AMRC Invests £600,000 in Steel Foundry
THE first custom-built steel foundry to be commissioned in the UK since the early 1980s has been unveiled at AMRC Castings, part of the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing.
The advanced steels casting facility consists of two Inductotherm air melting induction furnaces, with a combined 2.8 tonne melt capacity, able to produce cast parts with a finished weight of up to 1300kg.
The new £600,000 investment into the new foundry will allow the AMRC Castings group to conduct innovative research and product development projects in collaboration with its industrial partners for the benefit of industry sectors where castings are, or could be used in the future.
The opening of the new facility is a significant event for the UK foundry sector, said AMRC Castings’ Ryan Longden: “Keeping the UK at the forefront of steel castings technology is the only way to ensure the capability survives. It’s our aim to support steel foundries at home in the UK and around the world and castings users wanting to push the boundaries of current castings processes.”
The new advanced steels casting facility is fully operational and being used to contribute to a collaborative project for the energy sector.
Combined with the new advanced steels casting facility, AMRC Castings is the only UK organisation able to produce a ceramic shell big enough for such research projects, producing specialist cast components from material grade duplex 4A steel in a one-piece ceramic mould.