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CASTING INNOVATIONS


turer can also ship more products at a time, because the new design doubles the amount of castings that can be packed onto a skid going to the as- sembly line, and increased the number of containers on a truck load from 21 to 26 skids. T is reduced costs, as well. T e two-part bumper lowered the


weight from one 67-pound unit to two that are 32 lbs. each. T at was accomplished without compromising the material needed to achieve balance


Table 1 Weight


Total Castings in One Mold Chamber Machining Required Bumpers Per Skid


Before 67 lbs. One Yes 12


After Two 32-lb. units (64 lbs.)


Three of each half or 1 1/2 bumpers per mold. No


24 bumpers (or 48 pieces)


on the mower. And by changing the geometry on the part, the center of gravity was redistributed, improving the center of gravity of the machine. T e two-piece bumper also


improved production effi ciency, as casting three parts on a smaller, vertical molding machine allowed for faster production. T is part is produced using transition iron, further reduc- ing the cost to the manufacturer. T e two-piece bumper system is also safer


and more ergonomic for assembly and replacement at the factory and the dealership level. T e durability was enhanced by eliminating the weak point in the cen- ter of the one-piece design, which re- duces warranty claims and the need for replacements. And fi nally, scraping the bottom of the bumper during trailer loading and unloading was eliminated by reducing the overall profi le from the previous design.


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