Metal Casting Technologies : MCT JUN 2019 (2ND QRT)
8 www.metals.rala.com.au METAL Casting Technologies 2nd Quarter 2019 9 pilot plant facilities, research and testing laboratories together with residential zones and communal facilities. Investment incentives and privileges are to offered to encourage private companies to establish technology centres etc. within the hub. The ECCi will focus on 6 main areas of technology: Aerospace & Aviation; Automation, Robotics & Smart Electronics; Biofuels & Biochemicals; High Capacity Battery & Modern Transformation; Medical Devices: Modern Agriculture & Biotechnology. The 1st Phase of development is due to be finished in 2021 and will include the main infrastructures for two platforms of particular interest to the metals industry, namely, ARIPOLIS (Automation Robotics & Intelligent Electronics) and SPACE INNOPOLIS (Aerospace & Aviation). Over the next 10-20 years investment from the Thai Government will be around 33 billion baht together with an expected investment of some 100 billion baht from industry. The Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) covering three main provinces, Chachoengsao, Chonburi and Rayong, has grown steadily from the Eastern Seaboard Development plan that began in 1982. Most of the industrial development has been concentrated in the automotive and electrical/electronic goods sectors but the EEC is now becoming more diverse with increasing interest in sectors such as biotechnology, robotics, aerospace and electric vehicles. However, as reported in a recent survey by the Ministry of Labour, many companies say that their progress is being limited by shortages of skilled workers in automation, robotics and manufacturing systems. The Federation of Thai Industries has urged that state agencies, educational institutes and companies must co-operate to develop suitable training programmes to address such skill shortages. In the automotive sector Thailand continues to hold 12th position in the world for vehicle output. Current capacity is estimated at 2.84 million vehicles from 23 assembly plants with support from around 2,500 auto-parts producers. Another assembly plant has recently started production: Subaru has invested 5 billion baht to open a new plant capable of building 100,000 vehicles per year at the Ladkrabang Industrial Park situated between Bangkok and Chonburi. The plant will supply both the domestic and export markets. Currently Australia is Thailand’s largest vehicle export market, followed by ASEAN and New Zealand. In 2018 the auto-industry contributed 11.5% of the total value of exports from Thailand. 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After the latest news about MAGMASOFT® developments presented by Dr. Wang Qian Zhao (General Manager MAGMA Asia Pacific), the first practical project was presented by Chindanai Challinak (CAE Implementation Manager at M5 Engineering). He showed how the design of the pattern equipment for a steel centrifugal pump housing could be optimised for production by 3D Printing. In the next talk, Mr. Pitthanasuk from DKSH, Thailand took over to explain the next step which was the use of 3D Printing to produce the pattern and core box for the pump. Via a case study from Akebono in Indonesia, Mr. Irawan Harianto (MAGMA Asia Pacific) then highlighted the successful implementation of the MAGMA approach in tilt die casting. He was followed by Guenter Busch from ALD Vacuum Technologies, who in talk entitled “Less inclusions in investment steel castings by vacuum melting” showed that all design and simulation efforts are wasted if the metal poured is not clean. To round off the morning session talks from King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi included updates of the MAGMA Academy Activities. The first, by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chaowalit Limmaneevichitr, considered “Challenges for research and development of aluminum cast alloys”. He was followed by Dr. Kongkiat Puparattanapong who explained improvement of a permanent casting mold used to evaluate hot cracking tendency in aluminum alloys. After an excellent lunch buffet, the afternoon session began with Mr. Jukid Makming from Thai Chanatorn Industry who discussed shot chamber simulation in HPDC and its impact on the gating system. A further HPDC case study, involving comparisons of different shot profiles, presented by Mr. Elias Schlaepfer (Buehler Switzerland) showed the significant benefits gained by using optimised machine parameters. Last but not least in a presentation on the importance of tree optimisation, Mr. Ralf Oberg from Pro Tech Transfer showed that when casting precious metals for jewelry reduction in rejects, yield improvement and avoidance of the trial and error approach are critically important in reducing costs. Innovation Centre for Thai Eastern Economic Corridor As part of the Thailand 4.0 vision the National Science and Development Agency (NSTDA) in Thailand is to lead the development of a new initiative known as the Eastern Economic Corridor of Innovation (ECCi). Over the next 5 years a site in the Wangchan Valley in Rayong Province will be built up to serve as an innovation hub for Thailand and the S.E . Asia region. The ECCi hub will consist of academic institutes, demonstration and Optimised methoding for a pump. Some of the speakers. Group photo of delegates.
MCT MAR 2019 (1ST QRT)