What is Foundry Engineering?

When the metal reaches a liquid state, it is poured into a mold that gives it shape.

From aluminum to steel to zinc and iron, the world’s metals are created in foundries. Foundry engineering is the profession that revolves around the design of new foundries. Engineers create a custom building to heat raw materials to incredible temperatures to pour them into molds and create a product that can be sold. Additionally, many foundry engineering jobs focus on repairing older foundries or making them more efficient in order to maintain a presence in the highly competitive field of metals.

Depending on the metal involved, every foundry is different, but they all share many of the same steps to reach the completion of their final products. All foundries have a large furnace that reaches temperatures in excess of 3,000 degrees Celsius (5,432 degrees Fahrenheit) to melt raw metal or scrap metal. When the metal reaches a liquid state, it is poured into a mold that can vary from the shape of a steel beam to large blocks and many other designs. Metals are finished by sanding or sanding to obtain the correct dimensional shape. The foundries also have a large wharf area for loading trains and trucks.

A foundry engineering company works to design and build a functional facility to replicate this process, while meeting individual customer needs. Engineering and foundry experts consult with each other to determine the desired amount and type of metal to be made to build a suitable foundry. Foundries may have multiple furnaces, bucket conveyor systems for transporting hot liquid metals, multiple mold building stations, cooling sites, and storage facilities. Engineers work with foundry owners and local zoning ordinances to design the building.

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Smelter engineers only build smelter structures. They traditionally don’t build the metal forging machines that are used in foundries. These machines are purchased from third parties.

The second half of foundry engineering is in construction. Some engineering firms have a construction crew or hire a construction company to build the foundry. Engineers work with construction contractors to plan and build the facility from start to finish.

Another foundry engineering service is repairing and improving existing foundries. Older foundries often need serious repairs or simply need to become more efficient. Foundry engineers review the current configuration and structure and determine solutions to meet the customer’s needs in the current facility.

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