Versa-Bar gray cast iron is built for strength. Built for durability. Built for reliability. Switching to continuous cast Versa-Bar self-lubricating grey iron has cut costs for manufacturers in the fluid power industry across the United States.
Continuous Cast Iron Suppliers
A superior alternative to steel and sand cast iron
Versa-Bar continuous cast gray and ductile iron is the most metallurgically superior steel alternative on the market. Fluid power and bearing manufacturing industries are switching to our continuous cast iron castings because it is much more cost-effective than any other steel alternative.
The continuous cast process ensures the iron solidifies at a more uniform rate, so the iron is more durable and reliable than traditional sand cast iron. Versa-Bar is manufactured with less scrap and reduced machining, so it is not only stronger, but also costs less than sand cast iron because there are no tooling charges.
Choose our Continuous Cast Iron supply for...
- Bettervolume pricing
- Flexible supply program
- Quick nationwide supply chain
Continuous cast Versa-Bar ductile iron turns the de facto iron for America's water system infrastructure into an even more resilient and wear-resistant metal for applications needing high machinability and corrosion resistance.
Grades of Versa-Bar Ductile Iron:
Versa-Bar Continuous Cast Iron Stock
American Iron and Alloys has the largest inventory of Versa-Bar continuous cast iron in North America and supplies it in a wide variety of shapes and sizes to fit your exact custom metal processing needs. Standard lengths of continuous cast iron is 72 inches, however, we are able to accommodate sizes up to 144 inches in length upon request.
Some shapes and sizes of Versa-Bar include:
We supply companies nationwide with custom continuous cast rods, rounds and bars. .625" - 23.6" Dia. (Ductile rounds start at 1.5" in diameter.)Learn More
Custom cast tubes are available as part of our huge supply of raw iron stock. Stock and custom I.D.s with O.D.s up to 22".Learn More
Squares & rectangles may be machined into custom dimensions - for raw stock or custom processed components.Learn More
We provide custom machined iron plates cast to your exact specifications.Learn More
Upon request, we'll provide specialty shapes. Stock and custom cut available up to 18.5" x 22" x 72" and 10.5" x 24" x 82".Learn More
American Iron & Alloys' capabilities include machining of custom cut pieces for your application.Learn More
Choose Versa-Bar If You Seek
- Decreased material cost
- Improved machinability
- Superior performance & durability
Why Choose Versa-Bar Continuous Cast Iron?
It's Simple: Lower Cost, Better Performance.
Versa-Bar's unique metallurgical properties make it a superior alternative to traditional sand castings.
Our continuous cast iron features microscopic flakes or spheres of graphite with tiny recesses which promote the retention of oil. Lubricated parts stay oily longer, and the highly dispersed graphite acts as a self lubricant in the case of oil loss. Naturally non-abrasive qualities give Versa-bar tubes, rounds, bars and rods superior wearability, making it the true hydraulic metal.
Versa-Bar continuous cast iron offers you:
Compared to alternatives such as aluminum, brass, bronze and many grades of alloy and carbon steel, Versa-Bar rates as much more affordable.Fast CAST IRON QUOTE
Learn more about the advantages of continuous casting vs. traditional sand casting.
Versa-Bar's special qualities make it the highest quality, lowest priced cast iron on the market. We supply you with ample raw stock, custom fabricated components, or can combine both in our versatile cast iron supply program.
More Than A Cast Iron Supplier
In addition to being an industry leading supplier of continuous cast iron Versa-Bar, American Iron & Alloys also provides services like:
Field Test Comparison Chart - Continuous Cast Iron vs. Aluminum, Bronze & Steel
The chart below displays the speeds and feeds for aluminum, bronze and steel as well as comparable rates for Versa Bar. The aluminum, bronze and steel rates were those used by the field test operator for normal production requirements on a 7 HP lathe machine. The machine produced hydraulic cylinder pistons. The cutting tool used for this analysis was a Valenite VC 67 Carbide Insert.
The operators were asked to reach the optimum SFM (surface feed per minute) on the Versa-Bar and still maintain comparable depth of cut and surface roughness with the other three materials. The chart shows that all three grades of Versa-Bar far exceeded the recommendations of conventional machinist handbooks for SFM on cast iron. Again, these tests were with conventional tooling and equipment. The results of the Versa-Bar SFM are very conservative. If you were to run the same test on a CNC type machine or use one of the new high tech inserts, rates comparable to those shown on the NGK chart are possible.
Gray and Ductile Iron Differences
Some metallurgists will say the difference between gray and ductile iron is that ductile iron is an "upgraded" version of gray iron—the answer is not that simple.
Continuous cast gray iron is recommended for straight wear applications in the hydraulics industry due to its lower tensile strength, higher thermal conductivity and higher damping capacity. Gray iron is an ideal metal for bearings and bushings.
Ductile iron is much better for moving parts, because it is more malleable and more impact resistant than gray iron. Our continuous cast ductile iron is commonly used for pistons and other machinery requiring high tensile strength.
Explaining the Basics of Hydraulic and Pneumatic Systems
Versa-Bar’s status as one of the industry’s finest metals for the fluid power industries, its role in hydraulic and pneumatic power systems is critical. Reaching peak efficiency in the creation of power limits minimizes costs and maximizes total output.
Versa-Bar continuous cast iron’s natural lubrication and ability to dissipate heat make it ideal for these kinds of applications.
Sand Casting vs. Continuous Casting
Sand casting has been one of the most popular and simplest types of casting for centuries. It relies on silica-based materials, typically synthetic or naturally-bonded sand to form a mold. Sand casting is inexpensive and can be used for both ferrous and non-ferrous metals. However, sand casting tends to yield a lower degree of accuracy and a rougher surface finish when compared to continuous casting.
Continuous casting is a refined process for continuous, large volume production. Continuous casting is also known as strand casting, and produces high quality products in a variety of shapes and sizes including square bars, tubes, hexagonal profiles and slabs with varying thickness levels.
American Iron and Alloys uses continuous cast iron to ensure your raw materials and custom components are built to the highest quality.
Buy raw continuous cast iron gray and ductile iron rounds or order custom cast components.
A Truly Flexible Continuous Cast Iron Supply Program
American Iron & Alloys offers you the most flexible and customizable purchasing program for your cast iron requirements. Most other distributors and CNC machining firms restrict you to certain quantities or finish styles. YOU decide if you want your metal stock raw, processed or machined. Some firms will only machine parts and not allow you to purchase materials straight from stock.
We pride ourselves on our customer services and unparalleled flexibility to tailor our products and services to your needs. Getting you exactly what you need means less waste and lower prices. For a metal supply program perfectly fitting your industry and saving you money, contact the experienced continuous cast iron suppliers at American Iron & Alloys today.
Industries Who Rely on AIA's Versa Bar Cast Iron
American Iron & Alloys is partnered with businesses across a wide variety of industries. Some of the industries benefiting most from our products, services, and partnership include:
Partnering with American Iron & Alloys
Our advanced in-house foundry and precision CNC machine shop allow us to produce metal parts to your exact specifications - and do so with fast turn-around times. However complex the part is, we can produce it for you. With a blueprint, we can create a proto-type and get started on manufacturing your part at the required volume. Our Wisconsin foundry is certainly capable of producing the metal parts you need, and our supply chain can get your parts to you on time. We're here to help improve your bottom line. Reach out to us for more information on our foundry services and capabilities.
Continuous Cast Iron Supply for a Variety of Industries
American Iron & Alloys is the trusted metal supply partner for countless businesses across a wide variety of industries. The most common industries in need of specialty iron castings include:
Regardless of your industry, if you're in need of a metal supply partner, consider partnering with American Iron & Alloys for high-quality metal, precision CNC machining, and a reliable supply chain.