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Petrochemical Rapid Shutdowns: MetalTek’s Rapid Response Team Again Rises to the Challenge

Posted by Dale Freihoff on 5/27/20 8:51 AM

While planned shutdowns are regular occurrences in the life cycle of a petrochemical plant, not all shutdowns are planned. Furnaces can experience unplanned shutdowns. These events are often referred to simply as “shutdowns” but can also be referred to as a “rapid shutdown” (RSD) or “emergency shutdown.”

In the event of a rapid shutdown, a plant owner or operator needs a rapid response from a metal casting supplier. Over a recent long holiday weekend, the team at MetalTek’s Carondelet Division in Pevely, MO once again demonstrated that they have what it takes to be a rapid-response partner for the petrochem industry.

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Topics: Sand Casting, Petrochemical, Rapid Shutdowns

Petrochemical Rapid Shutdowns: How to Choose a Rapid Response Metal Casting Supplier

Posted by Dale Freihoff on 5/8/20 8:00 AM

Planned turnarounds are regular occurrences in the life cycle of a petrochemical plant. Every few years, a plant will go offline for a few weeks to upgrade capital equipment, perform regular maintenance, or improve worker safety – all activities that cannot take place while a plant is operational. When properly executed, a planned turnaround limits the downtime and lost revenue of the plant in the short term, while increasing the long-term profitability of operations.

Unfortunately, not all shutdowns are planned. Sometimes furnaces experience an unplanned shutdown, for a variety of reasons.

These unplanned events are often referred to simply as shutdowns but can also be referred to as rapid shutdowns (RSD) or emergency shutdowns.

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Topics: Investment Casting, Sand Casting, Centrifugal Casting, Petrochemical, Rapid Shutdowns

Metal Casting vs. Metal Forging: 5 Things to Consider

Posted by Dave Olsen on 4/7/20 2:13 PM

While metal casting might be the best process to manufacture a wide range of components, depending on your needs, a forging could be the best option. Or vice-versa. Here are 5 things to consider when deciding if a casting or forging is right for your component, application, and overall needs. 

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Topics: Investment Casting, Sand Casting, Centrifugal Casting, Process Selection, Casting Process, Lost Wax Casting, Conversion

MetalTek Continues To Serve Customers During COVID-19

Posted by Dave Olsen on 3/26/20 11:01 AM

Valued Customers,

As governments and first responders around the world address the evolving threat of the coronavirus, it appears that it could be some time before things return to normal. MetalTek is fortunate to share an update that we hope provides a small measure of certainty to you during this uncertain time.

MetalTek is part of multiple "Critical Infrastructure Industries” as defined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, including the “Defense Industrial Base.” Companies in such industries are asked to maintain normal work schedules during the crisis to ensure that the U.S. remains safe and secure. As a result, all five MetalTek facilities are maintaining operations and we anticipate no disruptions to production or shipping.

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Topics: Press Release

Metal Casting Processes Compared: When to consider a specific process

Posted by Dave Olsen on 1/21/20 3:42 PM

Which casting process should you use to manufacture your metal part?  This is a common question when customers develop a new component or are considering making a switch to metal castings from a fabrication or forging. Partnering with a supplier that brings a full range of metalworking processes lets you be confident that you are getting the best metalworking advice and not just being sold on an idea because it is the only answer a supplier has.

In this article, we will cover various casting processes you might select based on your product design and needs in a simple, bullet point format.

NOTE: This article assumes you have a basic understanding of various casting methods.  More specifically, sand casting, investment casting, and centrifugal casting.

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Topics: Investment Casting, Sand Casting, Centrifugal Casting, Process Selection, Casting Process, Lost Wax Casting

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