Technical Articles

Impro Industries USA, Inc. has published these technical articles:

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Investment casting is one of the oldest processes for forming complex shapes in metal. It's also often overlooked and disregarded when engineers are deciding how a particular part or design should be...
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Investment cast parts may not have the strength, toughness or surface hardness required by applications, but these requirements can be met by heat treatment....
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Gating system design is a crucial factor in the investment casting process to ensure the proper delivery of metal throughout the ceramic mold....
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What are the similarities and differences between investment casting and lost foam casting?...
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Investment casting and MIM are the most cost-efficient solutions to creating small parts....
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Lead times for investment cast parts depend largely on pattern production method and part complexity. Lead time for initial production pieces have the same dependency but once pattern production is...
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When talking about casting processes, two specific techniques may be mentioned: investment casting and centrifugal casting. While both involve pouring a metal into a ceramic mold or die, the methods...
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Costs may vary between customers based on their specific manufacturing needs, such as the number of parts that are required. Yet there are several key cost drivers that should be taken into...
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You may be wondering what expendable mold casting is and what it refers to in production processes. You may also wonder whether it differs from investment casting. Let's look at what this term...
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Customers who are looking for investment casting processes for their parts and components may find themselves with very restricted schedules. The component they need may be part of a larger assembly...
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There are many key steps involved with the actual investment casting process. Yet keep in mind that it really begins with the customer deciding on the dimensions and specifications of the part along...
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In the new eBook "Precision Machining Business Opportunities in eMobility," Impro breaks down the requirements for precision machining parts for electric and autonomous vehicles, the challenges they...
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Stress relieving is a heat treatment process that helps to remove the internal stresses caused to the metal when it is machined, cast, rolled, or forged. It typically involves placing the metal into a...
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Investment casting methods use wax patterns dipped in ceramic slurry to create molds that will form the metal parts for customers. To make the wax patterns, the manufacturer has to design and...
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Here at Impro, we took a deep dive into the world of 3D printing and investment casting processes to understand how these two techniques interact. We evaluated the limitations and drawbacks that...
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Impro has extensive casting and machining experience and brings this to bear on a wide range of medical device components. To find out how that knowledge can be applied to your medical device...
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During precision machining operations, parts undergo an initial machining process. This process removes materials from a specific metal until the part is produced. The tools that are used may turn,...
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There is no question that robotics is used throughout manufacturing and logistics industries. When it comes to the supply chain, robotic arms perform repeatable tasks at high speeds while maintaining...
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A part can experience a range of stresses when used in an application. It can experience corrosion from other components, chemicals, solvents, or from the environment. A part may also wear out faster...
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Sand casting is a cost-effective method for producing metal parts ranging from engine blocks and cylinder heads to manifolds and valve bodies. It's a process that works as well for small quantities as...
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The cost of your metal parts is determined by their design. These dictates both the material and the machining operations needed to bring them to a finished condition. Tolerances applied to key...
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Investment casting is a way of lowering overall production costs by eliminating most, and in some case all, machining. However, it does require that parts be designed with an understanding of the...
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Parts undergoing precision machining and investment casting processes may experience a weakening to their outer surfaces due to the machining processes. Low alloy steel and carbon steel parts may not...
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For precision machining applications, manufacturers use a range of CNC machines to make simple and complex parts. Typical machines that customers hear about include milling machines, grinding...
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Manufacturers use a wide variety of techniques to cast large and small parts. Green sand casting involves the use of recyclable sand that does not require any chemical additives to bind the sand....
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A major advantage to investment castings involves the types of metals used to produce parts. Any metal that can be melted can be cast using this process. Investment casting metals come in two...
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Computer numerical control (CNC) machines are used in precision machining processes to create parts. They are a form of subtractive manufacturing where materials from the base metal are cut away until...
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Ensuring parts function as intended is paramount for all industries. If even one measurement is inaccurate, this issue may cause an application to fail. This failure could lead to increased wear and...
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Hydraulic machines are used on industrial, commercial, and public applications to perform a range of tasks. They are found in heavy equipment, food processing, aircraft, and other equipment. To create...
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Obtaining precision machined parts from a manufacturer will require the component to go through a range of processes to further create the part to specific requirements. To accomplish this process,...
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While additive manufacturing-more commonly known as 3D printing-has been around for nearly 40 years, it still feels to many as if the technology is in its infancy. 3D printing technology has evolved...
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Aerospace and aviation companies face unique challenges for their equipment and components. First, they require highly complex and precise parts that perform their functions reliably and efficiently....
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Investment casting enables manufacturers to produce precision-engineered parts while minimizing material and energy waste. The word "investment" refers to the way that wax patterns are invested by a...
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At Impro, we offer one-stop solutions to a diverse set of industries. In addition to our investment casting, sand casting, and precision machining capabilities, we also offer a broad selection of...
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Hydraulic systems use fluids to drive tools-particularly those that perform continuous, repetitive tasks-as well as to move, position, and lift heavy objects, such as machine assemblies and raw...
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As newer innovations in the manufacturing world enter the market, the two methods that are most talked about are 3D printing and CNC machining. These two manufacturing processes can provide a variety...
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At Impro, we are a premier manufacturer of high-quality engineered metal parts and components suitable for use in critical and demanding applications, such as those found in the aerospace, automotive,...
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There is a large selection of alloys to choose from during the material selection process for investment casing. These include:...
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1. What is sand casting? 2. How does sand casting work? 3. What are the advantages of sand casting? 4. What kinds of materials are used in sand casting? 5. What types of products can be made by sand...
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The medical device industry is vast. Health care professionals from local family doctors to highly trained medical specialists rely on devices to provide the highest levels of care to patients around...
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The past year was a pivotal one, presenting many unique challenges. At Impro, we've worked diligently to rise to meet the year's challenges, while continuing to persist in growth and excellence. We...
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Investment casting is one of the oldest manufacturing processes that is still in use today--in fact, investment casting has been widely used to form metal parts for thousands of years. This versatile...
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Investment cast components are highly detailed, precise, and accurate. Once freed from the ceramic mold, they exhibit smooth finishes that generally require little to no finishing. Although a new wax...
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Manufacturers use a range of techniques to create complex parts and components. One of the oldest methods that is still used today is investment casting. This process involves creating the item out of...
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Manufacturers around the world have been closely watching the ongoing trade war that has been occurring between the United States and China. The trade war impacts a range of goods, raw materials and...
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Manufacturers consider dozens of factors when it comes to expanding their operations. In addition to the costs associated with expansion, they also consider whether the new operations will feature the...
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The customer almost never sees the most important part of a sand casting, because that's the pattern. The pattern is what forms the cavity in the sand that's subsequently filled with molten metal. Get...
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Most precision machining workflows require some level of computer numerical control (CNC) programming. This programming allows the machines to convert specialized designs into exact shapes through...
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For manufacturing processes, a casting method can be used to create a product by using a mold. The material to make the product, such as metal or plastic, is poured into the mold where it cools. The...
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Sand casting is an excellent technique to produce parts for power generation applications and the harsh conditions they must endure - such as humidity and moisture, corrosive chemicals, ultraviolet...
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Investment Casting can yield any required shape using almost any metal alloy; design functionality can be maximized due to the amount of materials to choose from. Various features can also be...
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Some design engineers will say you always need a draft angle on sand cast parts. The reality is, that's not strictly correct. If you can orient the pattern to provide natural draft, there's no need to...
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Investment casting is a versatile process used with a variety of materials to create intricate components with a smooth surface finish. Due to the highly reactive nature of titanium, investment...
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Impro supplies a broad range of components for construction equipment manufacturers, including engine fuel system parts, hydraulic system parts and transmission system parts. Impro is a manufacturer...
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A core is an insert that will be placed into the mold. The sand is poured over the pattern while being compacted and pressed. The core's purpose is to direct where the molten metal will go to fill the...
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Global trade policies impact our customers in different regions around the world. It can impede customer demand, slow down supply chain capabilities and raise production costs. To offset these hurdles...
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Sand casting offers versatility when creating three dimensional objects that have complex geometries and intricate pieces. This process has been used for several centuries. Today, newer innovations...
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A 3D printer can be used by many industries to create products made from materials such as plastic. However, these machines can 3D print out parts in resin, metal and even food for certain industries....
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The manufacturing of aircraft parts is a highly complex process. These mission-critical components have extremely specific requirements to ensure the safe operation of systems within the entire plane....
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For some machined parts satisfactory performance depends on correct orientation of the "lay." Get the lay wrong and consequences can include premature failure and warranty costs. Here's an...
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Selecting the appropriate precision casting and machining company to make components relies on understanding the needs of the application, your budget, and your time to market deadlines. Another...
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Impro offers a variety of quality assurance services making sure that our manufactured parts and products meet or exceed customers' expectations....
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Precision machining process is using cutting, turning, milling, grinding, sawing, and boring tools to remove specific amounts of materials from a base material piece....