Global engineering technologies company, Renishaw, has used its expertise in additive manufacturing (AM) to help produce an innovative new track bike for the Great Britain Cycling Team (GBCT), that contributed to seven medals at the Tokyo Olympics. The HB.T improves on previous designs by using a lightweight build to reduce drag and improve overall speed.
Super-fast 5G-networks are arriving on our phones, which offers a win for foundries. The metal industry is now rushing to cast the housing which protects 5G base-stations, a potential growth market. Yet this new demand also requires different die casting methods and bigger machines.
TRIMET’s Gelsenkirchen (Germany) plant has completed certification in accordance with the Performance Standard of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI). This means the aluminium specialist’s recycling plant meets globally applicable requirements for ecologically and socially sustainable production, as well as responsible corporate governance in the aluminium industry.
Hydro has decided to invest NOK60 million in a new casting furnace for the production of foundry alloys at Hydro Sunndal. The project will start immediately and is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2023.
The supplier industry is under severe pressure. The semiconductor shortage leads to significant production losses in the automotive industry and other important customer sectors. The short-notice announcements of plant closures are putting enormous pressure on supplier companies in Germany. Meanwhile, suppliers themselves are experiencing problems with the supply of raw materials.
Lightweight structural engineering based on fiber-reinforced plastics is replacing heavy metal solutions in body-in-white and battery applications. In addition, the technology offers significantly better design and integration options. These lightweight designs particularly support the strengths of alternative drive systems. Röchling Automotive is intensifying research and development in this area.
The declared goal of the European Green Deal is climate neutrality by 2050. With future-proof technologies and engineering energy-intensive industries can reduce CO2 emissions worldwide by 70 %. Kurtz Ersa Magazine talks about sustainability with Dr. Daniel Kronenwett, Partner of the global Automotive & Manufacturing Industries Practice at the strategy consultancy Oliver Wyman, and Kurtz Managing Director Uwe Rothaug.
Metal processing with lasers and plasma releases pollutants into the ambient air. The Fraunhofer IWS, together with partners, has developed a filter system that efficiently removes these substances from the air. The filter can be adapted to the various materials and substances. In the future, the technology will be used in other applications, such as additive manufacturing.
In August the European Foundry Sentiment Indicator (FISI) increased again after the slight dampener in the previous month. The plus of 1.0 points brings the index to a value of 109.7. While the current business situation is generally rated poorer than in the previous month, the more positive expectations for the coming six months pull the index up on balance.
As the annual highlight and start-of-year gathering for the die casting industry: EUROGUSS, the international exhibition for die casting, processes and products, will take place again in Nuremberg from January 18 to 20, 2022. After two turbulent years, the die casting sector will now come together again as one at Exhibition Centre Nuremberg.