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US - Diecaster Production Castings Completing Latest in Upgrade Series

Production Castings, Fenton, Mo., reports it is installing an air purification system on the heels of a tool room expansion and environmental improvements completed last year.

According to the company’s in-house newsletter, Production Castings contracted with Carter Clean Air, St. Louis, Mo., to install the air purification system. The company expects the air purifiers to collect dust, smoke and other airborne particulates with a 95% efficient, two-stage filtration system, recycling the air in the plant once every six minutes.

Last December, Production Castings added 2,200 sq. ft. to its tool and die shop.

“This expansion will allow us to improve work flows and increase efficiency,” said Mark Preuss, sales engineer.

The expansion included a new CAD/CAM engineering office and yielded the space necessary to install a new machining center. During the expansion, both the new machine and the company’s existing machining center were fitted with new 24-in. isolation pads intended to increase accuracy.

Production Castings installed new high-efficiency lighting in its tool room and mold-change room in November 2010. According to the company newsletter, the full spectrum lighting improves visual acuity by 31% and will reduce energy consumption by as much as 35%.

In response to its environmental efforts, the diecaster has been certified in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Save Energy Now program.

“Our certification recognizes our plant's exemplary participation in energy savings goals, assessments and implementation,” Preuss said. “The program initiative is dedicated to helping U.S. industry reduce fossil energy use and carbon emissions.”

Production Castings Maintenance Manager Paul Loeffelman coordinated the program and implemented the changes recommended by the Missouri Industrial Assessment Center, which audited the plant as part of the program.

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