Which training method do you prefer for your effective casting process simulation?

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 : Continuer la lecture de « Which training method do you prefer for your effective casting process simulation? »

We thank you and all of our customers for trusting us since 2013 for your casting optimization projects

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 : Continuer la lecture de « We thank you and all of our customers for trusting us since 2013 for your casting optimization projects »

Réduisez vos coûts avec une pièce de fonderie et un procédé signés SF

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! Continuer la lecture de « Réduisez vos coûts avec une pièce de fonderie et un procédé signés SF »

We are your new Casting Optimization Partner

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 : Continuer la lecture de « We are your new Casting Optimization Partner »

Tilt pour casting simulation video of aluminum A356 permanent mold

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 : Continuer la lecture de « Tilt pour casting simulation video of aluminum A356 permanent mold »

Which green sand properties should you control per molding equipment?

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! Continuer la lecture de « Which green sand properties should you control per molding equipment? »

Register now for Effective Casting Simulation, March 21-23, Canada

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 : Continuer la lecture de « Register now for Effective Casting Simulation, March 21-23, Canada »

Thermal analysis, spectrometry and bi-film code for your liquid aluminum quality ?

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? Continuer la lecture de « Thermal analysis, spectrometry and bi-film code for your liquid aluminum quality ? »

16 oxide inclusion detection methods for aluminum melt cleanliness

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 ?

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How your MeltCup and QuickCup %C combustion analysis compare?

20161104_104622Wherever 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.  Continuer la lecture de « How your MeltCup and QuickCup %C combustion analysis compare? »

Download SF thermal analysis presentation at Vancouver AFSbc and read SF news

thermal analysis SF AFSbc 2016Have 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.

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Your new casting design simulation, comparison and optimization service in Canada

casting process simulation solidcast flowcast opticastAre 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? Continuer la lecture de « Your new casting design simulation, comparison and optimization service in Canada »

What is shrinkage casting defects ?

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.

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Pre-Launching the SF Casting defects app on your mobile phone !

trois screenshotsDo 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*** Continuer la lecture de « Pre-Launching the SF Casting defects app on your mobile phone ! »

Were you at the University Laval event on the physics of Thermal Analysis?

Équipe MetSoc- Sparkman et SFLast 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. Continuer la lecture de « Were you at the University Laval event on the physics of Thermal Analysis? »

Aluminum and Iron Microstructure by Thermal Analysis published by AFS

nod pass shrink failDid 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? Continuer la lecture de « Aluminum and Iron Microstructure by Thermal Analysis published by AFS »

What you can expect from Foundry Solutions Metallurgical Services ( SF ) in 2016 ?

Foundry Solutions Metallurgical ServicesWherever 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. Continuer la lecture de « What you can expect from Foundry Solutions Metallurgical Services ( SF ) in 2016 ? »