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    Getting Started with the Eagle Group: What You Need to Know

    Posted by Vikki Shonkwiler on 2018 Aug 16

    The Eagle Group is comprised of four companies: a shell molding foundry, an aluminum casting foundry, an investment casting foundry and a CNC machine house. Together, we're able to manufacture a broad range of metal products from concept to completion.

    If you're looking for a new supplier for your raw or machined cast products, the Eagle Group could be the perfect fit. We pride ourselves on customer satisfaction, continuous improvement and outstanding work during all phases of the production process.

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    Tags: Product Design, Development, Manufacturing, Metalcasting, Capabilities, Product Development

    Anatomy of Industrial Valves

    Posted by Jim Smith, Jr. on 2018 Aug 8

    Controlling the flow of liquid, gas and sometimes solids, valves have a deceptively simple job. Like an on/off (or dimmer) switch for tangibles, every valve is designed and built to guide the movement of a specific material.

    Industrial valves are used in thousands of products and systems, from water infrastructure to offshore oil rigs. Since they have such a wide variety of applications, it naturally follows that valves come in thousands, if not millions, of shapes and sizes. They also run the gamut from simple to highly complex.

    Despite high levels of variation, most industrial valves can be broken down into the same basic components: body (or enclosure), bonnet, actuator, valve member and seat.

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    Tags: Valves, Valve Casting

    Industrial Valve Types and Applications

    Posted by Deb Pipoly on 2018 Jul 31

    Clockwise from top left: Globe valve, butterfly valve, gate valve, ball valve

    Valves are employed in just about any situation involving the flow of liquid or gas. A valve controls the flow of water through your kitchen sink. A different valve brings propane gas into the burners of a gas stove. Outside the home, industrial valves are built to handle high pressure, either from fluid or gas, and to last through years of use in harsh environments. Most utilities, from water to oil and gas, wouldn't be able to function without heavy duty, industrial-strength valves.

    Because many components of industrial valves are cast, foundries and machine shops like the Eagle Group often supply valve manufacturers with the parts they need to assemble finished products. The following valve types represent the most commonly seen valves for industrial applications around the world.

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    Tags: Valves, Manufacturing

    What Precision Machine Shops Do: Milling

    Posted by Nik Seyferth on 2018 Jul 18

    Milling is one of the most common processes in CNC machining, most likely because it is so versatile. Using a single tool, machine shops can create nearly limitless shapes on the surface of a workpiece. Milling can completely transform a piece of metal stock into a finished part of nearly any complexity.

    The milling process in CNC machining consists of removing material with a rotating cutting tool. Unlike turning, the workpiece does not need to rotate in milling operations. In some cases, the workpiece will move linearly against a cutting tool; in other cases, the workpiece will remain stationary while the cutting tool moves. 

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

    Eagle Alloy Now Hiring in Muskegon, MI

    Posted by Vikki Shonkwiler on 2018 Jul 12

    Business is booming all over the American manufacturing industry, and Eagle Alloy is no exception. We're happy to announce that we're looking to take on multiple new hires in our Muskegon, MI foundry.

    Eagle Alloy isn't your average foundry. Sure, we do a lot of casting–we pour stainless steel, carbon steel and nickel alloys–but our company culture is what really sets us apart. We believe in fostering an open and inclusive atmosphere for all of our employees, and we're proud of our stellar reputation within our industry for consistently delivering quality work.

    If you're looking for jobs in Muskegon, MI, now is a great time to join our growing team of manufacturing professionals.

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    Tags: Employment, Jobs

    Stories from the Lean Manufacturing Journey

    Posted by Vikki Shonkwiler on 2018 Jul 2

    Eagle Alloy has been practicing lean manufacturing for close to a decade. Beyond the benefits to productivity and efficiency imparted by lean tools, Eagle companies have come to see lean manufacturing as part of their company culture. The inclusiveness, creativity and quality improvement they’ve been able to foster has paid off dividends, both in workplace atmosphere and customer retention.

    Lean implementation makes a more dependable supplier

    Almost all the way back at the beginning of Eagle Alloy’s lean journey, about six months into their implementation of cellular manufacturing, the company was already seeing a noticeable productivity boost. They came into contact with a potential customer—we’ll call them Company A—who scheduled a shop tour at Eagle Alloy. Company A was already a successful manufacturer, but their casting supplier had recently gone bankrupt and they were looking for a replacement.

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    Tags: Lean Manufacturing, Efficiency, Company Culture

    Getting Started with Permanent Mold Casting

    Posted by Jim Smith, Jr. on 2018 Jun 27

    Permanent mold casting is a type of metal casting involving reusable molds. Whereas other casting methods, like sand casting and investment casting, use disposable molds, permanent molds last much longer and can be used to produce hundreds, or even thousands, of identical parts.

    Every project can be matched with the ideal casting method. For non-ferrous castings with medium-to-high volumes, permanent mold casting offers a long list of advantages.

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    Tags: Metalcasting, Permanent Mold Casting, Aluminum Casting, Eagle Aluminum

    Getting Started with Airset Casting

    Posted by Jeff Cook on 2018 Jun 7

    Every manufacturer bringing a cast product to market must decide on the right casting process to use. Casting methods like shell molding, greensand casting, investment casting and airset casting all have their own sets of benefits and drawbacks. The right choice depends on the quantity being cast, the size of the part, and the requirements for dimensional accuracy, surface finish and material.

    While it's not as widely used as shell molding or greensand casting, airset casting has plenty of advantages, and can be the perfect option for the right product.

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    Tags: Metalcasting, Airset Casting, Eagle Alloy

    Join Us at the Wings of Mercy Fundraiser – Saturday, June 9th at the Muskegon County Airport

    Posted by John Workman on 2018 Jun 1

    Wings of Mercy is a charitable organization based in West Michigan that flies patients to their medical destinations who would not otherwise be able to travel there. Pilots and plane owners donate their time for each mission.

    In 1991, Mark, Wayne Jarvis and I chose to offer our company plane to fly patients that Wings of Mercy would refer to us. Since then we have flown over 246,000 miles (about 10 times around the world) and over 1400 hours in the air. We have flown 361 flights since 1991 for Wings. Most flights are to Rochester, MN where the Mayo Clinic is located. We have also flown patients to Denver (a pediatric asthma specialist), Raleigh, NC (lung transfer specialists), Baltimore, Florida, Pennsylvania, Maine, Massachusetts, as well as many other locations. Wings of Mercy, and their 30 other planes and pilots, fly about 225 charitable flights per year.

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    Tags: Healthcare, Charity, Community

    Infographic: Lean Manufacturing Timeline

    Posted by Jeff Cook on 2018 May 22

    The history of lean manufacturing dates back at least to the 1700s, when Eli Whitney developed interchangeable parts in order to deliver a massive order of muskets to the American Army.

    It wasn't until 1988 that John Krafcik coined the phrase "lean manufacturing" in his research as an MIT student. For most of the 20th century, lean manufacturing was tied closely to industrial innovations in the United States and Japan. While it wasn't called "lean" for many decades, American and Japanese automakers laid the groundwork for the tools of lean manufacturing that we use today.

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    Tags: Lean Manufacturing, Manufacturing, Efficiency

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