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25.06.2019

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Electric Motor Housing With Roll Bond Core

A manufacturing process for cooling ducts in cast electric motor housings for e-mobility applications won this year's German Innovation Award in the "Excellence in Business to Business" category.

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24.06.2019

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Full Speed Ahead on the Data Highway

Electric cars are gaining momentum this year, and companies are increasingly developing into intelligent factories. Trends that the casting industry can also follow in the fast lane. Innovations at GIFA's Düsseldorf trade fair quartet this week will show how companies can become ...

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24.06.2019

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New Furnace Technology for Material Mix

ZPF, manufacturer of highly efficient aluminum melting furnaces, has just developed a melting furnace that melts down aluminum chips as well as recycle material and ingots, ensuring a sustainable utilisation system.

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21.06.2019

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German Machine Tool Manufacturers Register 20 % Drop in Order Intake

German machine tool builders are facing tougher times: In the first quarter of 2019, order intake fell by 21 % year-on-year.

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20.06.2019

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HyperWorks 2019 as More Powerful Design and Engineering Software

With the latest release of Altair Hyperworks, the simulation and AI driven product development platform, more solutions will be offered to designers and engineers to accelerate decision making and market introduction.

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20.06.2019

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Increased Efficiency Through Tailor-Made Mini Riser Solutions

With OPTIMA 2.0, the new generation of mini risers from EXACTCAST, ASK Chemicals has developed a modular system with innovative components.

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19.06.2019

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Mosaic Networking Accelerates Race Car Simulation

Ferrari Competizioni GT uses the simulation solution Ansys Fluent for the development of their racing car. With new features like Mosaic Poly Hexcore networking in Ansys Fluent, Ferrari engineers can optimize the aerodynamic performance of their elite racing cars and run three ti...

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18.06.2019

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CHINA DIE CASTING Focusses on High-End Die Casting Manufacturing Technology

In order to keep pace with the strong growth of die cast structural components, this year's CHINA DIE CASTING and CHINA NONFERROUS will focus on "Development and diversity of high-end die casting manufacturing technology".

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18.06.2019

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Project Introduces Metallic 3D Printing to Automotive Series Production

Metallic 3D printing is on track for automotive series production. In the future, at least 50,000 parts per year are to be produced in series production and more than 10,000 individual and spare parts. This goal is supported by the IDAM joint project.

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17.06.2019

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New Henkel Solutions for every Step in the Die Casting Value Chain

At the GIFA 2019 show, Henkel will be showcasing its comprehensive offering for the industry – from Bonderite cleaning, lubricating and surface treatment to Loctite impregnation and bonding solutions.

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17.06.2019

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China's Electric Cars: The Unknown E-Cars at the Auto Shanghai

Almost every Chinese trade fair stand presents an e-car. You don't know many of them, information about them is sparse. An approximation in pictures.

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14.06.2019

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TRIMET Starts Trial Operation of its “Virtual Battery”

TRIMET Aluminium SE has started the trial operation of its "virtual battery". For the first time, the energy supply for aluminum production at the Essen plant in Germany can be flexibly controlled.

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14.06.2019

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Precision Color Matching on Molded Parts

Protolabs' new color matching system for the Plastic Injection Molding Service allows the development of custom colors on site so that plastic parts in small runs no longer need to be molded in precise colors, saving time.

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13.06.2019

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Traceability, Digital Twin and Data Analysis for Foundries

Together with new possibilities in blast simulation and new Wheelabrator aluminum machines, Norican will be demonstrating DISA's vision of zero-defect production at this year's GIFA. This goal is to be achieved with three new digitally controlled innovations.

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12.06.2019

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Simulation improves process reliability in Metal 3D Printing

Additive manufacturing makes it possible to produce innovative bionic designs, provided by topology optimizations for instance. With Additive Print, simulation expert Ansys has added a tool for designers and process engineers to its portfolio that makes their job easier.

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12.06.2019

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With these Products Magnesium even wins Prizes

This year too, the International Magnesium Association once again awarded prizes to outstanding products made from the light metal magnesium with the so-called Magnesium Awards of Excellence and the Environmental Responsibility Award.

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11.06.2019

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Die Casting Application Center in Bühler's New CUBIC Innovation Campus

After a construction period of 20 months and an investment of about CHF 50 million, the Bühler Group is now officially opening its CUBIC innovation campus with eight application centers.

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10.06.2019

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Slovenia at Moulding Expo 2019

At this year's Moulding Expo in Stuttgart, Germany, the parallel event "Slovenia Day" aimed to raise awareness for the Slovenian tool and mould making companies and to present their innovative solutions for the global industry.

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10.06.2019

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Lightweight Design with Steel: Promising Combination

“Steel is still the most successful lightweight design material in automotive engineering," Lothar Patberg of Thyssenkrupp Steel Europe stated at the lightweight design summit in Würzburg. His company has therefore developed new steel grades for greater strength, rigidity, better...

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07.06.2019

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How to Optimize the Monitoring, Control and Management of the Die Casting Process?

The Bühler Group is working on bringing together all the individual die casting components under one intelligent digital brain. With the so-called Digital Cell, first steps towards a vision of 0% scrap, 40% less cycle time, and 24/7 operating time are made possible.

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06.06.2019

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New BMW Plant Opening in Mexico

High-level representatives of the Mexican government and the BMW Group officially opened the company’s new automotive plant in San Luis Potosi in Mexico today.

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06.06.2019

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New Aluminum Die Casting Machine Services EV and Hybrid Market

In order to keep pace with the growing market for electric and hybrid vehicles, automotive suppliers must adapt to new requirements such as aluminum components. For example, Mark Aluminum Die Casting recently invested in a new 600-tonne casting machine to produce high-pressure al...

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05.06.2019

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Initiative for OPC UA High Pressure Die Casting

VDMA Metallurgie, together with the European association CEMAFON and the OPC Foundation, has launched the "OPC UA High Pressure Die Casting Initiative" to equip manufacturers and suppliers from the die casting industry for the future. The aim is to jointly develop a manufacturer-...

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04.06.2019

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Simulation Improves Process Reliability in Metal 3D Printing

Additive manufacturing makes it possible to produce innovative bionic designs, provided by topology optimizations for instance. With Additive Print, simulation expert Ansys has added a tool for designers and process engineers to its portfolio that makes their job easier.

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03.06.2019

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Predictive Maintenance as an Opportunity for Industrial Sensors?

The German sensors market is progressing at a decent pace due to the growing demand from domestic and overseas markets. On the political front, industry players are divided over their opinion on Brexit affecting their respective companies.

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31.05.2019

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Taiwanese Machine Tool Manufacturer Seek New Growth Opportunities

The big neighbor China is no longer growing as usual. Taiwan's machine tool manufacturers are therefore reorienting themselves not only towards new sales markets, but also towards new products.

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30.05.2019

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How AI and Machine Learning Help Manufacture Components

Scientists at the Institute of Vehicle Systems Engineering at the KIT have developed a program that combines process simulation with machine learning and AI. This allows the algorithm to recognize patterns and estimate the manufacturability of a component.

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28.05.2019

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Understanding Data: MES in Digitalization

The mere digitalization of existing systems rarely achieves the expected outcomes. Manufacturing companies must first gain a clear understanding of their processes and operations. The MES experts from Critical Manufacturing show how to get there in five steps.

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28.05.2019

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Uncertain Outlook for China

For the first time in 20 years, China, the world's leading automobile market, is in the red. The policy of the Trump administration and the threat of a no-deal Brexit are also worrying OEMs. Nevertheless, nobody wants to speak of a crisis yet - rightly so?

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27.05.2019

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Process Optimization for the Casting Industry 4.0

The iTAC Software AG and Provitec GmbH cooperate to jointly develop smart solutions for seamless monitoring and documentation of casting processes down to the unique item level. These solutions are already being used by renowned companies in the casting industry.

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23.05.2019

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VDA Expects Car Production in Germany to Decline

At the Geneva Motor Show, the German manufacturers wanted to score points with "numerous world premieres", the VDA association announced. Yet the mood is subdued: Risks such as a hard Brexit, an economic downturn and trade disputes are hanging over the industry, while car product...

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21.05.2019

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3D Metal Printing - From Bumper to Hinges

There are often limits in the automotive aftermarket. There are boundaries between old and modern technology. But hardly any other modern technology is as predestined for use in the restoration of historical cultural assets as 3D printing.

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17.05.2019

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Deal with BMW: ZF Wins Multi-Billion Euro Order for Transmissions

It's the biggest order in the company's history: In the coming years, ZF Friedrichshafen will supply eight-speed automatic transmissions to BMW. The contract has a volume in the tens of billions. The supplier also presented its business figures recently.

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16.05.2019

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Zinc Die Casting Award 2020

Zinc die casting has consistently developed over the past decades and proven its potential. For thin-walled, lightweight, small and filigree objects as well as for large parts, the demands on speed, efficiency, stability, haptics and appearance are increasing - and the material a...

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16.05.2019

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E-Car Production: “This Is a First in Europe”

Volkswagen is converting its plant in Zwickau/Mosel: It is to be the Group’s first plant to exclusively manufacture electric vehicles in large numbers - a strong signal for e-mobility. In an interview, Thomas Ulbrich, Member of the Board of Management for E-Mobility at Volkswagen...

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15.05.2019

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Equipped for the Future with a Digital Production Image

The industry supplier pressmetall Gunzenhausen GmbH in cooperation with the University of Ansbach introduced a new IT solution for a digital production image. Its customized dashboards significantly improve production planning and control. The solution lays the foundation for fur...

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14.05.2019

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Mechanical Engineering Industry Dampens Expectations

The VDMA has lowered its production forecast from 2 % to 1 %. The uncertainty on the world markets is making itself felt, says the association. This is mainly influenced by digitalization. Have buzzwords such as machine learning and industrial intelligence now arrived in reality?

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13.05.2019

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Universal Robots: Important helpers in production

Helmut Schmid, Managing Director at Universal Robots and General Manager Western Europe, on the integration of lightweight robots into the machine and what designers need to keep in mind

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13.05.2019

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How Portable Equipment Solved Production Capacity Issues

The casting industry is in a transitional period adjusting to new trends and products. Manufacturers require flexibility in their equipment to account for shorter program life cycles while still being able to be competitive. In many instances this requires assets to be spread acr...

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10.05.2019

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How Prototype Castings Can Be Produced in a Short Time

In plaster casting 2.0, Formkon has combined the conventional casting process with 3D printing and can deliver aluminum and magnesium prototypes in one to two weeks.

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