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Kaizen inspires a world of change at Lawton

Lawton Kaizen Change

Kaizen is a Japanese expression meaning “change for better” or continuous improvement – whatever you are doing, you can do it better. Here at The C.A. Lawton Co., we strive for continuous improvement every day. Through kaizen, it is achieved. The first part of the word, kai, means “to break apart,” and zen means “to…

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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…

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How to make sure your castings measure up

Lawton Castings Measure Up

One of the basic principles used in reviewing a casting design is Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T). This is a system for defining and communicating engineering tolerances through the use a symbolic language on engineering drawings. It explicitly describes the part geometry and its allowable variations. Using GD&T is one of the best ways for…

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Lawton tackles the future of technical talent

Lawton Future Talent

By Brandon Leatherberry, Engineering Manager 10,000 baby boomers are reaching retirement age every day in the U.S. They’ve invested decades in the companies they work for, and they are a wealth of knowledge and experience. Each day, they wave goodbye to the workforce, and their knowledge walks out the door with them. Meanwhile, we’re scrambling…

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Winning the high-stakes game of large casting design

Lawton Large Casting

Large casting design is like a game of high-stakes poker: If you win, you’re a hero to your company and the OEM whose products they’re used on. If you lose, you tend to lose big. Here are some ways to increase your odds of success when playing the large castings game. Because of their size…

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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…

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Behind the Scenes!

Integrated Manufacturing

Enjoy a few behind the scenes shots from CA Lawton! Thanks for watching and please subscribe to our channel! With over 135 years of history, we’ve learned a lot about what works – and that extends far beyond engineering and casting large components. We’ve also learned the importance of listening to our clients’ needs and…

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4 Steps to Find the Perfect Foundry

Lawton Perfect Foundry

Selecting a foundry can be a challenging and time consuming task, whether you’re involved in a new project startup that requires cast parts or if you’re just relocating patterns to have castings produced at different suppliers. To make matters worse, if you do not have a basic knowledge of the foundry and casting process, you…

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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…

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How engineering relationships lead to better casting project outcomes

Lawton Relationships

By Brandon Leatherberry, Engineering Manager “Are you kidding me? There’s no way to make that!” If you’re in the business of making something, you’ve been on one side of this statement or the other. Either you’ve heard it, or you’ve said it. I’ll admit as an engineer I’ve experienced both throughout my career. It’s a…

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Everything you always wanted to know about casting… but were afraid to ask


Casting is a complex art and science that dates back several thousand years. So it’s not surprising that it has its own world of specialized terminology that’s quite foreign to the average OEM design engineer or purchasing manager. That’s why we created this casting terms dictionary, to shed light on the most common terms you…

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