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Case Study: Value-Added in Action

The Challenge

A hydraulic manifold manufacturer contacted Dura-Bar Metal Services because they were unable to procure cold drawn 12L14 steel in the size that was required to manufacture a custom manifold for a major construction equipment OEM. The customer contacted Dura-Bar Metal Services because a line at the end user was about to be shut down if manifolds could not be produced and shipped as scheduled.

The Solution


Dura-Bar Metal Services had worked with the end user previously and qualified Dura-Bar grade 65-45-12 ductile iron for manifolds. To keep the end user's line from shutting down, we were able to saw cut 65-45-12 plate to the customer's specification and deliver the blanks for machining in three business days. 

Step two was to design a special size bar that would be cast, four-side milled and cut-to-length to provide the best size and cost option for the manifold manufacturer. Dura-Bar Metal Services was able to provide just in time delivery of cut-to-length slugs that shipped directly to the client's machining center.

The Results

Dura-Bar Metal Services was able to provide four-sided milled blanks to a +/-0.005" tolerance and was able to cut those blanks to a +/-0.005" tolerance as well. These value-added processes allowed the customer to use the saw cut faces, eliminating a machining operation and significantly reducing the machine cycle time for the manifold. This increased the number of manifolds produced per hour and the profitability for the client.

For more information about Dura-Bar continuous cast iron or our value-added services, please contact your Dura-Bar Metal Services Account Manager today (888-387-2227).