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    What Precision Machine Shops Do: Grinding

    Posted by Nik Seyferth on 2019 Aug 26

    Grinding is a machining process using abrasive surfaces to remove material from metal workpieces. On the surface (pun intended) grinding may seem different than other machining processes, but it still works through chip formation and removal–just like sawing, milling, broaching and most other techniques. Grinding can produce surfaces conforming to rough or extremely close tolerances. Because of its versatility, grinding is used for simple gate removal in castings as well as advanced finishing processes like polishing and sharpening.

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    Tags: Processes, Machining, Eagle CNC, What Precision Machine Shops Do, grinding

    ESOP at Eagle Alloy: Sharing Company Ownership

    Posted by Mark Hollenbeck on 2019 Aug 13

    ESOPs are growing in popularity among businesses around the United States. They allow company owners to transfer ownership to employees by distributing stock, creating excellent retirement benefits and promoting stability and longevity for the company. Both Eagle Alloy and Eagle Precision have ESOPs in place.

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    Tags: Eagle Alloy, ESOP

    Eagle Alloy Turns 40

    Posted by Vikki Shonkwiler on 2019 Aug 6

    Eagle Alloy celebrated 40 years of business last weekend with a large 40th anniversary party. Founded in 1979 to meet the needs of customers looking for a short-run steel foundry and stainless steel foundry, Eagle Alloy has grown into a successful casting facility that aggressively competes globally. After four decades, we have a lot to celebrate.

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    Tags: Eagle Alloy, Event, Anniversary

    What Precision Machine Shops Do: Broaching

    Posted by Nik Seyferth on 2019 Jul 9

    Broaching is a machining process using a cutting tool with teeth that increase in size from front to back. In many cases, an entire surface (or multiple surfaces) can be finished in a single pass with broaching. The technique is most often applied to finish holes, splines and flat surfaces.

    Broaching is a relatively new machining process, developed in the 1850s with metal-specific applications. Originally, broaching was used to perform work on internal characteristics, like keyholes in pulleys and gears. During the 20th century, broaching was further developed for use in firearms, and subsequent developments have dramatically improved tolerances and made broaching more versatile for modern machine shops.

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    Tags: Processes, Machining, CNC Machining, Eagle CNC, What Precision Machine Shops Do, broaching

    Casting Advocates: Get to Know AFS

    Posted by AJ Menefee on 2019 Jul 2

    In our blog series, Casting Advocates, we get to know organizations and industry leaders who work to elevate the metalcasting profession. This installment focuses on the American Foundry Society (AFS).

    The American Foundry Society is a national organization with a mission to "advance the success of its members and the metal casting industry through advocacy, education and innovation." In support of this mission, AFS works constantly to support technical innovation, advocate for beneficial policies, promote positive perception of the industry, develop workforce skills and provide a range of services and networking opportunities for casting facilities.

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    Tags: Education, Community, Casting Advocates, Trade Associations

    What Precision Machine Shops Do: Sawing

    Posted by Nik Seyferth on 2019 Jun 25

    Sawing is one of the oldest cutting techniques in use today, and innovations have allowed the process to keep up with advances in material, tolerances and product complexity. By definition, sawing is cutting a narrow slit in a workpiece by moving a toothed or abrasive cutting tool against the surface. Sawing is often used to remove large sections of material without particular concern for tolerances, but modern CNC sawing machines can be used for finishing work as well.

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    Tags: Processes, Machining, CNC Machining, Eagle CNC, What Precision Machine Shops Do

    5 Ways to Tell if Casting is the Right Manufacturing Process for Your Products

    Posted by Deb Pipoly on 2019 Jun 18

    Modern metal manufacturing offers a wide range of choices to bring designs into reality. Metalcasting has been around for millennia, and it's undergone its fair share of innovation over the years. Casting facilities can now handle almost any alloy, and can cast intricate designs with complex inner cavities that wouldn't have been possible even a few decades ago.

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    Tags: Metalcasting, Manufacturing, Fabrication to Casting, Fab-Casting

    Finding the Perfect Balance: Case Study of Continuous Improvement in Cast Aluminum Fan Propeller Inspection

    Posted by Jim Smith, Jr. on 2019 May 22

    Eagle Aluminum specializes in permanent molding and greensand casting of aluminum products. In keeping with the Eagle Group's philosophy of continuous improvement, Eagle Aluminum's team is always looking for ways to improve our processes to achieve better quality, greater efficiency and reduced returns. This case study focuses on a recent innovation that dramatically improved the return rate for a line of parts without adding to processing time.

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    Tags: Case Study, Eagle Aluminum, Permanent Mold Casting

    CAST IN STEEL: Student Teams Compete to Cast the Best Steel Viking Axe

    Posted by Deb Pipoly on 2019 May 16

    This year the Steel Founders' Society of America (SFSA) introduced a national competition to engage students with steel casting and help foundries connect with the next generation of manufacturing professionals. Inspired by History Channel's Forged in Fire, the Cast in Steel competition brings teams of engineering students from around the country together to find out who can cast the best Viking axe. Testing, judging and awards took place prior to CastExpo in Atlanta, GA.

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    Tags: Investment Casting, Eagle Precision, Airset Casting, Event, Student Metalcasting Competition, CastExpo, Trade Associations

    Casting Advocates: Get to Know FAM

    Posted by Jim Smith, Jr. on 2019 May 8

    In our blog series, Casting Advocates, we get to know organizations and industry leaders who work to elevate the metalcasting profession. This installment focuses on the Foundry Association of Michigan.

    The Foundry Association of Michigan (FAM) is a non-profit organization that works between the Michigan casting industry and state legislators, acting as a liaison and a lobbyist. When Michigan legislators propose new bills that will affect the casting community, either negatively or positively, FAM is there to galvanize member firms around an appropriate response, with the goal of keeping Michigan casting competitive locally and worldwide.

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    Tags: Education, Community, Casting Advocates, Trade Associations

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