One of the most essential foundry capabilities is alloy management. To meet the wide array of manufacturer needs and specifications, a foundry must be able to utilize a variety of specialized alloys, as well as common metals, such as iron, steel, and bronze. Foundries that have metallurgists on staff can manage the usage of alloys from start to finish during the investment casting process. Ensuring the right proportions of individual metals, monitoring the quality of castings during the process, making in-process adjustments, and performing testing to make sure specifications and performance standards have been met are crucial. Effective alloy management is essential.