Production Simulation Capability

In an effort to ensure that our products will perform as expected in customers’ different environments, R&R’s headquarters include a research foundry for product development and process simulations that is appropriately equipped to cast ceramic shell, industrial mold and jewelry molds.

Shell Room

The Ceramic Shell Foundry

  • Wax pattern set up
  • Wax cleaning
  • Propeller and rotating tanks up to 80 gallons (302.8 liter) in slurry capacity
  • Rainfall sander with 24" (60.96 cm) diameter capabilities
  • Fluidized beds with 19" (48.26 cm) diameter capabilities
  • Steam autoclave dewax
  • Electric burnout furnace
  • Gas burnout furnace
  • Inductotherm 35 KW melter
  • Cutoff saw
  • Sand blaster

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The Jewelry & Industrial Mold Foundry

  • Wax pattern set up
  • Wax cleaning
  • Vac-u-vest mixing equipment
  • Steam dewax chamber
  • Six burnout furnaces
  • Embedded thermal couple data logger
  • J-Z Autocast pressure over vacuum casting machine
  • Centrifugal casting machine
  • Vacuum table casting machine
  • Glass bead blaster
  • Water blaster
  • Wax injector
  • Inductotherm 35 KW melter
  • Cutoff saw

Laboratory & Testing Capability

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R&R maintains the largest, most advanced product application and development laboratory, research foundry and technical staff for benefit of the industry. With unique testing equipment, we are the only industry supplier able to look at shell strength and flexibility properties in real-time and at temperature. These resources are used to develop new products, analyze material performance and service customer needs.

Shell Strength Measurement

  • Room temperature up to 2192°F (1200°C)
    • Modulus of Rupture (MOR)
    • Adjusted Fracture Load (AFL)
    • Stress-strain analysis
    • Deflection

Investment Strength Measurement

  • Green compressive strength
  • Post fired compressive strength

Shell Permeability

  • Hot (up to 1832°F [1000°C])
  • Green permeability (room temperature)

Investment Permeability

  • Gas permeameter

Shell & Investment

  • Thermal Expansion Dilatometry
  • Simultaneous Thermal Analysis up to 2912°F (1600°C)
    • Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA)
    • Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)

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Testing Laboratory

  • R&R exclusive tests
    • Shells Capacity to Resist Autoclave Pressure (SCRAP)
    • Spalling load measurement

Particle Size Analysis

  • US sieves
  • Microtrac laser particle size analyzer
  • Beckman Coulter PSA
    • Wet and dry capabilities
  • Beckman Coulter surface area analyzer

Slurry Testing Laboratory
In an effort to assist customers experiencing slurry problems, R&R’s complete slurry testing laboratory that can analyze all your slurry properties.

  • Binder solids
  • Refractory solids
  • Total solids
  • Binder pH
  • Gelation test
  • Slurry density
  • Binder specific gravity
  • Loss on Ignition (LOI)
  • Antifoam test
  • Wetting test

These test results are typically available for your review within 24 hours after we receive your slurry.