Green Manufacturing at G&S Jewelry Mfg
Remember when you were a kid and someone would ask you: “What’s your favorite color?” At G&S Jewelry Mfg we have many favorite colors, but we all agree that we love green; as in green manufacturing!
Being that we live in the beautiful, but dry New Mexico climate; water is always a concern. From drought conditions in the worst of years to the normal low humidity, water is always at a premium.
Our Process Technology Roadmap
Because we are an investment caster; our technology roadmap shows water employed in four main areas:
First, water is used to mix with dry Ransom & Randolph investment. Rinsing the mixing machine completes this operation.
Secondly, water cools our vacuum induction casting systems.
Third, we use high pressure water in a blasting cabinet to devest the castings to remove the investm
Fourth, rinse water for tumbling operations to rinse the parts and the media.
Investment Water – Pumping rinse water to a separation tank using a double diaphragm pump. The solids settle and the water is filtered for reuse.
Casting System – Acquisition of a recirculating system from Rio Grande. Water management problem is resolved by delivering cooling water at a consistent temperature and flow rate. At this time we are contemplating purchasing an additional unit for other cooling application. These systems immediately reduce water consumption to nearly zero.
Devesting – Generally speaking devesting is the least technical water requirement. Our blasting cabinet is located adjacent to our casting and tumbling areas. Therefore, plumbing of recycled water from a filtered source is simplified.
Tumbling Operations – Installation of a rinsing part separator with a closed loop water system.
Summing up; Green Manufacturing is good for the environment and results in more “Green” wallet share. Hence, this is a key part of G&S Jewelry Mfg commitment to sustainable manufacturing. In the long run it is the best for our customers and our industry!