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  • Betra Announces Test Laboratory Expansion

    Thursday, February 2, 2016

    Verticle Markets

    Betra Manufacturing has expanded its laboratory from 50% to a Full Service Chemical & Mechanical Laboratory; taking on extra space to meet the growing demand in the marketplace for aluminum testing services delivered nationwide from the Carson City, Nevada test lab. With facilities to support more testing staff than ever before, the Betra Test Lab is well placed to service an expanding client base working on large and complex projects.

    The expansion includes a tensile tester, spectrometer and metallurgical microscope.

    The Tensile Instrument tests the metal for Elongation at Break, Maximum load, Maximum Stress, Modulus of Elasticity, Yield by Offset-Load and Yield by Offset-Stress of metal.

    The High Precision Optical Emission Spectrometer Instrument tests for elements in the metal with analysis showing the percent contribution of the elements. The elements analyzed include; Al, Si, Fe, Cu, Mn, Cr, Ni, Zn, Ti, Sr, B, Ca, Pb, Sn, V, Sb, Co, Ag.

    The Stereo Microscope is an optical test instrument for visual defect analysis, metal grain structure study and other metallography evaluations.

    Gino DiSimone, General Manager of Betra Manufacturing, says “Metal integrity is a Critical To Quality metric, assuring the product meets or exceeds the mechanical design specifications/requirements.”

    We would be glad to discuss your casting and laboratory needs.

    Consult Betra Manufacturing with your full line of aluminum casting products and get a volume discount today.

  • Betra Manufacturing Footprints:

    Thursday, December 14, 2016

    Verticle Markets

    The leadership at Betra Manufacturing throughout economic cycles expands and deploys enterprise assets to pursue opportunities which increase revenue, reduce costs and source new talent that focuses on Betra’s signature strengths - superior aluminum castings, world class customer service and CAD simulation support.

    Betra is engaged in current activities which include Joint Venture agreements with industry partners for process and product development, creating Betra Standard Product Lines and diversified business portfolio to address offsetting economic cycles.

    Team Betra engages with customers to reach broader markets and identify vacancies within the market space, i.e., personal recreational vehicles, maritime, automotive and aviation industries. Betra’s support in these markets helps identify growth verticals within the market segments.

    We would be glad to discuss your casting needs.

    Consult Betra Manufacturing with your full line of aluminum casting products and get a volume discount today.

  • The Craft is as Good as the Craftsperson – A Craftsperson’s Creed:

    Friday, October 28, 2016

    Betra's Craftsman Ray

    A Craftsperson has mastered their craft and can fabricate an object with a specific purpose and use. At Betra, our Team is skilled USA documented individuals who never differentiate between art or craft, rather identify themselves by their craft and technical skill when producing viable high quality aluminum castings.

    All fine traditions and skills that are learned elevate the craft to a degree which imparts knowledge to our Team members who master the crucial tools which defines aluminum casting state-of-the-art proficiency at Betra Manufacturing.

    Our craftsmanship is continuously improving through modernization of tools and techniques. Betra has invested in our factory modernization by leveraging emerging technologies and training our Team to master these technologies.

    We would be glad to discuss your casting needs.

    Consult Betra Manufacturing with your full line of aluminum casting products and get a volume discount today.

  • Successful Property & Solidification in Aluminum Casting:

    Friday, October 21, 2016

    Successful Property

    A successful aluminum casting depends on a solid design for proportional solidification of metal. Proportional solidification of metal is more critical in aluminum castings than in any other metal casting because aluminum shrinks in volume as it cools. Additionally, 3D simulation minimizes waste while maximizing First Article success opportunities and production speed; ensuring stable margins over time.

    Moreover, environmental and climactic considerations must be incorporated in all foundry manufacturing. Team Betra manages these considerations and pulls casts at a high rate to achieve overall internal soundness. Our Team also manages core and mold thermo-mechanical properties allowing heat transfer to the metal mold interface maximizing a desired high yield product for our customers.

    Our craftsman understand that even under optimum melting and melt-holding conditions where molten aluminum is susceptible to three types of degradation, hydrogen solution, oxidation and transient element loss, defects can occur. At Betra, our Team takes extraordinary measures to eliminate the potential defect drivers.

    We would be glad to discuss your casting needs.

    Consult Betra Manufacturing with your full line of aluminum casting products and get a volume discount today.

  • Metal Casting Versatility:

    Friday, October 14, 2016

    In our daily lives we are surrounded by cast metal products that are seen everywhere we look and are taken for granted – from dock cleats, trailer hitches, tennis accessories, large scale industrial and aerospace equipment, sculptures to engine components – all of which and more are cast at Betra Manufacturing.

    The vast number of diverse applications for cast metal is demonstrated in the flexibility where metal can be cast into durable, complex metal components with minimal machining or welding. More importantly, at Betra our Team demonstrates craftsmanship using 535.2, A355, A356, 713, brass, and other proprietary metals.

    Betra’s metal casting versatility emphasizes pristine design patterns which produce high-complex and standard castings on time and per specifications. Moreover, Team Betra works with customer’s to develop proprietary metal blends that meet their changing demands to support and deliver superior products.

    We would be glad to discuss your casting needs.

    Consult Betra Manufacturing with your full line of aluminum casting products and get a volume discount today.

  • Defining Aluminum Specialty Castings:

    Tuesday, September 27, 2016

    Betra Manufacturing expertise has successfully achieved Aluminum specialty castings for Prototype and Short-Run / Low Quantity (< 500 / run ) precision moldings which are critical components for Energy, Aviation, R&D Markets, Aerospace and businesses who service those industries.

    Team Betra accommodates customer requirements via manufacturing processes employing 3D core and pattern design / making, producing castings in our standard sand cast, green sand cast or permanent mold with excellent thru put on components of weights > 25 - 1,500 lbs / piece using premium high quality certified aluminum.

    Craftsmanship at Betra is demonstrated using copious casting techniques / technologies. Our craftsmen select appropriate technologies intended for accurate state of the art production projects delivering results that are optimum quality castings for markets our valued customers’ service.

    We would be glad to discuss your casting needs.

    Consult Betra Manufacturing with your full line of aluminum casting products and get a volume discount today.



    • Team Management Wins Big in Yield Enhancement:

      Tuesday, September 20, 2016

      At Betra Manufacturing, smart time management wins BIG with our Team when there is a combination of human resource practices and collaboration with engineering establishing world class relationships with our aluminum & brass casting customers.

      Betra emphasizes communication and effective training processes which has successfully triumphed our aluminum casting yield enhancement topping the scale at >98%. Our continued teamwork by virtue of a developed environment of trust results an empowered Team member to have self-confidence in their craft.

      We are clearly dedicated to our Team Betra who strives to work with top management and vendors refining the methods in aluminum casting through our CAD, Metallurgical Test Lab and Automated mold systems bringing outstanding results to our valued customers on time.

      We would be glad to discuss your casting needs.

      Consult Betra Manufacturing with your full line of aluminum casting products and get a volume discount today.



      Additive Manufacturing for Aluminum and Metal Casting:

      Tuesday, September 13, 2016

      What is Additive Manufacturing? It is the industrial version of 3-D printing technologies, albeit, printing with molten metal(s). This 3D printing technology has been used in niche markets such as medical implants and to produce plastic prototypes for engineering and designing communities. Additive manufacturing is being driven by large scale industry with an emphasis in jet engine components. The decision to mass-produce critical metal-alloy parts to be used in jet engines is a significant milestone for the industry.

      How does this apply to the metal casting industry? With the continued exploration on how to use additive manufacturing in a wide range of metal alloys; titanium, aluminum and nickel-chromium will give designers an ability to tailor material(s) characteristic(s) in a way that is not possible with casting(s). As an example, an engine or turbine blade will optimize strength and heat resistance.

      At Betra Manufacturing, our engineering team has embarked upon Additive Manufacturing processes, incorporating in its infancy the emerging application to the aluminum casting business and using practical information on running additive manufacturing in Carson City, Nevada USA.

      We would be glad to discuss your casting needs.

      Consult Betra Manufacturing with your full line of aluminum casting products and get a volume discount today.



      Key components of the Metallurgical Test Lab in major failure analysis investigation:

      Thursday, August 25, 2016

      Betra Manufacturing’s in-house Inspection Scope reveals aluminum micro-structure data for permanent mold and sand castings. The instrument allows a plan view of all part(s) for defect investigation and microstructural determination(s).

      Betra Manufacturing’s in-house Spectrometer delivers a quick turn quantitative analysis on elemental composition, based on percentage, with full elemental analysis of aluminum from each furnace. The instrument further monitor’s single element verification for critical chemistries allowing our TEAM to dial in metal recipes delivering strictly controlled mechanical properties such as 10-15% elongation while retaining superior tensile strength of 30-45KSI.

      Here at Betra the range of testing for metallurgical failure analysis furthers the use of X-ray, Tensile for mechanical property measurement, Penetrant and Conductivity for investigative and quantitative analysis when providing a superior product(s) for our valued customers.

      We would be glad to discuss your casting needs.

      Consult Betra Manufacturing in Carson City, Nevada with your full line of aluminum casting products and get a volume discount today.

    • The Role of automation equipment for more volume:

      Thursday, August 18, 2016

      Betra Manufacturing is running The Palmer Universal Molding Machine (UMM) 2-Station. The UMM 2-Station is designed to be a high production molding system for custom, prototype(s) and aluminum sand castings, to list a few, providing minimal set-up or modifications of tooling when making No-Bake molds.

      Betra aluminum casting foundry is the premier permanent mold and sand casting manufacturer in Carson City, NV (Nevada) USA. We are run by craftsmen dedicated to the art of creating challenging products. In business since 1957 and nearly 60 years in operation, you can count on Betra to provide high quality aluminum castings on time and per specifications—The Go-To Custom Aluminum Castings Company.

      Betra produces high-volume complex castings, as well as custom jobs, by establishing a working relationship with our customers. Betra Manufacturing combines traditional values, world class customer service and modern technology to ensure superior quality standards (ISO 9001:2008). We strive to be the premier American-made aluminum casting foundry.

      We would be glad to discuss your casting needs!

      Consult Betra Manufacturing with your full line of aluminum casting products and get a volume discount today!