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“Foundry Inside”: HA’s concept for partnership and cooperation

Successfully implementing new solutions, optimizing processes, improving economic efficiency and environmental compatibility: These are the key issues facing foundries all over the world. Under the motto “Foundry Inside”, Hüttenes-Albertus (HA) will present a holistic concept for partnership and cooperation with its customers at GIFA 2019.


More than 30 of the HA Group’s subsidiaries and trading partners will be represented by technical and sales experts at our GIFA stand, on hand to answer questions and provide comprehensive advice. 

Joint development and exceptional service
“Time to market” has long become a major competitive factor in the foundry industry. With the promise of accelerating the pace of innovation and optimising foundry processes, Hüttenes-Albertus (HA) operates its HA Center of Competence (CoC) in Baddeckenstedt near Hanover, Germany. At GIFA 2019, the company will be showcasing the exciting possibilities offered by this unique platform for innovation and cooperation. 

Visitors are cordially invited to talk to HA foundry experts about the opportunities of joint projects in the CoC. The CoC is equipped with pilot and industrial plants, which reproduce almost all of the process steps within a foundry, including mould making, core shooting, casting and more. It allows hands-on testing of new concepts and solutions for all mould and core production processes without having to interrupt the customer’s processes. 

3D printing of cores is another future-oriented topic HA is keen to talk about with its customers at GIFA. For example, the company has developed coatings with special properties that are perfectly adapted to additively manufactured moulds and cores. Furthermore, the installation of a specially configured 3D printer from ExOne in the Center of Competence enables HA to work with its customers in this field. 

A major step towards foundry 4.0
HA will be taking centre stage with two of its partners to outline their joint vision for implementing digital core production, which represents a major step towards foundry 4.0: Three leading technology providers in their fields, MAGMA GmbH, a specialist in the virtual optimization of foundry processes, HA as a supplier of foundry chemicals, and the core shooting machine manufacturer Laempe Mössner Sinto GmbH will be presenting their unique concept of a virtual core shooting process. 

Advanced binder technology 
HA, as one of the leading foundry chemical suppliers, has continuously optimised its binder systems. At GIFA, foundry professionals are invited to experience HA’s comprehensive product range. With advice from HA foundry engineers, they will find the optimum binder solutions for each application and their specific requirements. 

Ever stricter environmental requirements represent an increasing challenge for foundries. HA’s efforts to further develop Cold-Box binders have focused not only on techno-logical optimisation but also on improving environmental properties. The company has successfully pursued this path in product development, for example by creating different Cold-Box series to meet individual customer needs. 

Inorganic binder systems are also delivering efficient, high-quality results, although their development is far from over. HA foundry specialists and chemists have succeeded in further improving these products. At GIFA 2019, the company will be presenting its lat-est innovations, including the optimization of storage stability and solutions for using in-organic binder systems in iron casting. 

Productivity and cost-efficiency gains 
The company also has some exciting news about feeder technology: Chemex Foundry Solutions GmbH, an HA Group company, is proud to present its latest product innovations at GIFA 2019. These include a new generation of exothermic side feeder inserts for vertical moulding machines. These products enable foundries to exploit the benefits of exothermic feeders in a segment that has traditionally been dominated by natural feeders. 

Chemex has also further optimised its aluminium sand casting feeder technology: In addition to cylindrical sleeves, the company now offers Cold-box bound tele-feeders with a special formulation for the non-ferrous sector. The insulating feeder material is specifically designed for applications in aluminium casting. Thus, the intelligent functional principle of the two-part tele(scope) feeder can now also be used for the benefit of aluminium foundries. 

The motivated HA team cordially invites all GIFA visitors to speak to us or take a tour of our stand: Hall 12 | Stand C50

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