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Innovative Die Castings Wanted for Die Casting Design Competition

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on May 16, 2018 1:25:29 PM

In a competitive global market, customers take notice of the best. NADCA knows that competition improves the competitor. With its annual, International Die Casting Competition, it recognizes and rewards the outstanding casting designs of the year.

Entering and winning is one of the best ways to gain visibility with leading decision-makers. The competition is open to aluminum, magnesium, zinc die castings and other alloy families. Any number of castings may be entered. However, a separate entry form is required for each casting or assembly of castings. In addition, the metal surface cannot be improved or concealed by tumbling, shot blasting, coating or other surface treatments.

Judging is conducted by an independent panel of experts from the die casting industry, with no ties to eligible companies. The four equally weighted criteria are ingenuity of casting/product design; overall quality; cost savings; and market-expanding potential. Winning castings will be displayed during the 2018 Die Casting Congress & Exposition in Indianapolis, IN and winners will be honored during the Die Casting Awards Luncheon. NADCA’s Die Casting Engineer Magazine, NADCA’s Website and the NADCA Design Website will also feature the winning castings.

This competition helps promote increased use of die castings by recognizing and publicizing outstanding designs. For more information on the 2018 International Die Casting Design Competition please visit, www.diecasting.org/castings/competition or contact Beau Glim at glim@diecasting.org.

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2016 Winner - Magnesium Die Casting Over .5 lbs
Wanfeng-Meridian, 25 MacNab Ave., Strathroy, Ontario, Canada

Caster Award Nominees - Jon Weiler
Customer - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Function of Part
Casting is the integral part of a 4-piece assembly with aluminum sheet outer panels & stamping wiper bracket.
Previous Process to Produce Part
The magnesium casting replaces seven steel stampings and two plastic pieces that were welded and/or joined together including steel reinforcements in the hinge and latch areas.
Advantages Gained
Liftgate inner casting is a 40% mass reduction from combined weight of previous steel stamping & reinforcements. The die casting has an added benefit of reducing the number of parts in the assembly (replacing 7 stampings and 2 plastic pieces with 1 casting) and joining technologies required (reduced from 84 to 10).
Part - Inner Liftgate
Material - AM60B
Weight - 15.2 lbs
End Market - Automotive

YOUR OFFICIAL ENTRY TO THE 2018 DIE CASTING COMPETITION BEGINS HERE.
To be a winner in today’s economy, you must meet — and even exceed — expectations. In a competitive global market, customers take notice of the best. The North American Die Casting Association (NADCA) knows that competition improves the competitor. With its annual Die Casting Competition, it recognizes, rewards and publicizes the outstanding casting designs of the year. Each entry is judged on its design,
quality, cost savings, ingenuity, innovation and industry-changing potential.

Winners will be featured in national industry magazines including Die Casting Engineer and will also be displayed at the 2018 Die
Casting Congress & Exposition in Indianapolis, IN in October. Entering and winning is one of the best ways to gain visibility with
leading decision-makers. How can you afford not to compete?

OFFICIAL ENTRY RULES
Any number of castings may be entered. Send a separate entry form for each casting or assembly of castings. As-cast part samples are
REQUIRED with each entry form. The metal surface cannot be improved or concealed by tumbling, shot blasting, coating or other surface
treatments. NADCA encourages sending secondary processed samples, but only in addition to the as-cast parts.

All castings submitted for the competition MUST have approval in writing from the customer stating their permission to enter their
die cast part in the competition. Entrants may request that certain information, such as customer names, be withheld from public use in
exhibitions, magazine articles and other publications.

Judging is conducted by an independent panel of experts from the die casting industry, with no ties to eligible companies. The four equally
weighed criteria are ingenuity of casting/product design, overall quality, cost savings and market-expanding potential.

The competition is open to aluminum, magnesium and zinc die castings in these categories:
Aluminum 
• Aluminum under 1 pound 
• Aluminum 1-to-10 pounds 
• Aluminum over 10 pounds 
• Aluminum structural/high integrity (squeeze, semi-solid, high vacuum)

Magnesium
• Magnesium under .5 pound 
• Magnesium over .5 pounds 

Zinc
• Zinc under 6 oz./non-electroplated
• Zinc over 6oz./non-electroplated
• Zinc any size with decorative finish

Other Alloy Families
• Any size, base alloy, excludes Al, Mg, Zn

To enter – complete the online form

The deadline to submit your casting is June 18, 2018. Don’t hesitate!

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2016 Winner - Aluminum Die Casting  1-5 lbs
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Canada, 15 Browns Line, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Caster Award Nominees - ECP Resident Engineering
Customer - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Function of Part
Part of an automotive transmission torque converter that acts to reverse the direction of fluid flow as it returns to the turbine, improving the torque converters efficiency and performance.
Previous Process to Produce Part
Previously made from aluminum or magnesium die castings that had fewer, thicker blades and larger openings between the blades.
Advantages Gained
Increases number of blades, along with the profile and spacing between the blades improves the performance. This allows the stator to run more efficiently, with less noise, improving the overall quality of the vehicle.
Part - 9-Speed FWD V6 Torque Converter Stator
Material - A380
Weight - 1.0024 lbs
End Market - Automotive


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