The Progress of Die Casting Engineering II

Update:Nov 08 2016

With the introduction of computers into factories, the […]

With the introduction of computers into factories, the Die Casting Mould engineering process is continually changing and becoming more streamlined. Casting are no longer drawn on paper and the tooling dimensions don't have to be transformed to mold drawings anymore. Computer aided designs available in 3-dimensional volume models allow the information to be transferred with the push of a button.

The great value of computerization lies in the opportunity to develop, design and build at almost the same time. These parallel working conditions decrease the development time and speeds 'time-to-market' to a level that was not even dreamt of years ago.

As everyone knows, computer work hundreds of times faster than they did years ago, but that is a transformation that humans will never be able to duplicate. Unlike machines, however, humans are intelligent, and capable of using software and hardware improvements to our advantage.

Yes, getting out of the office, flying to a meeting, having a big lunch and staying at a nice hotel is great, but in most cases, it's also inefficient and a waste of time and money. Today, with ready access to the internet, industries have the availability of e-mail, ftp, phone- or web-conferences, and those technologies are finding their way into the engineering process. Gone are the times when people had to drive hours for a brief meeting, or traveled overseas to visit foreign sources.

With the ever-shortening time frame allowed for engineering, developing, building and implementation, a process travel time is not feasible or economical anymore. That time is needed to work on the project. Every day on hold can jeopardize the delivery date. Sending huge digital files via the Internet can take some hours, but once transmitted, they are instantly available for a web conference. Some business, however, still require face-to-face meetings to evaluate the results, wasting time and money for almost all of the participants. But the biggest waste of time has not even discussed yet. This is the hesitation in making decisions at the buyer's side to place the project order. Even when quotes from casting and tool vendors have been made in a timely manner, company finances or policies may mandate a second or third round of quotations in an attempt to save an additional dollar here or there.

Even when the total 'time-to-market' is severely limited, more than half of that time may be spent in the selection process to take as much as four months, resulting in the caster and toolmaker having insufficient time to create a process, build the die, and deliver good castings. The buyer's hesitation to determine a source cuts into the available engineering time and can add significant costs onto the process, nullifying any short-term savings with additional production costs and delays in time to market. As long as one department sees only the direct costs and does not consider the total casting cost, the project never realizes its full financial potential for the company.

Fortunately, streamlined high pressure die casting engineering process can save a lot of time and energy which will be seen as huge money savings. With updated computer equipment and software, travel times and costs can be reduced considerably, while communication can be made faster and more effective. Making faster decisions to sources will give more time to the engineers developing more stable processes that produce better die castings. Read from