What Is Pig Iron?
Pig iron, or crude iron, is created through smelting iron ore in a blast furnace or ilmenite in an electric furnace. This material requires a high-carbon fuel and a reductant, like coke, to create its high-carbon content. Limestone is often used as a flux.
Pig iron’s composition is essential for its foundry applications. Its high carbon content has a lower melting point than steel and pure iron, enabling foundries to create low-grade iron. It’s also the precursor to cast iron. Pig iron composition must be precise to create ideal hardness and brittleness for foundry processes.
Working with a third-party materials testing professional can ensure pig iron composition to protect your investment and reputation.
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Pig Iron Testing Services
Working with material professionals ensures your pig iron is high quality for foundry applications. McCreath Laboratories offers pig iron testing, lab services and beyond. Contact us for:
- Sampling services: Our experts collect material samples using industry-accepted practices to conduct pig iron verification. We ensure the sample represents the bulk material to yield valuable test results. McCreath is one of the only laboratories in the U.S. with mobile preparation vehicles designed for on-site sampling. Our involvement in this stage is essential to quality control.
- Independent laboratory services: Our state-of-the-art mineral inspection laboratory enables us to determine precise physical and chemical properties. We support various testing methods and apply modern analytical instruments to meet your demands. Our seasoned professionals are involved in international standards committees, such as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), to deliver industry-leading expertise.
- Consultant services: When you experience material handling challenges, McCreath provides expert consultations with our engineers, chemists and industry professionals. Our assessment of your current processes helps us determine improvements for higher material quality. Other consultation services include report interpretations, process problem-solving, troubleshooting and risk mitigation.
Our Service Benefits
McCreath provides unbiased, third-party material analysis to support decision-making in foundries.. Our services support your business at any position in the supply chain and are backed by over a century of analysis experience. We guarantee testing accuracy with precise, regulated processes and modern instrumentation.
Our ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accredited testing laboratory covers various analytic tests across raw materials. Our wide-spanning capabilities enable us to deliver diverse solutions based on project demands. We require the highest standards of precision and workmanship from our personnel to align with our accreditation and position in the industry.
Time is a major constraint for testing requirements, and our multiple locations ensure our testing services are accessible and convenient. We are headquartered in Harrisburg and have several locations throughout the United States, such as New Orleans and Chicago. Expect prompt and efficient service from our team at every location.
Contact Us for Pig Iron Testing
Our regulated processes, expert team and industry accreditation enable us to accurately test pig iron. Contact us today to receive accurate and efficient pig iron results from McCreath. To submit a sample, complete our submission form online.
Element Technique Instrument Reference Method
Total Fe Titration Metrohm Titrando ASTM E246
P, Mn, other traces ICP Thermo ICAP ISO 11535
Si Gravimetric N/A ASTM E247
Carbon Combustion Leco CS 744 ASTM E1019
Sulfur Combustion Leco CS 744 ASTM E1019