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Metal Casting Technologies : June 2006
16 BRIEFINGS used for lubrication, saving a total of 11 hours of machining and assembly time. Denison Industries, Denison, Texas, also was awarded top honours for its vehicle hull section for an unmanned, underwater military vehicle. Denison's component was made from A356-T6 aluminum, weighs 665 lbs., measures 48 x 72 in. and was cast via nobake molding. The component eliminates several hours of labor-intensive welding and machine fabrication and cut the lead time by 50%. The customer also managed a 15-20% cost reduction. AFS also awarded three Best in Class components and two Honorable Mentions. Following is a look at each of the seven award-winning components. 2006 best In class Deep Sea Diving Helmet, Aristo-Cast Inc., Almont, Mich. This stainless steel, investment-cast helmet replaces a high- impact carbon fiber version that was very difficult, time-consuming and expensive to make. Break-away Hinge, The Dotson Co. Inc., Mankato, Minn. This ductile iron casting features two mating hinges that feature sinusoidal ends. This design allows the sprayer arm, or "boom," of a fertilizing cart to break-away when it hits an object and bend 90˚ before snapping back into place. Shift Tower Assembly, Lunt Manufacturing Co. Inc., Schaumburg, Ill. This magnesium casting replaces multiple steel fabrications, providing the customer with the greatest cost savings in both material and labor. Magnesium proved to be exceptionally strong, reliable and resistant to corrosion. 2006 honorable mention Hog Bank, Boose Aluminum Foundry Co. Inc., Reamstown, Penn. This hollow aluminum casting helps bridge the gap between metalcasting and commercial art. Originally designed by a private artist, the hog is now being marketed to high-end art collectors and fund raising events. Radial Heatsink, Armstrong Mold Corp., East Syracuse, N.Y. This A356- T6 aluminum casting boasts 1,750 individual pins that dissipate intense avionics heat. The original design was made as a "hogout," pin-stacked component, but the casting alternative provided time and cost savings. This year's Casting Competition was sponsored by MAGMA Foundry Technologies, Schaumburg, Ill. MAGMA will provide both Casting of the Year winners, Denison Industries and Fansteel/ Wellman, with a one-year license of MAGMASOFT software including training and implementation assistance. For more information on the competition, contact Christopher Lawson at firstname.lastname@example.org. ● METAL Casting Technologies June 2006 IT'S NOW TIME WHO'S WHO OF METALS ANNUAL BUYER'S GUIDE TO SECURE YOUR ENTRY Published this September, the WHO'S WHO OF METALS including Annual Buyer's Guide, is the Asia-Pacific's most comprehensive guide of foundry suppliers. BOOKINGS CLOSE THURSDAY 17 AUGUST For further details contact Adam Cail: Email: email@example.com Tel: +61 2 9555 1944