Mar 012019
 

NADCA Die Casting Congress West, Date: March 7, 2019, Location: 5757 Telegraph Road, Commerce, CA 90040

The NADCA West Coast 2019 Congress will feature technology highlights from our Congress in Indianapolis, last fall. The event begin with a breakfast followed by a full day of presentations. Presentations to include:

State of the Industry
Presented by Beau Glim, North American Die Casting Association
An update on the current state of the die casting industry.

On Demand Melting
Presented by Charles Monroe, University of Alabama at Birmingham
A look at research into induction melting technology for the die casting process. Such technology has the potential to revolutionize the die casting process by melting only the metal needed to make one shot at a time. This eliminates the energy needed to hold the metal in a liquid state, reduces the chance for contamination of the metal, and provides flexibility to use different alloys. On Demand Melting technology is also being leveraged to research the process of die casting titanium alloys.

Mechanical Properties of Modern Die Castings
Presented by Paul Brancaleon, North American Die Casting Association
NADCA has published data for die casting properties based on typical values taken from tensile bars cut from castings that had the skin removed. This provides property from data that is not always in line with castings made in industry. Current research is collecting more accurate data on different alloys and thicknesses of aluminum die castings.

Advanced Core Design & Manufacturing / Quality Control Technology
Presented by Carl Soderhjelm, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Advancements in technology are improving the die casting process and the way die castings are inspected. Additive manufacturing allows die casters a way to create conformal cooling channels in cores that previously had insufficient cooling. Further research is being conducted to identify the process and design parameters for additively manufactured cores. Die casting inspection also benefits from technology improvement. One technology that is seeing more use in the die casting industry is computed tomography (CT) scanning. This technology can more accurately detect porosity inside the casting.

Testing of Die Lubricants
Presented by Charles Monroe, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Die lubricants are necessary for the die casting process. They prevent the molten metal from soldering to the die, minimize ejection force, and locally cool the die. But what distinguishes one lubricant from another? Research has been performed to create laboratory tests that can identify characteristics of different lubricants.

Machine Learning in Die Casting
Presented by Beau Glim, North American Die Casting Association
The die casting process is full of data and as the process becomes more automated the data becomes easier to collect. A human, looking at a spreadsheet, can only analyze so much data. To fully understand all of the interacting variables in the die casting process machine learning needs to be utilized.

The cost for each event is just $50 for NADCA Members and $75 for Non-Members (note that registration includes access to breakfast and lunch). In addition, if you will be sending 5 or more people we are offering special pricing.

Die Casting Congress West – March 7, 2019
Information and registration can be found here.

Sign Up Link: www.diecasting.org/store/events/registration.aspx?event=conwest19

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Melisa Ryzner,CMP directly at mryzner@diecasting.org or 847.808.3161.

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Feb 212019
 

Metal alloy die castings have several advantages over their plastic counterparts. Most manufacturers of automobiles, computers, aircraft and other modern devices have considered the use of die cast metal alloy parts for their final products. Plastic component parts only entertain a few parts in some of these industries. But how do die castings compare to plastic parts? This article will try to answer this question.

Comparing Die Casting Parts to Plastic Parts
https://www.kineticdiecasting.com/casting_metal.html

Die Casting Metal Alloys
Die Casting Aluminum Alloys

Material Characteristics
Compare Polycarbonate to A380 Aluminum alloy

Characteristic
Polycarbonate
A380 Aluminum Metal
Tensile strength
55-75 MPa / 11 ksi
317 MPa / 46 ksi
Melting Temperature
267 C / 513 F
595 C / 1100 F
Density (weight) kg/m cube
1220 kg/m cube
2740 kg/m cube

A380 aluminum die casting alloy is the most common aluminum die casting alloy. It has a ultimate tensile strength of 317 MPa (46 ksi) Plastic is one the most common manufacturing materials that are utilized for various products. However, component parts that are fabricated from plastics are not as durable as the metal castings. Plastic has a tensile strength of 55-75 MPa (11 ksi) . If you are going to compare this to metal, particularly the cast aluminum, you will find out that plastic has great chances of incurring damages. Aside from this, plastic deteriorates rapidly when consistently exposed to heat. Plastic parts are only applicable for final products that do not require too much application of stress.

On the other hand, die cast metal parts are sturdier than plastics. Metal alloys are more resistant to harmful contaminants and extreme weather conditions. They can even bar the unwanted radio frequencies and electromagnetic emissions in some devices. Metal castings are also known to be good electrical conductors; meaning, they are ideal for housing electrical junctions because the metal surfaces can be easily grounded.

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Kineticdc makes:
Die Casting Parts?
Die Casting Aluminum Heat Sinks
Aluminum Boxes Diecastings
Aluminum Parts or Plastic Parts

Kinetic Die Casting Company 6918 Beck Avenue, North Hollywood, California 91605 USA
E-mail sales@kineticdc.com Toll Free: (800) 524-8083 Local: (818) 982-9200 Fax: (818) 982-0877

Feb 042019
 

Kinetic Die Casting Company in North Hollywood, California is doing well. Our customers are very happy with our fast delivery and great quality. We are one of the few remaining die casting companies in California that is willing make low production quantities of aluminum die casting parts or zinc die casting parts.
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Unfortunately, many die casting companies have sold or closed over the last few years. I have accumulated a list of the Southern California Die Casting Companies that have recently closed or sold:

  1. (Closed) Alcastco Die Casting Company, Sun Valley, CA
  2. ( Sold ) Alloy Die Casting Company, Commerce, CA
  3. (Closed) AQ Die Casting, Chatsworth, CA
  4. (Closed) Arrow Die Casting Company, Los Angeles, CA
  5. (Closed) Art Mold Die Casting Company, Sun Valley, CA
  6. (Closed) Barron Die Casting Company, Irvine, CA
  7. (Closed) C&D Die Casting Company, Chatsworth, CA
  8. (Closed) Century Die Casting Company, Long Beach, CA
  9. (Closed) Chapman Die Casting Company, City of Industry, CA
  10. ( Sold ) Coast Die Casting Company, Gardena, CA
  11. ( Sold ) Commercial Die Casting Company, Vernon, CA
  12. (Closed) Compu Die Casting Company, Compton, CA
  13. (Closed) Cox Die Casting Company, Gardena, CA
  14. (Closed) Del Mar Die Casting Company, Gardena, CA
  15. (Closed) Die Cast Manufacturing Company, Bloomington, CA
  16. (Closed) Die Cast Products, Los Angeles, CA
  17. (Closed) Drumheller Zinc Die Casting Company, Sun Valley, CA
  18. (Closed) El Monte Tool and Die Casting, El Monte, CA
  19. (Closed) Lansco Die Casting Company, City of Industry, CA
  20. ( Sold ) Los Angeles Die Casting Company, City of Commerce, CA
  21. (Closed) Modern Die Casting Company, Paramount, CA
  22. (Closed) Orange County Die Casting Company, Orange, CA
  23. (Closed) Peet Manufacturing Die Casting
  24. (Closed) Pomona Die Casting Company, Pomona, CA
  25. (Closed) Primcast, Riverside, CA
  26. ( Sold ) Rangers Die Casting Company, Lynwood, CA
  27. (Closed) Robinson Die Casting Company, Huntington Beach, CA
  28. (Closed) Royal Diecasting Company, Burbank, CA
  29. ( Sold ) Spencer Die Casting Company, Vernon, CA
  30. (Closed) Universal Die Casting Company, Los Angeles, CA

In February 2011, I posted a list of 14 closed Southern California Die Casting Companies.
https://www.kineticdiecasting.com/kdc/los-angeles-die-casting-companies/

In March 2016, I posted a list of 20 die casting companies remaining in California.
https://www.kineticdiecasting.com/kdc/die-casting-companies-in-southern-california/

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Jan 312019
 

Kinetic Die Casting Company (kineticdc) makes aluminum parts and zinc parts using diecasting tooling aka die casting tooling or die casting molds. There are several possible items that fall under the heading as tooling. In the following weeks, I will be discussing the following terms used as die casting tooling:
– Complete Mold, Complete Die Casting Die
– Unit Die Tools (DME)
– Unit Die Holder
Die Casting Trim Dies
– Die Casting Cavity Inserts “Tooling Inserts”
– Mold base (moldbase)

Last week, I wrote about Die Casting Tooling Inserts.
This week I write about:

Die Casting Trim Dies
The die casting trim die saves time, labor and money making die casting parts. During the die casting manufacturing process, molten metal is forced into the die casting mold through the shot hole, this uses considerable temperature and pressure. The molten metal is forced into the die cavities. The gases escape ahead of the metal out gas vents. Where the metal enters the cavity is called the gate. The air and gas in the tool escapes out of the tool through over-flows and vents. There is also excess metal in holes and around the edges called flash. The flash, gates, vents and over-flows need to be removed from the casting. This can be labor intensive using files, drills, deburr tools and sanders. A trim die automates the trimming process.

This was a four part Die Casting Tooling Series:

  1. Complete Molds, Complete Die Casting Dies
  2. Die Casting Unit Die Tools (DME)
  3. Die Casting Cavity Inserts “Tooling Inserts”
  4. Die Casting Trim Dies

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“The Parts We Make Today, We Ship Today”
What Are Die Casting Parts?
Die Casting Tooling Prices
Die Casting Tooling

Kinetic Die Casting Company
6918 Beck Avenue, North Hollywood, California 91605 USA
E-mail sales@kineticdc.com Toll Free: (800) 524-8083 Local: (818) 982-9200 Fax: (818) 982-0877

Jan 242019
 

Kinetic Die Casting Company (kineticdc) makes aluminum parts and zinc parts using diecasting tooling aka die casting tooling or die casting molds. There are several possible items that fall under the heading as tooling. In the following weeks, I will be discussing the following terms used as die casting tooling:
– Complete Mold, Complete Die Casting Die
– Unit Die Tools (DME)
– Unit Die Holder
– Trim Die
Die Casting Cavity Inserts “Tooling Inserts”
– Mold base (moldbase)

Last week, I wrote about Unit Die Tools for Die Casting. This week I write about:

Die Casting Tooling Inserts
The terms “Cavities” or “Inserts” are the terms used to indicate a tool that is the least part of a die casting tool used to make die casting parts. These tooling cavities are fitted into a holder, a unit die or a mold base, before the tool can be mounted in the die casting machine.

Please review my previous articles on “Complete Die Casting Dies” and “Die Casting Unit Die Tools” to see what I mean about mounting the mold into the machine.

The Cavity Insert Tool does not have an ejector plate or ejector pins. These items will need to be fabricated prior to fitting the inserts into the holder. Inserts are somewhat small, the most common size is 6×6 inches weighing less than 30 pounds. In comparison, a unit die weighs over 100 pounds and a mold base can weigh 2000 pounds. Purchasing Tooling Inserts is the least expensive avenue into getting die casting parts. The downside is the die casting supplier owns the holder required to make parts.

Next Thursday… Trim Dies

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“The Parts We Make Today, We Ship Today”
What Are Die Casting Parts?
Die Casting Tooling Prices
Die Casting Tooling

Kinetic Die Casting Company
6918 Beck Avenue, North Hollywood, California 91605 USA
E-mail sales@kineticdc.com Toll Free: (800) 524-8083 Local: (818) 982-9200 Fax: (818) 982-0877