Our friends at Finite Solutions Inc. are hosting the trimestrial effective casting seminar from July 11th to July 13th at Western Michigan University. Maybe you prefer to train your engineer from the comfort of your foundry, or their home ? Then, request training videos now. Here’s the link to the seminar registration : Continue reading “Which training method do you prefer for your effective casting process simulation?”
SF was recently featured as the emerging casting optimization firm in the Aluminum Magazine of Québec, Canada. That’s awesome. Still, what’s really thrilling for us is that you selected us for the success of your casting optimization projects. Thank you so much for your trust since 2013. Here’s the two-pages article as published in the magazine Al13 | june 2017 : Continue reading “We thank you and all of our customers for trusting us since 2013 for your casting optimization projects”
Vous êtes un donneur d’ordres ? Une fonderie ? Voici deux exemples expliquant comment SF réduit vos coûts avec un design optimisé en fonction du procédé de fonderie. Avant cela, nous profitons du blogue d’aujourd’hui pour souhaiter la bienvenue à Philipe Douville-Hivon dans l’équipe SF; stagiaire en conception mécanique de l’Université de Sherbrooke! Continue reading “Réduisez vos coûts avec une pièce de fonderie et un procédé signés SF”
When Aluminum Times Magazine and Al 13 Magazine asked if they could publish an interview on 2016-2017 R&D by SF and our foundry solutions for you , we were thrilled! What makes us your new Casting Optimization Partner ? Those magazine will only be out for June 2017. So here’s the handout we’ll give you when we meet in Milwaukee at the MetalCasting Congress from April 25th-27th : Continue reading “We are your new Casting Optimization Partner”
From March 21st to 23rd, SF co-hosted a three days casting process simulation training with Finite Solutions Inc in Québec, Canada. It was really fun and practical! Four aluminum foundries were trained on the software and received a 45 days evaluation license. Here’s one of the example we did : a tilt pour casting simulation of aluminum permanent mold casting : Continue reading “Tilt pour casting simulation video of aluminum A356 permanent mold”
Control of green sand properties is absolutely fascinating ! We love sand; isn’t it more beautiful at the foundry than at the beach ? This article underlines the most important concepts to help you avoid sand-related casting defects. Let’s start generating more value from your molding line today! Continue reading “Which green sand properties should you control per molding equipment?”
You want to optimize your casting process or train a new metallurgist? Improve metal yield % for more profits per casting? From March 21-23rd, SF and Finite Solutions Inc. are co-hosting The Effective Casting Simulation seminar in beautiful Québec City, Canada. Kindly fill and return this registration form to David Schmidt, places are limited : Continue reading “Register now for Effective Casting Simulation, March 21-23, Canada”
Welcome on SF blog , with readers from all over the world! We invite you to subscribe today (top right-side bar). This article briefly explains what is ablation casting and why it’s a game changer. Thrilling results and discussions from technical papers are highlighted below. Did you know about Honda NSX ? Continue reading “What is ablation casting ?”
You know that testing for mechanical properties or X-Ray won’t avoid scrapping your aluminum casting. We can pray but it’s too little too late : we need to work with the liquid metal, not the solid casting. And ASTM standards won’t help us much on reaching your energy efficiency and low scrap rate objectives. Best practices and data will. This article offers a sneak peak of the recent MODERN CASTING survey on melt control practices ( figure 1 ). Then a word on thermal analysis for liquid aluminum quality control and simply, why spectrographic analysis is not enough to make good money out of your melt. In the end, you’re getting your foundry more and more into John Campbell’s bi-film code , right? Continue reading “Thermal analysis, spectrometry and bi-film code for your liquid aluminum quality ?”
Welcome to SF blog ! Today we look into Dr. Apelian’s team paper review published by the AFS in 2016 on oxide inclusion detection methods for aluminum melt cleanliness. Then, we open with R&D work in progress by SF for hydrogen and oxide bi-film related porosity control in aluminum melt using thermal analysis. Which method do you use ?
SF casting engineer Yohan Tremblay is ready for this first business trip in India out of many more to come. So, what Yohan will do in India in December 2016? Continue reading “SF have metal casting business with India”
Wherever you live on our beautiful planet, welcome to SF blog hosted from Québec City! Today’s article shares preliminary results from a series of tests SF is conducting to understand performance of different thermal analysis cups for iron chemistry (with tellurium). The goal consists in investigating if there are differences between MeltCup and QuickCup that could influence your repeatability in %Carbon thermal analysis. Continue reading “How your MeltCup and QuickCup %C combustion analysis compare?”
Depuis 2013, Yohan Tremblay siège sur le conseil d’administration de votre chapitre AFS pour l’Est du Canada. Voici pourquoi il a été élu Vice-Président du chapitre en 2016.
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Of course the MeltCupTM is less expensive than your current QuickCup® ! Still for your iron metallurgy control, this article summarizes why the MeltCup by MeltLabTM Systems wins as the best thermal analysis cup on the market. Continue reading “Best thermal analysis cup : MeltCup and QuickCup comparison”
If you ask SF junior engineer François Audet what is the most important to focus on in a congress like the 2016 Conference of Metallurgists, here’s what he’ll answer you: Continue reading “François Audet selected as a MetSoc Emerging Professional”
Have you ever been there? Beautiful mountains, hikes, great kayaking… Vancouver area is a true natural wonder! Still, it was all about castings at the AFS Northwest regional congress last week. In this context, SF happily accepted the invitation and traveled 4,800km to give a lecture on thermal analysis for aluminum, iron and steel foundries and discuss why casting simulation goes hand-in-hand with thermal analysis for more profits.
One of our first foundry client told us inspiring words on perseverance when we launched SF inc. last year: Continue reading “SF inc. first anniversary : it’s all about the people !”
Are you making metal fabrications and you want to open your design horizon to the cost-effectiveness of castings ? Maybe you are a casting designer for a foundry and you want to optimize metal yield ? This article announces that SF and the engineers behind SOLIDCast, FLOWCast and OPTICast are now working together for cost-effective casting design simulation, comparison and optimization in Canada. How do you choose from the casting simulation software list? Do you really need casting simulation? Continue reading “Your new casting design simulation, comparison and optimization service in Canada”
We believe CastExpo is all about the people ! This article gives you some insights on how SF business will be expanding with the awesome people we met at CastExpo 2016 in Minneapolis, a major industrial event held every three years. Can you recognize the SF team on the picture below? Continue reading “Were you at CastExpo 2016 with the SF team ?”
Which features would you like to unlock for the casting defect app ? Dowload is ready on Google Store so today, we invite you to help us test phase 1 beta for free and share your thoughts, first impressions, ideas of improvements, casting process info and solutions to add, etc. More info at www.castingdefect.com
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Wherever you work on our beautiful planet, let’s start a win-win business relation together in 2016 ! Here are our three main clients’ profile. How do they cash into our expertise at Foundry Solutions Metallurgical Services Inc. ( SF ) ? But first, what is SF ?
How do you correct your melt in order to control stability ? What is shrinkage casting defects potential in the melt ? In this article, we’re not referring to gating design, casting geometry or casting procedures. Today, let’s discuss the metallurgical shrinkage tendency of the melt itself. David Sparkman at MeltLab presented this theory at the Ductile Iron Society last October 2015.
Do you carry your mobile phone on the foundry floor? Then, why not use it for more consistent castings ? Let us present to you why our new casting defects app will become a must-have in 2016-2017. We’re very excited to be the first using it here in Québec. www.castingdefect.com
*** March 30th update : Please e-mail François Audet ( click ) if you want to contribute to the app with your casting defect pictures. Free version available at www.castingdefect.com*** Continue reading “Pre-Launching the SF Casting defects app on your mobile phone !”
Last thursday January 28th, MetSoc student chapter at University Laval hosted this memorable beer and pizza event on the physics of thermal analysis, which was lectured by David Sparkman ( MeltLab). Can you tell what the gentleman on the left is holding on the photo? No, it’s not a beer funnel. Continue reading “Were you at the University Laval event on the physics of Thermal Analysis?”
Did you know how aluminum and iron microstructure by thermal analysis can be predicted by the new MetlLab technology ? Indeed, since 1980 MeltLab adds value to aluminium, bronze steel and more exotic metal castings. Here’s the 2011 AFS paper by David Sparkman. In 2016, why not use the best tool to measure and correct your melt for consistent castings? Continue reading “Aluminum and Iron Microstructure by Thermal Analysis published by AFS”
Wherever you live on beautiful planet Earth, welcome into the year 2016 ! How was 2015 on your side ? In this article, you’ll better understand where we’ve been at Foundry Solutions Metallurgical Services (SF) and where we’re going for the New Year. But first, thank you. Continue reading “What you can expect from Foundry Solutions Metallurgical Services ( SF ) in 2016 ?”
Do you know what is recalescence on a cooling curve ? How easy it is for your foundry to become more profitable in 2016 by measuring recalescence before pouring your castings ? David Sparkman from MeltLab and Yohan Tremblay from Foundry Solutions teamed-up to explain us why foundrymen should really care about recalescence. Continue reading “What is recalescence and why you should care ?”
This Hardvard Business Review article is in line with what we offer you at Foundry Solutions, Metallurgical Services Inc : an independent foundry metallurgist skilled in castings solutions. Before we go with some data from HBR, what are your plans for 2016 ? Continue reading “Why your Company needs independent foundry metallurgists ?”
What really is recalescence and how do you control it for your castings ? On an other line of thought, how do you live bribery in your industry ? Here is just some of what you get in the free MeltLab newsletter, always sharing thoughtful insights and original topics to improve foundry understanding. We are subscribed, are you ?
From beautiful Québec City to you, wherever you are on our awesome planet, welcome to this new metallurgy and casting blog ! Today, we brief you on what you can expect with your free subscription to the SF blog. Maybe you have a special request ? Continue reading “New Metallurgy and Casting Blog”
Thank God ! A method for casting defect analysis is way more easily dealt with than managing human defects ( oh well, these metallurgist’s jokes… ) Seriously, this article shares the method presented by Yohan Tremblay ing. during the last AFS-CFA event for casting defect analysis. Continue reading “What is the best method for casting defect analysis ?”