Lead Free Foundry News
On June 21, 2013 the company cut the ribbon on its new multimillion dollar state-of-the-art foundry in Franklin, NH. The new 30,000 sq. ft. foundry is designed to manufacture Lead Free products exclusively in response to the national Lead Free law which takes effect January 4, 2014. Building a separate foundry adjacent to the existing foundry reflects the company’s on-going commitment to assisting its customers with the transition to Lead Free. The new foundry will also create jobs in NH and help bolster the U.S. manufacturing sector. Be sure to check back here for the latest news and developments.
Lead Free Foundry Ribbon Cutting
The June 21, 2013 ribbon-cutting event to mark the opening of the new Watts Water foundry in Franklin, NH was well attended and received national news coverage. The event was attended by Watts Water CEO and President David Coghlan, New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan, Franklin Mayor Kenneth Merrifield, and retired Watts Water CEO Tim Horne, among others.
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See the Foundry Firsthand
The new Lead Free foundry features state-of-the-art equipment and processes designed to streamline manufacturing & production and ensure the highest-quality Lead Free products. The foundry’s new automated design includes equipment such as auto-pour furnaces that dispense the precise quantity of molten metal into the molds. The foundry is also designed to maximize energy efficiency & limit environmental impact. Examples of green/sustainable features include LED lighting and systems designed to recover heat from the melt furnaces for heating the foundry’s interior during cold weather.
Lead Free Materials Update
For manufacturers, making the change to Lead Free is relatively complex. Selecting the right material specification for the product application—and to ensure the highest-quality Lead Free products—is crucial. Watts Water has spent years conducting extensive R&D into compliant Lead Free alloys. In most applications the foundry will use silicon copper-based alloys (the exact specifics of our Lead Free compositions are proprietary).