在创始人Albert Musschoot的孙子Tom Musschoot的带领下，GK的生产部门使用最新的材料切割、成型和焊接技术，现已发展成为一个220,000平方英尺的现代化制造工厂。GK还扩大了其全球制造业务，包括加拿大、中国、英国、德国、意大利、日本和泰国的外包合作伙伴。
General Kinematics Celebrates 60 Years of Innovation
Vibratory equipment maker General Kinematics (GK), an AFS Corporate Member based in Crystal Lake, Illinois, marked its 60th anniversary in September. GK thanks its employees, customers and community for their continued support.
In a company released statement, GK says, “It is the culmination of talent from every GK employee that has led General Kinematics to where it is today.”
Led by Tom Musschoot, the grandson of Founder Albert Musschoot, GK’s in-house manufacturing has grown to a 220,000-square foot modern fabrication facility, using the latest material cutting, forming, and welding technology. GK has also expanded its global manufacturing footprint to include outsourced fabrication partners in Canada, China, England, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Thailand.
Signicast Signs 3D Printing Partnership
Signicast, a Form Technologies company, has signed a partnership with DDM to offer the convenience and speed of ceramic 3D printing with the precision of investment casting.
“DDM is extremely proud to join hands with Signicast to modernize investment casting while offering speed, complexity and value to customers. This partnership greatly accelerates the introduction of DDM’s ceramic 3D printing based Digital Foundry offering to the market,” said Dr. Suman Das, founder and CEO of DDM.
DDM’s LAMP (Large Area Maskless Photopolymerization) ceramic 3D printing technology brings advanced capabilities—including topology optimization and generative designs—for achieving complex components with the convenience and shorter lead times of 3D printing. Partnered with Signicast’s wide selection of material options, state-of-the-art automation technology, and design for manufacturability expertise, the companies say customers can expect to receive high-quality prototypes to validate their component designs in a fraction of the conventional time.
“This is a great process to bring to Signicast customers and offers new growth opportunities to all the markets we serve,” said Marc Riquelme, president of Signicast. “DDM’s 3D printing technology will bolster our core offering and amplify our footprint in additive manufacturing.”
The partnership between Signicast and DDM is evidence of the advancements in precision casting technologies and opens up new design opportunities for both of their customers. Over time, Signicast expects to transition this technology for full-scale production runs in addition to prototyping.
Sumitomo-Kimura Foundry Joint Venture Finalized for U.S. 3D Printing
Sumitomo Corp. (Tokyo) has entered an agreement to invest in AFS Corporate Member Kimura Foundry America (KFA) and will hold a 35% interest in the Schaumburg, IL-based manufacturer of prototype casting using 3D printing technology.
Sumitomo Corp. has long been engaged in the overseas sales of castings made by KFA. Through its new investment, Sumitomo says it aims to generate synergy effects between the businesses, including Sumitomo’s auto parts manufacturing unit, while also expanding the prototype casting business across its customer networks in construction and agricultural machinery, industrial equipment, and others.
In addition to the U.S., the companies say they’ll pursue business expansion in Europe and Asia, hoping to support the development of related industries around the world.
作为对其铸造厂进行大规模投资的一部分，美国铸造协会会员企业阿达莱特，斯科特-菲茨公司（俄亥俄州克利夫兰）的子公司，于今年春天安装了DISA Matchplate（乔治亚州拉格兰奇）的24/28新型自动造型机，这是迪砂最新一代的造型机，也是此型号在美国的第一次安装。此外，该公司还安装了由Summit铸造设备公司（印第安纳州韦恩堡）定制的完整自动化取 模系统。
Capital Investments Beef up Adalet’s Molding Efficiency as much as 5,000%
As part of an extensive capital improvement of its foundry, AFS Corporate member Adalet, a Scott-Fetzer Company (Cleveland, Ohio) installed a new automatic DISA Matchplate (LaGrange, Georgia) 24/28 molding machine this spring, the latest generation of DISAs and the first of this size in the U.S. In addition, the company added a complete automated mold handling system custom-built by Summit Foundry Equipment (Fort Wayne, Indiana).
Adalet is a 92-year-old manufacturer of explosion-proof electrical enclosures and custom products for the electrical industry, the oil and gas industry and large OEM customers whose products use aluminum castings. Adalet’s human-safety products are used throughout the world in factories, petrochemical plants, gas stations and airports, for example.
“We're very customer driven and OEM-manufacturer driven, and our expectations for quality are extremely high,” said Adalet President Gary Weisenburger. “So in order to continue making our product in the U.S. and outcompete other companies that are outsourcing and offshoring production of their products, we needed to step up and make a serious investment in our foundry that makes both a quality product and does so with the maximum efficiency available in industry. That's what we've accomplished with this combination of DISA and Summit Foundry Equipment machinery.”
Replacing a 34-year-old automatic molding machine, the new DISA unit is capable of producing up to 120 molds per hour, greatly increasing Adalet’s efficiency and quality while reducing labor cost at the same time. The upgrade also enables many manually molded parts to be shifted to automatic molding.
“By increasing the size of our automatic molding machine, we were able to take some work off of our floor molding, which is much slower than what we can do on the DISA,” said Adalet Foundry Manager Clint Hess. “With one of our high running castings, for example––we’d be lucky to get two castings an hour on floor molding. We can now run that same job on the DISA and get 100 molds an hour. Going from two an hour to 100 an hour is a no-brainer.”
Adalet spent two years researching equipment, working with consultants and visiting other foundries before making its final investment selections. The seven-week installation process of both machines–from mid-March to mid-May–involved digging two massive new pits in the foundry’s concrete floor, and some equipment was lowered through a hole created in the roof.
“What we're about is taking care of our customers and keeping people safe,” said Weisenburger. “This equipment and the infrastructure investment we made in our foundry is a huge step in our ability to do that even better than before––and to control our own destiny by continuing to make our own products right here in the United States.”