With the EPA reducing permissible exposure limits (PEL) of silica in half by 2018, there is a direct and urgent need to get foundry workplaces compliant within the implemented time frame and to do so with budgeting constraints in mind. Additionally, floor space is limited in foundries making the addition of extra equipment difficult if not impossible.
So General Kinematics has teamed up with it’s metal caster clientele to answer one question: How can General Kinematics engineer and manufacture safer, more ergonomic, less labor-intensive processes for foundry cleaning rooms?
The answer: a closed system design like that seen with the General Kinematics VIBRA-DRUM® Sand and Casting Conditioner and the SPIRA-COOL® Casting Cooling Conveyor. The GK VIBRA-DRUM® is fully enclosed as castings are gently tumbled while accelerated cooling occurs by way of equalizing sand/casting temperatures and through evaporation of moisture. The SPIRA-COOL® Casting Cooling Spiral combines gentle vibrations with controlled cooling, dust collection, and noise reduction while taking up less floor space than comparable equipment.
Both machines help to eliminate exposure to silica particles and reduce noise – keeping employees safe while still maintaining production levels.
Click on the image below for the full feature in Foundry Magazine showcasing GK’s notable shakeout and cooling technology that is leading the industry towards a healthier, happier and more productive foundry environment.
With these new silica PEL regulations coming into play in Spring of 2018, now’s the time to seek solutions that meet the regulatory guidelines. To find out more about vibrating foundry equipment, contact GK today!