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NADCA Die Casting Congress Awards 2019 - Magnesium Winner Over .5 Lbs.

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Dec 4, 2019 11:49:12 AM

For the last 45 years, NADCA has sponsored its International Die Casting Design Competition to showcase outstanding die cast designs while acknowledging the continuous contribution die casters provide to the manufacturing industry. As die castings become more complex, higher quality, lower cost, and more unique, it becomes important for die casters to be involved in the process early in the product’s design phase. A die casting is not a machined part, sand casting, or an extrusion. It is critical for die casters to effectively communicate to the designer requirements to make a quality casting. The winners of the 2019 International Die Casting Competition have exhibited a close relationship with their customer to produce castings that have a complex design, high quality, and ingenuity. These castings often expand the market for die casting and reduce the cost of the part compared to the previous manufacturing method.

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NADCA Die Casting Congress Awards 2019 - Zinc Winner Under 6 Oz.

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Nov 20, 2019 9:20:03 PM

For the last 45 years, NADCA has sponsored its International Die Casting Design Competition to showcase outstanding die cast designs while acknowledging the continuous contribution die casters provide to the manufacturing industry. As die castings become more complex, higher quality, lower cost, and more unique, it becomes important for die casters to be involved in the process early in the product’s design phase. A die casting is not a machined part, sand casting, or an extrusion. It is critical for die casters to effectively communicate to the designer requirements to make a quality casting. The winners of the 2019 International Die Casting Competition have exhibited a close relationship with their customer to produce castings that have a complex design, high quality, and ingenuity. These castings often expand the market for die casting and reduce the cost of the part compared to the previous manufacturing method.

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NADCA Die Casting Congress Awards 2019 - Aluminum Winner Over 10 lbs

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Nov 6, 2019 9:05:13 PM

For the last 45 years, NADCA has sponsored its International Die Casting Design Competition to showcase outstanding die cast designs while acknowledging the continuous contribution die casters provide to the manufacturing industry. As die castings become more complex, higher quality, lower cost, and more unique, it becomes important for die casters to be involved in the process early in the product’s design phase. A die casting is not a machined part, sand casting, or an extrusion. It is critical for die casters to effectively communicate to the designer requirements to make a quality casting. The winners of the 2019 International Die Casting Competition have exhibited a close relationship with their customer to produce castings that have a complex design, high quality, and ingenuity. These castings often expand the market for die casting and reduce the cost of the part compared to the previous manufacturing method.

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The Benefits of Semi-Solid Casting for Aluminum Alloys

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Oct 16, 2019 7:00:00 AM

Excerpt from the August 2015 issue of Foundry Management & Technology by Pascal Côté, Giovanni Pucella, and Steve Midson

The Swirled Enthalpy Equilibration Device (SEED) represents a new possibility for high-volume, high-productivity, thin-walled casting production. Production process advantages:

  • Minimal residual porosity
  • Increased die-filling speed
  • Extended tool life
  • Minimal turbulence

Semi-solid metalcasting (SSM) was developed in the 1970s and became a commercial process for thixocasting (billet re-heating) in the 1990s, and for rheocasting (generating the semi-solid slurry directly from the liquid) in the 2000s. However, despite significant technical and economic advantages, as pointed out recently by Jorstad(1), SSM has never advanced to become the major metalcasting process anticipated by so many early investigators. Certainly, there have been a number of obstacles to the commercialization of SSM, such as the original thixocasting process being relatively expensive, early rheocasting processes not being fully competitive, along with improvements made to already-facilitated competing casting processes (squeeze casting, conventional die casting, and high vacuum die casting.)

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Help Available to Growing Automotive Aluminum Die Casting Companies

Posted by Samantha Farris on Jan 26, 2016 3:17:54 PM

Examples of automotive and aerospace suppliers who are using state-level grant, loan, and reimbursement programs successfully to overcome financial gaps and other obstacles to investing in new equipment, adding space or new facilities, and creating jobs.

Both the automotive and aerospace manufacturing industries have high-tech and capital-intensive operations, requiring highly skilled and specialized labor. Indeed, many of the required inputs, materials, and production processes are common among OEMs and suppliers across both industries. For example, Ford and Boeing have a longstanding collaborative relationship, sharing research and knowledge in the development of new production processes. The Ford Freeform Fabrication Technology initiative, a new method of constructing low-volume and prototype parts, is a recent example. The automotive and aerospace industries also share many government-mandated and consumer-driven challenges that are heavily impacting OEMs and their largest suppliers and, consequently, being forced down through supply chains (see Chart 1).

Most states have business assistance programs to help companies overcome financial gaps and other obstacles to investing in new equipment, adding space or new facilities, and creating jobs. This article discusses some common problems faced by small and mid-size manufacturing companies, describes select programs that may be used to resolve these issues, and provides illustrative examples of automotive and aerospace suppliers that used these programs to improve and expand their businesses. Of course, these challenges do not solely exist within the automotive and aerospace supplier industries, and this article will be of interest to any company developing strategies to overcome these and similar obstacles.

Finally, since both industries require frequent capital investments, this article focuses on grant, financing, and reimbursement programs that provide up-front or early-stage assistance; thus, tax credits, tax abatements, tax-free bond programs, and tax increment financing arrangements are omitted. While such programs are helpful, their benefits accrue slowly, over a number of years. Also, they are already among the best-known and most-used programs.

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