Degrees Newsletters

Biomet Becomes Lean Manufacturer with Pacific Kiln Pusher Furnace

When Biomet, Inc. in Fair Lawn, New Jersey decided it was time to stream line their manufacturing process they turned to the industry proven work horse, a “New Generation” Wax Burnout Pusher Furnace by Pacific Kiln. Biomet, Inc. is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of products for hip replacement, knee replacement, shoulder replacement, elbow replacement, and other small joint replacement. According to Robert Zebick, Biomet is moving away from there current batch processing which uses there two box style burnout furnaces and converting everything to a continuous through-put operation utilizing the pusher furnace as part of there new lean manufacturing process.

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CWF HAMILTON Does It All With New FlashFire Dewax System

When CWF Hamilton in Christchurch, New Zealand set out to convert their large waterjet component weldments to investment cast parts they turned to the industry proven FlashFire Dewax System. CWF Hamilton set up a brand new state of the art investment casting foundry. They wanted to have the latest technologies available and that’s what they got! While improving product quality and increasing production quantities they found that the “New Generation” FlashFire Dewax System also improved their overall process by dewaxing and burning out the shells at the same time. The system is designed as a dual purpose furnace - FlashFire Dewaxing and pre-heating of the shells for pouring. This eliminated the need to purchase additional furnaces for production and will save both time and money.

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SA Baxter Increases Product Delivery Time With “Standard” FlashFire Dewax System

When Robert Baxter needed to improve delivery times on their full line of high end custom architectural hardware, they turned to the time proven FlashFire Dewax System from Pacific Kiln.

Their current flashfire dewax method was dangerous and inefficient. Robert finally decided the “Fire Breathing Dragon,” as the employees of SA Baxter had nicknamed it,
had to be replaced. That’s when he began investigating the advantages of Pacific Kiln FlashFire Dewax. It didn’t take long to recognize this was the way to go and Robert ordered a state-of-the-art “Standard” Flash-Fire Dewax System from Pacific Kiln.

Robert is very exited about their new furnace saying,“With the new Pacific Kiln FlashFire Dewax System we are able to completely dewax and burnout all of our shells in a
20-minute cycle.We move our shells directly to the pouring deck for immediate casting.”

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Pacific Kiln introduces new line of low cost slurry mixers

Pacific Kiln recently completed R&D plans for a new line of slurry mixing equipment that will prove easy on the budget while maintaining high quality results. These barrel and prop mixers round out a complete line of slurry mixing equipment that will meet any specification and budget. From our "Deluxe" stainless steel turntable models, to our popular "Economy" poly tank turntable mixers, we now offer an enticing selection of stationary prop type mixers.

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Buddy Furnace knows a good thing when they see it...

Buddy Furnace of Balch Springs, Texas knew they had to do something. Their autoclave was about to give out on them from just shear old age and their burnout furnaces were inefficient and, worse yet, polluting the air because they didn't have afterburners to clean the exhaust. But, this was a big investment and something that required some thought and investigation.

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Pacific Kiln Contracts with Russian Aerospace Company

When Pratt & Whitney entered into talks with a Russian aerospace company about a co-venture in the manufacture of engines for the Russian market, equipment quickly became a prime issue. Pratt & Whitney expected that the products should be manufactured with "state-of-the-art" equipment. So when the subject of furnaces came up, Pacific Kiln was immediately contacted to supply the proper equipment. After all, Pratt & Whitney is one of Pacific Kiln's best customers, having both FlashFire Dewax and pusher furnaces in their East Hartford foundry.

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Wyman-Gordon Gets Big Rewards for Working With Pacific Kiln

Wyman-Gordon in San Leandro, CA, knew the writing was on the wall. Derek Shelton, Plant Engineer, called Pacific Kiln and began the process of replacing the "Old Boy". What they ended up with was more than they expected for a lot less than they planned. It wasn't enough that they purchased a state-of-the-art "New Generation" Pusher Burnout Furnace that was more efficient, gave them more flexibility with higher temperature (2250˚F continuous) capability, and substantially cleaner, faster burnout, but the Gas Company stepped into the middle of the game and offered to pay for a chunk of the purchase, if, they also included in the purchase a "Thermal Recuperator" to preheat combustion air. How could they refuse? "The Gas Company wants to pay us to save money".

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"Standard" FlashFire Dewax System is Big Winner with Rimer Enterprises


Volume 5, Number 2


Chuck Meyer and Keith Mock, owners of Rimer Enterprised in Waterville, Ohio had been considering the benefits of FlashFire Dewax for a number of years. Their autoclave system was inefficient, caused extensive shell cracking, and was in need of expensive repairs. Their burnout furnace was also a problem as it was inefficient and smoke was a problem both in the foundry and from the stack. Spending big money on these two pieces of equipment was tough to justify, but how could they afford to replace them?


When Pacific Kiln announced the new "Standard" FlashFire Dewax System, Chuck and Keith saw an affordable opportunity to upgrade their whole system. With the economical price of the "Standard" FlashFire Dewax System, they were also able to include a new preheat furnace. Four days after the new system arrived it was installed and operating. Pacific Kiln always works closely with their customer prior to delivery to assure a fast, simple installation. In addition Pacific Kiln personnel are on hand as installation concludes to start-up, tune the system and instruct the customer on operation.


The first day of production, Rimer was processing in excess of 20 shells per hour with no cracking and no smoke. Keith and Chuck are pleased with the process improvements and the increase in productivity and efficiency. They were also happy to eliminate the smoke emissions and improve the working conditions in the foundry. The new "Standard" FlashFire Dewax System gives Rimer the same benefits that all our FlashFire Dewax customers have experienced over the years:

  • Reduced patching and rework labor by eliminating shell cracking
  • Lower total fuel costs with dewax and burnout in the same cycle
  • Eliminating the extra labor associated with separate dewax and burnout cycles
  • Decreased wax reclamation costs since the recovered wax has no moisture in it
  • Maintenance is minimal with new Pacific Kiln equipment
  • The option of Rapid Prototype processing that did not work in the autoclave

And, state-of-the-art is an image Rimer enjoys and it's just what their customers like to see. Rimer is a winner with their new Pacific Kiln system. If you think your foundry could benefit from this kind of improvement, call Pacific Kiln and let our experienced engineering staff evaluate your needs. It doesn't cost anything to find out.


Recent Orders

North America:

  • Consolidated Foundries -- Barrel Rain Sander
  • Waltek -- Barrel Rain Sander
  • Chromalloy Casting Tampa -- "New Generation" Burnout Furnace
  • Bell Group -- "Standard" Burnout Furnace


Recent Installations

North America:

  • Zimmer -- KnockOut Machine
  • Wyman-Gordon, San Leandro, CA -- Pusher Furnace w/ Heat Recuperation
  • MIC Group -- "Deluxe" Slurry Mixer
  • ODIYAN -- "Deluxe" Slurry Mixer
  • Rimer Enterprises -- "Standard" FlashFire Dewax System "Standard" Burnout Furnace
  • Dameron Alloy Foundry -- (2) "New Generation" Burnout Furnaces
  • Chromalloy Casting Tampa -- Afterburner Retrofit
  • Zimmer -- Barrel Rain Sander


Foundry Facts


Dear Pyro

I have heard of Thermo-Flo floor tiles and they look interesting. What can they do for our investment casting process ?

Searching for Efficiency

Dear Searching

Thermo-Flo Floor Tile can be one of the best and most reasonable investments you can make for your foundry. Their ribbed design yields many benefits to the burnout or preheat process, among them:

  • Better heat distribution around and under your shells.
  • Faster and cleaner burnout of the hydrocarbon deposits inside the shell.
  • Energy savings from more efficient heat cycles

And they are easy to install, easy to replace, and the price is right. See our web site at for complete description and specification on Thermo-Flo Floor Tile and all our other products. Oh yeh, they also come in pusher tiles.

The Pyro Maniac

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Wyman-Gordon Solves Many Problems with New Pusher

Wyman-Gordon in Tilton, NH has been in a mode of improvement for many years, but one of their biggest projects came to fruition just the end of last year. While they have added many Pacific Kiln burnout furnaces for various specific projects, their pusher burnout furnace was in dire need of replacement. The time finally came when it rose to the top of the priority list and a new furnace was put in its place.

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LAMOTHERMIC: More Business with Less Energy

Amos Noach is a very careful man. As owner and President of Lamothermic Corp., a small high precision investment casting foundry, in Brewster, New York, he takes great pride in thoroughly investigating how his business operates. So, when he looks at his equipment needs, he considers all the reasons that he should make that investment. Early last year he began looking at replacing his burnout furnaces.

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