UK metal casting company, Wall Colmonoy, has completed a £600,000 upgrade to its casting facility in Pontardawe, Wales.
The investment modernises the company’s casting foundry, reducing its environmental footprint and improving its efficiency.
The casting upgrade includes new induction melting equipment and magnetically screened furnaces. The new casting furnaces offer increased capacity and reduced processing times due to improved reliability and reduced downtime.
The upgrade also incorporates better controls on pouring practices with data-driven monitoring sensors and software.
Project leader Andrew Williams explained: “It is very satisfying to successfully complete the project, with a brand new high-specification foundry. The investment puts us on the leading edge of cast alloy melting technology and helps us facilitate our drive for innovative growth to meet the increase in global demand for our castings.”
With the disruption of global supply chains following the pandemic, Wall Colmonoy has seen increased demand from EU and UK customers for its engineered cast or fully machined components which are designed to optimise wear, corrosion, abrasion, and heat resistant properties.
The foundry supports multiple casting methods including investment, centrifugal, sand cast, and vacuum cast processes across such industries as food, steel, glass, aerospace, and oil and gas.
This significant foundry upgrade forms part of a strategic investment programme at Wall Colmonoy, which has included the purchase of advanced measuring systems, upgraded machinery, such as a new Hurco 5-Axis Milling Machine and a Desktop Metal Shop System for additive manufacturing – all of which are designed to position the precision components division at the forefront of manufacturing technology.
The casting facility investment is partly supported by Welsh and European funding with a £150,000 contribution from the Economy Futures Fund.