Engineers Guide

Engineer’s Casting Services Reference Provided by Midwest Metal Products

Fast answers to reducing costs at your company by leveraging the expertise at MMP
When you partner with MMP, you get more than parts. You get the solutions to your casting problems. We lower your costs using our in-house capabilities- with our castings or those you supply- to provide finishing, heat treating, and engineering support. Relieve the stress- it’s like having a metallurgist on YOUR staff!

Castings

  • MMP Guarantees our quality!
  • Weight- up to 1500LBS (iron) or
    1100lbs (steel) ANY alloy
  • Stainless Steel Low Alloy Steel
  • Plain Carbon Steel
  • Ductile and Cast Irons
  • Ni-Hard and Ni-Resist Cast Irons
  • Hi-Chrome Abrasion Resistant Irons
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Finishing Services

Our expertise lowers both risk and costs for you.Finishing parts we make or those you supply- why do in-house what can be done by experts?

  • Heat Treating
  • Machining
  • Painting
  • Assembly
  • Blanchard Grinding
  • Sand Blasting
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Heat Treating

Our on-staff metallurgist can advise you which heat treating will best fit your specific application..

  • Case Hardening
  • Straight Hardening
  • Induction Hardening
  • Annealing
  • Oil Quench
  • Air Quench
  • Blue Coating
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Engineering/Design

Need expert advice? Our team, led by a trained, on staff metallurgist, is the solution provider for:

  • Reverse Engineering
  • Weldment to casting conversions
  • Models Simulations
  • Solidification and flow modeling
  • Prototyping to production
  • Tool-less prototypes
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Your Heat Treating furnace only used part time or for small loads?
Share in our efficiency to lower your costs. Heat Treating alone or Casting + Heat Treat- your choice!

An Engineer asks: “How can I reduce parts count AND cost?”
It may be easy. Do you have components that are welded together? ‘Weldments’ are labor intensive.
Plus each sub-piece must be carried in inventory or cut from plate or pipe- both labor intensive. A
single casting can decrease parts count, lower total cost, and improve reliability- just like integrated
circuits or ‘chips’ do for electronics. Download a free “Weldment-to-Casting Evaluation” certificate
(worth $1500) on our website or at http://bit.ly/castingcertificate

I want to talk one-on-one with a professional about a problem we are having with a part.
Send your question directly to an expert using : AskTheMetallurgist@MidwestMetalProducts.com

An Engineer asks: “How can I reduce parts count AND cost?”

It may be easy. Do you have components that are welded together? ‘Weldments’ are labor intensive.
Plus each sub-piece must be carried in inventory or cut from plate or pipe- both labor intensive. A
single casting can decrease parts count, lower total cost, and improve reliability- just like integrated
circuits or ‘chips’ do for electronics. Download a free “Weldment-to-Casting Evaluation” certificate
(worth $1500) on our website or at http://bit.ly/castingcertificate

Your Heat Treating furnace only used part time or for small loads?

Share in our efficiency to lower your costs. Heat Treating alone or Casting + Heat Treat- your choice!

If we wanted access to a metallurgist on a regular basis, is that possible?

Anything you order
from MMP is cast under the trained and watchful eye of metallurgist Joe Plunger. Because metallurgists are
few and far between, he also does consultations on a retainer basis. This gives you/your staff/company access
for a certain number of hours each month. The savings usually far outweigh the cost. For more info, look at
www.MidwestMetalProducts/consultations.

If I wanted to find out what a casting term meant, where is the best source?

Don’t be confused
by a term. Like most specialties, casting has a language all its own. If you’re being pelted with terminology,
go to Bit.ly/castingdictionary for answers.

Why is having a metallurgist onsite important?

In the casting world, it’s the difference between a house painter and Picasso. Between a butcher and a
surgeon. MMP’s Picasso is Joe Plunger. There are over 1000 variables when melting metals into your part.
When foundries have a problem making a part, or heat treating, they call an expert, a metallurgist, in for a
consultation. Metallurgists are highly trained professionals who are few and far between. At MMP, we only
have to call upstairs!
All foundries have casting challenges, called “scrap rate” in the industry. The fewer mistakes, or scrap rate,
the lower the price you pay. With a metallurgist on staff, we have the certified expert to plan and identify
problems before they become mistakes or scrap.
With metallurgist oversight, you are assured MMP meets or exceeds any quality specification you demand. If
MMP can’t meet the specification you require, we won’t even quote!

What is a ‘Weldment to Casting’ evaluation- and why should I consider it?

Welded parts are labor intensive, subject to variation piece to piece, and, depending on the welder’s skill, may
have inherent weaknesses you’ll never see. MMP has a zero-risk, no cost program to evaluate weldments to
determine if a casting would be stronger, have faster turnaround times, and higher precision. Lower part costs
combine higher reliability, interchangeability, and smiling end users!

How do I look for weldments that could be evaluated for conversion to a casting?

Number of components: More pieces per part means more chance of failure, higher reject rates, in service
failures, and labor costs
Field problems: Failures at joints or from hot zones of welding.
Geometry: More complex weldments gain tremendous advantages from a casting
Inches of weld: Labor time, weld defects. Welding is the most expensive per cubic inch material
Dimensional consistency: Warpage, stresses, piece fit, interchangeability are all improved with a casting
In house scrap/rework frequency: The higher the rate, the greater the savings from a casting
Appearance: Clean streamlined corners and fillet radiuses vs weld bead, logo/part numbers/etc can be cast
directly into part.

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  • Quick Connect Points at MMP

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    CastingQuestion@MidwestMetalProducts.com
    EngineeringQuestion@MidwestMetalProducts.com
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    HeatTreatingQuestion@MidwestMetalProducts.com
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