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The BarronCast story: BarronCast Inc. (BCI), headquartered in Oxford, Michigan, is a manufacturer of engineered metal products. The company has been owned by the Barron family since 1923. BCI supplies cast, machined, assembled, and painted components to the defense, automotive, glass, material handling, medical, printing press, combustion turbine, pump, valve, and other commercial markets. Until recently, BCI had most of its materials and product testing outsourced to local testing labs.
The company wanted to bring its material testing in-house to improve quality control and reduce testing time. By diagnosing the key success criteria of the customer ,ADMET engineers were able to offer a brand new ADMET machine, an eXpress servohydraulic dual-column test frame equipped with the MTESTQuattro materials testing system. This machine would be utilized in both R&D and production testing.
One key benefit of ADMET’s system was its ability to capture testing data and produce sophisticated reports. In the case of BCI, tests results are printed and filed as a backup for the certification that is sent to customers. A separate report is generated for customers that require raw data. Now that BCI conducts its own testing, the company has plans to consolidate the data from multiple tests into spreadsheets in order to do statistical analyses of tensile strength results on alloys over time. Since the machine uses standard fixture pin mounts, virtually any fixture can be mounted. As the client noted: “We see a lot of possibilities.” BCI has already run some push-out tests on pressed fittings and brushings that are installed in castings. Other useful applications are planned for the future.