It Pays to Buy American

It Pays to Buy American

Of particular interest with those of us who compete with low labor markets like China is the indication that by 2018, the US will be a lower cost producer than China. Manufacturing in China costs only about five percent less than in the US. Chinese labor costs increased 187 percent in recent years while in…

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Reshoring: Manufacturing Comes Home to America

Reshoring: Manufacturing Comes Home to America

This series has been about how American manufacturers are becoming more competitive in the global marketplace. This trend has led to what some people call the “Reshoring of America.” Reshoring is the opposite of offshoring and refers to American companies returning outsourced manufacturing from overseas locations back to the US. Previously we covered how the…

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Broader National Issues

Broader National Issues

Some of the issues making reshoring affordable involve the regulatory and tax environment. We’ll cover these in today’s blog post. Regulatory and Tax Matters While tax rates vary from state to state and each state has their own regulatory supplements to federal legislation, it’s safe to say that our government imposes fewer barriers to entry…

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Strategic Issues Contribute to American Manufacturing Leadership

Strategic Issues Contribute to American Manufacturing Leadership

At CFI, we have initiated a number of strategic initiatives to assure your die cast components conform to your most stringent specifications. We are ready to work with you in component design to assure you are selecting the most efficient metal and mold design. Here are two of the strategies we’ve deployed on your behalf…

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Return of Manufacturing to Our Shores

Return of Manufacturing to Our Shores

Reshoring or onshoring is the process of returning manufacturing to North America from overseas markets. At one time, it appeared profitable for American OEMs to send some of their production to so-called “low cost manufacturing” markets. The reality of rising costs for labor, transportation, fuel, and electricity – along with such hidden costs as miscommunication,…

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Are Rising Shipping Costs Shipping Industrial Jobs Home?

Are Rising Shipping Costs Shipping Industrial Jobs Home?

In recent years, shipping costs have risen as much as 71 percent because of higher oil prices, as well as cutbacks in ships and containers, according to IHS Global Insight. The costs for logistics and transportation had the second highest percentage increase during the Great Recession among the production variables examined in a study by…

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Is Die Casting Returning to America?

Is Die Casting Returning to America?

With outsourcing as popular as it’s been for decades, no one would be surprised to learn that the die cast production in the United States is not where it was in 1980. But is the tide finally turning in our favor?  We will explore the onshoring or reshoring movement (pun unintentional) in this series of…

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Casting Pattern Types

Advantages and Disadvantages of Casting Pattern Types

The following table summarizes the advantages and disadvantages of the different classes of pattern equipment used by metal casters. Pattern Type Advantages Disadvantages Wood Loose Low cost to produce. Use to produce plastic patterns. Easily modified. Not suitable for production batches unless converted into plastic before becoming worn. Tend to become inaccurate and to produce poor…

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Purchasing Pattern Equipment

Purchasing Pattern Equipment

Balancing Cost & Quality When Purchasing Pattern Equipment The Economics of Good Pattern Equipment Producing superior castings at minimum cost depends in large part on the quality of your pattern equipment. To produce quality results over time, your foundry needs to maintain the pattern equipment to the highest standards. But how do you achieve quality pattern…

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Choosing the Right Pattern Equipment for Your Project

Choosing the Right Pattern Equipment for Your Project

Quality metal casting requires that you select the pattern most suited to your component. You have many choices in pattern types so it’s best to consult with your foundry before having patterns made. Here are some general guidelines for making this selection: Prototypes: Inexpensive, possibly loose-molded wood patterns. Low Volume or Small Batch Runs: Hardwood patterns mounted…

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Sand Castings vs Investment Castings

Sand Castings vs Investment Castings

Sand castings typically hold a tolerance plus or minus .020 up to 10 per inch then add ±.001/in after that  depending on the pattern equipment used and whether they use no bake sand or green sand. Investment or lost wax castings will generally hold a tolerance of  plus or minus  0.005 per inch.  Investment casting…

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Cast Iron vs. Cast Steel

Cast Iron vs. Cast Steel

One of our clients asked me which one is better for cast iron vs cast steel. I will have to say, no one is better. The question is which one is more suited to your products. First, let us know what is cast iron and cast steel. Cast iron usually refers to gray iron, ductile…

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