A fitting solution for every product.
The largest price advantages are usually gained (or missed) when deciding which material and production process to use. The first important question is “which material is most suited for my product, within the financial restraints?”. After you’ve decided on the material, you will have to consider the limitations of producing with said material. The second relevant question, then, is how we are going to transform the chosen material into your end product, depending on for example the weight and mechanical demands of the product. Using our decades long experience and expertise, we can expertly guide you through this decision process to ensure you are making the right decisions from both an economical and qualitative perspective.
Always the most suitable foundry
Every foundry has different areas of expertise and equipment, and every foundry has pros and cons. Thanks to our large professional network, we can always match your needs to the most suitable foundry to maximize the cost-benefit ratio.
Due to our wide range of options in terms of techniques and materials, deciding what’s best for your product can be confusing. That’s why we employ the knowledge we’ve gained over the last few decades, manufacturing hundreds of different products, to help you every step of the way and ensure the very best end result.
A few of our production possibilities
With Iron and Steel, the processes used are usually sand casting or lost wax casting. Unlike metals with a lower melting point (such as aluminium), iron and steel can’t be poured into a steel mold (this would amount to welding). To pour these metals, we need something with a higher melting point than approx 1450°C.
Sand Casting entails creating a hollow form in sand and filling it with liquid metal. This process is mostly used for iron. There are several variants available.
Lost Wax Casting
In Lost Wax Casting, the product shape is made out of wax and then dipped in porcelain. Thereafter, the wax is melted out and a hollow mold remains in which the liquid metal is poured. This is mostly done for steel alloys.
The choice for forgings rather than castings is usually made in view of mechanical properties. Casting has an amorphous structure, so it always results in weaker material than forging. Forging is mainly applied to steel.
Free form forging
A finished block of steel is heated and placed on a hardened steel base plate. A mechanical hammer then strikes a certain place with a pre-calculated force. A skilled worker turns the workpiece with pliers, so that the blow ends up in the right location.
In this method, a pre-measured amount of steel is heated until a cherry-red temperature is reached. This block of steel is placed in a two-part mold, which then closes under high pressure and forms the steel.
During press forging, an amount of material is cut (usually soft materials such as copper or brass) and heated to a malleable temperature. This block is then shaped in one fell swoop by a hardened steel die