Casting Design & Solutions

Designing Casting Solutions

Dotson’s engineering team is trained on solidification modeling software and current foundry practices to help you develop the best possible casting design for your application. The engineering team has a strong track record of working with customers turn costly weldments into iron castings. For more information click here to check out our success stories or give us a call.

Casting design.

CAD Capabilities

  • Able to import various CAD files (.prt, IGES, step, .sldprt)
  • Detailed tooling design using SolidWorks 3D modeling
  • Experienced in reverse engineering / laser scanning to generate blue prints and create 3D casting models
  • Use of solidification modeling to ensure casting integrity
CAD Casting design.

Product Launch

  • Streamlined quoting process with one day turn-around
  • Detailed, process-driven new job start up system resulting in accurate / rapid tooling development
  • Less than 4 week lead-time for samples from new tooling
  • Furnished PPAP and ISIR documentation with ability to perform capability studies, destructive and non destructive testing

Education

At the forefront of the iron castings industry, Dotson is able to offer unique educational opportunities for you to see and learn about the latest casting technology from around the world, in operation at Dotson Iron Castings.

The “Dotson Casting Masters” course, held at the Dotson foundry, gives attendees insight from molding to machining in a casual and engaging environment.

Dotson personnel are also available to come to your facility for a free “Casting Design Essentials” course, ideal for any designer or buyer of castings. This course helps you learn more about casting design and the steps that go into making a great casting.

Casting Masters Dotson Education

Frequently Asked Questions

What casting sizes can Dotson produce?

Castings are produced on 20×24 horizontal flaskless machines. Castings and required gating systems must fit into a box that is 20″ long x 17″ wide by 10″ tall. Individual castings must weigh between 2 and 50 pounds.

What types of quality systems and certifications does Dotson have in place?

Our quality system has been registered to the ISO 9000 standard since 1996. We are currently registered ISO 9001:2015. Internal systems are also compliant to many of the TS16949 requirements.

Does Dotson utilize Lean Manufacturing Principles?

Our management systems – initially shaped by a spirit of employee involvement and engagement and formalized by ISO – have been further enhanced by the application of Lean Manufacturing Principles. Our focus on product flow has dramatically improved our ability to be consistently responsive and agile.

What is the ownership structure at Dotson?

Employee Owned. The company was founded in 1876 and the Dotson family fully owned the business from 1934 to 2012. In order to ensure the company would remain on the cutting edge of the industry for many years to come the Dotson family began selling the business to the employees.

How strong is Dotson’s financial position today and in the future?

Dotson’s conservative financial approach and focus on reinvestment in the future have allowed for aggressive yet intelligent recapitalization. Each year, since 2003, Dotson has invested over 7% of sales into plant improvements and employee development. Dotson’s philosophy of continuous investment in operations and employees has paid off by allowing them to run the company with little debt.

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