Three of the largest production aluminum molds ever manufactured were recently completed by Franchino Mold and Engineering (Lansing, MI). The largest, weighing 300,000 lb, has a 50-drop hot manifold and was constructed using multiple materials including 5000- and 7000-series aluminum, and 4140 and P-20 steel. The shot weight is 176 lb. The mold was created for a leading septic and storm-water product manufacturer in the U.S.
Todd Phillips, VP of sales & engineering for Franchino, said that according to Vista Metals (Fontana, CA), an international supplier of specialty aluminum products that poured the blocks, and Clinton Aluminum, which cut and squared the mold blocks for the mold, these were the largest they’d ever been requested to make.