Foseco has invested £1.4m in the expansion of the production of STELEX PrO carbon bonded filters at its plant in Tamworth, UK. The investment was in response to rapidly increasing demand for this patented technology which has seen volumes increase by 300% over the past 6 years.
Nick Child, International Product Manager, commented, “the increased demand for high strength, low thermal mass, filters is due to rapid growth in the high integrity large spheroidal graphite iron market such as hubs for wind turbines, and a growing requirement for the benefits of filters in inclusion removal and turbulence reduction in steel casting applications”.
Carl Woolley, Operations Manager, continued, “The 18 month project was successfully completed earlier this year, effectively doubling our production capacity and the highly efficient kilning process uses 50% less energy. Product quality and consistency are also improved.”
STELEX PrO carbon bonded filters are high-strength, low-weight filters with optimised metal flow properties. The ease and consistency of priming reduces the need for super heat, lowering the risk of temperature related defects. The filter structure removes inclusions from the melt and reduces the turbulent metal flow that can lead to oxidation defects, thereby reducing expensive scrap and rework.
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