Governing Factors

The success of a foundry depends upon the ability of its managers to promptly turn out castings which meet the requirements demanded of them, at the lowest possible cost commensurate with the quality of the work. In this article we wish to direct the attention of students to some features in the way of equipment and management which aid in accomplishing these results.

The most important processes in the foundry are the following: melting metal, making molds, and pouring them. Much of the work necessary in preparing for these processes consists in handling heavy materials such as coke, iron, sand, etc. To reduce this handling to its lowest limits, as to distances, number of re-handlings, and methods of conveyance, are problems to be considered in the plan of the shop as a whole.