How Experienced Employees Have Positioned State Line for Success

How Experienced Employees Have Positioned State Line For Success

Retaining Experienced Employees Ensures High Quality, Short Lead Times The foundry industry is booming today, but that hasn’t always been the case. There were slowdowns just last year– and a full-blown recession in 2008-2009. These tough times shaped how State Line Foundries manages its workforce during industry downturns. And it’s a big reason that the…

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Big Foundry Services In A Short-line Package

Big Foundry Services In A Short Line Foundry

OEMs are faced with a Goldilocks problem.  They often require a large foundry that can produce big volumes of parts, plus sophisticated services like mold flow analyses and testing. But big foundries tend to be slow-moving and inflexible, with long lead times and strict production requirements.  Short-line foundries are often much more flexible and responsive,…

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How OEMs Benefit from State Line’s In-House Testing

How OEMs Benefit From State Line’s In House Testing

State Line Foundries conducts a variety of tests internally on the iron castings it produces. For an operation of its size, this makes it unique. Many of its competitors outsource some or all their testing. Why invest in providing these capabilities in-house? Because State Line is committed to providing its customers with exceptional outcomes, such…

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Get a Foundry Involved Early in Your Design Process

Get A Foundry Involved Early In Your Part Design Process

Inviting a foundry earlier in your design process can help you avoid many common part quality and cost challenges – and can increase your odds of launching your new product on time and budget.  OEMs often go it alone for the entire part design process and then put it out to bid just before they…

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How State Line Supports Construction & Ag OEMs with Castings

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 98% First-Pass Yield?

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 Treatment: The Finishing Touch to Iron Castings

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

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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Need Emergency Castings? State Line Can Help!

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

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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