How to choose an investment casting partner
If you have ever worked with an investment casting company or visited their plant, you know how manually intense the process is and that it takes a lot longer than other casting methods. So what should you look for when selecting the best investment casting company for your needs? Here are the top five things to consider.
Quality & Repeatability
Investment casting is considered a net-shape or near net-shape process. It can be done consistently with the right tools. We believe the key to great quality starts with early supplier involvement during the formative stage of product design. With have over 30 engineers, and our technical and CAD capabilities are available to help you improve how your existing component is produced, even if it was previously manufactured by another casting process.
We start with high-quality wax injection tooling, and we create a manufacturing process that never stops. Our tool-building process helps to reduce project time and enables more sophisticated tools of the highest quality to be created with the tightest tolerances. Our tool-building process is unparalleled in capability and speed. We use simulation software to simulate solidification during the casting process. This results in significant time savings by eliminating multiple trials. We therefore achieve a high-quality, repeatable process first time around.
Speed & Delivery
Many people think that investment casting is too slow. At CIREX, we have eliminated the word slow from all aspects of our business. We don’t batch projects like other investment casting companies. Instead, we connect all the dots, so each project runs as one complete operation. From tooling to finishing, robots move parts from one step to the next in a continuous flow. Other investment casting companies complete each process independently. That means your parts are often left sitting at one cell for weeks on end. However, CIREX does everything in one consecutive process. This drastically reduces defects and potential part failure. And our speed is never at the expense of quality. You get top-notch parts delivered on time.
If you visit our Hartford, Wisconsin facility, you will see a completely automated manufacturing system that incorporates robotics and eliminates material handling to deliver your job faster and better than any other investment caster.
With true just-in-time delivery, you do not have to keep a large inventory to cater for market fluctuations. Once we get the purchase order to build the tool, inject the parts, send samples, get approval and run the project, our average throughput for new product launch is less than eight weeks. That is less than the average investment casting company takes to run a project for a current customer.
Contact our team today to schedule a plant tour so that you can experience the CIREX difference firsthand.
Lowest Total Cost
Many casting companies promise the cheapest part price. CIREX strives to offer the lowest total cost. That includes getting your product to market faster while still producing a high-quality cast part. We operate with a first-to-market mentality. This means our customers provide their production schedules, and we develop a delivery program to accommodate their workflow. Our continuous flow manufacturing process enables us to reduce labour costs, and that allows us to create the lowest total cost for our customers.
The extreme flexibility of the CIREX investment casting facility is why we are a genuine just-in-time manufacturer. CIREX is ready and equipped to handle radical shifts in output when you face unexpected spikes in product demand. Do you want repeatability, low lead times, better reliability, and total support? Then contact our team today to experience the CIREX difference.