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How Spuncast Slashed Accumulator Production Costs by 20% for US Navy Submarines

June 7th, 2024

Submarines are incredible machines that rely on precision and durability for seamless operation. Yet, back in 1996, the US Navy encountered a significant hurdle with their fleet: the accumulator cylinders vital for submarine function were proving to be both too costly and challenging to produce. That’s where Spuncast’s centrifugal casting expertise and in-house metallurgy team […]

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Proven Superiority of Centrifugal Casting for Piston Accumulators

March 25th, 2024

Traditionally, the manufacturing of piston accumulators has relied on forging and die casting processes. However, forward-thinking organizations, particularly those in offshore oil and gas, are increasingly acknowledging the distinct advantages offered by an alternative method: centrifugal casting. In this article, we explore the importance of centrifugal casting for manufacturing accumulator components, unveiling a myriad of […]

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Why Centrifugal Casting Has Caused a Paradigm Shift in Hydraulic Cylinder Manufacturing

January 31st, 2024

As the requirement for top-tier machinery intensifies, so does the need for hydraulic cylinders. To keep up with the evolving demand, the manufacturing techniques behind hydraulic cylinders have gained even greater importance. In this blog post, we’re diving into the significance of hydraulic cylinders and how centrifugal casting is shaking up the traditional manufacturing methods […]

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How Spuncast’s Centrifugal Casting Contributed to the Hoover Dam Restoration Project

November 22nd, 2023

The Hoover Dam, a marvel of engineering that has stood for nearly a century, is undergoing remarkable restoration efforts to ensure its continued functionality and longevity.  This article looks at Spuncast’s role in the restoration and the partnerships they’ve formed. Faith Jenson, Business Development Manager for Spuncast, offers insight into the specifics of the foundry’s […]

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The Dual Benefits of Spuncast’s ESOP Structure for Customers and Employees

October 13th, 2023

Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOP) have gained prominence as a unique retirement benefit plan that creates an ownership structure for the employee.  Kyle Reading, President of Spuncast, says the decision to structure Spuncast as an ESOP stemmed from the need to attract and retain the best employees. It’s also become a powerful tool for enhancing […]

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Why Centrifugal Casting is the Right Choice When Metals Are Scarce

July 31st, 2023

For manufacturers requiring steel tubing for their products, the scarcity of metals has become a pressing issue with far-reaching implications. The volatility of the metal market, increasing demand, geopolitics, and growing governmental regulations are just some of the reasons contributing to the problem. And to add insult to injury, large steel mills are stockpiling scrap […]

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The 6 Reasons Your Custom Tube Shipping Claim is Taking So Long

June 5th, 2023

It’s not something anyone wants to talk about — or even think about ­— but the fact is, when you ship less-than-truckload (LTL) for your customized tubing, chances are you’re eventually going to have to file a shipping claim. And because a lot goes into the shipping claim process, a lot can go wrong. That […]

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5 Steel Tube Shipping Headaches and What You Can Do About Them

March 6th, 2023

One of the biggest challenges manufacturers face is shipping. A continued shortage of drivers, rising logistics costs, and poor routing strategies are ongoing problems. However, the challenge only ratchets up when it comes to transporting large tubular components. As a centrifugal casting foundry, Spuncast had seen its customers struggle with shipping woes for years. Several […]

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Reduce Uneven Production Schedules and Manufacturing Glitches Through Better Foundry Communication

December 5th, 2022

In an industry increasingly defined by technology and automation, clear communication from your foundry is a soft skill that’s often overlooked. But both effective and ineffective communication will have an enormous impact on your part’s production and the price you ultimately pay. “Without good communication between the customer and the foundry, an uneven production schedule […]

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The Importance of a Metallurgist in Foundry Processes

November 9th, 2022

From material selection to testing, metallurgy touches every aspect of your metal part design. But still, many part designers overlook the ongoing importance a metallurgist plays in the foundry production process. Part designers may understand the need for the metallurgical research that goes into selecting the materials, but not that the significance of the science […]

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7 Factors to Consider When Looking for a Quality Foundry

October 25th, 2022

No foundry can be everything to everybody. But finding one that can produce your part right on spec is crucial to your business. So, how do you know what to look for when you need a quality foundry to manufacture your metal part? Here’s a short video explaining what sets a quality foundry apart from […]

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Want Consistency in Your Cast Products? 4 Reasons to Consider Permanent Molds

October 5th, 2022

Centrifugal casting delivers a consistent, quality tubing product at a controlled cost. But a big part of what makes this such an effective process may come as a surprise: Permanent steel molds. What’s so special about permanent molds – and why are they so specific to the centrifugal casting process? To answer that question, let’s […]

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Centrifugal Casting: Why It’s the Greenest Way To Make Metal Parts

August 24th, 2022

There are multiple benefits to centrifugal casting, but one that doesn’t get talked about enough is the lower environmental impact of centrifugal casting. As long ago as 1997, a study by the global business school INSEAD concluded that recycling-based casting is the “wave of the (immediate) future” because of its intelligent use of existing material. […]

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Six Key Components to Expect in a Foundry Warranty

July 28th, 2022

When you buy specialty tube components, you want to be reassured that you’re spending your money on something that will last. But if for some reason it doesn’t, it’s just as important to know you can reach out to the manufacturer for support. That’s where warranties come in. A foundry’s warranty is an extension of […]

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From Commodity to Quality: Not the HSLA Steel You Used to Know

May 17th, 2022

If you’re treating HSLA steel as a commodity, you may not realize you can get even closer to what you want without having to spend more, thanks to two processes. In this post, we’ll focus on those processes and why they make such a big difference. We’ll also explain how they can upgrade your HSLA […]

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Why Using a Centrifugal Cast 8620 Equivalent Will Get You More for Less

May 11th, 2022

The 8620 material grade is popular in tube part designs and is usually viewed as only a commodity. But what if there was an equivalent metal produced using a different process that could manufacture a better tube product? Below you’ll learn how an 8620 equivalent can live up to (and may even surpass) the original […]

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Custom vs. Standard Metal Tubing: 3 Critical Factors to Consider

April 8th, 2022

Is it better to search for commercial off-the-shelf tubing or design with a completely custom tube? To answer that question, we’ll look at why standard tubing sometimes falls short and three critical tubing design considerations to keep in mind when you’re considering customized tubing as an option. But first, a video summarizing what we’ll cover: […]

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