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Video News Update: Mechanical Maintenance & Evolution of Die Casting Machines

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Nov 13, 2019 4:42:41 PM

NADCA Video News & Information

The material presented in this video are some highlights from NADCA’s online webinar - Mechanical Maintenance & Evaluation of Die Cast Machines: Die Casting Machine Primary Mechanical Structures. The first in the Mechanical Maintenance & Evaluation of Die Cast Machines series covers topics related to the major mechanical support structures of die casting machines; the machine base, rails, platen supports, wear pads, die carriers, tie bars and bushings.


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Tags: Die Casting, Metal Casting, Aluminum Die Casting Process, Die Casting Release Agent, Die Casting Defects, NADCA Video Highlight

NADCA Video: The Role of Die Lubricants in Die Casting

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Oct 30, 2019 7:00:00 AM

NADCA Die Casting Video News & Information

The material presented in this video include highlights from NADCA’s online webinar - The Role of Die Lubricants in Die Casting. Die lubricants are a necessary part of high pressure die casting. The lubricant provides a thin layer to protect the die steel from molten metal. This presentation will discuss what die lubricants are and characteristics important to die casting, how to apply die lubricants in operation, problems caused by improper use of die lubricants, and alternatives to conventional die lubricants.


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Tags: Die Casting, Metal Casting, Aluminum Die Casting Process, Die Casting Release Agent, Die Casting Defects, NADCA Video Highlight

Video News Update: Advanced Approach to Die Casting Process Control

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Oct 23, 2019 7:00:00 AM

NADCA Video News & Information

The material presented in this video are some highlights from NADCA’s online webinar - Advanced Approach to Die Casting Process Control. In this we define what variables we have control of and what impact this has on the many variables that we can’t directly control. This then covers the die casting measurements that should be taken and the great care in choosing the right variables to measure. This data is then used in two ways, 

  • Historical - what was measured in the past and how can the company gain the best information.
  • Planned Trials - what is available to let the company carry out a multi variable experiment and gain the best advantage for future production.


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Tags: Die Casting, Metal Casting, Aluminum Die Casting Process, Die Casting Release Agent, Die Casting Defects, NADCA Video Highlight

Video-High Integrity Die Casting: The market, Applications and Commercial Aspects

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Aug 8, 2019 3:19:45 PM

NADCA Video News & Information

The material presented in this video include highlights from NADCA’s online webinar - High Integrity Die Casting: The Market, Applications and Commercial Aspects of High Integrity Die Casting. In this webinar the rapidly growing market for high integrity die castings is presented and applications in the various market segments are discussed. The main growth sector is automotive, where there are increased car body applications like shock towers. This is not the only market segment where structural high integrity die castings are increasingly used. We can find structural high integrity die castings more in motorcycles, recreational vehicles and also boats.

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Tags: Die Casting, Metal Casting, Aluminum Die Casting Process, Die Casting Release Agent, Die Casting Defects, NADCA Video Highlight

Article Excerpt: Improving Surface Finishing of Die Castings

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Jul 31, 2019 3:07:59 PM

Upfront Collaboration Between Casting Supplier and End User Can Improve Post-Casting Processing, from Finishing to Painting

by Joe Miller, Chicago White Metal Casting Inc., Bensenville, Illinois

A plastic bumper joining this two-part case conceals all parting lines, thus avoiding any edge polishing.

In the die casting process, metal molds—or dies—are preheated and coated with a die release agent prior to the injection of molten metal that is forced into the die under extreme pressure (usually from 10,000 to 15,000 psi). But once they are ejected from the die, most parts have a journey ahead of them before arriving at the shipping department.


The large majority of die castings require specific coatings and finishes, polishing and/or painting. These processes are necessary to meet cosmetic/decorative appearance requirements, enhance wear resistance and/or provide a protective barrier against corrosion. Read the entire article here, on the MetalCastingDesign.com site.

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Tags: Die Casting, Metal Casting, Aluminum Die Casting Process, Die Casting Release Agent, Die Casting Defects, Metal Casting Design & Purchasing

Article Review: Better Interaction - Key to Better Die Casting

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Jul 24, 2019 8:00:00 AM

The various factors from the plunger tip, plunger gap, shot sleeve, temperature and other factors are important to get right to avoid scrap.

In this article, Paul Robbins, with Castool Tooling System, identifies multiple methods to improving die casting processes of injecting molten alloy to the die cavity.


(Illustration provided by the Hill and Griffith Company)

Factors to consider
The best opportunities for improvement is found in the delivery of the alloy to the die. Both the shot sleeve and the plunger offer opportunities for improvement. Read the entire article here, on the Castool.com site.

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Tags: Die Casting, Metal Casting, Aluminum Die Casting Process, Die Casting Release Agent, Die Casting Defects, Die Casting Engineer

NADCA Educational Course: Learn the Technology and Processes for Inspecting Die Castings

Posted by Beau Glim on Jul 17, 2019 10:53:25 AM

Understand the advantages of die casting inspection processes

The advantage of the die casting process is to create highly complex geometry parts quickly. Couple this with the disadvantage of die casting, producing parts with internal porosity, and the job of ensuring quality becomes more challenging. This series will take a look at some of the technology and processes for inspecting die castings.

Part 1 - Internal Inspection - This session will look at how to detect porosity in a die casting. From simple density analysis through Computerized Tomography (CT) scanning, this series will look at how the process/technology works and the advantage and disadvantages of each.
Date: July 23, 2019

Part 2 - External Inspection - This session will look at measuring the geometric dimensions of a die casting. Coordinated Measuring Machines (CMMs) have been used extensively for measuring the dimensions and form of die castings, but technology is developing new ways.
Date: July 24, 2019

Part 3 - Functional Tests - This session will look at how functional tests are developed and implemented for die castings. Parts that require pressure or leak tightness need some way to measure that.
Date: July 25, 2019


Presented by Beau Glim 

Register for a Single Webinar: 
Part 1 - Internal Inspection
Part 2 - External Inspection
Part 3 - Functional Tests

Register for the Webinar Series:
Quality Inspection Series
 
These webinars will take place at 12 pm CST on the dates listed. The cost per webinar is $69 for Corporate Members, $99 for Individual Members or $119 for Non-Members. Please note that registering for a webinar grants you access to the live broadcast on the given date. No recordings or pdfs of the presentation will be issued.

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Tags: Die Casting, Metal Casting, Die Casting Release Agent, Die Casting Defects, NADCA Education, Beau Glim, Die Casting Inspection Process

NADCA Educational Course: "Find Out How Die Casting Lubricants and Sprays Affect Casting Quality

Posted by Paul Brancaleon on Jul 3, 2019 9:40:52 AM

This NADCA series will look at, die sprays, plunger lubricants and their effect on casting quality.

With an in-depth discussion of both die and plunger lubricants we will look at their chemistry, function, application and effects on casting production and quality. The course will review pulse spray, its application and results at two production facilities. Hydrostatic spray will also be reviewed with application examples and use of hydrostatic spray.


(Illustration from the Hill and Griffith Company archives.)


Part 1 - Fundamentals - This course will go through the fundamentals of die casting lubricants. The course starts with the basics of the conventional use of external lubrication and cooling of die cast dies. The methods of spray application and the reason lube is applied to die casting dies. The function, chemistry, care and maintenance of the lubricants is reviewed. The spray section ends with review of potential defects caused by variation in spray application. For each defect, solutions to resolve those defects are taught. 
Date: July 9, 2019

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Tags: Die Casting, Metal Casting, Aluminum Die Casting Process, Die Casting Release Agent, Die Casting Defects, NADCA Education, Paul Brancaleon

Die Casting Problems - Gas Porosity And Surface Defects

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Jun 27, 2019 1:59:47 PM

NADCA EC-515 Die Casting Defects Course Review, Basics for controlling die casting defects - By Dr. Steve Midson

Gas porosity is the biggest single problem in die casting. High gas content prevents heat treating or welding and makes strength unpredictable.

  • There are three major sources of gas porosity for die castings: Trapped air, Steam, Gas from lubricant
  • Gas porosity is round and generally smooth, although it can be flattened to some extent by pressure
  • The actions to reduce gas porosity, in general, are not the same as the actions for reducing shrink porosity
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Tags: Die Casting, Metal Casting, Aluminum Die Casting Process, Die Casting Release Agent, Die Casting Defects, NADCA Education

Science or Black Art?, Die Casting Lubricants

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on May 29, 2019 7:20:21 PM

Article for North America Die Casting Association (NADCA) “Die Cast Engineer Magazine” 2007 by Tim Cowell, Technical Director for The Hill and Griffith Company

Introduction

Early on in the Die Cast Industry, die lubricants were usually a concoction of various compounds that the die caster had available to him.

1. He would create different mixtures and whatever yielded the best results for his specific application was what he used. Although much was learned from this trial and error type of evaluation, this method of die lubricant development was considered more of a “Black Art” than a science. Several decades later, there are some who still believe it. Over the years, die lubricant manufacturers and others have gone to great lengths to develop laboratory methods aimed at correlating a product’s performance in the lab with how it will perform in production, and yet there are still no standardized scientific methods within the industry for evaluating die lubricants. The only true test to determine the functionality of a new die lubricant is by its introduction to the production environment.


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Tags: Die Casting, Die Casting Release Agents, Metal Casting, Foundry Supply, Die Casting Plunger Lubricants, Die Casting Supplies, Die Casting Release Agent Application

 


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