Metal Casting Technologies : MCT SEP 2018 (3RD QRT) WHOS WHO OF METALS
16 www.metals.rala.com.au Importance of embracing new technologies Foundries across the Asia Pacific acknowledge there is a fundamental requirement to adopt the latest technologies, particularly in markets where high labour rates and manufacturing costs threaten the industry. This has long been the case in markets such as Australia, but even China and India are now susceptible to inflating wages. In China, manufacturing wages have more than doubled since 2008, now ranked 106th among 229 nations in terms of per-capita income. India is ranked 157th on the same list, or 57 per cent lower. The pressures to automate are also being cited by countries under increased environment constraints. In a submission to the latest World Foundry Organisation Industry Report, South Korean stakeholders listed environmental control and protection from hazardous compounds as its number one priority moving forward. There, foundries have been recognised for a different type of ‘3D’: dirty difficult and dangerous. Ultimately, advances in technology are not only crucial to elements of a business or merely meeting legislative requirements. They are crucial to the entire manufacturing ecosystem. “Manufacturing is a key wealth generator,” said Professor Roger Le Brooy, an expert in robotics and high-speed automation. “Agriculture is what we grow, mining is what we dig out of the ground and manufacturing is what we create. And if you look at any country that doesn’t have at least one of these key wealth generators – take Ethiopia for instance – there are no doctors, lawyers or established professions at that level. “Developed countries should never lose sight of that fact” In conclusion, the ability for the metal casting industry to adopt new technologies and manufacturing techniques is more important than ever before. n Metal powder covers the floor of the printer. The laser beam moves across the bed of metal dust and generates an initial layer of the three-dimensional object. Another layer of metal powder is then spread evenly over the object’s surface. Now the laser can print a second layer. Step by step, a complex shape is created. At the end of the process, a large amount of powder is left over that can be reused for the next printing cycle. Standard devices for printing metals can already generate many shapes. But when products must withstand extreme stresses, experienced material researchers are required to perfect the raw materials and process. ASIA PACIFIC FOUNDRY OVERVIEW ASIA PACIFIC FOUNDRY OVERVIEW 2018/19 For more information visit www.renishaw.com/renam500q RenAM 500Q is Renishaw’s new quad laser AM system. It features four high-powered 500 W lasers, each able to access the whole powder bed surface simultaneously. RenAM 500Q achieves significantly higher build rates without compromising quality, vastly improving productivity and lowering cost per part. • Full field of view for all lasers for optimum production efficiency • Enhanced gas flow to provide consistent high quality processing • Faster turn-around between builds with improved automated powder and waste handling systems www.renishaw.com 2 × lasers 4 × lasers 1 × laser Reinvent how you manufacture with RenAM 500Q H-5800-4277-A_0.4_EN_A4 Advert_Released.indd 1 24/05/2018 13:28:36 Photo:SiemensAG/PicturesoftheFuture.Photo:SiemensAG/PicturesoftheFuture.
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