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Industry 4.0 and digitalisation allow for new manufacturing methods and demand new business models. MHP, KUKA and Munich Re present one vision for these: the new SmartFactory as a Service.Using SmartFactory as a Service allows manufacturers to focus on client satisfaction without having to bear peripheral parts of the value creation process, investment costs and risks themselves. For the first time, this makes flexible small-batch manufacturing commercially viable.Through the innovative...

Chemicals

The names HA Group, Satef HA and Mazzon are very well known throughout the foundry industry, and are synonymous with foundry chemical materials close to their customers’ needs. The companies have decided to join forces in order to pursue their shared goal of providing best possible customer satisfaction across Europe and around the world. The transaction represents a significant milestone in the histories of the com-panies.  Mazzon is based in Schio, in the Italian region of Vicenza....

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

After the acquisition of Denmark-based IceTech in 2016, Cold Jet® has further expanded European production of its high performing and reliable dry ice cleaning and production systems in Poland and Denmark.  In addition to these facilities, Cold Jet has installed several technical information and training centers in Belgium, Germany, Denmark and Poland. These technical centers are open for customer visits, demonstrations, sample test trials and training sessions for new and existing...

Enviroment, Energy & Safety

Around the world today, and notably in the world of metalcasting, there are numerous widely used and repeated catchphrases today such as "your carbon footprint", "going green", "zero discharge", and "beneficial reuse." The purpose of these phrases is persuasion: to persuade us of the importance of preserving our natural resources for future generations. Some people throw these phrases around to be fashionable while others are totally committed to the...

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

Synchro ERP are pleased to announce that Jean Marie Darchicourt and Max Morgan have been awarded the SAIF (South African Institute of Foundrymen) Non-Member Diploma Award for the best technical presentation in 2017. As part of our attendance at the the 2nd South African Metal Casting Conference (MCC) in March 2017 in Gauteng, South Africa, Synchro undertook a presentation entitled: “TOTAL FOUNDRY CONTROL USING SYNCHRO ERP - SOFTWARE INTEGRATION – WHY IT MATTERS!”  to SAIF & Foundry...

Melting Shop

The trend towards ever lighter vehicles has created new demands on cast aluminium parts and associated production processes. Return material in particular poses great challenges to foundries: melting furnaces increasingly have to handle a mix of large flat cast parts and smaller thin-walled material. Automotive supplier KS HUAYU AluTech (Neckarsulm, Germany) has found a solution to the problem in StrikoWestofen’s “BigStruc”. Not only can the StrikoMelter BigStruc handle return material with a...

Metals & Alloys

Zinc alloys are characterized by low melting points and excellent flowability. Hot-chamber die casting produces exceptionally complex and precise parts with excellent surface finish. These are suitable for very demanding tasks such. Electronic housings or precision mechanics for electronic, optical or mechatronic systems. Due to the good castability of the material, very small wall thicknesses are already realized up to clearly less than one millimeter. However, many designers lose their...

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

Economical approaches to cleaning conveyor belts are becoming a greater focus for the foundry industry than ever before. Both perfect cleaning results as well as simple, efficient maintenance and the protection of the conveyor belt are the decisive factors that determine the economic efficiency of any scraper system. The patented STARCLEAN®conveyor belt cleaning systems perfectly fulfill these criteria. Unique thanks to the modular system set-up and patented TWISTSWING® feature, STARCLEAN®...

Pouring, Gating, Feeding

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...

Pressure Die Casting Equipment

Lighter, better, more efficient: for the twelfth time, Hanser Verlag is organizing the renowned symposium and invites foundry experts from all over Germany and neighboring countries to Lightweight Casting 2018 - this time to Bad Gögging. A promising lecture program is also planned for this year, and a highlight of the event will be a visit to Audi‘s structural parts production facility. The conference will take place November 6-7th 2018 in Bad Gögging with the theme "Innovative...

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 boss, Zoran Tesic, his son, Darko, and Sudhir Gurram are not only known worldwide but above all recognized experts and consultants.From the dismantling and repairing of used equipment to the re-installation in a facility on another continent, TCT Tesic knows how to successfully and efficiently complete the whole process. In 25 years’ time, you get to know many people and cultures, learn to develop solutions together, travel the world, all while keeping a home base in Iserlohn, Germany,...

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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