirements of the products produced, as well as to maintain the higher levels of productivity necessary to be competitive by global standards.
In its “2020 Forecast & Trends” report, the American Foundry Society anticipates a 1.6-1.8% growth rate this year and 2.2% annually through to 2028, as the U.S. cements its position as a top-three producer of metalcastings, following China and India.
However, according to AFS’ most recent member survey, nearly one-third of foundries identify equipment as a barrier to capacity growth. New production equipment is their top priority for capital investments, followed by environmental controls and expansion.
In the August 2020 issue of Foundry Management and Technology magazine, Scott Harris and Gerald Marinitsch of Solex Thermal Science discuss how advances in heat-transfer technology are giving foundries an opportunity to reset their prospects versus mounting regulatory, technological and competitive pressures.
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