What Does Vertical Integration Mean?
One aspect that sets Farrar apart from the competition is our vertically integrated production model. This means we control each stage from start to finish, ensuring your product is delivered on time and with the highest quality. Our streamlined pattern shop, foundry, and CNC machine facilities enable us to deliver a complete range of manufacturing solutions. Vertical integration brings with it several advantages, including pricing, on-time delivery, quality products, responsiveness, and creative solutions.
The process begins with our custom pattern-making services. We insist on designing and manufacturing our own patterns in-house because we believe the finished quality of a ductile iron casting is determined by the quality of the pattern from which it’s cast.
Our pattern shop contains advanced CAD/Engineering Software and CNC machining equipment including a Hurco VMX64 CNC Mill, a Hurco VM CNC Mill, and a Mori-Seiki SV-500 CNC Mill. The shop is backed by innovative engineering and design technology such as Solidworks 2021 and MasterCAM, with a new software in MAGMASOFT coming to Farrar in the summer of 2022. This new investment will offer solidification analysis and flow analysis while allowing us to optimize tooling designs before sampling.
Once the pattern is produced, the next step occurs in our state-of-the-art foundry where we pour 70 tons of ductile iron every day. Our foundry is outfitted with automated molding technology from Roberts Sinto, including two 20” x 24” FBN models and a new 20” x 24” FBO model that will increase our production capacity. We offer a wide range of weights, sizes, and pouring grades to best meet our customers’ specifications.
Farrar also has two machine shops equipped with CNC machining centers from DMG-Mori, Okuma, and Haas. The facilities are streamlined for optimum production of the exact size and weight of castings we produce for OEMs and other large-run manufacturers, which equates to maximum production efficiency for your products and minimum turnaround times on custom patterns and castings.
For customers who need their castings annealed, we provide heat treatment services. Our facility includes three fully programmable furnaces along with a fully automated material handling system to deliver fast and efficient processing.
We also offer expert assembly and finishing services, no matter the level of complexity, to take your product to the finish line.
With Farrar, you don’t have to worry about scheduling nightmares with outside vendors, unexpected shipping costs, poor customer service, and low-quality products. From prototype to assembly, from design to delivery, we are there every step of the way to ensure the needs of the customer are met in a timely and cost-effective manner.
We continue to evolve our services to provide customers with industry-leading results and are proud to be a one-stop shop for your ductile iron needs. Visit our contact page to get in touch with us and get started on your next project.