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St. Louis Precision Casting Company Review

About the St. Louis Precision Casting Company

St. Louis Precision Casting Company is the foundry other foundries turn to for help with short runs or technically difficult castings. Why would other foundries trust St. Louis Precision Casting Company? Smart people trust St. Louis Precision because they make even difficult castings right the first time, saving people time and money. If other foundries trust St. Louis Precision for their small run quantities, you can too.

The St. Louis Precision Casting Company was born in 1972, at the beginning of the foundry revolution, a time when foundries had to innovate or close their doors. Having started in the age of foundry revolution, St. Louis Precision has been able to adapt well over the last few decades in an old yet rapidly changing industry. One of the advantages to working with this foundry is they use the innovative Meehanite® processes to produce high strength castings with excellent wear resistance.

Here are some highlights about the St. Louis Precision Casting Company:

  • Use Magmasoft™ simulation tools to ensure even one-time castings have the right flow and cooling for desired properties
  • Mold types: No Bake
  • Ideal weights: a few ounces to 2,000 pounds
  • Ideal manufacturing volumes: prototype and small volume parts
  • Metals: Meehanite®, Carbon, Tool, Gray Iron, Ductile Iron, Steel, and other Alloys
  • Most Common Industries Served: Energy, Mining, Aggregate Crushing, Construction, Agriculture, and Architecture
  • Fast turnarounds for short order-to-delivery lead-times

What Does the St. Louis Precision Casting Team like About Meehanite®?

Meehanite® offers the St. Louis Precision Casting an assurance of quality components. First off, the materials and processes used are well established, tried and honed to perfection. When you as a customer receives a certified Meehanite® casting, you can feel secure about the properties of the casting. This is extremely important for short runs where maybe you only order one or a few pieces, but those parts have to be perfect.

You can also know the foundry is going to do the job right. Only a few foundries in the United States have the distinction of carrying the Meehanite® license. These foundries are audited on a regular basis to ensure they meet the highest standard of foundry practices to maintain their Meehanite® credentials. This 3rd party audit of the foundry’s practices provides you the assurance you are working with a foundry of excellence.

Meehanite® castings are also excellent all-around castings. The structure of the casting, allows greater strength with less metal than traditional iron castings. The superior wear resistance, vibration dampening, and outstanding heat dissipation make Meehanite® castings ideal for many applications. The superior properties of Meehanite® castings are why Meehanite® is still specifically requested for many castings.

Suspension Arm Metal Castings

Where St. Louis Precision Casting Company Really Shines

You must be good if you only have one chance to cast a part right. St. Louis Precision Casting Company has made small batch castings their specialty, and yes, they are excellent at casting even complicated parts right the first time. This capability for small runs is why some foundries outsource their single part and small batch runs to St. Louis Precision, because it is cheaper for them to have St. Louis Precision Casting Company cast the part for them than it is for their less experienced teams to try to cast the part themselves.

Can the St. Louis team handle difficult multi-core molds? You bet. Will they take simple castings? Absolutely. The experience the St. Louis Precision Casting Company team has means they can handle your most complex castings, and yet they can still add value to you on simple castings run in small lot quantities. In fact, their experience with complex castings allows them to see new opportunities in casting your “simple” parts.

Whether you are casting tooling, machine bases, prototypes, service parts, or even just small quantity lots, you can save time and money by getting your casting from experts that can make your parts with excellent quality in just one try. Prior to pouring your casting, in house verifications through simulations and chemical analysis are run and after pouring, heat treatment and hardness testing can follow. St. Louis Precision Casting Company can also offer mechanical, radiographic, ultrasonic, magnetic particle and liquid penetrant examinations.

With short run castings, you cannot afford to hope for the best nor is it economical to perform destructive tests to ensure quality. You must go with a company you know without a doubt will cast your parts correctly.

Other Advantages to Working with St. Louis Precision Casting Company

For this foundry, high quality is just a given. Specializing in small batch sizes, they cannot afford even a modest scrap rate, therefore quality and excellence have grown into the culture. The whole team, from engineering to shipping, goes about the day with an attitude that anything but the best effort is unacceptable. They have built their reputation on doing things right and you can see the grain of high quality running through every member of the team.

Does high quality mean slow delivery? No Way! The team at St. Louis Precision likes to point out that to receive their high-quality care, you don’t have to wait forever; their high quality actually allows for short lead times. When you need to cast replacement tooling fast, this foundry is there to meet your needs, providing you with turnaround times that will get your replacement castings in days, not months.

This foundry also has the ability to cast a variety of metals, depending upon your changing needs. Everything from Meehanite® metals to stainless steel, from grey iron to tool steel, from ductile iron to special high carbon alloys, your casting can have the exact material properties you need to get the job done.

St. Louis Precision Casting Company typically pours castings from a few ounces up to 2,000 pounds, giving the foundry flexibility in what they can cast. The nobake molding process this foundry uses is ideal for many applications because the nobake molds offer tighter tolerances, smoother finishes, and allow for greater complexity than typical green sand molds. Did we also mention nobake molds also costs less, and it takes less time to tool for nobake molds? These features of the nobake method are key for the short run quantities you need while keeping costs low.

Interested in Learning More About St. Louis Precision Casting Company?

You can learn more about the St. Louis Precision Casting Company at their website. You can also give them a call to see how they can add value to your own company. Be sure to ask the their team specifically about how Meehanite® castings can improve your quality at a favorable cost to bring more to your bottom line.

Review of The Henry Perkins Company

The Henry Perkins Company Image - High Quality Castings Ranging from Ounces to Tons, Expert Craftsmanship since 1848

About The Henry Perkins Company

The Henry Perkins Company is one of the longest continually running foundries in the United States and it currently holds the distinctly as the only certified Meehanite® foundry in any of the east coast states. If you need Meehanite® parts and you are in or near the New England states, the Henry Perkins Company may be a good fit for your needs.

The company has a long history and has been in the same family for five generations, yet The Henry Perkins Company has invested in the future, with equipment and technologies ready to take on the 21st century.

Here are some highlights about The Henry Perkins Company:

  • ISO 9001:2008 Certified
  • Using 3D modeling
  • Materials lab
  • Sand lab
  • Mold types: Green Sand and No Bake
  • Ideal weights: a few ounces to 4,000 pounds
  • Ideal manufacturing Volumes: small to medium volume parts
  • Metals: Meehanite®, Gray Iron, Ductile Iron, Special Alloys (including Ni-Hard and Ni-Resist)
  • Specifications: ASTM, ASM, SAE, AMS, and MIL

History of The Henry Perkins Company:

Founded in 1848, by Henry Perkins, The Henry Perkins Company started by casting cotton gin plate castings and piano plate castings out of grey iron. Leadership of the company has passed down through five generations with Tom, David, and Peter Perkins running the company today.

Does that mean The Henry Perkins Company is just another aging foundry? The Perkins family feels they have the right mix of history and forward momentum.

The foundry has the necessary experience providing the knowledge to consistently give you the highest quality. At the same time, the team works on keeping up with industry changes. Tom Perkins, the current president, even spent a few years working in German foundries before coming back and working at the family business, giving the company a broader experience than “just your average foundry.”

The Henry Perkins Company started casting Meehanite® parts beginning in 1939 as the foundry grew into casting parts with higher strengths, better wear resistance, and better overall uniform properties.

What Does the Henry Perkins Team like About Meehanite®?

Meehanite® offers The Henry Perkins Company customers with strong parts with excellent wear resistance, saving on the amount of material needed and extending the life of the components. The unique benefits of Meehanite® create an ideal solution for many customers who need the precision and quality needed in today’s world.

Parts Cast at the Henry Perkins Company Meehanite Foundry

ISO 9001 Certified Foundry

The Henry Perkins Company has been using its ISO 9001:2008 certified Quality Management System for several years now, only improving on their long history of high quality production. You can view their current ISO certificate here.

True Quality at the “Core”

The Perkins Team believes quality is at the “core” of what they do. Quality goes deeper than pouring the right amount of metal into a mold. For The Henry Perkins Company, quality starts at the mold design stage, ensuring the part not only has the right shape, but also the flow into the mold and the cooling of the material is just right for the component to perform as it needs to in real life.

The Perkins team also knows how properly designed and assembled cores in the mold can make a huge difference. Tom Perkins shares, “We get a lot of customers from competitors because we know how to deal with complex designs that other companies struggle with.” That knowledge carries over to simple designs too where The Henry Perkins Company can make even simple cast parts better than some of their competitors.

Quality carries over to everything, from the proper cleaning of tools, molds, and equipment, to what happens in the quality assurance department. The Henry Perkins Company strives for excellence in quality, which has resulted in extremely low scrap rates for the industry and even carries over to high on-time delivery since there are so few surprises.

Where The Henry Perkins Company Really Shines

The team at Henry Perkins Company can show their exceptional talent when working with complicated molds, especially molds with multiple cores. Getting these complicated parts cast with consistently high quality and avoiding scrap has long been a specialty at this foundry. Does that mean they don’t do “simple parts?” Tom Perkins shared they love doing simple parts as much as they love casting complicated parts. Yet even then, the trained eyes of the experienced Henry Perkins team can find opportunities even with some “simple” parts that other foundries may miss. That is the difference you get when you have a well-trained team with the right knowledge base.

Other Advantages to Working with The Henry Perkins Company

The Henry Perkins Company foundry is debt free and sees a bright future before it. That makes a real difference in an industry where dozens of companies close their doors for good every year because of bankruptcy, acquisition, or the ownership just no longer has interest in the foundry industry. Many castings buyers have been surprised when their tools have been locked behind the doors of a company that folded, which is not a risk with the Perkins family.

The Henry Perkins Company also has a large degree of flexibility in metals they can cast as well as the size and volume you can cast. Life is a lot easier when you can go to one source to cast 1,000 pieces of a half-pound casting and still order a single casting weighing a ton or more. The company has the ability to handle low and mid-range volume production. The team can also pour up to 4,000 pounds of metal as a single casting.

Interested in Learning More About The Henry Perkins Company?

You can learn more about The Henry Perkins Company at their website. You can also give them a call to see how they can add value to your own company. Be sure to ask the Perkins family specifically how Meehanite® castings can improve your quality at a favorable cost to bring more to your bottom line.