Ashley Stone, P. Eng. ♥ SPOTLIGHTMETAL

Ashley Stone, P. Eng.

Owner and CEO, Inventor
MAXIcast (TM) - division of Jacobsen Real-Time X-Ray Machinery Inc.

I fell in love with the industrial x-ray in 1978 as a final year university student. After completing my thesis in the field of industrial x-rays under the supervision of Dr. H. Heidt (BAM, Berlin) and Dr. Basler (Ahrensburg), I designed and built custom-made inspection systems in a private high tech x-ray company for over 5 years. Afterwards I sold similar systems at another company Philips for 3 years. In 1989 I founded a company Jacobsen X-Ray in Toronto with my brother Jim and remain CEO to this day. From 1998-2001 we worked together with Fraunhofer Institute from Germany on Automatic Defect Recognition “ADR” software and implemented that software in our MAXIwheel™ system. Continuing our work on our system platform called HyperComMachinery™ we accomplished truly modular system building consisting of totally independent operated self-contained modules. Our work and thinking is based on The Deming System of Profound Knowledge®. Thanks to Dr. Deming, we focused more and more on process improvement, i.e. avoiding defects in the foundries, rather than product inspection and sorting castings as good or bad, as is done by our competitors. We discovered that old casting technology using super heated slurry in a separate pot and further separate steps in the process will not allow great leaps in process improvement. From this we invented a new semi-solid casting machine called MAXIcast™. Lastly we combined all our experience from x-rays, HPDC, plastic and metal injection molding with AI machine learning etc., now ready to build a fully-automated, digital factory.

Articles of the author

All casting machines and x-ray inspection machines, as well as proprietary linear robotics and machine vision systems integrated into this semisolid die casting process, will ensure the fast production of good parts, and maintain stable automatic closed loop process control.
#expert
Magnesium Semisolid Casting

Part 5 - Fully Automated Self-Learning Digital Casting Factory

After 40 years of experience and applied research, the die casting industry is ready for a fully automated digital 21st century casting factory, using fully automated data feedback from the x-ray machine. The unified and patented process control, together with semisolid casting machine and fully automated real-time inline x-ray inspection machine results in high integrity parts with minimal casting defects

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The new semisolid casting machine can also process any specialty alloys with the preferred globular chips.
#expert
Magnesium Semisolid Casting

Part 4 - New Casting Machine Replaces Complete Casting Line

The four semisolid metal casting processes thixomolding, thixocasting, rheocasting and stress induced melt activation, as well as the cold chamber die casting, hot chamber die casting and other processes such as vacuum die casting, did not fulfill end user expectations for quality, simplicity, energy savings, people safety, economy and environmental cleanliness. This is where we step in to develop a new semisolid casting machine.

Read on
Semisolid metal forming combines the advantages of casting and forging.
#expert
Magnesium Semisolid Casting

Part 3 - Semisolid Metal Casting Processes

The cold chamber die casting, hot chamber die casting and other processes such as vacuum die casting described in Part 2 cannot solve the safety and environmental problems in the die casting industry. Read about semi-solid metal forming in this section - a near-net shape variant with excellent part integrity.

Read on
The new semisolid casting machine can also process any specialty alloys with the preferred globular chips.
#expert
Magnesium Semisolid Casting

Part 4 - New Casting Machine Replaces Complete Casting Line

The four semisolid metal casting processes thixomolding, thixocasting, rheocasting and stress induced melt activation, as well as the cold chamber die casting, hot chamber die casting and other processes such as vacuum die casting, did not fulfill end user expectations for quality, simplicity, energy savings, people safety, economy and environmental cleanliness. This is where we step in to develop a new semisolid casting machine.

Read on
Semisolid metal forming combines the advantages of casting and forging.
#expert
Magnesium Semisolid Casting

Part 3 - Semisolid Metal Casting Processes

The cold chamber die casting, hot chamber die casting and other processes such as vacuum die casting described in Part 2 cannot solve the safety and environmental problems in the die casting industry. Read about semi-solid metal forming in this section - a near-net shape variant with excellent part integrity.

Read on
All casting machines and x-ray inspection machines, as well as proprietary linear robotics and machine vision systems integrated into this semisolid die casting process, will ensure the fast production of good parts, and maintain stable automatic closed loop process control.
#expert
Magnesium Semisolid Casting

Part 5 - Fully Automated Self-Learning Digital Casting Factory

After 40 years of experience and applied research, the die casting industry is ready for a fully automated digital 21st century casting factory, using fully automated data feedback from the x-ray machine. The unified and patented process control, together with semisolid casting machine and fully automated real-time inline x-ray inspection machine results in high integrity parts with minimal casting defects

Read on