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Oregon Metal Casting Industry
The Oregon metal casting industry consists of foundries that shape gray or ductile iron and aluminum or other other nonferrous metals.  Using investment or lost wax casting technologies, these industries manufacture intricate and complex metal components for the aerospace, trucking, equipment manufacturing, rail car and other industries.  This industry sector employs around 5,000 Oregonians,  representing nearly 3 percent of all manufacturing employment in the state.

The metal casting industry uses about 2 percent of the total energy consumed in the Pacific Region (which includes Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska, and Hawaii). 

  The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Industrial technologies helps industry research and demonstrate leading edge or emerging technologies. The following technologies are likely to become commercially available in the next year or two and will yield energy savings, waste reduction or productivity benefits for this industry.
  The Office of Industrial Technologies – Clean Cast Steel Technology (pdf)
The Office of Industrial Technologies Factsheet - Highly Efficient Rapid Tooling Using Optimized Cooling Passages (pdf)
Department of Energy - Energy Saving Ideas

The Office of Industrial Technologies – Intelligent Control of the Cupola Furnace (pdf)
The Office of Industrial Technologies – Lost Foam Metal Casting Improves Quality, Reduces Energy Consumption (pdf)

Lost Foam Casting
Industry Home 
 
Case Studies
Consolidated Metco (pdf) (reprinted with permission from AOI Viewpoint)
 
Industrial Resources
Industries of the Future - Metal casting 
 
ASM International 
 
National Tech Transfer Center 
 
Information
US Department of Energy 
 
US Department of Commerce 
 
Industry Best Practices 
 
Technical Services 
 
Energy Analysis