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BVA possesses diverse and flexible manufacturing capabilities, as well as deep institutional knowledge and expertise in the production of challenging steel and iron castings. The company’s manufacturing complex is situated on an approximate 5.0 acre footprint, and includes 36,000 sq ft of foundry and production space, with an additional 40,000 sq ft of pattern storage in adjacent buildings.

  • Castings ranging in weight from 1 to 5,000 lbs
  • Dimensional footprint from a few inches to more than 12 ft
  • Automated and floor molding options and capabilities
  • High volume, serial production, as well as ultra low-volume applications
  • Relatively small minimum heats (generally 1,000 lbs, minimum.)

Patterns & Pattern Repair
BVA works with a full range of pattern equipment, including mounted cope and drag boards, as well as loose patterns. The company works with customers that supply their own pattern equipment, as well as those that request BVA to procure pattern equipment on their behalf.

All new patterns are built via outside contractors, with exacting precision and to precise specifications. BVA generally undertakes minor pattern repairs within our plant.

Molding & Core-Making Capabilities
BVA’s molding and core-making operations are flexible and responsive, utilizing 100% no-bake,
air-set processes. Molding is undertaken through two primary processes – An automated line and floor molding for larger dimension/weight projects.

Mold Line

  • Automated mold line and rollover draw
  • Largest flask 44” x 48”, target casting weight
    of 1,000 lbs
  • Standard flaskless 40” x 40”, typical target casting weight under 500 lbs

Floor Molding

  • Up to 5,000 lbs casting weight
  • Large flask 120” x 120”
  • Long flask 36” x 240”
  • Flask 24” x 24” up to 10’ x 10’

Sand Mixers & Lifting Capabilities
BVA utilizes five (5) sand mixers in its molding
and core-making operations. A total of sixteen (16) overhead cranes are available to support
the company’s molding, core-making, melt and
finishing operations.

Sand Mixers

  • One 600 lbs/minute mixer
  • Four 300 lbs/minute mixer

Crane Capabilities

  • Three hot metal cranes – Lift capacity ranging from 4,000 lbs to 10,000 lbs
  • Thirteen cranes - Lift capacity ranging from 1,800 lbs to 10,000 lbs

The company utilizes a thermal sand reclamation system, which allows for the recovery and reuse of approximately 95% of the sand used in foundry operations. In addition to cost benefits, thermal reclamation reconditions the sand, improving quality characteristics and reducing sand-related casting defects.

Melt & Heat Treating Capabilities
BVA’s melt operations consist of four (4) coreless induction furnaces, offering maximum flexibility for tackling challenging steel and iron alloys.

Melt Capability

  • Four Coreless Induction Furnaces
  • One 5,000 lbs capacity
  • Two 2,500 lbs capacity
  • One 1,500 lbs capacity

BVA’s heat treating capabilities are extensive and entirely automated, ensuring process consistency. Specific heat treatments are established in conjunction with customer requirements, and can include annealing, normalizing, water quenching and tempering. In cases where BVA is not in a position to provide heat treatment internally, reliable third party vendors within the region are available.

Automated Heat Treat Capability – Quench & Temper

  • Three Heat Treating Furnaces
  • One Furnace - 5’6” x 11’ x 6’h
  • Two Furnaces - 4’6” x 10’ x 4’6”h

Quality Assurance

BVA is committed to continuously monitoring our craftsmanship and ensuring that our castings meet all customer specifications and requirements. Interaction with customers at the outset of a project – as well as accurate and consistent testing throughout the manufacturing process are critical factors for ensuring good quality and lasting customer satisfaction

• Metallurgy & Chemical Composition (Spectrographic Analysis)

• Sand Quality & Performance

• Visual Inspection & Surface Finish

• Mechanical Properties & Testing (Charpy Impact, Brinell Hardness, Tensile)

• Non-Destructive Testing (Radiographic Testing, Ultrasonic Testing, Magnetic Particle, Dye Penetrant)