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Metal Casting Technologies : June 2009
BRIEFINGS the current production slowdown several automotive iron foundries were taking time to review and update their melting and metal treatment procedures to make sure that, for each job, they were using the right treatment in the right way. Andy Plowman runs a workshop on liquid iron treatment at Aisin Takaoka Foundry Bangpakong (ATFB). The ATFB plant is situated about 70 km from Bangkok and is one of three Aisin Takaoka Group foundries in Thailand. Expansion of Thailand Science Park to drive innovation The National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) plans to expand the Thailand Science Park (TSP) in Pathum Thani near Bangkok are well underway. Construction of additional facilities to be called the “Innovation Cluster 2” (INC 2) was started during 2008 with an estimated cost of 2 billion baht. The INC 2 complex will consist of four interconnecting towers giving Impression of the INC 2 complex under construction at the Thailand Science Park (www.sciencepark.or.th) around 72,000 m2 of floor space set in 127,000 m2 of land next to the existing TSP site which first opened in 2002. The new development due to be completed during 2010 will also include apartments for research staff. The aim is to further encourage the private sector in Thailand to become more involved in research and development and to strengthen the developing collaboration between the private sector, government based research centres and Thai universities. The TSP is next door to the Asian Institute of Technology, Sirindorn International Institution of Technology and Thammasat University. The first Innovation Cluster is occupied by over 50 private sector companies who are able to make use of the facilities and research staff of NSTDA R&D centres such as MTEC - the National Metals & Materials Technology Centre. Subscription winner Congratulations to Doug Maxwell from Steele & Lincoln Foundry (VIC) who is the winner of our Special Renewal Offer for June 2009 renewals. Doug will receive a complimentary one year subscription to the Metals magazine Vale Charles J. Didion. Foundryman, Inventor, Entrepreneur Charles J. Didion, St. Charles, Missouri died February 12 at the age of 81. Chuck began his career in 1940 as a young boy working in his father’s foundry, which dates back to 1875. During his 35 years working in the foundry he did every job there was to do, so he knew the business inside out. In 1975 Chuck established Didion Manufacturing Company to produce and market a line of Rotary Foundry Equipment that he invented for use in his family foundry. His first invention, the DIDION Rotary Sand Casting Separator, eliminated the dirty and dangerous task of hooking hot castings off the shakeout decks and degating them. The entrepreneur in him emerged and he grew his company into the world leader in rotary technologies for sand separation / screening, casting cleaning and sand reclamation with installations in 47 countries. Chuck was the holder of 26 patents, and his equipment is installed in over 700 foundries. Despite his worldwide acclaim and success, a more helpful and humble man would be hard-pressed to find. He was an AFS member for 34 years and the recipient of the Wm. J. Grede Award in October 2002 for excellence in management, marketing and education. 10 www.metals.rala.com.au