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All About Steel Castings And Foundry Supplies

In today’s highly industrialized world, life is unimaginable without cast metal products, which is funny because it’s hardly noticed by anyone. Metal casting has become so integral with our way of living that it has become assimilated in out day to day routine, without anyone realizing it. Now, what is metal casting, you ask? Well, to put it plainly, steel casting is a process in which molten metal is poured into a mould to create from the simplest to complex shapes of matter. Almost everything we know around us is made of metal, is produced through metal casting. Train wheels, lamp posts, even sculptures-every one of them are cast in a steel casting foundry. Apart from day to day objects, things vital to industrial production are also created through metal casting. From large scale industry equipment to smaller elements like valves (check valve casting, ball valve casting and so on) would not exist without casting.

The casting process occurs in six basic steps, viz. patternmaking, moulding, melting and pouring, shakeout and cleaning, heat treating, and inspection.

1) Patternmaking: A pattern is the exact copy of the object that is to be cast and is used to form the mould cavity. Patternmaking is the procedure of creating these patterns using a variety of materials like wood, plastic or even metals. The more accurate dimensions the pattern has, the more precise the stainless steel casting will be.

2) Moulding: Moulding is the process involving the creation of moulds in which molten metal is to be poured in. There are two types of moldings, namely, reusable and non-reusable. While the former can be used over and over again for it does not break during the steel castings process, the latter is eligible for only one time use as it breaks during the solidification or cooling process.

3) Melting and Pouring: The metals which are supposed to be melted and cast are loaded in a furnace. The furnace can either be an electric arc furnace or an induction furnace (the former is more widely used). Inside the furnace the metal is exposed to extremely high heat to reach the melting point (which is on an average above 1370C).

4) Solidification, Ejection and Cleaning: Depending on the type of industry, molten metals are poured either by skilled workers using ladles or by robotic arms and pouring machines. The melted metal is poured through a gates and risers system into the moulds where it is allowed to cool and solidify. When the metal is done adopting the shape of the mould, the casting is ejected from the mould or removed by shakeout in case of a sand mould.

5) Heat treatment: Sometimes the castings need to be modified in accordance with their usage and purpose. This is where heat treating comes in. Through the process of heating and chilling with a specific but extreme leap in temperatures a cast is physically modified to suit their purpose.

Over the years steel casting technology has expanded huge range of services and various types of metal castings: from check valve castings, to aesthetic product castings, day to day objects as well as heavy industrial equipment. The steel casting foundry networks are also providing a wide spectrum of work opportunities to engineers, technicians and semi-skilled labors. The foundries also help in recycling scrap, old metal objects, and turn them into usable products hence reducing metal waste and at the same time reducing their production cost and tackling the problem of limited raw material resource subsequently.

The Root Of Building A Great Organization

Great people make great organizations. This is universally true, no matter what kind of business the organization does, and what its size. Having great people in organizations is like a sportsman having an optimum level of fitness. Just like how injuries or illnesses impede her ability to compete; the same goes for mediocre people in organizations.
We can consider great people in organizations to be a powerful, well-turned engine in a vehicle that is set to take part in a race. The vehicle has a solid chance of winning when it runs on such an engine, but the opposite is equally true when it is expected to race having a bad engine.
Multifold benefits of hiring the right people
The reasons for which organizations need great people are obvious: The organization brims with energy, spirit, enthusiasm and excellence. Great people are defined by their creativity, innovativeness and the quality they bring into work. Because of these, the organization is able to deliver better results.
Even though it is the intention of all organizations to hire great people, sometimes, they end up making hiring mistakes. This may not be a deliberate mistake on the part of HR or management, for no organization likes to hire people with below par abilities, but it is just that hiring managers fail to put the emphasis, effort, direction, and focus and planning into the hiring.
Most bad hiring decisions are made because hiring managers are not fully aware of the importance of getting the most appropriate, best suited and most brilliant people on board. The hire’s credentials sometimes don’t match with the needs and requirements of the organization. This mismatch is the recipe for disaster.
Opportunity to learn the skills needed for hiring the right fit
Want to understand the proper ways of making the right hiring decisions in order to get that elusive perfect fit? This is the lesson a highly valuable and entertaining training session from TrainHR, a leading provider of professional trainings for the human resources industry, will be offering. At this webinar, David Rohlander, author of Amazon-bestselling book, The CEO Code and Idiot’s Guides: Management Skills, published by Alpha Books/Penguin in November 2014, will be the speaker.
Interested in understanding what perspective this illustrious speaker/author brings into how to hire great people? Then, please enroll for this webinar by visiting http://www.trainhr.com/control/w_product/~product_id=701824LIVE?earticlesonline-seo. Viewing this webinar, its entirety qualifies for a recertification credit hour that may be counted toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification from SHRM.
Credit is awarded based on the actual educational time spent in the program.
This webinar has been approved for 1.5 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI).
Learning on all the elements of hiring right
At this session, David will show the importance of adapting hiring techniques for attracting the best talents to fill each position in a company. A proper hiring process leads to a quality fit, as a result of which everyone in the organization benefits. David will show the ways of doing this to hire great people.
The critical elements, practices and insights for how to hire the best people will be imparted at this session. The skills taught at this webinar will make the job of hiring high quality people for organizations easier and more effective. Participants will learn how to improve the organization with great hires. The speaker will help them to master the techniques needed for this with practical examples.