Castings Found in the Marine Sector

Date: September 29, 2021

At Dean Group, we've been supplying the marine sector with products that meet its demanding requirements, such as the need for strong, corrosion-resistant materials. Using the right materials is critical because it allows the castings to withstand difficult environments, whether they're going to be used in engine components or pumps, for example.

As investment casting manufacturers, we can easily create high-quality, high-integrity marine castings tailor-made for your specific project, so take a look.

oil ring in the evening

Which Materials are Used in the Marine Industry?

One of the first things to do is decide on the materials best suited for marine applications. Several metals and alloys perform well even in harsh conditions, including stainless steel and aluminium, and you can rest assured that we can work with these and other materials.

When discussing all your project details, we always consider the end-use of the castings (where they will be placed and their applications). This helps us choose the right materials – the ones that are durable, hard-wearing and which can resist corrosion from seawater, rain, fire, and more.

Stainless steel is a strong, versatile alloy with good mechanical and physical properties; it's durable, so it will last for a very long time, and it's a great choice for high-pressure applications as well. Stainless steel is a popular alloy used across many industries, as it has a good degree of resistance to heat, is ductile and weldable.

Another key metal in this market is aluminium, which is known for being strong and lightweight, making it ideal for a range of applications, including in marine environments. This is a non-magnetic and ductile metal that can be alloyed with materials like copper and magnesium to enhance its properties, and it's also a good electrical and thermal conductor. Aluminium has a good level of corrosion resistance as well.

These are just some examples of metals that can be used in marine applications, but many others, such as nickel, can be the right option for your project, so speak to us for more information. We'll be happy to help once we know more about your project.

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Casting Applications in Marine Environments

Investment casting is commonly used in the marine sector. The products manufactured through this process are accurate, have complex shapes, can be reproduced consistently and precisely, allow for good surface finishes, and more. It also allows you to have heavy-duty machinery and equipment components, which are essential in the marine industry.

It's important to consider that marine castings have critical requirements that must always be met so that the castings can perform as they should. We take these into account when creating components and also test all parts to ensure their quality. We can produce complex castings in both low and high-volume orders too.

When it comes to the marine sector, investment casting can manufacture parts and components for:

  • Boat propellers
  • Engines
  • Electronic enclosures
  • Heat exchangers
  • Brackets
  • Pumps
  • Deck hardware
  • Bearing housings
  • Boat steering wheels
  • Seal rings
  • Pistons

Quality is at the forefront of everything we do at Dean Group, as all our products meet ISO 9001:2015 standards. We also have a lot of experience working with OEM and Tier 1 companies, meaning we know everything there is to know about manufacturing castings for the industry.

We can provide specialist castings with any level of complexity required and provide additional processes, treatments and finishes to ensure your products have suitable coatings, have the desired mechanical properties, are polished, etc. This service also allows us to add text, numbers or logos to your components, ensuring your product meets your exact specifications.

What's more, with these additional treatments and surface finishes, you can prolong the lifespan of your products and receive castings that look great too. This might not be a consideration for all industries but, depending on how visible the parts are, you may require them to be visually appealing as well, which is something we can easily do for you.

Benefits of Investment Casting in the Marine Sector

The investment casting process is a cost-efficient option for businesses in the marine sector because it can offer low initial tooling costs, a lot of design flexibility, minimal waste, reduced production costs, and so much more.

On top of this, every part is highly accurate and can be manufactured with virtually no tool wear. Other advantages of this method include smooth surfaces, reduced assembly work, a wide choice of alloys and the ability to cast parts with varying degrees of weight and size.

laying pipes on water

Dean Group and Castings for the Marine Industry

When manufacturing products for the marine sector, the quality and integrity of all the equipment and machinery used are absolutely crucial. It's important that you get parts and components that can perform well no matter how abrasive the environment is, for instance, without breaking down or falling apart.

When you choose Dean Group, you can rest assured that you're getting quality castings made from the best investment casting processes on the market, such as our premium grade investment casting method.

If you're looking for aluminium products, you can also benefit from our aluminium investment casting (ELITE) process, which creates the precise, strong and light components you need for any marine environment. Our castings are also Baseefa- and Atex-compliant.

Looking for products that can meet the strict demands of the marine industry? Speak to us for more information about the work we can do for you and about the specific methods, processes and materials we offer.

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