Crane Washington: A model for metal casting
Proceedings ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry
The strategies employed at the Crane Valves foundry in Washington, Iowa, to achieve energy savings and operating efficiencies are described. To affect growth of their foundry operations despite strong foreign competition, the company focused on reducing manufacturing costs while retaining product quality. Crane-Washington participated in the first Total Assessment Audit (TAA), which identified capital and non-capital improvement initiatives, as well as the Process Method Management (PM2) Demonstration Project. Findings of the audit suggest that the PM2 process of improving operations at Crane-Washington focus on a total quality management program to minimize internal scrap rates and associated costs.
Original Publication Date
Helzer, Scott C. and DeVaul, Diane, "Crane Washington: A model for metal casting" (1999). Faculty Publications. 3743.