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Description of Core Competence






Maximum Pour Weight


Casting Weight Range


Metal Specifications Produced


Heat Treating Capabilities


Rust Prevention/Painting Capabilities


Pattern Shop Capabilities


Machining Capabilities






Quality Certifications


Dimensional Inspection Equipment


Spectrometer/Other Chemical Analysis Equipment


Metallurgical Lab Equipment


Sand Lab Testing Equipment


Non-Destructive Testing Equipment


Welder Qualifications






Melt Equipment


Molding Process


Molding Equipment


Flask/Mold Box Size


Core Sand Used


Core Machines


Core Weight Range


Cleaning Room Equipment/Capabilities



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Description of Core Competence:


Manufacture of Rough and Machined Steel Castings - 65% Pressure


Containing, 15% Construction, 10% Railroad, Balance Class 8 Trucks,


Mining, Marine and Food service.






Maximum Pour Weight:


9,000 lbs. (maximum casting 4,500 lbs.)


Casting Weight Range:


10 to 4,500 Pounds.


Metal Specifications Produced:


ASTM A216 WCC, WCB, A217WC6, WC9, A487 4A, 4B, 4C, CA15, CA6NM


CF8M, CF3M, A352, LCC, LCB - All Carbon Steel Grades.


Duplex & Super Duplex, Hastelloy, Inconel, Nickel, Austenitic (CF8M & CF3M) &
Martensitic (CA15 & CA6NM) steels.


Heat Treating Capabilities:


One (1) Box Furnace, Three (3) Car Bottom Furnaces, One (1) Water Quench


Tank with Cooling Tower with 16,000 gallon Reserve Tank


Rust Prevention/Painting Capabilities:


In Plant Two Dip Tanks; Black Oil Based & Yellow Water Based).


Outside Vendor (Zinc and Cadmium Plating, Power Coat Painting).


Pattern Shop Capabilities:


In Plant (duplicate, rig and repair) Outside Vendors (new patterns/core boxes).


Machining Capabilities:


Compete Services from ARI-IPG Sister Div. Companies & Outside Vendors.






Quality Certifications:


ISO 9001:2000 Certificate Number 32091, Registrar ABS Quality Evaluations.


Dimensional Inspection Equipment:


Bendix Portage Layout Machine.


Spectrometer/Other Chemical Analysis Equipment:


One Spectro Model LAVWA08B and One Baird Spectrometer.


Metallurgical Lab Equipment:


Tensile, Yield, Reduction of Area, Charpy, Brinell Hardness.


Sand Lab Testing Equipment:


Grain Fineness,  Permeability, Tensile, Moisture, Combustibility.


Non-Destructive Testing Equipment:


Magnetic Particle (Ultra Sonic, Gamma Ray).


Welder Qualifications:


ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section IX.






Melt Equipment:


Two Electric Arc Furnaces, One 2-1/2 ton and One 4-1/2 ton.


Two Induction Furnaces, One 3 ton and One 1 ton.


Molding Process:


100 Percent Chemically Bonded (also known as Airset).


Molding Equipment:


One Tinker Omega TOM-550, One Pacemaster 250 & One Pacemaster 300, and One Tinker Omega TCM250 Continuous Mixers.


Flask/Mold Box Size:


24" x 24", 6" over 6" through 54" x 54", 24" over 24".


Core Sand Used:


Isocure, Airset and Shell.


Core Machines:


Isocure (Redford CB-16, R-2, CMI CB-22) Shell (Dependable 300 & 400)


Airset cores are made on Pacemaster molding loops.


Core Weight Range:


One (1) pound to Four Hundred (400) pounds.


Cleaning Room Equipment/Capabilities:


Three Pangborn Tumblast (10, 26, 34 & 72 GN units), Torch, Arc, Grind, Weld


 and Hydraulic Press.



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