What does this actually mean? It means that a representative from Lloyds Register who is intimately understands foundries and how they work has inspected and audited all sides of a foundry business. This person is happy that what the foundry is doing to produce castings is in line with procedures that they feel will produce castings to a dependable level. To be approved indicates that they are happy to put the Lloyds name against the product produced. Without inspecting every casting produced and procedure involved this isn’t a blanket approval but the high standards set mean that the general practice employed to make castings in the foundry is consistent and of a high level. Castings can be inspected on a castings by casting basis by a Lloyds inspector and this is known as 3.2 inspection and can be undertaken if necessary to give complete peace of mind or if a specific requirement is stipulate by a customer.
The approved status for a foundry is not only a vindication of the skills and competence of the foundry but a useful gauge when looked at by prospective customers. They can be assured that to achieve and maintain this status the company is a partner they can trust to deliver a good product to a dependable level. A vital indication from day one that the foundry has a high level of skill.
Draycast achieved this approval for the production of bronze castings in 2010 and has held it ever since following several reviews over this time. Its something we are proud to hold and continue to maintain and has proved useful in securing new work from our customers. We have since gone on to add Bureau Veritas approval which again illustrates our commitment to quality.
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