Almex Sets Record for Largest Hard Alloy Slab Casting


Buena Park, California – June, 2005 – Based in Fontana, California, Vista Metals Corporation is a specialty alloy caster committed to continuously diversifying its product line. In doing so, the company has pushed technological limits and set new records for hard alloy casting and homogenizing capabilities. Having re-invested millions back into its business in the last two years, the company’s latest achievements, completed in the fall of 2004, include commissioning Almex casting technology to create what is believed to be the world’s largest hard alloy slab. The record-setting hard alloy slab measures 96” wide, 42” thick, 172” long, and weighs 70,000 lbs and is made of a proprietary alloy similar to AA 2618. This alloy contains as much as 4% copper with 1% iron and 1% nickel. According to Vista Metals, a key reason Almex was chosen was because Almex provides casting recipes and metallurgical standard practices with guaranteed results on the finished product quality. For the super slab product, this guarantee means that production slabs are free from shrinkage and gas porosity and the microstructure of the cast product has fine grain and ultra-fine cell size.

Almex Sets Record for Largest Hard Alloy Slab Casting

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Almex USA is the leading supplier of commercial and aerospace aluminum billet and slab casting technology and equipment.  The company’s products include LARS® degassing systems, MEGA™ DC casting machines, billet/ingot casting systems, and CASTRIGHT II™ automated process control.  Almex is also engaged in equipment and process research involving new capabilities and green technology for efficient recycling of aluminum alloys and has supported the aluminum industry since 1995, earning itself the “Excellence in Exports” Award from the United States Department of Commerce. Trade and Service Marks of Almex USA Inc. are property of the company registered and protected in the United States and other countries.

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