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Metal Casting Technologies : March 2011
AUSTIN FOUNDRY CORP., of Sheboygan WI, is a gray and ductile iron jobbing shop that has been producing quality castings ranging in size from one pound to 5,000 pounds for a wide variety of industries since 1946. Their molds are chemically bonded with Furan and some Pepset binders. "We first considered a sand reclamation system a few years back, but with the recent downturn in the economy and our ever-increasing costs, becoming even more cost efficient became a priority. The cost savings potential of a DIDION Sand Reclamation System became obvious", says Sean Girdaukas, Vice President of AUSTIN FOUNDRY CORP. "We sent sand samples to DIDION for test- ing, using their Rotary Lump Crusher/Sand Reclaimer System. DIDION'S patented design crushed the hard lumps, scrubbed the binder off the sand grains, screened the sand twice, recirculated the screen overs, and separated tramp metal. After evaluating the test results and their proposal, we purchased and installed a DIDION Sand Reclamation System. Installation was fast and easy. We are very pleased with the quality of the reclaimed sand and the system is extremely reliable." "In the first eight months of use, we reclaimed over four million pounds of spent sand which would previously have been sent to a landfill. We were able to dramatically reduce our new sand purchases and disposal costs. In addition, we have been able to cut back on binder and catalyst usage with no ill effect. We anticipate saving a quarter million dollars annually. Helping the environment is saving us money", concludes Girdaukas. The team at Austin Foundry was excited to reclaim a buried treasure. Turn a waste stream into a revenue stream and keep the EPA and DNR inspectors happy. Contact DIDION to help you become more efficient and more profitable. DIDION INTERNATIONAL INC. Riverside lndustrial Centre 7000 West Geneva Drive St. Peters, MO 63376 phone, 636.278.8700 fax, 636.278.3155 email, info@ didion.com web, www.didion.com AUSTIN FOUNDRY RECLAIMS BURIED TREASURE SEAN GIRDAUKAS, V. P., AUSTIN FOUNDRY CORP.