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Why It Makes Sense to Use Chrome White Iron in the Oil Sands

Posted by Penticton Foundry on July 31, 2018

Sometimes, you get a success story that helps illustrate why many companies are shifting to chrome white iron in abrasion applications. But what are the challenges that are specific to the Oil Sands, and what is it about chrome white iron that makes it so effective there?

How to Use the G65 Test

Posted by Penticton Foundry on June 12, 2018

When materials are exposed to an abrasive environment, the media flow rubs against them, often leading to material loss over time. This can be mitigated by carefully choosing the correct material for abrasive areas.

The Myth of Chrome White Iron and Hardness

Posted by Penticton Foundry on May 8, 2018

From “chrome white iron is brittle” to “you can’t machine ASTM A532,” you’ll often hear myths when it comes to chrome white iron. But the reality is that ASTM A532 outperforms steel, AR plate and weld overlay in many applications requiring abrasion resistance.

Ductile Iron – Heat treating vs Alloying

Posted by Penticton Foundry on April 10, 2018

When designing with ductile iron as an engineer you may notice that almost all ductile iron standards don’t specify a chemistry requirement. This is because the microstructure and mechanical properties can be achieved in different ways.

How to Heat Treat ASTM A532 – High Chrome White Iron

Posted by Penticton Foundry on January 16, 2018

Why Use Chrome White Iron ASTM A532, or high chrome white iron, has superior abrasion resistance. It is particularly effective in machinery or equipment that experiences grinding, gouging abrasion or crushing.

Ductile Iron ASTM A536 Grade 60-40-18

Posted by Penticton Foundry on November 28, 2017

ASTM A536 60-40-18 is a nodular Iron with a mostly ferritic microstructure and mechanical properties comparable to low alloy steels. Ductile iron 60-40-18 is one grade in a family of many. Chemistry requirements are not specified in the ASTM A536 standard. Chemistry and hardness listed in this spec would be typical for a Grade 60-40-18.

An Oil Sands Success Story with ASTM A532

Posted by Penticton Foundry on October 17, 2017

High chrome white iron, or ASTM A532 has a number of myths attached to it, the least of which is that it is brittle. The superior wear resistance of chrome white iron to steel, or AR 400 plate, however, makes it a natural choice for applications requiring abrasion resistance. A recent success story in the Oil Sands illustrates this.

Foundry Checklist

Posted by Penticton Foundry on September 13, 2017

In any business, relationships are key to success. The manufacturing industry is no different. This infographic offers tips to building a collaborative relationship with your foundry of choice. Doing so will help ensure that the casting process runs smoothly and that the part you receive meets your expectations.

The Differences Between Ni-Hard and Chrome White Iron

Posted by Penticton Foundry on August 16, 2017

Ni-hard is also called ASTM A532 Class I Type A. This blog explores the differences between Ni-hard and ASTM A532 Class II and III in an easy-to-read chart form. Microstructure differences will be examined and application suggestions made.

The Myths of Chrome White Iron – Brittleness

Posted by Penticton Foundry on July 25, 2017

There are a number of myths about chrome white iron. One of the most common is that high chrome white iron is too brittle for many applications.