Lawton and Penn-Mar team up to teach Iron 101

In March, employees of The C.A. Lawton Co. and Penn-Mar Castings teamed up to teach an Iron 101 class. This joint session was the first time employees from the De Pere, WI and Hanover, PA sites collaborated to share their knowledge on metalcasting and foundries. The main focus of the Iron 101 was to showcase…

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Sustainability Series: Recycled Metals

Foundries have been setting high standards for recycling and inspiring other industries to adapt to their level of sustainability. For centuries, foundries have been making new metal objects by remelting old ones. For example, the oldest existing casting is a copper frog made in Mesopotamia dating back to 3200 B.C. Metalcasting facilities recycle more than…

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Toolbox Talks: What are they?

Toolbox Talks are the new method of communication for employees at the C.A. Lawton Co.  Each week, a handout is designed and posted by our compliance coordinator, Katherine Jungwirth. This handout is specifically created to freshen everyone’s memory and remind them of specific safety precautions. Lawton’s team digs deep when designing these Toolbox Talks because…

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Metalcasting: All about iron

Engineering Manager RJ Hawkins explores the main differences and applications between gray and ductile iron. From a microstructure standpoint, the primary difference is the shape of the graphite. Gray irons have flake graphite, where ductile iron has a nodular or spherical shape. This graphite shape is what drives the basic difference in each from a…

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Common casting design mistakes & how to avoid them

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. Jeff Taylor, engineering manager at The C.A. Lawton Co., expands on the…

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