Southwest Steel Casting
Company installs new casting shakeout system over 2001 Christmas/New
Designed to allow Southwest Steel to more efficiently use existing floor space, the new shakeout system also improves employee safety and ergonomic issues.
By rotating the pouring lines 90 degrees, 25 percent additional space was added to the pouring/shakeout floor for mold pouring lines. This allows for greater flexibility in production scheduling which must balance the workload of the molding, furnace and core making departments.
The main shakeout conveyor was placed in a pit that runs the entire width of the pouring bay. This allows each pouring line to be discharged directly into the main shakeout conveyor.
Previously, all molds had to be pushed down each pour off line and then by transfer car to one location for dumping into the shakeout. This new design allows for both greater productively and also reduces employee fatigue.
Also incorporated into the redesigned shakeout system was additional dust collection capacity and a mechanized device for casting removal from the the shakeout conveyor.
As castings coming from
the pouring floor can weigh as much as 1,500 lbs. and have a temperature
of 1,000 degrees F., it was important to reduce both the physical labor
and exposure to hot castings and dust of personnel working at this