Happy Spring Everyone
While winter keeps trying to regain its frosty grasp, the Applied Process team is transitioning full force into a new spring season!
With a record influx of new clients, our new Fort Smith facility has advanced to a full 7-day 24-hour schedule. We have also used this growth to share best practices, including ergonomics, furnace atmosphere, process quality and maintenance management, between all three of our locations. The result has been improved internal quality, throughput, and on-time delivery.
We’re continuing to share best practices across our facilities and will have more exciting continuous improvement projects and results to share later in the year!
A Sought-After AP University Class is Coming Back
Enrollment is now open for our sought-after training about the production of austempered ductile iron and steel. This two-day training class teaches attendees about the manufacturing processes associated with steel and ductile iron. Our time will also be spent doing a deep dive on the austempering process and the advantages it offers over other material and process combinations.
Join us or tell a colleague to become one of the over 400 alumni who have heralded this training.
Classes will be held September 24-25.
North America’s largest gathering of its kind, CastExpo, in Atlanta, Georgia happened last week. Held only once every three years by the American Foundry Society, this show features demos of the latest tech, full-scale exhibits, and some really informative learning sessions. Applied Process was there and attended the ‘Creating Revenue Opportunities by Converting Fabrications into Castings' presentation.
The foundry industry is a key component of the metals manufacturing world allowing for the conversion of fabrications and forgings to lower cost ductile iron castings. Many of these castings are then austempered to improve strength, wear resistance and toughness, which can also enable parts to be made lighter and reduce cost.
It was a great event where we had the opportunity to help our customers make important connections with each other and we even helped them solve some problems along the way. Stay tuned to future Hostile Duck Digest emails to learn about what solutions we offered.
Join Us at the GIFA
CastExpo isn’t the only big show happening this year. The world’s largest foundry and thermal processing show (GIFA) is happening in Duesseldorf, Germany on June 25-29. Applied Process will be there with our close licensee, ADI Treatments of England.
The Advantages of Converting Fabrications into Austempered Castings
Converting expensive fabrications into one-piece ADI castings delivers a number of big advantages, including:
- Improved strength and wear resistance
- Lighter weight parts through the optimization of material placement
- Better design aesthetics
- Reduced number of components in inventory
- Reduced overall manufacturing costs
But making these conversions is not easy. Companies often run into huge obstacles, including the availability of engineering resources and the unknown elements of casting design.
We can help. Applied Process is humbled to have many customers who are evangelists, preaching the advantages of converting expensive fabrications into one-piece ADI castings. We have worked closely with many of our customers during the transition process and encourage your engineering and purchasing groups to reach out to our sales engineers to assist with identifying and executing opportunities to apply the conversion principles.
Applied Process Team Happenings
Applied Process continues to add resources to our technical team in support of our increasing sales, breadth of products and product development initiatives.
Specifically, we want to acknowledge:
Jeremy Lipshaw has joined the R&D Team as a Product Development Engineer. Jeremy has a B.S.E. in Materials Science and Engineering as well as a M.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in component design. Jeremy’s responsibilities will be focused on working with both the R&D and Sales teams to assist with accelerating the development/conversion of new components for the AP heat treat processes.
Erin Heidelberger has accepted the position as Plant Metallurgist at our Oshkosh facility. Erin will be starting her position immediately after graduating in May from Michigan Tech University with a B.S.E in Materials Science and Engineering. Erin is the President of the Michigan Tech University AFS student chapter and has held internship positions at both Neenah Foundry as well as GM Powertrain Defiance Castings.
We are very excited about our expanding business and resources. Thanks again to our customers for your support, partnership and commitment!
Team Member Spotlight
Meet Angella Sell – R&D Engineer
Applied Process is very excited to share the amazing achievements of our own Angella Sell. Angella has both a BS and an MS in Metallurgical Engineering from Missouri S&T. After college, she relocated to eastern Ohio where she worked in the ferrous foundry industry for 5 years and, also, met her husband Dan. In 2015, Angella joined our R&D team at Applied Process.
If you or your company has a development program in progress, then you likely have met Angella. She is responsible for project management in the R&D lab including quoting programs, test furnace operations and metallurgical analysis. In addition, Angella works on both internal and customer-focused research programs. In October, she presented a paper, “The Use of Manganese and Increased Nodule Count for the Production of ADI: A Preliminary Study” at the 2018 Keith Millis Symposium on Ductile Iron.
In her spare time, Angella serves as the co-Chair of the Young Members and Student Affairs committee for the Detroit Chapter of ASM International where she both coordinates and volunteers for activities with local schools to judge the Future Cities competition and the Detroit Science Fair. She (and Dan) also volunteer for the Detroit-Windsor foundry-in-a-box program.
Angella (second from left) and colleagues from the Detroit Chapter of ASM after judging the Detroit Science Fair. Our local ASM Chapter provides a special award based on the creation, development, and application of materials.