The Use of Fluxes in Aluminium Casting

At NovaCast, a large proportion of our castings are produced using Aluminium alloy. The formation of Aluminium Oxide and the presence of non-metallic inclusions, collectively known as dross, is an inherent part of the casting process and one that must be managed to achieve the highest quality castings. For many years, part of the foundryman’s  … Read more

Impeller Casting Specialists

The accurate casting and balancing of impellers requires a specialist set of skills as well as a commitment to outstanding consistency and quality. For many years, NovaCast has cast and machined impellers and pump components for a wide variety of industries and applications ranging from centrifugal pumps used in the Oil & Gas, Chemical, Water  … Read more

Quality Assurance Technician Required

Following re-organisation and expansion of our engineering department, we have an immediate requirement for a Quality Assurance Technician to join the department. Reporting directly to our Design Engineer, the successful candidate will work closely with our design and engineering teams, as well as those of our customers and suppliers, to maintain the excellent quality standards  … Read more

NovaCast achieves UKAS accredited ISO9001:2015 Certification

As part of its ongoing programme of investment in the infrastructure of the business, the management team at NovaCast has been determined to drive up quality standards and expand the capabilities of the business to allow it to compete with the best foundries in the world. When its ISO9001 certification needed to be renewed, there  … Read more

The differences between Lost Foam Casting and Lost Wax Casting

In many respects, the process involved in these two investment casting methods is similar. In both cases, a sacrificial pattern is made. In lost wax casting, this is made from a tooled mould and in lost foam casting, it may be made from a mould or carved from a solid block of foam material. A  … Read more

All change at NovaCast as Barry Hayward retires and new faces join the team

Following a period of sustained growth, with new business growing strongly and consolidation of existing contracts, NovaCast is looking to the future with confidence. During the past few months a transformation has occurred that has seen the re-organisation of the business, the opening of new offices at its Bowerhill site, investment in the Melksham foundry  … Read more

NovaCast team complete Tough Mudder for charity

  Billed as “Probably the Toughest Event on the Planet”, Tough Mudder is a uniquely challenging obstacle course that requires endurance, fitness, determination to succeed and a love of mud! So, when Richard Phillips, Sales Director at NovaCast, was looking for events to boost the coffers of the company’s chosen charity, Wiltshire Air Ambulance, the  … Read more

The Difference Between Gravity and Pressure Die Casting

Die casting is one of the most widely used casting processes but what is the difference between Gravity Die Casting and Pressure Die Casting? Both are casting processes used by NovaCast, so we are well placed to explain the differences and discuss the selection criteria. Both forms of Die Casting employ a metal mould into  … Read more

NovaCast Heat Treatment

Heat Treatment of Castings

Heat treatment of castings is primarily used to alter the physical, and sometimes chemical, properties of the cast alloy. Many of the mechanical properties of both ferrous and non-ferrous alloys are determined by their microstructure. Heat treatment Is an efficient way of manipulating the crystalline structure of the alloy to modify its mechanical behaviour in  … Read more

Elements of a Sand Casting Running System

The gating system includes all those elements which connect the pouring ladle to the mould. The various elements include: Pouring Basin or cup, Sprue, Sprue Base Well, Runner, Runner Extension, In-gate and Riser. An effective gating system should: Fill the mould cavity completely before the metal starts to solidify Control the speed that metal enters  … Read more