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KUKA showcased intelligent automation concepts for the production of tomorrow at the Hannover Messe, which took place from April 23rd - 27th, 2018, under the motto “industrial intelligence 4.0_beyond automation”. Ease of use, quick commissioning and networking: these are the topics that are increasingly shaping the mechanical engineering sector. KUKA addressed these requirements at Hannover Messe by presenting the developed Smart Factory, which combines mechatronic components and digital...

Chemicals

One of the most time-consuming aspects of the foundry process is the shell construction. The longer an assembly takes to complete the shelling process the higher those parts production costs are. But what is the solution to reducing the time parts spend in the shell room? The answers are obvious: 1. Expand – One way of increasing throughput in your shell production is to increase your capacity, by expanding your current shell room, or by building a new one. However, this option is very...

Coremaking

Norican Group and Suzhou Mingzhi Technology Co Ltd. are pleased to announce the signing of a binding agreement whereby Suzhou Mingzhi Technology Co Ltd. has purchased the assets of the DISA Core product business, based in Leipzig. The sale is the result of close dialogue between the parties, exploring potential cooperation within complementary business areas, to better serve customers. DISA has been offering Core solutions to the foundry industry for 20+ years from its facility in Leipzig,...

Discharging, Decoring, Fettling, Finishing

Perfect blast cleaning is a pre-condition for coating components that must withstand severe ambient conditions. For this reason the Dutch equipment manufacturer Delwi Groenink increased its manufacturing capabilities with a new continuous feed spinner hanger blast machine for various steel weldments.  Delwi Groenink’s customers in Enschede, Netherlands, are mainly active in the lifting, off-shore and transportation sector. The company designs and produces, among other products,...

Enviroment, Energy & Safety

Material recycling in the IndustryMany materials have to be comminuted before further processing - this includes different chips and stamped parts made of plastic and metal, but also valuable precious metals such as gold and silver as well as laboratory samples. In this process, a part of the raw material often remains in the crushing machine. In order to recover the precious material, the plant had to be opened and cleaned demanding much time and effort up to now. Erdwich Zerkleinerungssysteme...

Heat Treatment

Ajax TOCCO Magnethermic (ATM) announces the promotion of Donald Gibeaut to “Manager Tubular Products.” Don has worked in the induction industry for over 36 years and has achieved great success in the pipe and tube markets.In his new position, Don will work with all ATM brands to promote and increase market share in the tubular industry including Heat Treat, Quench and Temper lines, Emmedi welders, coating systems and all other associated tubular processing products.Don has a background in...

It-Solutions

Software developed specifically for the cast metal industry Iron Foundry ERP Software    Steel Sand Foundry ERP SoftwareCentrifugal Casters ERP SoftwareAluminum Sand Foundry (Aluminium) ERP SoftwareDiecasting (Pressure Diecaster) ERP SoftwareGravity Diecasting (Permanent Molder) ERP SoftwarePrecision Moulder (Precision Molder) ERP SoftwareInvestment Casting ERP SoftwareLoss Wax & Lost Foam Casting ERP Software Say goodbye to spreadsheets and fragmented ageing systemsA fully...

Melting Shop

The current advantages, such as minimum footprint area, smallest contact area and optimum moulding sand compaction beneath were adopted from the existing FEEDEX K concept. From the first idea to the serial stage, extensive tests were carried out. Prior to casting tests, solidification simulations were conducted for verification purposes.Within the new concept, a large part of the compressor core is heated by the highly exothermic feeder sleeve material.• This significantly reduces the contact...

Metals & Alloys

The Chinese car manufacturer FAW Car is using the light-weight material MBW® 1900 from thyssenkrupp to manufacture its bumpersIt is hard to say whether around 60 years ago anyone could have guessed that Changchun would one day become the center of the Chinese automotive industry. It all began in 1953 with the opening of First Automotive Works (FAW), the first automobile factory in the People’s Republic. It only manufactured a single model: a medium-sized truck. But demand rose quickly, and...

Moulding

SAVELLI has recently installed and successfully commissioned a new horizontal tight flask molding line type F1 (1.400 x 965 x 400/400 mm, 60 molds per hour) equipped with Formimpress mold compaction system served by a new SAVELLI SK 90 sand cooler and a new SAVELLI SGMT 4000 sand mixer at Zakład Metalurgiczny “WSK Rzeszów” Sp. z o.o., in Poland. The new molding line produces heavy large grey and ductile iron castings mainly for trucks and tractors. The molds-castings are partially cooled in...

Patternmaking, mouldmaking and tooling & Rapid Prototyping, rapid tooling & 3D Printing

FP: Dr. Ederer, where do you stand with your company today? You are not only one of the main inventors of the technology, but also the founder of Voxeljet. What are some keywords to describe how the technology has developed in recent years? Dr. Ederer: We started with our technology at the TU in Munich. At that time, we were working on a small scale, but could already see the scope of possibilities and applications. In the meantime, the whole thing has come very far. For the automotive...

Equipment, Plant Technology

Eisengiesserei Baumgarte is the first German foundry to decide to install a VIBRA-DRUM® castings cooler and sand conditioner. The system, which also includes two mould transfer conveyors as well as one each of a reversible feeder/shake-out, a transition feeder and a sand separator will be delivered by GK Europe GmbH, the European Headquarter of General Kinematics Corporation along with Cyrus, a German manufacturer. The two Companies have entered into a strategic cooperation to offer the maximum...

Pouring, Gating, Feeding

Politically, socially and economically, changes are currently taking place the complexity and scope of which is now slowly becoming noticeable in Europe.Dr. Ioannis Ioannidis, we would be delighted if you, as the new President of the European Foundry Machinery Association CEMAFON, would share with us your views on the projected industrial changes from the perspective of the foundry supplier industry.Thomas Fritsch  (Foundry-Planet Ltd.) (FP):Politicians in Europe are urgently demanding new...

Pressure Die Casting Equipment

The powertrain of the future, legal regulations for the CO2 fleet regulation – these are challenge the automotive industry is facing. There are a lot of opened questions: What are the expectations of the automotive industry for suppliers like GF? How can a sustainable supplier strategies look like? What are the motivations for companies to invest in E-Mobility? Where do we see chances for us? Has the internal combustion engine served its purpose or will it live longer than expected?  On...

Process Control Technology

The DISA MAC helps identify issues around mould alignment before they become a problem – that is, before they result in unnecessary rework or scrapping of one, more or many castings. The unique device consists of a bridge-like scanning bracket that is mounted across the mould string between the moulding machine and the pouring unit. This bracket is equipped with laser sensors that continuously scan along the mould string, tracing specifically designed impressions on each mould. Clever...

Refractories

Plant downtime is an enormous cost factor for foundries. So when it comes to refractory repairs to the dosing furnace, time is money. To speed things up, StrikoWestofen offers an innovative solution: pre-sintered refractory replacement parts that reduce downtime by about 60 percent compared to standard lining methods. Alupress, a manufacturer of high-end die-cast parts, carried out a relining using StrikoWestofen’s replacement part four years ago, and the relined furnace is still providing...

Sand & Binders

Why Thermally Reclaim? Today’s modern foundry is under increasing pressure not only to reduce costs but to reduce its impact on the environment, whilst at the same time improve and maintain it’s casting quality.   One of the ways of meeting these requirements is to invest in sand reclamation.  Whilst most foundries now have mechanical reclamation, many are looking to further reduce costs and invest in Thermal reclamation to get as close to 100% reuse levels as...

Service Provider

The success of TCT Tesic is in large part due to its specific profile, which brings significant benefits and added value for its customers by combining the flexibility of a medium-sized company with a deep professional expertise. This has elevated the company over many years and in numerous worldwide projects. Whether buying or selling used foundry equipment, relocating, servicing, repairing or maintaining, customers of TCT Tesic can rely on their excellent service. The company stands by its...

Simulation

The 2018 China joint die-casting conference took place in Suzhou on March 20th and 21st. More than 700 participants from 380 companies attended this conference, including China Foundry Association members, government officials, CEO of international companies, and experts of the die-casting industry.  CFA invited MAGMA to actively contribute to this meeting. As silver sponsor, Mathieu Weber, General Manager of MAGMA Engineering Suzhou, collected the award from the Secretary General of...

Testing, measuring & Quality Control

This insight will highlight some common slurry testing mistakes that I’ve seen over the years. Avoiding these common mistakes could help keep your process running smoothly.ViscosityViscosity testing, although at first glance appearing simple, can be a little bit more complicated. One of the standard ways to check viscosity is to use a dip cup of some sort, and depending on the required viscosity of the slurry, most people would be using a Zahn 4 for backs up slurries or a Zahn 5 cup for...

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