Metal Processes, Sectors & Finished Products

Metal processing and finishing are steps in the manufacturing process of objects and parts, and describes an array of processes that alters the surface of metal products and components to improve their durability, appearance, and environmental protection.

Companies involved in the industrial production and processing of steel, light metals (e.g. magnesium and aluminium), non-ferrous metals (e.g. copper, zinc and nickel) and precious or special metals (e.g. gold and cadmium) are considered part of the metal industry. Valves that are installed in the metal processing sector need to have correspondingly robust characteristics.

Valves installed in the metal processing sector are thus also used for a wide variety of applications from dosing liquids in welding technology, controlling sand for the production of casting moulds and shutting off the transport of metal granulates through to controlling the transport of the associated by-products and waste products.

The finished products are so diverse that they can be found in almost every sector, some of which you can read more about in our case studies below. Whether for producing components for plant and mechanical engineering, rail and shipping traffic, the IT industry and precision mechanics through to the aerospace industry, metals are used or further processed in countless different sectors and branches. Metal raw materials are processed in foundries for their subsequent application using various methods from rolling mills through to computer-aided CNC turning and milling machines.

The Ideal Valve to Suit Processes within the Metal Industry

Pinch Valves play an important role in many different associated processes in the metal industry. They are used, for example, as control valves for moving metal powder and granulate or for transporting intermediate products such as aluminium oxide spheres.
In addition, Pinch Valves are used to control a whole range of contaminated liquids and suspensions. This includes acidic water that arises in many areas of metal processing or cooling lubricant that is used as a lubricant or coolant in metal processing.

valve for abrasive slurry
diverter valves for sand foundry

Finding a suitable valve to meet the requirements of metal processing companies can be tricky – but not if the user opts for a Pinch Valve.

With it’s robust design and special abrasion-resistant internal rubber sleeve that can handle highly abrasive metallic media with ease, the Pinch Valve is the ideal choice for assisting with any metal processing application.

Types of Metal Processing Techniques Assisted by Valves in Foundries:

  • Machining
  • Casting
  • Stamping
  • Extrusion
  • Laser Cutting
  • Fabrication
  • Cutting
  • Welding
  • Drilling
  • Bending
  • Shearing
  • Forging
  • Forming
  • Forging
  • Finishing
  • Moulding
  • Sand Casting
  • Furnace
  • Melting & Pouring

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