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SMC Provides Engineering and Project Management for
Shakeout Addition at Southwest Steel in Longview Texas
 
The Stuart McElrath Company, together with Southwest Steel Casting Company, designed and supervised the installation of a new casting shakeout system over Christmas shutdown.

Designed to allow Southwest Steel to more efficiently use existing floor space, the new shakeout system also improves employee safety and ergonomic issues. By rotating the pouring lines 90 degrees, 25 percent additional space was added to the pouring/shakeout floor for mold pouring lines. This allows for greater flexibility in production scheduling which must balance the workload of the molding, furnace and core making departments.

The main shakeout conveyor was placed in a pit that runs the entire width of the pouring bay. This allows each pouring line to be discharged directly into the main shakeout conveyor.

Previously, all molds had to be pushed down each pouring line and then by transfer car to one location for dumping into the shakeout. This new design allows for both greater productivity and also reduces employee fatigue.

Also incorporated into the redesigned shakeout system was additional dust collection capacity and a mechanized device for casting removal from the shakeout conveyor. As castings coming from the pouring floor can weigh as much as 1,500 lbs. and have a temperature of 1,000 degrees F., it was important to reduce both the physical labor and exposure to hot castings and dust to personnel working at this location.

About Southwest Steel Casting Company

Southwest Steel Casting Company is a custom job shop foundry dedicated to providing a quality product as efficiently and economically as possible. Southwest Steel Casting Company produces castings from 10 to 4,500 lbs. in the following metals:

      • Carbon Steel
      • Duplex & Super Duplex
      • Low and High Alloy Steel
      • Hastelloy
      • Stainless Steel
      • Austenitic Steels
      • Low Temperature Steel
      • Martensitic Steels
      • Heat Resistant Steel

Located in Longview, Texas, Southwest Steel Casting Company has established itself as a reliable foundry serving the energy, construction, transportation, marine and mining industries.
 
 
Shakeout Pit Under Construction - At
this point the floor of the pit has been poured and the walls are being
formed for pouring
 
 
Conveyor Installation - Once the pit
had been poured, the main shakeout conveyor (right) and the casting
takeout conveyor were installed.
 
 
Dust Hood & Decking Installation -
Once the conveyors were in
place, the dust hood, pouring lines
and personnel decking was added.