MPI, the worldwide leader in wax-room equipment has furthered its commitment to education in the investment casting industry by donating a 25-ton wax injector to the manufacturing program here at Pittsburg State University (PSU). The new state-of-the-art wax injection machine is being installed in the metal casting lab at the Kansas Technology Center and is expected to be ready for operation in late May, just in time for the summer session at PSU.
The donation of the wax injector kicks off PSU’s mission to create a Center of Excellence in Metal Casting (CEMC). The goal of the Center is to develop a state-of-the-art laboratory which will produce top graduates in the metal casting industry. It will also become a permanent education and training resource for industry professionals where they can learn best practices, share knowledge and disseminate leading-edge solutions in the metal casting process.
Russ Rosmait, Professor of Engineering Technology, said the injection press will be “fully integrated” into the investment casting curriculum. The new equipment will bring real-world application to the classroom from tooling design and wax injection right on to final wax assembly.
Rosmalt praised MPI for its generosity. “This is the type of industry-leading machine we’ve wanted for quite some time,” Rosmait said, “but its $160,000 price tag meant it was out of our reach financially. We’re incredibly fortunate and grateful that MPI decided to invest so substantially in our program and donate this equipment to us.”
MPI wax injection machines have been the gold standard in the investment casting industry for over 40 years. They offer a wide range of wax room solutions including total wax room automation and contract pattern production and assembly services at their world headquarters in Poughkeepsie NY.
“The program at Pitt State is excellent and needs the best equipment to aid in training tomorrow’s leaders in Investment Casting. MPI has the best equipment, so when asked if I would contemplate making such a significant donation I considered it my responsibility to the industry,” says Bruce Phipps, President MPI, Inc. “My goal is to promote the values that Pitt State and the ICI work hard to instill - good business practices start with sound equipment and a high degree of process control. I believe this donation demonstrates my commitment to these values.”
“The new wax injector will add a new level of learning to our investment casting process capability,” said Rosmalt. “The 25-ton press provides a level of process control and real-time feedback that our current equipment does not. Real-time process control will enhance student interest and add greatly to their educational experience.”
About Pittsburg State:
Pittsburg State University is a Foundry Educational Foundation (FEF) Certified school is home to the only Investment Casting Institute (ICI) Certification program in the world. Every year, metal casting professionals from around the world travel to Pittsburg State University for an education on the latest technological breakthroughs in the industry. Pittsburg State’s FEF program and the ICI certification course includes a high concentration of hands-on training which will be greatly enhanced by the donation of this equipment.
MPI is the worldwide leader and innovator of wax-room equipment featuring a broad range of wax injection machines that generate higher casting yields with increased productivity and throughput. As the acknowledged leader in wax-room innovations, MPI has developed and introduced more systems and products than all of their competition combined.
In addition to producing industry leading wax injection systems, MPI offers total wax room automation from wax injection to wax assembly using integrated robotics technology. Automation also allows MPI to cost effectively provide contract pattern production and assembly services which can be shipped directly to their customers. All MPI equipment is backed by a world-class customer service team featuring their Global Support Services program.