Save the Date New Congress to Support Production of More Efficient Castings
In order to promote professional exchange and to advance the optimization of cast components across the entire production process, the Fraunhofer Institute LBF organizes the interdisciplinary congress "InCeight Casting C8” for the first time. The event will take place in German-language from March 1 to 3, 2021 in Darmstadt.
The pressure exerted on the entire foundry industry, whether iron or aluminum foundries, is increasing and international competition is intensifying. In times like these, a comprehensive exchange of experience and knowledge is more important than ever.
In addition, the requirements placed on components are also increasing. Above all, they are to be developed and produced in a lighter and safer way and, at best, with shorter cycle times. In order to meet these challenges, the exchange along the value chain should already be actively sought during the initial stages of the product life cycle and the design of the cast components. “If you are working in the field of structural stability, you know that we are often the engineers who are included at the very end to assert the lifetime of a component. Especially when, for example, the casting has failed, and local material defects occur. However, these failures can often be avoided if a dialogue had taken place in advance," comments the congress director Dr.-Ing. Christoph Bleicher.
With the InCeight Casting C8 congress, those involved in the product life cycle of cast components come together for the first time. This diversity can be seen in the heterogeneous advisory board, which is made up of representatives from industry and research in the disciplines of foundry technology, non-destructive testing technology, product development and simulation. "The aim of the Congress is to promote exchange among the participants. In order to facilitate a flexible exchange, there will be time and opportunities for exchange in small workrooms in addition to lectures and joint discussions. The Speed Dating format is also intended to strengthen mutual understanding," says Bleicher.
The Congress will take place in German-language from March 1 to 3, 2021 in Darmstadt. The organizer Fraunhofer LBF is supported by the German Foundry Industry Association (BDGuss), the German Engineering Federation (VDMA), the international classification society DNV GL and the German Society for Non-Destructive Testing (DGZFP).
The organizers expect great demand with more than 200 participants from different disciplines. “Ultimately, we want to reach all those dealing with casting parts. Potential participants include people responsible for quality assurance in foundries, system developers for non-destructive and destructive testing technologies, developers and designers of casting components, but also the casters themselves who ultimately manufacture the component. Researchers and developers are of course also invited. It is precisely this broad target group that makes the event so special," says the congress director. If the event is as successful as expected, the congress will take place biennially and possibly also in English.
First discussions, workshops and lectures are already planned for the premiere scheduled to take place in less than two years. The presentations are expected to cover new materials provided by foundry research as well as new challenges in service life and quality evaluation. In addition, it will be demonstrated how information from the foundry environment and quality assurance can be used in an optimized service life analysis and how digitalization can be used in an even more useful way. A trade exhibition will also invite visitors to exchange ideas and to complement the congress.