FS&D WINS BEST DESIGN AWARD

DETROIT  July 15, 2017 – The Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) granted its 43rd annual Building and Construction  Award to FS&D for the Brembo North America Foundry

The Brembo North America gray iron foundry in Homer, MI, had been earning attention from metalcasters for several years prior to its opening last spring. When it announced the new capacity project in 2014, the brake specialist made clear its intention to be present in the region’s automotive supply chain, customizing its production capabilities in line with its own product and technologies standards. Those standards had previously been established with a new foundry project in Poland, and continue to be demonstrated by Brembo’s development of an aluminum foundry complex in Mexico.

But the Michigan project now has drawn recognition and praise of a different sort: The project was among a short list of honorees earning the Engineering Society of Detroit’s 43rd Annual ESD Construction & Design Award, with acknowledgement going equally to the new building’ owners, designers, and constructors, with credit for outstanding team achievements and innovative uses of technology.

In addition to Brembo North America, the ESD Construction & Design Award was presented to Foundry Solutions & Design, the engineering design group that conceived and planned the foundry operation; NSA Architects, Engineers, Planners, which handled the aesthetic and overall design, and The Christman Company, the project’s general contractor.

Mitigating the Effect of OSHA’s Silica Rule

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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Silica Exposure

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

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 build a new foundry in the USA

BREMBO TO INVEST € 74 MILLION
TO BUILD A NEW FOUNDRY IN THE USA

BREMBO NEWS

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.