Volume 6, Number 1


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.


Shortly thereafter, Pacific Kiln entered into a contract with the Perm Engine Company of Perm, Russia. Pacific Kiln will design, manufacture, deliver and commission a Pusher Preheat Furnace to their facility in Perm, which is located approximately 700 miles northeast of Moscow. Perm Engine Company is a vertically integrated company manufacturing aircraft engines for both of Russia's domestic airlines as well as ground based turbines for pumping stations and power generation. Pratt & Whitney is a minority shareholder in the firm.


The furnace will be a two zone pusher furnace with a load area .75m (29.5") wide, 4m (157.5") long, and .75m (29.5") high. The furnace will be natural gas fired with six burners and will be rated to 1300˚C (2372˚F) with two independently controlled temperature zones. A single hydraulic power pack will power the push sequence and the door operation. The system will utilize Pacific Kiln's proprietary Thermo-Flo Pusher Tiles. The furnace can hold eight tiles and a manual return line will hold another eight tiles.


Tom Jantzen, General Manager at Pacific Kiln, recently traveled to Perm, Russia for an engineering kick-off meeting. Tom reported the meetings were both cordial and productive. "After working out the physical location and layout details, we discussed the natural gas supply and electrical connections. We also discussed operating methods, throughput and performance criteria", Tom said after returning. "Their engineers were clearly excited about the increased capacity and new capabilities this furnace will provide".


Manufacturing of the furnace system began in early April and is scheduled for completion in June. After performance testing in our California, which Perm engineers will attend, the furnace system will be crated for ocean transport to Russia. Commissioning is scheduled for Fall of 2003.


Recent Orders

North America:

  • Perm Motor Co., Russia -- Pusher Preheat Furnace
  • Tekdata -- FlashFire Dewax System
  • Signicast -- Custom Thermo-Flo Pusher Tiles
  • Chromalloy, Nevada -- Barrel Rain Sander

Recent Installations

North America:

  • Solidiform – "Standard" Wax Burnout Furnace
  • Tekdata -- "Deluxe" Slurry Mixer
  • Ondeo/Nalco -- "Economy" Slurry Mixer
  • Certified Alloy -- KnockOut Machine
  • Howmet, Dover Castings -- Barrel Rain Sander
  • Chromalloy, Nevada -- (3) Barrel Rain Sanders
  • Williams International -- "New Generation" Wax Burnout Furnace
  • Williams International -- (3) Barrel Rain Sanders
  • MIC Group -- "Deluxe" Slurry Mixer
  • Chromalloy, Nevada -- "Deluxe" Slurry Mixer
  • Virginia Tech -- (2) "Economy" Slurry Mixers
  • Howmet, Whitehall -- Barrel Rain Sander
  • Rimer Ent. -- "Standard" Wax Burnout Furnace

Hot Tips

The "Standard" FlashFire Dewax System: Engineered for Simplicity and Economy


In today's economic climate we are all looking for ways to cut cost and become more efficient. The investment casting process has a fundamental sequence that is difficult, if not impossible, to get around. But, there are some ways to shorten and improve some of the steps in the process, particularly in the dewax, burnout and preheat phase.


FlashFire Dewax has tremendous advantages over traditional methods of dewax. It reduces many time consuming steps into one efficient process. Dewax, burnout, and in many cases, preheat can be achieved in one simple cycle. And, along with this comes the added advantages of instant wax reclaim, less shell cracking, clean and compliant processing and tremendously reduced investment in equipment.


Pacific Kiln's patented FlashFire Dewax System is available in two model categories. The "New Generation" model is the original automated system that can be engineered to any size and capacity required. Recently, the "Standard" FlashFire Dewax System was introduced as a manual, economical version of the original. The same patented technology still applies but expensive automation has been eliminated and the furnace is engineered around our "Standard" Burnout Furnace specification.


If you would like more information about the FlashFire Dewax System, we invite you to go to our web site at www.pacifickiln.com or contact your Ransom & Randolph sales representative for a full video presentation.