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Metal Casting Technologies : December 2006
Supercharge Your Green Sand System Green sand systems work harder and last longer with TRUBOND®. These sodium bentonite grades mull in quickly and undergo a controlled hydration to develop a stronger, more elastic adhesive. TRUBOND delivers excellent green compressive and hot strength properties and maintains its working bond in repetitive exposure to high heat loads and metal temperatures. SODIUM BENTONITE Unimin Australia Limited Tel.: +613 9586 5400 Fax: +613 9586 5411 E-mail: email@example.com ® TRUBOND is a registered trademark. All rights reserved. ©2003 Worldwide: www.metalcaster.com other equipment. From the cleaning up of the foundry industry in the US and Europe there is a wealth of experience and information available to Thai and other Asian foundries, for example, from the case studies and guides in energy efficiency and pollution & waste control published as part of the Environmental Best Practice Programme from the UK. From the energy viewpoint, because of its agricultural background, Thailand has considerable capacity to develop a significant bio-fuels industry. MTEC and the university sector have established R & D teams who have been examining both the production and performance aspects of bio-fuels. A number of plants are being set up to produce ethanol from raw materials such as cassava roots and sugar cane juice. Among these is a project to build an ethanol plant in the north involving Thaioil, Mitr Phol Sugar group, and notably Padaeng Industry, the only zinc smelter in SE Asia producing Zinc and Zinc Alloys ingots for the foundry and galvanizing industries. There is a 'can do' mentality in SME Thai Foundries6. However, it is better to be more positive and to change to: ■ Can do correctly ■ Can do efficiently ■ Can do consistently ■ Can do cleanly ■ Can do safely And of course ■ Can do tomorrow! ● References. 1. Living Planet Report 2006, WWF-World Wide Fund for Nature, Gland, Switzerland, October 2006. www.panda.org 2. The Stern Review, www.hm-treasury.gov.uk 3. R.A. Higgins, 'Materials for the Engineering Technician', 1987, Edward Arnold, London, UK. 4. J.T.H. Pearce & P. Bhandubanyong, 'From Ban Chiang to the 21st Century: Innovation in Thai Foundries', Proceedings of 65th World Foundry Congress, October 2002, Gyeongju, Korea, pp. 1105-1114. 5. Environmental Management Guideline for the Non-Ferrous Industry, DIW TG 005, Bureau of Industrial Environment Technology, Dept. of Industrial Works, Ministry of Industry, Thailand, December 1998. 6. J.T.H. Pearce, 'Today and Tomorrow in Thai Foundries', Proceedings of Second Thai Foundrymen's Society Conference, November 2004, Bangkok, Thailand, pp. 1.1-1.15.