The June, 2017 issue of Foundry Magazine features an article by Trent Blake which addresses the silica rule currently in effect.
The new standard, to be enforced starting on July 23, 2018, is half of the previous standard and “requires metal casters to prove that they have implemented all feasible engineering and work practice controls to reduce silica exposure to employees”.
KERAMIDA and Foundry Solutions & Design have formed a partnership to offer the industry a comprehensive resource to develop sampling methods resulting in a silica concentration map of the facility.
This “mapping” strategy allows for an engineering solution to be implemented for reducing the silica at the source.
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Two of the most respected names in the foundry industry have partnered to provide the full range of services to assist our clients in compliance with the new OSHA Silica Regulations, as well as other Environmental, Health, Safety and Security Regulations.
FS&D and Keramida can assist with the following Respirable Silica Reduction Program:
- Assembling and Documenting the Exposure Control Plan
- Exposure Studies and Mapping
- Evaluation of Existing Processes and Practices (Foundry Audit) to Determine Source and Work Practice Reduction Opportunities
- Reassess Respirable Silica Exposure Levels
- Investigate and Recommend Ventilation / Air Pollution Control Improvements
- Assistance with Process Control Improvement Implementation and Related Services
Values are recorded by area on a plant layout image
A visual representation of silica loading is generated
STAR PIPE PRODUCTS ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF JENSEN INTERNATIONAL
THE STAR PIPE PRODUCTS NEWS
OKLAHOMA CITY September 15, 2016 – The state of Oklahoma and Star Pipe Products today announced that Star Pipe Products has acquired the assets of Jensen International, headquartered in Coffeyville, Kan., and its subsidiary, Jencast of South Coffeyville. Jensen International is a diversified manufacturer providing casting, machining, metal fabrication, assembly and production of customized cast iron and ductile iron products. The acquisition will allow Star Pipe to continue the operation of manufacturing domestically made cast iron and ductile iron products in South Coffeyville. The company intends to expand the existing facility in Oklahoma and install new and updated equipment.
The company will retain the current workforce and expects to create approximately 260 new jobs over the next five years. The direct investment is expected to be in excess of $40 million.
Foundry Solutions & Design has been chosen to provide the engineering service.
BREMBO TO INVEST € 74 MILLION
TO BUILD A NEW FOUNDRY IN THE USA
Stezzano, 23 July 2014 – Brembo has announced the construction of a cast iron foundry near its Homer facilities in Michigan, beginning the process of vertical integration of its production capacity in United States. Construction will begin in 2015 and is expected to be completed in 2017, allowing Brembo to bring together all phases of production in order to guarantee greater process efficiency.
Thanks to a € 74 million ($100 million) investment, Brembo will operate a modern foundry facility that, once it reaches full production capacity, will yield up to an annual output of 80,000 tons of brake disc castings. The foundry together with engineering and technical offices and warehouse space will cover an area of approximately 30,000 square meter and will create 250 jobs at the foundry and at the company’s Plymouth R&D Center and Headquarters.