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Chromalloy Investing in Nevada Plant Chromalloy Gas Turbine LLC is


investing $6 million in its 192,000-sq- ft. metalcasting facility in Carson City, Nev., to improve process fl ow and effi ciency. T e facility casts fan blades for


gas turbine engines for commercial aerospace, military and energy industries. According to Northern Nevada Business Weekly, Chromalloy plans to install larger furnaces, cut the distance traveled for parts in the facility, and upgrade its machining, heat treating and coating equipment. T e new furnaces will handle larger molds in higher quantities. Total renovations are expected to be complete in the spring of 2013. Chromalloy has evolved from a


gas turbine parts repair business into an independent supplier of advanced repairs, replacement parts, and mainten- ance, repair and overhaul for gas turbines used in aviation and land-based applications. T e company also operates an investment casting facility, Chromalloy Castings, in Tampa, Fla. (pictured). 


ASTM Approves HIP Standard


A new ASTM International


standard for hot isostatic pressing (HIP) of steel, stainless steel and related alloy castings has been approved. T e standard ASTM A1080 was developed by the Castings subcommittee A01.18 in response to a general need in the steel industry to defi ne the basic quality control requirements for HIP. “T e new standard is intended to


demonstrate the minimum amount of process control/monitoring required to control the process,” said John Schleicher, technical/ development sales manager, Orchid Orthopedics. According to Schleicher, HIP


can be used in place of typical thermal processing of some alloys and can be used to reduce rework and salvage time. It also can enhance material properties in certain materials and be used to diff usion-bond two pieces together. 


10 | METAL CASTING DESIGN & PURCHASING | Sept/Oct 2012


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