How State Line Supports Construction And Agricultural Equipment OEMs With Castings

Large OEMs in the agriculture and construction industries need a high volume of castings to keep their manufacturing lines humming and their customers’ machines working in the field. Yet there are still key roles for smaller, specialized foundries to play in that world. For State Line Foundries, that often means involvement at the first and…

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How Does State Line Achieve A 98% First Pass Yield?

In the foundry industry, one of the most important indicators of success is first-pass yield.  If it’s high, customers can count on receiving excellent quality castings on a timely basis. If it’s low, they can expect delays, cost overruns, casting quality issues and other problems.  Thanks to its exceptional people, processes and technology, State Line…

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Heat Treatments Enhance The Characteristics Of Iron Castings

As far as foundry customers are concerned, the more seamless the process, the better. Meeting their timeliness and quality expectations doesn’t hurt, either. State Line Foundries delivers on all counts when castings require heat treatment.  “Heat treating isn’t something everyone gets excited about, but it’s important,” acknowledges State Line president Jesse Milks. It’s often a…

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Strengthening The OEM Foundry Relationship

An OEM has a great deal of incentive to stick with a foundry. In most cases, finding a new supplier is expensive and disruptive. The foundry, of course, wants to stay in the OEM’s good graces – to not only retain the business but to grow it whenever possible. Therefore, both the OEM and foundry…

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Emergency Castings

The crew at State Line Foundries is very familiar with these emergency scenarios: A warehouse employee has discovered, to his dismay, an empty shelf. An overseas shipment is finally located and … is still overseas. A production manager takes a hard look at the limited number of castings in the supply chain and fears his…

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Choosing The Right Material For Your Pattern Tooling

What’s the best material to use for your pattern tooling? That depends on numerous factors, including estimated annual usage (EAU), the geometry of the part and the durability required.  Helping customers work through the trade-offs of material, cost and lead times is something that State Line Foundries’ sales manager and estimator Dave Murphy does intuitively…

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State Line Is Poised For Growth In 2021

Look for a choppy 2020 to turn into a slow rebound during the first quarter of 2021, followed by accelerating growth throughout the rest of the year. Watch for State Line Foundries’ long-term approach to pay dividends, predicts the company’s president, Jesse Milks. “We’re well-positioned to take on additional business – quickly – when things…

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How Castability Analysis Can Save Time And Money

Does your foundry conduct a castability analysis of new and existing parts? It’s an opportunity to identify tweaks to your casting design that can save you a significant amount of time and money. It can also improve the quality of your parts. State Line Foundries relies on proven processes to help maximize castability and provide…

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When Failure Isn’t An Option How State Line Helps Pump Manufacturers

When failure isn’t an option: Pump manufacturers know how much is at stake when their products are at work in the field. Pumps support underground mining and tunneling operations, firefighting, commercial sprinkling systems, wastewater, the oil and gas industries and other critical, high-performance applications. Pump manufacturers looking for casting partners need to be certain that…

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How A Casting Buyer Can Find The Right Foundry For Military Work

Few foundries take on defense contractor-related work. It’s easy to see why. “The requirements for suppliers are pretty intense,” explains Jesse Milks, president of State Line Foundries, which pours iron castings for a variety of military products. Milks says the specifications provide a point of comparison between castings destined for military versus private-sector applications. “With…

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