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CAS employer inspecting partsCast Aluminum Solutions is a thermal solutions supplier specializing in the design and manufacture of standard and custom aluminum cast heated parts. CAS's reputation for quality and rapid product development is enabled by precision manufacturing equipment and processes, cleanroom assembly and a hands-on design approach with its customers which minimizes the product development cycle and results in the highest quality products.

CAS is recognized for quality and is an industry leader. Keys to success include:

1) Precision machining tolerances for flatness and perpendicularity;
2) Superb temperature uniformity resulting from optimized heater layout;
3) Precision casting of each heater.

CAS's manufacturing facility is fully dedicated to heated parts design and manufacturing and boasts a modern and innovative aluminum foundry for the production of porosity-free castings, state-of-the-art CNC machines and high-tech research labs. The company is a recognized leader in generating creative new ideas and evaluating, designing and prototyping to get products to market faster. It specializes in sensing and control systems, thermal-mechanical subsystems and computational engineering. CAS has been ISO: 9001 certified since 1994.

CAS employee

CAS's design capabilities and resources assure its customers of the best quality heated parts. Its design team provides expertise and capabilities that range from finite element analysis (FEA) to CAD/CAM design and solid modeling. Resources and capabilities

1. CAD/CAM design and solid modeling;
2. Expertise in conduction, radiation and convection heat transfer; and
3. Laboratory validation of temperature uniformity, heating & cooling ramp rates and coating performance.

Cast Aluminum Solutions is one of a family of companies affiliated with LV2 Equity Partners. LV2 creates value in an array of businesses by providing advisory and capital sourcing expertise to its family of investments. For more information on LV2 Equity Partners, please visit www.lv2partners.com.

Milestones in Cast Aluminum Solutions's History

1978 Foundry business acquired by Watlow CAS (formerly Watlow Batavia) entered cast-in heater market
1980 Introduced proprietary low-pressure casting process New processes and equipment to produce superior-quality castings
1986 Penetrated semiconductor equipment market Supplied cast-in platens to photolithography track systems manufacturers
1986 Developed food grill platen heater Cast-in heater featuring tight temperature uniformity becomes critical component in McDonald's clamshell hamburger grill
1989 Moved to present location Custom-built state of the art 54,000 square foot manufacturing facility opened
1993 Developed diagnostic medical cast-in heater Developed cast-in circulation heater for world leader in diagnostic instruments
1994 ISO 9001 Certification Achieved ISO 9001-1994 certifitcation
1994 Provided aerospace heated solution Designed and manufactured heater assembly for emergency power unit used on the Boeing 777
1995 Designed IFC concept IFC (Interference Fit Construction) method leads to manufacture of high-temperature non-cast heater products
1997 Introduced pure aluminum alloy cast-in heater Supplied pure aluminum cast-in platens for contamination-sensitive applications
1999 Delivered first pedestal heater Supplied precision machined cast-in pedestal for in-chamber, high-vacuum wafer processing
2001 Lean implementation begins Implemented manufacturing cells
2004 Launched Cast-X circulation heater family Circulation heaters for liquids and gases.
2005 Purchased high-volume casting equipment Increased casting capacity to support high-volume business
2005 Installed clean room Class 10,000 clean room to support semiconductor cleanliness standards
2008/2009 Expanded CAST-X circulation heater product line Added CAST-X 500 in 2008 and CAST-X 3000 in 2009.
2010 Acquisition by LV2 Equity Partners The business was acquired by LV2 Equity Partners and the name changed to Cast Aluminum Solutions.




2012 M

Inc. 5000

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