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Induction Technology Article Library

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A Troubleshooting Guide to Silica Dry Ram Refractories
Author(s): Douglas K. Doza (Allied Mineral Products, Inc.)
Publication: Modern Casting Magazine
Date: June 1995
A guide that discusses common lining problems with silica dry ram refractory and ways to reduce the problems, by evaluating “post-mortem” refractory samples to determine the mode of failure and eliminate those adverse conditions.Request this article
AC Line Distortion for Static Power Converters Used in Induction Melting
Author(s): Oleg S. Fishman, PhD
Publication: An Inductotherm Publication
Date: September 1995
A paper detailing the use and effects of static power converters in converting electric line power (AC voltage and current) into a form needed to power the furnace effectively.Request this article
Alloy Engineering Defies Gravity
Author(s): Modern Casting Magazine
Publication: Modern Casting Magazine
Date: December 2004
An article describing development of new technologies (i.e. CGC – counter gravity casting) that Alloy Engineering and Casting Co. has produced while still involved with their original concepts (green sand) as they continue to grow in metalcasting.Request this article
Automated Pouring Technology Boosts Production and Quality at Mahindra Hinoday Industries
Author(s): Sanjay Paranjape (Mahindra Hinoday Industries Ltd.) and P. D. Chaubal (Inductotherm India)
Publication: Distributed at the World Foundry Congress in Chennai, India
Date: January 2008
An article describing the development and growth of automated pouring systems in India along with higher casting quality, production, and worker safety.Request this article
Avoiding Induction Coil Repairs
Author(s): Michael H. Nutt, Jr.
Publication: Foundry Management & Technology Magazine
Date: June 2012
An updated article highlighting the best ways to keep your coil running in good condition, provided by Metaltec Steel Abrasive Co.’s president Gary Stevers. Scheduling regular furnace maintenance is just one key way.Request this article
Batch Induction Melting, The Science and Technology
Author(s): John H. Mortimer, P. E.
Publication: American Foundry Society, The CentreFrançais De L’Electricité, the Australasian Foundry Institute, Foundry Management & Technology magazine and Modern Casting magazine
Date: August 2003
A paper on the development and process of batch melting, where its requirements, resources, results, benefits, and productivity are all explored.Request this article
Charging Systems for Today’s Hungry Furnaces
Author(s): David Remalia
Publication: Foundry Management & Technology Magazine
Date: November 1996
An article discussing the various types, uses, and benefits of automated charging systems for induction and arc furnaces in today’s climate of technological growth.Request this article
Coffee, Tea, … or Molten Metal
Author(s): William Pflug and Emad Tabatabaei
Publication: Foundry Management & Technology Magazine
Date: July 2002
An article detailing the challenging process used by automated pouring systems to ensure a consistent quality casting.Request this article
Direct Electric Heat Melting Furnaces for Aluminum and Non-Ferrous Metals
Author(s): Oleg S. Fishman, PhD
Publication: Aluminum World
Date: Volume 2. Issue 2
An article that describes how Acutrak® Direct Electric Heat (DEH) furnaces melt aluminum/non-ferrous metals more efficiently, quickly, and cleanly than traditional aluminum melting furnaces.Request this article
Energy Efficiency System Enhancements in the Induction Melt Shop
Author(s): Joseph T. Belsh
Publication: Foundry Management & Technology Magazine
Date: April 2011
An article focusing on how energy heat recovery is used to improve overall efficiency by using the water heat of the water system to provide heat in the foundry during the winter months.Request this article
Fundamentals of Metal Movement in Induction Furnaces
Author(s): Oleg S. Fishman, PhD
Publication: An Inductotherm Publication
Date: May 2000
A paper providing an explanation of the fundamental intricacies and parts of an induction furnace, in the metal melting process.Request this article
Holding Iron in the Coreless Furnace
Author(s): Graham Cooper
Publication: Modern Casting Magazine
Date: March 1990
An article listing pros & cons of the coreless furnace and channel furnace in holding iron, discussing each furnace’s ability for growth, as well as shortcomings.Request this article
How Your Induction Melt Shop Can Survive the Power Crisis
Author(s): Mark T. Eckert
Publication: An Inductotherm Publication
Date: December 2001
A paper recommending steps to lower costs on electric energy use in the foundry, along with an insight on how power charges are calculated by utility companies.Request this article
Leaner, Greener Cost Control
Author(s): Bill Newbold
Publication: Foundry Management & Technology Magazine
Date: May 2013
“Smart” water-saving systems cut furnace initial and operating costs by reducing water consumption and power usage, so furnace operators can be ‘lean’ and save ‘green.’ This article describes how both the DACXtreme and DACXtreme Plus systems are ideal solutions when additional cooling capacity is needed but water requirements are a concern.Request this article
Long Lining Life and Long Coil Life Go Hand-in-Hand
Author(s): Charles H. Fink, Jr.
Publication: Foundry Management & Technology Magazine
Date: August 2011
An article detailing “heat recovery” and other supplemental efforts that are receiving increased attention from metalcasters seeking cost savings and environmental improvements.Request this article
Master Steel – Living Up to the Name
Author(s): Satyen N. Prabhu
Publication: An Inductotherm Publication
Date: May 2012
By replacing Electric Arc Furnaces with Inductotherm Induction Furnaces installed on their existing infrastructure, Master Steel worked to earn a major return on their investment in less than a year. This article describes how Master Steel embarked on a melt shop mission with an induction technology solution to survive in a shrinking market.Request this article
Maximizing Melting at the Lowest Power Demand
Author(s): Michael Nutt
Publication: Foundry Management & Technology Magazine
Date: May 2014
The melt shop is the largest area of energy consumption in a foundry, so it will offer the best opportunity for energy and demand cost reduction. This article highlights the importance of carefully examining melt shop power supply utilization, efficiency and performance, and how it impacts power demand.Request this article
Melting Aluminum Chips and Swarf
Author(s): Oleg S. Fishman, PhD
Publication: An Inductotherm Publication
Date: September 2006
Publication: Foundry Management & Technology Magazine
Date: July 2005
An article informing about how an Inductotherm dual-output melt system improved process and productivity at D&L Foundry and Supply Co. in Washington, USA.Request this article
Mission: Melt Shop Revitalization at John Deere
Author(s): R. Stanley Weaver III (John Deere Foundry), Travis J. Frush (John Deere Foundry) and Harvey M. Uffers (John Deere Foundry)
Publication: Modern Casting Magazine
Date: July 2002
An article regarding the revitalization of the John Deere Foundry in Waterloo, Iowa, as it converted from EAF melting to coreless induction furnace melting.Request this article
Multiple-Output Power Supplies Enable Increased Production of Investment Castings
Author(s): Joseph T. Belsh
Publication: InCast Magazine
Date: May 2008
An article detailing how investment casters have discovered dual-output induction power supplies and how they are finding innovative and highly productive ways to use this technology for investment casting applications.Request this article
Multiple-Output Power Supplies Increase the Production of Investment Casting
Author(s): Mark T. Eckert and John H. Mortimer, P. E.
Publication: An Inductotherm Publication
Date: December 2001
A paper detailing the utilization of multi-output induction power supplies in optimizing usage of induction power units, providing a high level of productivity in a variety of ways.Request this article
Multiple-Output Power Supplies for Induction Heating and Melting Furnaces
Author(s): Oleg S. Fishman, PhD
Publication: An Inductotherm Publication
Date: March 2006
A paper that describes and references the use of one power supply capable of providing power to multiple furnaces for a more economical and melt efficient operation.Request this article
New Melt Deck Runs Like A Deere
Author(s): Modern Casting Magazine
Publication: Modern Casting Magazine
Date: October 2009
An article describing John Deere Foundry’s effort to create a safer work environment by teaming up with Inductotherm and their ARMS® (Automated Robotic Melt Shop) System technology that would make their goal a reality.Request this article
New Technology for Controlling Temperature Profiles for Directional Solidification (DS) and Single Crystal (SC) Casting Applications
Author(s): Bernard M. Raffner, Rodger A. Spisak, and Rudolph K. Lampi
Publication: An Inductotherm Publication
Date: December 2001
A paper reviewing the methods to form the crucial crystalline structure needed in DS and SC casting processes, along with a new approach using an induction system with a zoned coil and individually controlled multiplexed outputs.Request this article
Powering the Future: Induction Technologies to Reduce the Cost of Solar-Grade Silicon
Author(s): Oleg S. Fishman, PhD
Publication: AMP (Advanced Materials & Processes) Magazine
Date: September 2008 (Part I) and October 2008 (Part II)
An article showing how induction furnaces can significantly increase the volume of silicon production.Request this article
Power Quality for Induction Melting in Metals Production
Author(s): EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute) Publication
Publication: EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute) Publication
Date: 1999
An article for foundry workers and energy providers to gain a better understanding of induction melting to anticipate and resolve power quality problems.Request this article
Power Supplies in Induction Melting Systems: Keys to Understanding This Fundamental Melting Technology
Author(s): Oleg S. Fishman, PhD
Publication: An Inductotherm Publication
Date: December 1992
A paper explaining the fundamentals of various schemes of implementation to the power supplies used in conjunction with induction furnaces in modern foundries.Request this article
Pulse Width Modulation Inverters Using IGBT’s
Author(s): Oleg S. Fishman, PhD
Publication: An Inductotherm Publication
Date: March 2000
A paper supporting the use of IGBT modules in conjunction with Pulse Width Modulation Inverters in induction melting.Request this article
Reducing Elephant’s Foot Erosion in Coreless Induction Furnaces
Author(s): David C. Williams (Allied Mineral Products, Inc.) and Ying H. Ko (Allied Mineral Products, Inc.)
Publication: Modern Casting Magazine
Date: July 2000
An article that describes the aspects of elephant’s foot erosion, its causes, and methods used to reduce its formation.Request this article
Review of Coreless Coating Pots and Galvannealing Technology
Author(s): Bill Rovins and Peter Knupfer
Publication: AISTech 2007: Iron & Steel Technology Conference and Exposition
Date: May 2007
An article evaluating the technical evolution of coreless pots in galvanizing and the advantages these technologies have provided the steel industry.Request this article
Robotic Melting: Raising Productivity, Reducing Risks
Author(s): Satyen N. Prabhu
Publication: Foundry Management & Technology Magazine
Date: February 2008
An article detailing ARMS® (Automated Robotic Melt Shop) System productivity in metal melting and enhanced safety for foundry workers.Request this article
Rowe Readies for Ductile! Rowe Turns to Electricity to Enhance Engineering
Author(s): Modern Casting Magazine
Publication: Modern Casting Magazine
Date: January 2010
An article describing Rowe Foundry’s decision to switch from cupola melting to induction melting, the process and the numerous advantages that the new equipment has brought to the melt shop.Request this article
Sintering of Acid-Based Linings for Iron Melting in Coreless Furnaces
Author(s): Bernard M. Raffner
Publication: Foundry Management & Technology Magazine
Date: November 2002
An article looking at how to optimize lining life and minimize refractory costs in induction furnaces through performing good sintering practices followed by the basic principles of automation.Request this article
The Induction Switch
Author(s): Joseph T. Belsh
Publication: Foundry Management & Technology Magazine
Date: July 2008
An article explaining the benefits – from energy and cost savings to better melting output and efficiency – of switching from cupola melting to induction melting by Decatur Foundry in Illinois.Request this article
The Science & Technology of an Automated Induction Melt Shop
Author(s): Satyen N. Prabhu
Publication: An Inductotherm Publication
Date: April 2015
An article reviewing the advances in equipment technology and safety and in our understanding of the science behind those advances to provide an overview of automation, and other related topics, in an induction melt shop.Request this article
Wisconsin Precision Flips Over 90% Scrap Reduction
Author(s): InCast Magazine
Publication: InCast Magazine
Date: December 2006
An article describing successful scrap reduction and enhanced metal quality achieved with an Inductotherm rollover furnace, particularly in the processing of a thin-walled casting at Wisconsin Precision Casting Corp.Request this article