If you melt metal or hold a molten bath, chances are your operation is unique. Your particular combination of furnaces, alloys, working practices, metallurgical treatments, pouring arrangements and end products are not likely to be duplicated at any other facility. So choosing a crucible that will provide maximum performance for your operation is an individualized and complex task.
This article is designed to serve as a guide for selecting the optimal crucible for your operation. It explains the relationship between metal melting/holding operations and specific crucible characteristics. It provides support for but does not replace the need for metal melters and crucible suppliers to work closely together in the crucible selection process.