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Metal Casting Defects

Knowledge of casting defects and what causes them is an essential part of managing casting quality. High-quality foundries avoid pitfalls that cause casting defects. Casting defects in a finished product can occur due to defective

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5 World-Changing Non-Ferrous Metal Applications

Five non-ferrous metal applications which affected global industries in a big way include aluminum aircraft frames, magnesium transmissions, titanium golf clubs, zinc electrical hardware, and bronze gears. Previous Next The Industrial and Transportation Revolutions fueled

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What Is The Metal Solidification Process?

Metal Solidification is the comprehensive transformation process of a liquid into a solid and the basis of casting technology, including melting, pouring, and re-solidating a metal or metal alloy within a mold to produce a

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3 Types of Sand Casting

For over a half-century, Ermak has worked to master and perfect the art of sand mold casting. Sand casting is a popular method of producing non-ferrous alloy casts. This process was invented over 6,000 years

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What Is An Alloy

Alloy Definition Alloy: verb, past tense: alloyed; past participle: alloyed mix (metals) to make an alloy. “alloying tin with copper makes bronze”  What is a Metal Alloy? An alloy is a mixture of two or more elements

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A Guide To Non-ferrous Metal Alloy Casting

For thousands of years, non-ferrous metals have played a part in human innovation. The first metals used by humans were non-ferrous. The use of bronze, a copper and tin alloy, signaled humankind’s transition from the

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Rapid Prototyping

We often hear from customers looking to create a prototype part in order to test it, physically check it for fitment, and/or get customer feedback. Typically, the parts are requested to either be machined from

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When to use castings vs machining

A few years ago, we had a customer that had never used aluminum castings but didn’t like “hogging out” (a process of cutting out the center of raw bar stock) that was required to make

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Reshore-Broken Supply Chains

Pre-COVID, we had been talking with customers who were exploring “reshoring”, the process of moving production back to the US from international manufacturing.  The reasons varied, but the most frequent were shorter lead times, lower

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Why Aluminum?

Lightweight, durable and highly recyclable, aluminum is a sustainable material of choice. Aluminum applications span from everyday items like fuel-efficient vehicles to smart phones to window frames to airplanes. It has a long list of

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Big Moves

Some BIG moves happening here at Ermak! After purchasing Northwest Casting & adding their staff to the Ermak family, we have been working the past few months to combine operations between the two. The heat

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