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What They Said


“What is impressive [with Inspectomation visual inspec- tion technology] is the ability to take material with low reflective aspects (sand) and identify features. Tey also showed some identification reading (bar code and alpha- numerics) that showed promise for an industrial setting.” —Tom Prucha, American Foundry Society


simulation, and automatic detector adaptation in case of replacement.


• The digital imaging system can be used by itself or be integrated into a manufacturing process.


DIECASTING


Buhler, Uzwil, Switzerland Lost Core Technology • Lost Core involves using salt cores in diecasting to produce components that have not been possible with current technology.


• Structural aluminum parts with complex internal designs that before could only be produced in chill or sand cast- ing could be produced via diecasting with Lost Core.


Burkert, Ingelfingen, Germany


Modular Valve and Sensor Technologies • The company’s new proportional solenoid valves aid in the cooling of diecast tooling.


• The valves eliminate conventional pipeline connections between discrete valves; fluid connections by directly joining the valve bodies enable compact cooling systems.


Frech, Schorndorf, Germany


Hydraulic Hot Chamber Zinc Diecasting Machines • The latest model has a new design for locking hydrau- lics, which allows for shorter cycle times. It also has an improved shot end and housing system.


• The model features a Windows-based Datadialog Control System to improve ease of operation.


MELT CONSUMABLES


Calderys, Issy Les Moulineaux, France Quick Dry Technology • The company’s non-cementitious mineral refractory bond system requires no curing time and has high gas permeability at low temperatures, which allows for faster drying rates.


• The technology reduces vapor pressure during dry-out and heat-up by a factor of three versus low-cement castables. Water evaporates up to 50% faster than with products containing full cement bonding.


Foseco, Cleveland, Ohio


Initek Metal Treatment • Foseco has expanded into metal treatment for the production of ductile iron castings. The Initek process reduces the required amount of magnesium addition into the metal matrix.


• Initek is part of the Foseco Ferrous Melt Shop concept that combines melt charge optimizing software, a thermal analysis device and metal stream inoculation technology.


Loramendi’s new e-VMM, which operates under electric power, was unveiled for the first time at GIFA. 44 | MODERN CASTING August 2011


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