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INDUSTRY NEWS


Eck Installs New Nobake Line; Exclusively Licenses Alloy Developed With ORNL Eck Industries (Manitowoc, Wis-


consin) announced the installation of a nobake molding line from Palmer Manufacturing & Supply to create additional capacity, improve ergonom- ics and reduce cost in large aluminum nobake castings.


Te molding line includes state-of-


the-art programmable logic controls, powered conveyors from molding to pouring, a mass flow binder control system and a rollover capable of han- dling up to a 72 x 48 x 36 in. mold sec- tion. Te mold line is flexible, allowing Eck to run up to eight mold boxes in the loop, with multiple part molds, mold coating and multiple core sets.


Eck Licenses Alloy Developed With ORNL


Eck has also signed an exclusive license for the commercialization of a


cerium-aluminum (Ce-Al) alloy co- developed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Labora- tory (Oak Ridge, Tennessee) that can be used for lightweight components. Te alloy, which is patent pending,


was developed as part of the Depart- ment of Energy’s Critical Materials Institute (CMI) and makes use of cerium. Creating new uses for cerium supports both domestic rare earth mining operations and the U.S. manu- facturing sector. Scientists at ORNL, working with


Eck Industries and researchers at DOE’s Ames and Lawrence Liver- more national laboratories, devel- oped the Ce-Al alloy that is easy to work with, lightweight, corrosion- resistant, and stable at high tempera- tures, which would make it ideal for automotive, aerospace, power genera-


tion, and other crucial applications. According to a news release, testing


has shown the Ce-Al alloy is stable at 932F (500C). Withstanding higher temperatures means that engines made using the alloy can run hotter with more complete fuel combustion while being lighter in weight. Eck was involved in developing and testing the alloy under a separate agreement. “Tere has been tremendous inter-


est from industry due to the unique material properties and low cost of this alloy,” said David Weiss, vice president of engineering/R&D, Eck. “Tis proj- ect is a template for rapid development and commercialization. Not only did we bridge the research ‘valley of death,’ we also developed a highway for com- munication from our customers to us to help guide the project.”


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