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In combination, these facility
improvements allow the Energy
Business to supply much
larger castings as well as
increased quantities of big
parts with radiographic
inspection requirements.
Another recent addition to the
Tacoma plant was the new
MAGMAsoft ‘Frontier’ foundry
simulation software which offers
rapid analysis of methoding
options for improved yield,
internal soundness and
dimensional stability.
Both the Tacoma and Chehalis
plants are ASME certified
manufacturers of nuclear cast
parts. Although the market has
been weakened by the recent
disaster in Japan, the plants are
well positioned to service that
industry when the safety issues
have been resolved and the
opportunities return.
Tacoma and Chehalis have
made great strides in the
implementation of safety
programs and their improving
safety records confirm that
progress. The integration
of safe working practices
with standard operating
procedures has been a
particular area of interest
for the Northwest facilities.
The cast parts range from
100 to 45,000 pounds and are
supplied in a variety of carbon
steel, alloy steel, stainless steel,
and nickel base materials. Value
added services like machining,
fabrication and painting are
commonly provided in addition
to the casting.
Typical customers are those
that need a foundry that can
manufacture both small and
large parts in a wide range
of cast materials with the
non-destructive testing
capabilities and certifications
to meet their unique quality
and delivery requirements.
The Tacoma facility recently
embarked on a $12million
capital expansion taking in
a second radiography facility
and large part upgrading bay.
The site preparation was
completed in June and
construction began in late July.
In the previous three years
the Tacoma plant has
completed two other major
Capex projects. One was
a $5 million expansion to
increase heat treat, water
quench and riser removal
facilities. The second was
the expansion of the melting,
refining and pouring capacity
through the addition of a
second 10 ton AOD vessel
and a 75 ton hot metal crane.
Bradken’s Energy Business
is headquartered in
Tacoma, Washington.
Other Bradken facilities in the
area include the machine shop
a mile down the street, and a
second foundry located in
Chehalis, WA, about 50 miles
south of Tacoma. These
facilities comprise Bradken’s
footprint in the Northwest
corner of the US and produce
the majority of the Energy
Business' products.
The Bradken London facility
is the other large contributor
of Energy products and is
located in Ontario, Canada,
on the other side (east side) of
the North American continent.
The Tacoma plant was
originally established as an
iron foundry business in 1899
to service the logging and
railroad industries. Today it is
a globally known steel foundry
servicing major OEMs in the
oil and gas, power generation,
and Navy industries.
There are currently 550
employees spread across the
three facilities with the majority
located at the Tacoma plant.
These employees and facilities
differentiate themselves
through their wide variety of
complex cast product offerings,
with unique qualification
requirements, full service
manufacturing capabilities and
on-site technical support.
As a true “job shop”, the
customer owns the product
designs and patents and
Bradken provides the
capabilities, services, and
experience to manufacture
those products. Typical
castings include pressure
vessels, such as valve bodies,
pump casings, compressor
housings and turbine shells.
The applications include oil
and gas exploration, refining,
chemical processing, and
power generation. Navy
Military components, such
as drive turbines for aircraft
carriers and hull structures
for submarines, are also
produced. To manufacture
these components, the
plants maintain ASME, ISO,
ABS, Military and other
certifications as part of its
quality system program.
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