Bogie Crossmember by Consolidated Metco (Vancouver, Washington)
Material: A-356 aluminum.
Process: Permanent mold.
Weight: 34 lbs.
Dimensions: 33.4 x 13.5 x 9.6 in.
Application: On-highway semi trucks.
• Originally a five-piece aluminum extrusion assembly with 16 bolted joints, the crossmember supports frame loads and the trailer weight under the fifth wheel. This area of the chassis had not been cast before, but the foundry's casting process parameters and a smart structural casting design made the conversion a possibility. The switch to a casting reduced the weight by 15 lbs., saved $10 per part and eliminated a significant amount of assembly time.
• The component passed all targets for stiffness and strength. In production now, a custom casting device used by the foundry enabled thin walls and holes to be cast.
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