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June 2009


While billets are removed from the pit at Alexin’s new casthouse in Bluffton, Indiana, casting personnel perform routine between-cast tasks, such as inspecting billet molds, checking the casting rings for imperfections, and coating the t-plates with a release agent. The novel casting station configuration allows access to the molds by tilting the table away from the casting pit, improving pit turnaround efficiency and enhancing operator safety. The Alexin greenfield facility is the newest aluminum extrusion billet casthouse in North America.


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