LeClaire Is on the Right Track
Commonly thought of as a steel and iron casting industry, locomotive companies are turning to aluminum casting solutions as continuous advancements are made in aluminum alloys. The high strength-to-weight ratio found in today’s aluminum alloys, which boast a density of around one-third that of steel or iron, makes using aluminum advantageous in applications requiring high strength and low weight.
In the rail industry, lower mass results in greater load capacity and reduced fuel consumption. This lower mass and the corrosion-resistant characteristics of aluminum have brought aluminum castings to the forefront of locomotive applications. LeClaire Manufacturing’s ability to make pressure-tight, highly cored and porosity-free aluminum castings has positioned us as a key supplier to the rail industry.