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Putting a Ding in the Universe

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Wed, Sep 09, 2015 @ 09:34 PM

September Editorial by Alfred Spada, from Modern Castings

Netflix is addicting. I find myself scrolling through the movies it suggests for me in search of the next great Hollywood Blockbuster (or Hollywood Bust) I can sink my teeth into. Far from a movie snob, I am easily entertained by both the latest Transformers saga and the most recent Diane Keaton romantic comedy drama.

Case in point…I found myself intrigued during a recent viewing of Jobs, the biopic of Apple founder Steve Jobs. While this movie was not successful by anyone’s standards, I found it entertaining because I knew little about Jobs (or Apple for that matter), even though I have used their products religiously the last several years. Also, the way the movie portrayed Jobs as continuously focused on innovation and revolutionizing people’s lives was uplifting.

“I want to put a ding in the universe,” said Jobs.

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This leads to one of our features this issue, “Emission Reduction Possibilities With Structural Castings,” on p. 28. Detailed in this article is the work conducted by metalcaster Magna International and Ford Motor Company as they partnered to completely redesign an existing vehicle (2013 Ford Fusion) to reduce its weight and then built that vehicle to demonstrate the possibilities. The team achieved a 23.5% weight reduction.

While the universe is still intact after this project, the auto market has greater food for thought on how to achieve significant weight reduction through the use of a variety of material and process combinations, including metal castings.

“Aluminum castings were integral to the design, and they were strategically placed for both stiffness and strength requirements,” said Jeff Conklin, Magna. “If we had used other processes, we wouldn’t have the stiffness and the weight reduction wouldn’t have been as significant.”

The aluminum castings were produced in the vacuum diecasting process, which allows the castings to be heat treated without blistering and achieve an average of 15% elongation vs. 3% in conventional diecasting. While still a niche casting process, vacuum diecasting opens doors for metal castings in safety-related auto applications—a large market that is key to vehicle weight reduction.

The idea of putting “a ding in the universe” and changing the world is at the fingertips of manufacturers and, specifically, metalcasters because this industry creates value. Every time you help design and manufacture a new component, you have the opportunity to reduce weight, improve performance, reduce emissions, increase safety, lower cost and, most importantly, enhance someone’s life.

In most instances, the enhancement is valuable, but marginal to the typical consumer. In a select few instances, we actually can see the ding.


Thanks to Alfred Spada for posting this insightful editorial.

We're looking forward to seeing you at the Die Casting Congress in October. Come by Hill and Griffith's Booth 512 to learn the latest technology, ongoing research and die casting, squeeze casting and permanent mold release techniques that will enhance your competitiveness. The Hill and Griffith Company is known for our hands on approach. Let us visit your plant and recommend products that suit your needs.

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Eager Engineering Students Seeking Internships

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Wed, Apr 08, 2015 @ 09:26 AM

North American Die Casting Association

From the North American Die Casting Association, 3250 Arlington Heights Rd - Suite 101, Arlington Heights, IL 60004

NADCA has a resume database of engineering students looking for summer internships on its Web site, and has just added 14 more candidates. Please consider hiring an intern and introduce that student to the world of die casting! Students from universities ranging from University of Maine to California Poly are currently seeking positions. To review the available candidates, visit www.diecasting.org/scholarship/resumes.

Please feel free to contact them directly, and if you hire a student, let us know via intern@diecasting.org, so we can limit their contact information. Students that complete an internship in die casting are eligible to apply for the David Laine Scholarship Program. Additional information about scholarships and hiring interns can be found via: www.diecasting.org/scholarship/.

Is there a school close to your plant that you would like to pull candidates from? Send a message to the email address listed above, and we can reach out to the Engineering Department(s) there.


The Hill and Griffith Company is proud to be a member of the North American Die Casting Association. We're known for our hands on approach with die casting release agents and supplies. Let us visit your plant and recommend products that suit your needs.

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Why join the North American Die Casting Association?

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Thu, Jun 12, 2014 @ 05:12 PM

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Have you been thinking about joining NADCA Membership Plus? The cost to become a member of NADCA with an upgrade to NADCA Membership Plus is only $106 for a year of access! Again, this upgrade is optional, but with all the new tools and resources coming to Members Plus you won't want to miss out! For instance, did you know that by upgrading to membership plus you get free access to an exclusive webinar once a quarter? That's four free webinars a year! In addition, all these webinars are recorded and placed online for members to download at any time to watch at their leisure.

 

This quarter's webinar topic is: 
PQ2  Application Instructional Webinar

Date: June 19, 2014

Time: 12PM CDT

Description: This webinar will review the new PQ2 web application and will demonstrate how to use the app to setup a PQ2analysis and interpret the results. Included will be a walk thru of the steps required to input part, machine, and plunger data and interpretation of the intermediate results that are produced along the way when working the desired operating window. The app replaces the desktop application that has been distributed by NADCA in the past and works in a similar manner, but with many significant improvements including a new metric that is easier to interpret and use. The metric and how it can be used to guide gate area, machine, and plunger selection will be part of the demo.

 

As if four free webinars wasn't enough, NADCA Membership Plus also grants you access to Die Casting Solutions,an online community of information and resources. Benefits include access to the special engineering community, online engineering calculators and free quarterly downloadable publications.
 
There are numerous benefits to having an Individual Membership with NADCA.  If you would like to have all the Plus benefits as well as those provided by Individual Membership, then sign-up for Individual Membership Plus. Again, the cost for Individual Membership Plus is only $106.00 - (Includes: $5.00 processing fee, $21.00 Membership Plus dues).  Please click here to complete the online application to become a new member with Individual Membership Plus.

 

From the North American Die Casting Association, 3250 Arlington Heights Rd - Suite 101, Arlington Heights, IL 60004  


The Hill and Griffith Company is proud to be a member of the North American Die Casting Association. We're known for our hands on approach with die casting release agents and supplies. Let us visit your plant and recommend products that suit your needs.

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Advanced Registration for the Die Casting Congress & Tabletop Closes August 31th

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 @ 10:13 PM

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We're looking forward to seeing you at the Die Casting Congress and Tabletop September 16-18, 2013, at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, KY. Come by Hill and Griffith's Booth 315 to learn the latest technology, ongoing research and die casting, squeeze casting and permanent mold-release techniques that will enhance your competitiveness.

Advanced discounted registration ends August 31, so register today!

This event will feature three days of Congress sessions, technical and management presentations that will be given by experts from around the world. These presentations will expose metalcasters to the latest technology, ongoing research and successful management tools that will assist companies in enhancing their competitiveness.

In addition to the Congress sessions, this exposition will feature the International Die Casting Design Competition, the Design Competition Luncheon and the Die Casting Industry Luncheon.

The Die Casting Congress & Tabletop is an exclusive event to the die casting industry and its suppliers. For more information or to register please click here.


The Hill and Griffith Company is known for our hands on approach. Let us visit your plant and recommend products that exceeds your needs.

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CASTEXPO 2013 Predicts Bright Future for Casting Solutions

Posted by Samantha Farris on Tue, May 07, 2013 @ 09:26 AM

Reports from around the web: 


Metalcasting Industry Comes Alive at CastExpo’13, American Foundry Society

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The American Foundry Society (AFS) hosted CastExpo’13 at the America’s Center in St. Louis, April 6-9. The event featured more than 450 exhibitors on a sold-out show floor and various technical presentations as part of its Metalcasting Congress and a Metalcasting Technology Theatre on. A total of 7,192 metalcasters attended CastExpo’13.

“So much was happening on the show floor and a positive vibe filled the air,” said Jerry Call, AFS executive vice president. “It’s great to see all of the positive feedback we have already received from CastExpo’13 attendees and exhibitors.” In addition to the exhibitors, top industry award winners were honored at the show.

The 118th Metalcasting Congress will be held April 8-11, 2014, at the Renaissance Hotel & Convention Center, Schaumburg, Ill., and the 119th Metalcasting Congress will be April 21-23, 2015, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.

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Check out the latest videos, interviews, and impressions of the show, Foundry-Planet Ltd.

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The U.S. metal casting industry is on an upward rise and evidence of this excitement was displayed at the CastExpo'13. The exceptionally well-organized event was hosted by the AFS and held at the America's Center in St. Louis April 6 – 9. A record 7,192 metal casters attended the show, according to the AFS, and 450 exhibitors displayed their latest technology and equipment at the show. More than 170-featured presentations were held parallel to the event as well as the World Technical Forum. “So much was happening on the show floor and a positive vibe filled the air,” said Jerry Call, AFS executive vice president. “It’s great to see all of the positive feedback we have already received from CastExpo’13 attendees and exhibitors.”

Headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., AFS is a not-for-profit technical and management society that has existed since 1896 to provide and promote knowledge and services that strengthen the Metalcasting industry for the ultimate benefit of its customers and society.

The web site has a collection of all the company videos posted on YouTube.

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LinkedIn: Foundry and Diecaster Network

"Pre-Registration numbers look great, over 6000 and counting," Thomas Prucha, AFS V. P. Techncial Services, Greater Detroit Area.

"What was your favorite moment/moments from CastExpo13? It's a tough call, but I think mine is Gene Muratore's rousing Hoyt Lecture. As he declared, metalcasting IS a technical industry. Coming a close second are all the discussions with exhibitors who made a deal over the course of the four day show. It's wonderful to hear about metalcasters investing in their future," Shannon Wetzel, Experienced editor, Greater Chicago Area.

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O’Fallon Casting Wins AFS/Metalcasting Design & Purchasing Casting Competition, American Foundry Society

The American Foundry Society (AFS) and its publication Metal Casting Design & Purchasing magazine announced O’Fallon Casting, O’Fallon, Mo., as the winner of the 2013 Casting Competition. The metalcaster won with its electronics housing produced for the defense industry. The component’s elegant design and incredible detail exemplifies the capabilities of the investment casting process.

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Carley Foundry, Blaine, Minn., was a Best in Class winner for its 750-lb. aluminum radar casting produced via the nobake sand casting process. Converted from machined plates welded together, the design resulted in a 67% reduction in part cost and enabled the end user to realize a substantial tooling cost savings.


Green Marketing - How to make your plant LEED Platinum Certified, Lohre & Associates

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A recent visit to CASTEXPO 2013 in St. Louis encouraged us to investigate what it would take to make a foundry LEED Platinum. A VW ad on 60 Minutes gave us the inspiration.

From the VW press release, "Volkswagen’s Chattanooga manufacturing plant has received a Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) green building certification program. The facility is the first and only automotive manufacturing plant in the world to receive the Platinum certification."

With planning and a corporate education plan, high levels of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) can be achieved. LEED was created by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 1993 to encourage sustainable building practices. The USGBC is a non-governmental organization. It has become accepted as the sustainable building certification standard by the U.S. Government. All government buildings are required to be LEED Certified. LEED is based on a 100-credit system and broken up into five categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, and Indoor Environment Quality.

We'll review each of these and provide examples we learned at CASTEXPO 2013 and other significant corporations. We're using as our example a typical manufacturing plant's features and characteristics. To follow along, download the LEED Checklist we used as our guide to achieve LEED Platinum writing this blog. With careful planning, patience, learning and follow through companies can achieve this high level of sustainability with a very low investment and significant savings over the life of the facility. We achieved LEED Platinum Certified at our office for $12 per square foot including the USGBC fees. And it's been the best Green Marketing investment we could ever make.

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Die Casting Congress 2013The Die Casting Congress & Tabletop will be September 16-18, 2013, at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, KY. During the three days of Congress sessions, technical and management presentations will be given by experts from around the world. These presentations will expose metalcasters to the latest technology, ongoing research and successful management tools that will assist companies in enhancing their competitiveness.

Read more.

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We encourage you to put the knowledge and experience of Hill and Griffith's highly trained technical personnel to work for you, please stop by booth 315.

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