Bradken serves its Power Generation customers through a wide range of complex large steel castings as well as patterns, tooling and machining services. We are active in Hydroelectric, Nuclear, Combustion & Steam Turbine and Compressor markets.
Bradken provides high integrity castings for durable performance in hydroelectric power generators. Our foundries are experienced in the manufacture of precision castings including austenitic, duplex, and martensitic stainless steel.
Our London, Ontario Canada foundry and machine shop has a dedicated 7-axis machining centre with a WFL-M150 for single set-up machining of wicket gates, turbine shafts, and associated components. We have extensive experience producing hydro turbines, pouring and machining CA6NM.
Bradken is a major supplier of compressor body and turbine castings utilized in a wide range of applications throughout production, processing and pipeline transfer. Whether it is natural gas, oil or another chemical we have the capability and experience to manufacture the size and material casting required.
Bradken is a major supplier of grinding elements, mill liners and wear protection products used in Coal-fired power generation around the globe.
Our foundry and manufacturing site in Tacoma, Washington is a leading manufacturer and supplier of high quality, large, mission critical, complex engineered castings for nuclear energy generation.
It is one of only a few foundries in North America qualified to make castings for nuclear applications (ASME certified since 1974).
Our sophisticated manufacturing process, extensive experience with heavy section, high specification steel castings and our focus on customer satisfaction means we can create and deliver solutions for our customers’ most demanding casting and machining requirements.
From engineered concept to finished product Bradken provides value for our customers by making highly engineered, complex, sand molded steel castings in an extensive range of cast steels.
Our capabilities include:
Castings up to and over 30,000 kilograms or 65,000 pounds
Steel castings, stainless steel castings (including duplex stainless steel), iron-chromium-nickel-molybdenum corrosion-resistant and specialty irons
Argon Oxygen Decarburisation (AOD) – combining higher metallic yields with lower material costs allowing greater accuracy in chemistry control for carbon and rapid desulfurisation and resulting in a cleaner metal
CNC pattern making (wood, foam, aluminium and urethane)
Solidification modelling – cutting edge foundry modeling software ensuring highest quality through the 1st article process
Fabrication/weldments to casting and forging to casting conversions
Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) – visual, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle, ultrasonic, X-Ray (including Linatron capabilities up to 22″ section thickness)
Value added services – rough and finish machining, hydro-testing, light fabrication and assembly
Project management for complex jobs
We offer an extensive range of steel and iron casting materials:
Low/high alloy steel – ferritic and martensitic (for low temperature service castings)
Stainless steel (including duplex stainless steel) – austenitic (for pressure containing and high temperature service castings, precipitation hardening steel)
Iron-chromium-nickel-molybdenum – heat resistant steel
Corrosion resistant steels and irons
Market specific steels for Military and off-shore markets (NAVSEA HY80 and HY100, proprietary specifications for structural oil tool and sub-sea)
Understanding and possessing the necessary qualifications is vital in being able to supply the exacting standards of the energy market. Understanding this, our facilities maintain a number of critical certifications and quality systems in addition to numerous customer specific certifications.
Bradken holds the following certifications:
Nuclear certification by ASME, QSC No. 204
ASME – Section III, NCA 3800 2001
DNV approved manufacturer of steel castings
Lloyds register certificate
CGP – Canadian government control goods program
ABS – American bureau of ship building
Navy Nuclear qualified to NAVSEA 250-1500
Approved to manufacture HY-80 and HY-100 castings by the department of the Navy
Off-shore oil & gas certified by numerous OEM’s and countries with material qualified to EN10225 and API RP2Z
In house ASNT level III non-destructive testing specialists
We offer a full complement of testing and inspection services including:
Ultrasonic testing (UT)
Radiographic testing (RT)
Liquid penetrant testing (LP)
Magnetic particle testing (MP)
Learn how Bradken supported a customer by supplying burner barrels within a tight deadline so they could maintain their shutdown schedule when a competitor could not deliver on time.