Southwest Steel Casting
Company is a steel foundry which
provides carbon, low alloy, low temperature heat
resistant and stainless steel castings to a
variety of industries, which include, but are
not limited to, petroleum processing, valves,
oil field, mining, transportation, heavy
equipment, and railroad.
Plant 1 typically produces castings ranging from
10 to 500 lbs. Plant 1 also produces the more
exotic metals such as various grades of
stainless steel. With the recent addition of two
(2) induction furnaces, Plant 1 now produces
exotic alloys such as Hastelloy, and Duplex.
Plant 1 has both thermal and attrition sand
reclamation systems for better casting quality
and to reduce Southwest Steel's waste stream.
In the spring of 1999, Plant 1 started the
manufacture of steel castings on a new Nobake
molding system. This new system was designed to
allow for increased casting production capacity,
more flexible scheduling, and to reduce the load
on the Nobake facilities in Plant 2. To support
the Nobake system, additional core making
machines and the associated support equipment,
gas generator and fume scrubber, have also been
Currently, the maximum casting size which can be
produced at Southwest Steel is 4,500 lbs. in the
Plant 2 facility.
With the additions of both Thermal and Attrition
sand reclamation systems in Plant 2, Southwest
Steel is now able to, not only, reduce the waste
leaving the facility, but also improve the
quality of the castings that are produced.
Other recent improvements to the Plant 2
facilities, such as the addition of a third shot
blast and a building expansion of the furnace
department, allow for continuous manufacturing