Posts Tagged ‘casting’

Casting history: fun facts

While researching our recent articles on the history of casting, we uncovered some interesting facts we just had to share! A heavy metal burial John Wilkinson, the creator of the cupola furnace, had such a passion for iron work that when he died in 1808, he was buried in an iron coffin beneath an iron…

Read More

How to optimize the cost of your castings

Optimize Casting Costs

Cost Drivers for Casting from an Engineering and Design Perspective Let’s say you were in need of a vehicle and had a family of 5, were living on a single income, and had a budget of $20,000. Would you start by going to the local Chevrolet dealership and start pricing a new Corvette ZR1? On…

Read More

Why Do “Boomerang” Customers Return to Lawton?

Lawton Boomerang

When a customer has moved on to another source for the products you once provided, how do you bring them back? Identifying the reasons why a customer has changed suppliers is critical. The C.A. Lawton Co. has been working hard to answer these questions and develop strategies to win these customers back. Recent returns of…

Read More

How to optimize the design of pattern tooling

Lawton Pattern Tooling

Designing a pattern can be quite a challenge, especially if you don’t have a well-defined process. At The C.A. Lawton Co., the design review process begins when the customer and the foundry’s casting engineer review the required casting shape. It consists of drawings or models of a casting-friendly pattern and one or more core boxes.…

Read More

Iron 101 teaches the magic and science of modern casting

Iron 101

Old world ingenuity. Cutting-edge science. Two worlds that appear to be mutually exclusive. But they blend together perfectly at The C.A. Lawton Co., where engineers and craftspeople create high-quality, high-performance castings for some of the world’s most demanding OEMs. At a recent Iron 101 workshop, OEM design engineers and procurement people got a first-hand education…

Read More

How to avoid common casting design mistakes

Avoid Casting Design Mistakes

As older design engineers retire, a new wave of young engineers are taking their places. What many younger engineers lack is an understanding of casting design – how to design parts so they can be cast with a consistently high level of quality. We recently sat down with Jeff Taylor, a casting engineer at The…

Read More