What you Need to know about CASTINGS
Most of our refurbished railroad parts come from retired railcars or privately-owned railcars. The reconditioning process takes place in work booths by a trained and certified welder using approved welding procedures and gages to guarantee uniformity of all manufactured products. By using a state-of-the-art BeaverMatic Furnace, Illini Castings provides a unique heat treating facility for couplers and yokes that is not readily available elsewhere.
The heat treatment process also includes a Quench Tank that cools the couplers for the tempering process that brings the coupler to an “E Grade” of hardness required by the American Association of Railroads (AAR). The products are then inspected using all appropriate gages to verify they meet AAR standards. After completing this process, the material is banded or packaged for shipment.