StaCast for the competitiveness of aluminium foundries

 

StaCast for the competitiveness of aluminium foundries

P & TF - Pressocolata e Tecniche Fusorie – Diecasting and Foundry Techniques - 4 Dec. 2012

 

The European project devoted to aluminium casting foundry called StaCast has started up, with the ambitious goal to shed light on regulatory issues and quality standards for aluminium alloy castings.
It is widely known that foundries represent a key sector for the entire European manufacturing industry, and in particular nonferrous metal castings, among which aluminium accounts for the most part, in terms of figures (2010data), i.e. 3, 24 million tons of castings, 2850 companies and over 100,000 employees. Given that the amount of waste in European production of aluminium castings is totally estimated between 5% and 15% by weight, it is easy to conclude that every year we waste around 200,000 tons of metal. The StaCast project aims at developing a new classification of the castings’ structural defects, at assessing the weight according to their functionality, and at stating the limits of acceptability for the envisaged final destinations. Achieving this goal will significantly help foundries reduce the cost of non-quality, while improving the competitive edge of companies, with the addition of important advantages as for energy costs.
The work schedule for the development of the new classification of defects provides a description of their morphology and location, the indication of the possible metallurgical origins, and the classification by types. The StaCast project, which is expected to develop for 18 months, refers to Univeristà di Padova, with coordination by Professor Franco Bonollo, and is divided into a diversified and specialized work group, made up of Aalen Hochschule Technik und Wirtshaft (Germany), Trondheim Norges Universitet (Norway), Associazione Italiana di Metallurgia (Italy), Assomet Servizi (Italy), and Federation of Aluminium Consumers Europe (Brussels), a group which provides in-depth technical and market insights on light alloy castings.

Mario Conserva

 

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