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CWM Recycling Stats – June 2024

In June, CWM sent the following materials to Imperial Recycling for recycling:

  • 1,653 lbs. of cardboard
  • 61 lbs. of paper
  • 203 lbs. of plastic
  • 1,863 lbs. of wood

Additionally, our partner Groot collected mixed recyclables, including approximately 725 pounds of cans, bottles, plastic bottles, and paper, from various locations around the facility.

In total, CWM diverted 4,505 pounds of recyclable material away from landfills in June 2024!

Inside CWM Summer 2024 – Vol. 20 No. 1

In the Summer 2024 edition of Inside CWM you can learn about:

  • What it’s like to work for a “family-owned” business.
  • See who got promoted and find out what their new responsibilities are.
  • Take a deep dive into CWM’s recycling efforts by looking back at 2023.
  • Find out what happened at the 44th annual Golf Outing.
  • Check out pictures of our 2024 company Summer Luncheon.
  • Learn fun facts about die casting, from its origins to the future of die casting.
  • Get anonymous tips from CWM employees.
  • See who won the 2024 NCAA Bracket Challenge and where CWM donated the winnings.

View the PDF: Inside CWM Newsletter –Summer 2024 Edition

CWM Recycling Stats – May 2024

In May, CWM sent the following materials to Imperial Recycling for recycling:

  • 1,187 lbs. of cardboard
  • 116 lbs. of paper
  • 215 lbs. of plastic
  • 2,417 lbs. of wood
  • 2,500 lbs. of concrete

Additionally, our partner Groot collected mixed recyclables, including approximately 795 pounds of cans, bottles, plastic bottles, and paper, from various locations around the facility.

In total, CWM diverted 7,230 pounds of recyclable material away from landfills in May 2024!

Die Cast Solutions No. 53: Optimizing a Fuel Cell Plate

Discover the transformative journey of the Fuel Cell Spring Plate, a vital component in heavy-duty fuel cell systems, crafted through collaborative innovation between CWM and our forward-thinking customer.

This brief delves into the meticulous design enhancements, manufacturing processes, and engineering innovations that culminated in a product surpassing expectations in reliability and performance.

Read more here.

CWM: Enhancing Expertise and Leadership

Anthony Fontana (left), Rob Malarky (center), Nick Bonsignore (right)

Chicago White Metal (CWM) is proud to announce a recent team realignment to bolster expertise and leadership within the sales and engineering departments. These changes mark a strategic shift towards optimizing talent and empowering individuals to drive innovation and excellence across various functions.

Rob Malarky Joins Sales and Marketing as Director of Sales Engineering:

One of the pivotal changes involves the appointment of Rob Malarky to the Sales and Marketing team as Director of Sales Engineering. Rob has been with CWM since 2010; his most recent position was Director of Engineering.

Rob brings a wealth of experience and engineering acumen that will be instrumental in driving CWM’s sales initiatives forward. In his new role, Rob will help to identify new applications and assist customers in transitioning their concepts to successful die casting projects. He will also oversee the technical aspects of CWM’s miniature zinc business.

Anthony Fontana Assumes Leadership Role as Manager of Engineering:

Another significant development is Anthony Fontana’s elevation to the position of Manager of Engineering. Anthony’s promotion underscores his exceptional contributions to CWM since he started here in 2020. In his new capacity, Anthony will lead the Engineering, Process, and Tool Room departments, provide technical support, oversee tooling projects, and nurture talent within the organization.

Nick Bonsignore Appointed as Senior Engineering Project Manager:

Additionally, CWM has appointed Nick Bonsignore as Senior Engineering Project Manager. Nick’s new role will entail expanded responsibilities, including deeper involvement in CWM’s automation initiatives and continued excellence in providing technical assistance for new and existing projects. He will also work closely with Anthony to mentor emerging engineers and support advancement within the department.

These engineering/sales team changes are a testament to CWM’s unwavering commitment to nurture talent, foster innovation, and maintain its position as a leader in the die casting industry. With a strengthened leadership team and enhanced expertise, CWM is in a much better position to meet the evolving needs of its customers.

CWM Recycling Statistics – April 2024

In March, CWM recycled the following to Imperial Recycling:

  • 1,133 lbs. of cardboard
  • 86 lbs. of paper
  • 148 lbs. of plastic
  • 1,081 lbs. of wood
  • 170 lbs. of electronics

Our partner Groot also picked up seven cubic yards of mixed recyclables in March – including roughly 719 pounds of cans, bottles, plastic bottles, paper, etc. collected from around the facility.

CWM was able to divert a combined total of 3,337 pounds of recyclable material away from landfills in March 2024!

CWM Recycling Stats – March 2024

In March 2024, CWM recycled the following to Imperial Recycling:

  • 1,294 lbs. of Cardboard
  • 164 lbs. of Plastic
  • 50 lbs. of Paper
  • 1,227 lbs. of Wood
  • 373lbs. of Bulbs/Pieces

Local recycler Groot also picked up roughly 797 pounds of mixed recyclables, including cans, bottles, plastic bottles, newspapers, etc., from our blue barrels throughout the facility.

In total for the month of March, CWM was able to divert a total of 3,905 pounds of recyclable waste from landfills!

Debunking 4 Die Casting Misconceptions

Die casting is a common manufacturing process used in various industries, including: automotive, alternative energy, recreational, medical/dental, lawn & garden, lighting, electronics, power tools, and many others. Despite its widespread use, several misconceptions surround it that often cloud its true potential. In this blog, Chicago White Metal (CWM) aims to debunk these myths and shed light on die casting’s realities.

Misconception 1: Limited Complexity, Size, & Finishing Options

Some believe die casting is only suitable for producing simple shapes and designs. However, advancements in die casting technology allow for producing highly complex parts with intricate geometries and thin walls. CWM utilizes die casting machines of various sizes, allowing for the production of parts ranging from a few grams to eight pounds – we cast parts in aluminum, magnesium, and zinc.

In the past, there were limited finishing options available for die castings. Today, through both internal advancements and an established network of finishing suppliers, die castings can be polished, coated, plated, painted, impregnated, powder coated, silkscreened, and pad printed with a variety of colors, textures, or performance characteristics.

Misconception 2: Die Casting is an Outdated Manufacturing Method

Contrary to popular belief, die casting is far from being an outdated manufacturing method. Die casting has evolved significantly over the 87 years CWM has been in business, incorporating cutting-edge technologies and innovations to meet the demands of modern industries.

From computer-aided design (CAD) and simulation software to specialized die coatings, advancements in lubricants, cooling and vacuum systems, and the implementation of robotics and automation, die casting has embraced technological advancements to improve efficiency, precision, and quality. As a result, die casting remains a cornerstone of modern manufacturing, offering unparalleled capabilities and versatility.

CWM’s fully automated DCM

Misconception 3: Die Casting has a High Initial Cost

While die casting does involve significant upfront tooling costs, it can be cost-effective for high-volume production runs due to its efficiency and low per-unit costs. Die casting offers unparalleled precision, repeatability, and efficiency, reducing per-unit costs.

Furthermore, advancements in die casting technology have led to faster cycle times, reduced material waste, and improved yield rates, all of which ultimately contribute to cost savings. When considering the overall value and quality that die casting provides, the perceived expense is outweighed by the benefits it offers.

Misconception 4: Die Casting is Not Environmentally Friendly

There is a misconception that die casting harms the environment due to its energy-intensive processes. However, the die casting industry has made significant strides in recent years to minimize its environmental impact and promote sustainability.

Through initiatives such as recycling and energy-efficient practices, die casting facilities have reduced waste, conserved resources, and lowered their carbon footprint. Additionally, using eco-friendly materials and processes – such as the recycling of wastewater and investing in high-efficiency equipment – further contributes to die casting’s environmental friendliness. At CWM, we are an open-book when it comes to our environmental impact – check out our Environmental Practices page.

CWM’s High-Efficiency Aluminum Furnace

The Potential of Die Casting

Die casting is a highly efficient, versatile, and sustainable manufacturing process which has been unfairly plagued by misconceptions. By debunking these myths and highlighting the realities of die casting, Chicago White Metal is showcasing its true potential as a cornerstone of modern manufacturing. Whether for large-scale production runs or small-batch manufacturing, die casting offers unparalleled capabilities and benefits, making it an indispensable tool for industries worldwide.

To learn more about CWM, check out our Design Center where we offer an abundance of technical articles and information. If you think your component is a good fit for die casting, Request a Quote here.

CWM Recycling Stats – February 2024

In February 2024, CWM recycled the following to Imperial Recycling:

  • 1,035 lbs. of Cardboard
  • 157 lbs. of Plastic
  • 82 lbs. of Paper
  • 884 lbs. of Wood
  • 27 lbs. of Styrofoam

Local recycler Groot also picked up roughly 850 pounds of mixed recyclables, including cans, bottles, plastic bottles, newspapers, etc., from our blue barrels throughout the facility.

In total for the month of February, CWM was able to divert a total of 3,032 pounds of recyclable waste from landfills!

Inside CWM Winter 2023/24 – Vol. 19 No. 2

In the Winter 2023/24 edition of Inside CWM you can learn about:

  • Get a Career Perspective from longtime CWM Employee Judy Rhodes
  • Learn about what goes into CWM’s twice-weekly safety audits
  • Help us congratulate two CWM Employees who got married!
  • Recognize the hard work of the 2023 service award winners
  • Look back at the CWM Christmas Luncheon
  • Celebrate CWM’s 2023 Outstanding Performers of the Months/Year
  • Meet CWM’s newest employee, Sunny Patel
  • Take a look at the story behind CWM’s upstairs RnD makeover!

View the PDF: Inside CWM Newsletter – 2023/24 Edition