Stainless Foundry News

Is Your Foundry Partner Adhering to Governmental Purchasing Requirements?

Is Your Foundry Partner Adhering to Governmental Purchasing Requirements? By Michael Porfilio, Director of Quality and Engineering NDE Level III, Certified Lead Nuclear Auditor   To function in the modern, industrialized manufacturing environment, business and quality systems require controls with formal guidelines and good practices. This is especially true when working in government purchasing.   [...]

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Non-destructive Testing Usages in the Foundry

Non-destructive Testing Usages in the Foundry The casting for a large, closed impeller manufactured by Stainless Foundry & Engineering (SF&E) has a final ship weight of 2,500 pounds. It is a nuclear service part that was produced at a high specification. In order to leave the foundry, the impeller must pass some critical acceptance criteria. [...]

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The Anatomy of a Pour: SF&E Takes on High-Chrome Iron Casting

The Anatomy of a Pour: SF&E Takes on High-Chrome Iron Casting Stainless Foundry & Engineering (SF&E) is nearing the end of a multi-phase, multi-year operations throughput improvement project. The goal: maximum optimization for an above-and-beyond customer experience. Production efficiency efforts have focused on reducing lead times for commercial sand and investment castings, as well as [...]

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Shrinkage and Gas. How to Eliminate These Common Casting Defects

Shrinkage and Gas. How to Eliminate These Common Casting Defects. When castings have openings, cavities, porous sections, and similar defects on the internal or external surface, it is often called porosity. It is generally due to shrinkage or gas as the casting cools. Both are caused by very different sources. Identifying and eliminating the source [...]

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How SF&E is Cutting Lead Times – Again.

How SF&E is cutting lead times – Again. In 2019, Stainless Foundry & Engineering announced that halfway through its multi-year initiative to overhaul sand and investment foundry operations, we had already achieved lead times between 5 and 7 weeks. Now, we are nearing the end of the Throughput Improvement Project, and are achieving – and [...]

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Steel Founders’ Society of America Recognizes Robert Uitz as Master Founder

Robert Uitz Recognized as Master Founder Robert (Bob) Uitz, Quality Assurance Welding Program Coordinator at Stainless Foundry & Engineering (SF&E), has been recognized by the Steel Founders’ Society of America as a Master Founder and the newest member of the Steel Founders’ Society of America Guild. This artisan honor is the highest level of recognition [...]

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Worth the Risk? 4 Critical Questions to Ask Before Working with a New Foundry.

There are many reasons why original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) question their relationship with an existing foundry partner, from inconsistent quality to ineffective communication. But there is typically only one reason they continue to work with the foundry anyway – the risk of uncertainty.   We don’t deny that moving to a new foundry is a [...]

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Business Update to Our Customers and Business Partners amid COVID-19

Dear Valued Customer, Future Customer, and Business Partner,   Stainless Foundry & Engineering, Inc. has been operating daily and responding to all customer requests in a timely manner, pouring & delivering successful complex castings, in over 250 alloys, in record lead times.   We are highly committed to keeping our customers, employees, business partners, and [...]

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SF&E Pours Largest Nuclear Impeller in its History

SF&E Pours Largest Nuclear Impeller in Its History! We poured the largest impeller in the history of our company. Utilizing AOD ingot, we melted and cast 6,000 pounds of CA6NM martensitic stainless steel. The reputation of Stainless Foundry & Engineering (SF&E) was built on being an industry leader in manufacturing all styles of impellers. Historically [...]

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How a Short Supply Chain Saves on Long-term Costs

How a Short Supply Chain Saves on Long-term Costs It’s an age-old question for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) – are the cost savings from offshore outsourcing worth the potential supply chain risk? Lower cost regions and countries can seem appealing from a profit margin standpoint. But in our experience, the longer the supply chain, the [...]

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COVID-19 – Update from our President & CEO

COVID-19 - Update from our President & CEO As we all come together to slow the spread of COVID-19 while keeping critical business operating, we want to share with all our Customers, Business, and Community Partners that Stainless Foundry & Engineering, Inc. has been deemed an essential business according to the U.S. Department of Homeland [...]

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Investment Casting Vs Sand Casting: Differences and Advantages

Investment Casting Vs Sand Casting: Differences and Advantages Investment casting and sand casting are reliable, cost-effective, quality manufacturing processes that allow for flexibility in budgets, timelines, and design. The pattern used to make casting molds lasts through thousands of impressions and years of use, producing the exact same measurements every time. Patterns also are easily replicable when [...]

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Why Responsiveness is an Industry Game-Changer

Why Responsiveness is an Industry Game-Changer If you asked a Stainless Foundry & Engineering (SF&E) customer six years ago about the company’s responsiveness, they might have said it was minimal. Or, more likely, they would have said it was “as expected.” Metal manufacturers have historically operated under the reputation that customers get what they get [...]

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Can Castings be Welded?

Can Castings be Welded? The world of fusion welding has effected many industries and fabrication opportunities worldwide. Countless industrial items are assembled using a vast number of different welding techniques governed by numerous rules, codes and norms. Casting upgrade welding is a very specialised series of operations. The casting process offers a unique opportunity as [...]

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“Going above and beyond to reduce cost”- a Gen Z view

"Going above and beyond to reduce cost"- a Gen Z engineer's view Anthony Geiger, Foundry Engineer at Stainless Foundry & Engineering, Inc., is part of the up and coming generation of enthusiastic young metalcasters who will take the industry into the future. He has worked for Stainless Foundry since mid-2018. When you ask him if [...]

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Three Competitive Advantages to Inventory Stocking

Three Competitive Advantages to Inventory Stocking Inventory stocking is a great opportunity for manufacturers to smooth the transition between customer order entry and shipping. Any chance to improve the customer experience will increase the chances the customer stays with you for the long-term. Manufacturers often stock their own inventory on site. But by stocking at [...]

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When to Convert Costly Fabrications into Castings

When to Convert Costly Fabrications into Castings Do your fabricated parts consist of multiple components that need to be cut or machined to size and go through weld fabricating before being machined as one? If so, your parts might be an ideal candidate for a casting. Metal casting is a more cost-effective option for mass [...]

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How SF&E Cut Industry Lead Times in Half

How SF&E Cut Industry Lead Times in Half Stainless Foundry & Engineering (SF&E) is halfway through a multi-year initiative to overhaul our sand and investment foundry processes, employee roles, and equipment. The goal: offer our customers lead times under 4 weeks, which is less than half of the 10-week industry average. The first phase of [...]

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ACCELERATED ONBOARDING SOLVES PUMP PART FAILURES FOR WEIR MINERALS

Accelerated Onboarding Solves Pump Part Failures for WEIR Minerals Stainless Foundry & Engineering addresses client onboarding in 4 ways: Dedicated resources Fast turnaround for quoting and design Specific project plan with weekly client updates Engineering and Quality team involved from the start At Stainless Foundry & Engineering (SF&E), we pride ourselves on our willingness to [...]

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SF&E NOW POURING BRASS AND BRONZE ALLOYS

SF&E now pouring Brass and Bronze Alloys After a ten-year hiatus, Stainless Foundry & Engineering, Inc. is pleased to announce that we are pouring over a dozen brass and bronze alloys for your sand & investment casting needs. Brass alloys, such as Silicon brass (C87500), general-purpose brass (C86500) as well as various other grades are [...]

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WHY CHOOSE METAL CASTING?

Why Choose Metal Casting? Pouring molten metal into a sand, metal, or ceramic mold is one of the most common ways to mass produce a complex part. According to the American Foundry Society, highly engineered metal castings are part of 90 percent of durable goods. And since metal casting is one of the oldest industrial manufacturing [...]

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MCCAFFERY JOINS STAINLESS FOUNDRY & ENGINEERING AS SALES DIRECTOR

McCaffery Joins Stainless Foundry & Engineering as Sales Director McCaffery Joins Stainless Foundry & Engineering as Sales Director Growth in new alloys sparks need for sales and marketing Milwaukee, Wisconsin – April 30, 2019 - Stainless Foundry & Engineering (SF&E) is pleased to announce the addition of Mitch McCaffery as Director of Sales & Marketing. [...]

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STAINLESS FOUNDRY EXPANDS SCOPE OF MATERIALS APPROVAL

Stainless Foundry Expands Scope of Materials Approval Stainless Foundry & Engineering, Inc. (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA) as of November 2018 has greatly expanded its scope of approval for materials as assessed for the Pressure Equipment Directive (PEDX) 97/23/EC and 2014/68/EU. Stainless Foundry & Engineering, Inc.’s (SF&E); a high alloy sand and investment foundry, has held a [...]

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Q&A: METALLURGY & ENGINEERING

Q&A: Metallurgy & Engineering Stainless Foundry & Engineering has a reputation for technical expertise that sets them apart from their competition. SF&E has many talented individuals, but two of the leading technical resources that have guided SF&E and her customers to conquer great challenges are Jeanne Wagner (Technical Director and metallurgist) and Florian Wisinski (Director [...]

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NEW 800MM OKUMA MACHINE CENTER

New 800mm Okuma Machine Center Stainless Foundry & Engineering has recently expanded their machining capabilities to impressive dimensions. The 800mm Horizontal Okuma Machining Center will allow SF&E to machine some of their largest casting now in house, saving on lead time, cost and predictability all while utilizing the latest machining technology. Gil Kowalczyk, SF&E Machine [...]

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JEANNE WAGNER PRESENTS AT THE SFSA 2017 CONFERENCE

Jeanne Wagner presents at the SFSA 2017 Conference We are excited to announce that our very own Jeanne Wagner will be attending and presenting at the Steel Founder’s Society of America (SFSA) Technical and Operating (T&O) Conference in Chicago later this week (December 6th-9th). SFSA T&O conference brings together foundries all over North America for [...]

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STRATEGIC EXPORT PLAN STIMULATES INTERNATIONAL MARKETS

Strategic Export Plan Stimulates International Markets Strategic Export Plan Stimulates International Markets to Pump More Business into Stainless Foundry & Engineering Pump and valve manufacturers in Canada, Mexico, Germany, Norway and South Korea are finding it beneficial and cost-effective ordering their castings from Stainless Foundry & Engineering, Inc. Requests for quotes are also in the [...]

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