Frequently Asked Questions:
What are your molding capabilities?
In a word, flexible. AMERICAN Castings’ combination of molding lines allows customers to reduce their supply base by bringing complete projects to one location.
- Green sand molding: 42” x 72” - 24”/24”
- No-bake automatic molding: 120” x 60” - 19”/19”
What is your casting size range?
100 to 3,500 pounds
What types of metal do you cast?
ASTM A536 Ductile Iron in the following grades:
- A48 Gray Iron (Class 25, 30, 35 and 40)
What is the approximate turnaround time for an order?
Upon approval of pattern equipment, AMERICAN Castings can have production parts to the customer within approximately six weeks for many orders.
How do you estimate price?
Estimating involves researching many factors that affect pricing. These include, but are not limited to, the metal specified for the part, the molding line used to produce it, immediate quantity needed, estimated annual usage, the grinding requirements and any special requirements. The costs of supplies and raw materials are also a factor. For example, AMERICAN Castings subscribes to the Scrap Price Bulletin (formerly known as Iron Age Scrap Price Bulletin) for weekly updates on the metals market prices.
What information do you need from me to quote on my project?
The sales representative will discuss project details with you, including drawings and/or models, casting weight, use of existing or new tooling, type(s) of iron required, quality standards that apply, production quantity and estimated annual usage.
How can your modeling capability benefit my project?
Our engineers can simulate your casting – specific to material and chemistry – on a computer screen to predict its transition from liquid to solid state. Known as solidification modeling, this tool helps identify trouble areas related to shrinkage or metal flow and provides information for improving a design before it enters production.
What quality assurance measures do you take?
From receipt of raw materials to final inspection of your product, AMERICAN Castings uses a certified quality
assurance system to ensure the casting meets or exceeds the mutually agreed upon quality standard. The analytical
laboratory is equipped with the latest tools for sand, metallurgical and mechanical testing.
The new sand testing system includes the latest advancements in electronics, sensors, and digital process technology to yield accurate and repeatable results. In addition, AMERICAN Castings’ sand lab compares its test results to supplier testing results as an extra measure of accuracy, consistency and control.
Metallurgical and mechanical analysis of carefully prepared samples document the microstructure, chemical, strength and elasticity properties of the metal and confirm that the product meets or exceeds customer and applicable industry standards. Test bar samples are pulled usually within 12 hours of the metal pour.
Do you have a quality policy statement?
Yes. AMERICAN Castings will deliver its products on time, defect free, and at a competitive price by continuously improving our processes, products and service.
What customer services do you provide?
Our order administrators track the details of your order from start to finish. They use a powerful customer service tool for fast access to information about the status of your order through all phases, including inventory and outside processing. Our sales and administrative team will work with you to forecast your needs, ensuring that your next order is shipped on time.