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19.09.2019

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Mexico Loses Its Appeal as a Business Location

In June, the BMW Group opened the most innovative plant of their worldwide production sites in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. But the Mexican hub is suffering under US policy and is no longer as attractive as it used to be – especially suppliers are already feeling this development.

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18.09.2019

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The International Impact of Brexit on Foundries

Brexit is already making headlines on the global stage but what does this mean for the die casting sector across the world? We talked to experts from the industry in order to get a better perspective on the situation.

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11.09.2019

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EUROGUSS Seeks Emerging Talent

New alloys, digitization, additive production and electromobility are currently a major concern for the die casting industry. It is therefore not surprising that a lot of research is being done in these areas. The EUROGUSS Talent Award is intended to reward outstanding theses and...

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09.09.2019

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CHINA DIECASTING 2019 Enjoys Growth on All Fronts

With 15 % more visitors and 11 % more exhibitors, CHINA DIECASTING 2019 concluded three successful days on a completely positive note. The die casting trade fair attracted some 18,671 trade visitors who learned all about the latest trends and developments from the around 450 exhi...

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09.09.2019

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Trend Topics: 3D Printing and Resource Efficiency Dominate Bright World of Metals

2360 exhibitors, around 72,500 visitors from 118 countries - this is the summary of the trade fair organizers of Bright World of Metals, the trade fair for metallurgy and casting technology. These were the highlights.

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06.09.2019

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The Digital Twin in Aircraft Construction

The joint project "EITEC" was tasked with developing a concept for the large component assembly at Airbus that could increase the degree of automation and reduce lead time. Different digital twins were used for this purpose.

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04.09.2019

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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 ...

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03.09.2019

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Machine Tool Manufacturing Industry Needs to Hold its Ground

The order books are still full. But incoming orders have declined significantly. High time for companies to use the economic slowdown to adjust their strategic course.

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28.08.2019

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DGS China Further Invests in Lightweight Casting

Although aluminum automotive structural parts are still considered relatively new product lines in China, DGS China invested in an aluminum die casting plant from Norican, so that they can produce large and complex automotive parts for one of the most dynamic economic markets.

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26.08.2019

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Digital Twin in the Automobile Industry

The revolutionary ‘digital twin’ technology has changed the dynamics of the automotive industry. Right from designing to development of futuristic vehicles in the most efficient and cost effective method is now possible via this technology.

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22.08.2019

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Cooperation between KSM Castings Group and University of Hildesheim

For the students of the Foundation University of Hildesheim, local partner companies are of great importance to gain practical experience already during studies. This year, KSM Castings received the Partner Certificate during the 41. Meeting of the Working Group Information Techn...

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21.08.2019

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Transformation of the Foundry Industry

The foundry industry is undergoing an enormous transformation. A strongly volatile economic situation and increasing insolvencies are a major source of uncertainty for the industry. But what challenges will foundries face when and with what solutions can foundries prepare themsel...

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20.08.2019

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Much More Productive with PCD for Aluminum

Pressol Schmiergeräte GmbH manufactures machine pump housings and covers made of aluminum with special tools from Ingersoll. These tools are equipped with PKD cutting inserts. This reduces the machining time from 160 to only 7 seconds.

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16.08.2019

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The Top 100 Automotive Suppliers in 2018

2018 surprised with high growth rates and new record sales. However, there were also strong signs of a slowdown: Many automotive suppliers were confronted with declining margins.

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13.08.2019

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Perfect Technology with a Minimal Footprint for KSM Castings

The Hildesheim-based company KSM Castings Group is solving its cleaning requirements within the scope of a new order to produce throttle valves using a new Twister rotary indexing system.

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07.08.2019

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Using Simulation for the Evaluation of Energy Efficiency Measures in Aluminum Die Casting Plants

Energy efficiency measures in industry are more important than ever due to the energy transition and the global competitive situation. This applies in particular to energy-intensive foundries. Simulation-supported preliminary examinations offer melting and die casting companies t...

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06.08.2019

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"Takeovers are Booming and Inexpensive"

Jan Dannenberg and Tobias Keil of Beryl's Strategy Advisors talk about the transformation strategies of top suppliers, opportunities for weaker companies in the combustion sector and shifts in the ranking of the Global Top 100 Suppliers.

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02.08.2019

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Machine Learning Leads to More Productivity

Prescriptive Maintenance heralds a paradigm shift: Instead of merely predicting failures, recommendations can be drawn from it. Which conditions must be met? How does its implementation succeed?

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31.07.2019

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On the Way Towards Zero-Defect Production

Over the next six years, aluminum consumption is expected to rise to 120 million tonnes. Talking to Michael Colditz, Global Product Manager Horizontal and Non-Iron Solutions at DISA, we got exciting insights into the developments taking place to help support new and existing alum...

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30.07.2019

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Digitisation in the die-casting technology

Different digitisation activities enable die-casting foundries to make their working processes more efficient with respect to costs and productivity. Moreover, die-casting foundries can exploit the obtained data to create further business fields.

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26.07.2019

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Zinc Alloy Parts in Foundries: How to Define Their Specifications?

Specifications are the constraints and requirements defined by a client's order on how to produce a specific product. In a simple and concise manner, it defines the functional requirements and performance values expected of a part. This information is essential to each of the fou...

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25.07.2019

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Swiss Foundries Produce for the Future

At a press event, the Bühler Group demonstrated that with innovative products and processes, Swiss foundries are boosting their competitiveness and making an important contribution to sustainability.

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24.07.2019

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This was CHINA DIECASTING 2019

Every year in July, Shanghai once again experienced an exceptional situation. For the 22nd time, exhibitors and visitors from all over the world met at the CHINA DIECASTING & CHINA NONFERROUS 2019.

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18.07.2019

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Mapal Group Increases Sales to 640 Million Euros in 2018

The internationally operating Mapal Group recorded a growth of just under 5 % in 2018. And Asia is still the second most important market for the company.

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17.07.2019

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Digitisation in the die-casting technology

Different digitisation activities enable die-casting foundries to make their working processes more efficient with respect to costs and productivity. Moreover, die-casting foundries can exploit the obtained data to create further business fields.

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15.07.2019

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Standardized Robotic Cell for a Wide Range of Workpieces

The Robocell one from Fastems is designed to handle workpieces and automate the processes of up to two machine tools of the same type. This ensures optimum machine utilization even with frequently changing orders.

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12.07.2019

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Modified Friction Stir Welding Creates Deep-Drawable Steel-Aluminum Hybrid Sheets

The Materials Testing Institute of the University of Stuttgart has developed a method based on friction stir welding which can be used to combine aluminum and steel sheets of different thicknesses.

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09.07.2019

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Vehicle Production of the Future: The Product Waits for the Worker

What will vehicle production look like in the future? The management consultancy firm Boston Consulting Group investigated the future of vehicle production in a study and a simulation - based on real production data. Daniel Küpper and Christoph Sieben explain the effects in this ...

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08.07.2019

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Six Problems to Avoid when Using Simulation in the Design Process

Products have become extremely complex. It is therefore difficult to predict the impact of a decision on the overall design. The knowledge gained from simulations can be used to evaluate different options, construct with more confidence and ultimately develop better products. A f...

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05.07.2019

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What Classic Industrial Companies Can Learn from Amazon and Co

In order to remain successful in the future, companies must identify and maximize customer benefits. The basis for this is data - but also the willingness to break new ground.

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03.07.2019

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Robots Manufacture Products for Electric Mobility

Druckguss Westfalen relies on Kuka for the automation of 15 die casting systems as well as for the loading and unloading of six CNC machines. With these new processes the foundry is laying the foundation for production in the sense of Industry 4.0 and increased efficiency.

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02.07.2019

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IoT Basics: What is OPC UA?

Semantic interoperability is considered key for the implementation of Industry 4.0. Standardized and secure communication from the field device to the cloud is no longer a vision, but a reality that can be implemented with the help of OPC UA. In this article you will learn what t...

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02.07.2019

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EOS Introduces Four New Materials for Laser Melting of Serial Products

EOS has developed four new metal materials for its direct metal laser sintering machines: EOS Stainless Steel CX, EOS Aluminum AlF357, EOS Titanium Ti64 Grade 5 and EOS Titanium Ti64 Grade 23. They are intended to make a wide variety of series applications possible, ranging from ...

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01.07.2019

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Reveal the Future, Transformation and Reborn of Chinese Die Casting Industry

As one of the most influential die casting trade fairs in the world, CHINA DIECASTING & CHINA NONFERROUS 2019 opens its door again to the whole world from July 17 to 19 at Shanghai New International Expo Center, using Hall N1 to N3.

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01.07.2019

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How Manufacturing Profits from Human-Robot Collaboration

In Human Robot Collaboration, a collaborative robot, Cobot for short, encounters its human colleague without barriers. To do this, the robot has to meet various requirements. Read here which ones and much more.

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28.06.2019

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IoT Basics: Smart Production with Big Data

Industrial Internet systems based on cloud-based IoT platforms will significantly advance the use of Big Data in industry. They unlock existing data sources and provide them for efficient centralized evaluation, which enables more qualified decisions to be made.

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28.06.2019

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IoT Basics: What Does Industry 4.0 Mean?

Industry 4.0 - a term that has fallen more often in recent years than most other. At leading trade fairs such as the Hannover Messe, the topic has been playing a central role for a long time. But what does industry 4.0 actually mean? We explain the concept.

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28.06.2019

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5th NEWCAST Awards

Since 2003 the NEWCAST Awards have been awarded at every NEWCAST. In a celebratory ceremony Wolfram Diener, Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf, awarded the trophies to Impro International Ltd, DGH Sand Casting Corporate GmbH & Co. KG and Feinguss Blank GmbH.

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27.06.2019

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Large Screen Instead of More Horsepower

For a long time, China was regarded as the savior of the automobile industry. However, the upward trend has slowed down and traditional manufacturers are facing new challenges.

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26.06.2019

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Digitization in the Die Casting Technology

Different digitization activities enable die casting foundries to make their working processes more efficient with respect to costs and productivity. Moreover, die casting foundries can exploit the obtained data and thus open up further business fields.

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