You know that testing for leakage, mechanical properties or X-Ray won’t avoid suddenly scrapping your aluminum castings. We can pray but it’s too little too late : we need to work with liquid metal and mold controlz before casting, not just tests on 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 2016 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 bifilm code , right? Continue reading “Thermal analysis for aluminum and bifilm oxide code”
Fill the form below to register for our upcoming web-based casting simulation training on SOLIDCast and FLOWCast. Each participant will receive a 45-day evaluation license for the software, so you can run through your castings or the case studies that we will provide. The cost is US$300 per person, per session.
|Foundry Process||Two Sessions of 3 hours each|
1:00pm to 4:00pm Central Time
|Sand Casting for Contracting Alloys|
(steel, aluminum, copper, etc)
|June 28 and 30, 2022|
|Sand Casting for Expanding Alloys|
(gray and ductile irons)
|July 5 and 7, 2022|
|Investment Casting||July 12 and 14, 2022|
|Permanent Mold Casting||July 19 and 21, 2022|
Your SF melt and sand control engineers are available to help you solve casting defect challenges at the root cause with expertise, innovative products and equipment. Still, here’s how we repair casting defect for aluminum, ductile and grey iron and steel alloys :Continue reading “How to repair casting defects in USA and Canada ?”
Our LYNX X-Ray equipment is made in Canada ! We make 100% X-Ray casting inspection possible through fast, efficient and affordable automated Predictive 3D Radiography. We upgrade your legacy X-Ray system and we make it industry 4.0 ready. Here’s a video and write your e-mail below to plan a presentation :Continue reading “100% X-Ray Casting Inspection”
Your SF foundry engineers are excited to support your Palmer sand molding and automatic casting grinding projects. Here’s a Trebi/Palmer automatic grinding video and one of a Palmer equipment making more than 30 no-bake molds per hour with 1-2 operators :Continue reading “Palmer support for your foundry in Québec and Ontario”
Remplissez le formulaire ci-bas pour vous inscrire au webinaire le 26 Janvier 2022 à 15h00EST :
Nous sommes très fiers de l’implication de Yohan en tant que nouveau président du Réseau Trans-Al ! Solutions Fonderie veut contribuer à plus de transformation d’aluminium à valeur ajoutée au Québec et plus d’exportation d’équipement et de produits spécialisés.Continue reading “Yohan Tremblay nouveau président du Réseau Trans-Al”
Do you want to learn deeper into the gassing / degassing phenomenons of aluminium ?Continue reading “Gassing and degassing of aluminum in the foundry”
Each participant will receive a 45-day evaluation license for the mold filling and casting simulation software FLOWCast and SOLIDCast, so you can run through the case studies that we will provide. You can also simulate your own castings, to see how the software can be applied in your shop.Continue reading “Register now for SOLIDCast and FLOWCast web training – May and June 2021”
We’re launching the new SF Thermal Analysis for aluminum and steel during the virtual Metal Casting Congress. Here’s a video showing you how it’s used by the melt operator :Continue reading “SF Thermal Analysis for aluminum and steel launches during Metal Casting Congress”
What is your vibrating conveyor project ? Vibrotech are robust and cost-effective vibrating equipment for your foundry. Contact your SF metallurgist for sales and technical support in USA and Canada.Continue reading “Vibrotech Engineering equipment for foundries”
Here’s a webinar explaining how Qualiflash works to control your oxidation level in aluminium melt for sound castings. SF is your technical support for QualiFlash and supplier for Aluminium Martigny fluxes in USA and Canada.
Do you want QualiFlash as a service by a SF metallurgist on your shop floor ( USA and Canada ) ?
These feeder-head breakers are safe for the foundry and work great for iron and steel castings ! Watch the video and request your quote with your SF metallurgist :Continue reading “How to break your casting feeder/riser heads safely ?”
Effective Casting Simulation Using
February 16-17-18, 2021
We will also provide a 45-days evaluation license for the software along with SF technical support regarding your process.Continue reading “Your online casting simulation seminar: don’t miss out!”
Voici le vidéo présenté par Aluminium Martigny en décembre 2020. Vos métallurgistes SF sont là pour vous supporter avec la bonne solution et le bon produit. Nous gardons plusieurs produits en stock au Québec pour des démo.
Welcome ! Your SF metallurgists are bringing you the most cost-effective X-Ray inspection solution on the market in 2020, made in Canada :Continue reading “Lynx Inspection 100% X-Ray for casting porosity”
Be among the first to use the new SF Thermal Analysis system to control your aluminum melt properties daily on the shop floor. How do your critical fraction solid %, grain refinement and modification levels vary through the shift ? Let’s use data to minimize your flux consumption. Full article in the Simple Solutions That Work Magazine is here :Continue reading “All new SF Thermal Analysis system for aluminum”
This hot distortion test for shell sand will provide usefull information on the performance of your sand molds and cores. How is it varying through shifts and through out the year at your foundry? How can we better understand casting related defects by keeping track of the hot distortion test for your foundry sand ?
Contact your SF metallurgist for more information and to request your quote for this hot distortion tester. We support Versatile products and we distribute from Canada. Our foundry sand experts also provide calibration and maintenance services.
Welcome on SF blog ! Today we show you a video of how to repair casting defects with our ATOM welding machine. We even have customers using the ATOM cold welding machines to repair their H13 steel molds for aluminium high pressure die casting ! Contact us to request a demo or a quote : firstname.lastname@example.org
Come and see the world’s most popular casting simulation software in action this December 3-5th 2019 !
We are your support for smart greend sand Sand Testing and Control Equipment in North America. Here’s a video showing a simple green sand hardness tester online used to accept or reject a green sand mold before filling it with molten metal :
Click here to read our 2017 introduction on green sand control :
SF will bring value to you as an OEM, casting buyer or as a foundry whatever your new project or casting challenge are. Metallurgical expertise for daily debugging or start-ups, supply the right foundry products for you, Foundry 4.0 for data and process control, SF castingdefect.com free app, Aluminum Thermal analysis, green sand additive, 100% X-ray in-line, sand testing equipment and foundry equipment. Here’s what SF will showcase in Hall 17 Booth 19A at GIFA:
What causes casting defects and how to solve them? Such a general question needing fine process control and answers ! SF will be exhibiting at booth 19A Hall 17. We are foundry metallurgists who are developing cost-effective technologies and material solutions to casting buyers, OEMs and foundries.
We bring value to costumers around the world and we work on all alloys. What is your business ?
Let’s start our journey together by downloading our castingdefect.com mobile app for free on your phone. The aluminum casting version is coming soon !
Click to download on www.castingdefect.com
Here’s the video of our old sampling stand for SF aluminum melt thermal analysis. Come visit our booth #2822 at CastExpo, April 27th-30th and GIFA #A19, June 25th- 29th for our new sampling hardware! Why use SF thermal analysis ?
Join us at booth #2822 for great fun this year at CastExpo 2019 ! Here are the technologies and products we’ll be showcasing. We’ll have a focus on porosity casting defect. Continue reading “Let’s talk porosity casting defect at SF booth# 2822 during CASTEXPO 2019 !”
HOW TO USE CASTING SIMULATION EFFECTIVELY?
Casting simulation training at CanMet, Hamilton, Ontario Canada, APR. 2-4th 2019
December 11-13, 2018 Hyatt Regency Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, USA
Come and see the world’s most popular casting simulation software in action! Continue reading “Casting Simulation Training in December 2018”
Wherever you live on our beautiful planet, you’re welcome to subscribe to SF Blog. We have one foot of snow already here in Québec City, it’s fun ! Today we’re introducing you how to repair casting defects cost-effectively using the ATOMWelding machine. SF supports, stocks and distributes ATOMWelding for North America. Check the videos below and request a trial on your castings today. Continue reading “How to Repair your Casting Defect ? Use ATOMWelding machine.”
AFS ONTARIO CHAPTER TECHNICAL MEETING
September 20, 2018
Topic: Casting Simulation Modelling and Robotic 3D Sand Printing for Moulds and Cores – Viridis3D
SF trials continue to show that the MeltCup by MeltLab is the best for iron quality control. Your foundry will enjoy time and cost savings. Here’s our review : Continue reading “MeltCup: the best Cup for your Iron Thermal Analysis”
It’s not why, it’s where; because 3D printing is making money to many foundries since many years. Will you join us at the AFS additive manufacturing event from September 10th to 13th 2018 ? Let’s discuss where should your foundry start, or continue with 3D printing in 2018-2019. Continue reading “3D printing : where should your foundry start ?”
Welcome on SF blog ! Watch this Viridis3D video and call us to discuss how to use sand printing for your business growth strategy ( you’re a foundry or OEM ? ) :
Are you buying castings ? Here’s the article we published in the PartBuyers Authority magazine. How are you working with your casting suppliers to prevent defects ? Continue reading “Casting buyers need to understand how to prevent casting defects”
If you’re putting on your hat and cowboy boots to visit Texas for the AFS show – yeeeah!! – send us a quick e-mail (email@example.com) ! We’ll schedule a kick-start discussion with our metallurgist to support your growth in 2018. Here’s what will be hot at SF stall #111 this year but first, how do we add value to your business ? Continue reading “Read this if you can’t visit our booth #111 in Texas next week”
Wherever you work with castings on our beautiful planet, attend this training to increase your profitability per casting. Increase your metal yield % and quality.
How riser and gating system should work ? How to avoid casting defects and minimize your cost? Let’s measure it using simulation! Save money on your 2018 casting jobs by training your team. Next trainings are in California and Ontario on the world’s most effective casting simulation software. Click this link to register :
Which alloy ? Which design ? How to increase your profit as a casting buyer and OEM? Today on Foundry Solutions blog, we’re excited to invite you and subscribe to the new online e-magazine called Part Buyers Authority. SF is thrilled to be among contributors. Before we continue on how casting buyers work with SF, here’s the link to subscribe to the magazine :
You’re now ready to download your free Casting Defect mobile app update. What’s new? It features Dr. John Campbell’s oxide bifilm defects. In order to stay updated in the future, please delete your last version and install the new one following this link for Google store or Apple Store: Continue reading “Download your Casting Defect app update featuring Dr. John Campbell’s bifilm”
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 ?”
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.
Continue reading “Yohan Tremblay Vice-Président de votre chapitre AFS- Est du Canada”
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
Continue reading “Casting Defect app phase 1 beta”
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 ?”
In 2021, click here to use SF Thermal Analysis to measure recaleascence. 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 ? 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 ?”