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June Tip of the Month

June 18, 2018

Measure Twice POUR Once Everybody has heard the carpentry phrase, “Measure twice cut once.”  With a slight variation, this phrase can be applied to casting refractories.  “Measure twice POUR once.” When building forms, it is critical to verify that they are built properly prior to pouring the materials.  When verifying form construction there are several…

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Schad June Employee of the Month: Bill Beam

MEET BILL BEAM Bill always exceeds expectations while working on large or small projects, which is why he has been named June’s Employee of the Month. Bill is a proud tradesman that has spent years mastering his craft. You only need to watch him for a moment to recognize that he is very comfortable with…

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SCHAD – THE NEXT GENERATION

MEET BRIAN BORTNER Perhaps the “original next generation guy,” during the past seven years, Brian Bortner has worked hard to learn a lot and build himself into an integral part of Schad’s team. During this time, Brian has served as Schad’s Logistics Manager, which means he is responsible for making sure that the people, material,…

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Waste-to-Energy Boiler Repair

June 14, 2018

Learn how Schad repaired a large waste-to-energy boiler on short notice and without a natural gas source for drying. In April, Schad completed repairs at a waste-to-energy facility in Southeastern Michigan. We received the call on a weekend and were able to mobilize to the job site on Monday. The project involved making refractory repairs…

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Steel Mill Furnace Repair

Learn how Schad reconditioned a steel mill reheat furnace ahead of schedule. In June 2017, Schad reconditioned a reheat furnace at an integrated steel mill in Ohio. The project was challenging because of an ambitious schedule, and the need for several trades. It also required work in various areas of the furnace. As a result,…

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Aluminum Die Cast Re-Melt Furnace Repair

June 6, 2018

Instead of replacing a 55,000 lb. furnace, we saved our customers thousands by repairing it. In late April 2017, Schad received a call from a customer at an aluminum die-cast facility in Wisconsin. The customer was convinced that the 55,000 lb. re-melt furnace at the facility was beyond repair. But after an investigation, we were…

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SCHAD – THE NEXT GENERATION

May 16, 2018

MEET MATT SAM Last year, during Schad’s 75th anniversary, our newsletter spent a lot of time focusing on and celebrating our past. This year, we will use this publication to focus on our present and our future. During the past several years, Schad has brought on several key employees who are an integral part of…

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May Tip of the Month

May 15, 2018

Pre-Inspection of Equipment You have planned, you have performed, you have completed every step of a project along the way, and now it is time for the critical portion of the project required for a successful finish, and the piece of equipment you need won’t work.  Nothing is worse than this nightmare scenario, whether it…

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Schad May Employee of the Month: Michael Phelps

MEET MICHAEL PHELPS As the newest member of the Fab Shop, Michael has earned the honor of Schad “Employee of the Month” for his technical competence, dedication to safety, and quality of workmanship, thus providing outstanding customer service for the company.  His commitment to accomplishing any task, motivation to learn new procedures, being a team…

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Brazing Furnace Relining

April 27, 2018

Learn how Schad relined a brazing furnace ahead of schedule and under budget – with no drawings. For four decades, Metro Machine Works has provided high precision machining and brazing. They serve customers in the aerospace, defense and energy industry. The brazing furnace at this facility is a critical piece of equipment required in their…

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