The Definition of Foundry in China
Before I worked in Dandong Foundry, I did
not know this word "Foundry". For now, if you want me to give a
definition to foundry, I will say it is a factory mainly producing
various metal castings.
Sometimes, a foundry was also called as foundry plant, founding
workshop or casting factory. According to their main products, they
could also be called as
iron foundry, steel foundry, aluminum foundry and brass
What is a foundry like?
Firstly, a foundry should at least has a casting workshop, there,
they could produce rough or raw castings by some
such as green sand, resin sand, shell molding, die-casting,
lost-foam, lost-wax investment, permanent molding etc.
Secondly, they need a workshop to clean and grind these rough
castings, remove the sand or other residuals from the surface of
castings. In China, we usually call it as sand cleaning workshop.
Thirdly, if the castings need heat treatments, then the foundry
should do the heat treatment in their electric furnaces accordingly.
However, these furnaces for heat treatment are not different with
furnaces for melting metals.
Fourthly, most of foundries in China have some machining equipments,
so they could do the rough or finish machining works in-house. So,
they will machine their rough castings into finished products in
their machining workshops.
Fifthly, the foundries should have a room for painting and packing
metal castings. There, the metal
castings will be painted or protected by anti-rust oil, then
packed by non-fumigation crates, pallets or boxes according to the
requirements of clients. Then, the castings will be ready for
Therefore, a foundry should have casting workshop, cleaning
workshop, heat treatment and machining equipments, painting and