Why A Metallurgist?

Why is a metallurgist an important component in your supplier/vendor decision?

In the casting world, employing a metallurgist is the difference between working with a house painter or with Picasso. 

Physical metallurgy is a field of study within metallurgy where the focus is on the physical properties and structure of metals and alloys. It is important to know the effect of for instance the chemical composition, heat treatment and production process on the final component in order to achieve components with optimal properties.       

Metalcasting training alone versus the extensive training of a metallurgist is as different as that of a butcher versus a brain surgeon. MMP’s metalcasting  Picasso is Joe Plunger, and his capable hands are the ones that ensure quality in every single order that comes through Midwest Metal Products.

Metallurgists like Joe Plunger study the properties and characteristics of metals, then subsequently apply their findings to practical applications, such as the metal production processes demonstrated daily by MMP.

Why is it important to have a Metallurgist actually on staff?

There are over 1000 variables in play when it comes to melting metals into your part! For  foundries that do not have the benefit of a metallurgist on staff, it’s easy to misapply  those numerous variables and cause an unexpected or undetected problem. Save yourself the headache of working with lesser quality foundries— choose MMP for all of your metal casting needs!

Onsite Metallurgist Expertise Saves You Money

All foundries have casting challenges, referred to as “scrap rate” in the metalcasting industry. The lower the 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. While foundries will happily cast whatever you specify, MMP’s ‘Picasso Joe’ has the training, experience, and insight to evaluate your quote. We can help with alloy selection, computerized part mapping, and cost saving alternatives.

Onsite Metallurgist Expertise Saves You Time

Additionally, when other foundries have a problem either manufacturing a part or heat treating, they call in an outside expert, a Metallurgist, for a consultation. Unfortunately for our competition, trained and experienced Metallurgists are few and far between. At MMP, we can simply call Joe’s office! With Metallurgist oversight, you are assured MMP meets or exceeds any quality specification you demand, all without needing to wait for an outside metallurgist to arrive. If MMP can’t meet the specification you require, we won’t even quote!