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Metal Casting Technologies : September 2005
ASIAN OVERVIEW simulation software to predict liquid metal flow, solidification of casting and use it to design rigging system, whereas some of the small and medium foundries get this work done from consultants. Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in India have also used Information Technology (IT) in a significantly higher scale. According to a recent survey by Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), all of the respondents were using IT this year, whereas in the last year 2% of the respondents were not using IT. Scarcity of properly trained manpower has been a great concern of the Indian foundries. Although there are training institutes for molders and melters, foundries do not get those trained molders / melters due to insufficiency in their numbers. Many foundries are managing with inexperienced technical manpower on contract basis. Center for Education and Training (CET) of Southern Region of Institute of Indian Foundrymen has been inaugurated in Feb. 2004 to educate more persons at various levels. The courses conducted in this center are at ITI , Diploma, Advanced Diploma and degree level in Foundry Technology. Foundry is a pollution intensive industry. Under pressure from State Pollution Control Boards, many foundries have closed down, some of them could manage the norms by installing pollution control devices. Cupola is a major source of pollution in iron foundries. Low cost pollution control devices for cupola have been developed in University. Pollution Control Board has specified the SPM level below 150mg/Nm3 instead of 450 mg/Nm3 earlier. The device based on dry and wet processes can maintain the SPM level below 150 mg/Nm3 and it has been adopted in fifty foundries in Howrah foundries of West Bengal. Many foundries have installed induction furnaces to minimize pollution. Use of cokeless cupola is also being envisaged to overcome the pollution problem. Let us hope that Indian foundries will be able to overcome various problems such as higher cost of raw materials, unskilled labor, pollution control and stiff competition from China and will continue to serve the domestic and growing export market. INDIA Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7098 3700 Fax:+ 44 (0) 20 7098 3795 FOR SALE www.goindustry.com Green Sand Aluminium Foundry producing high integrity, crash critical castings for the automotive and aerospace sectors. Featuring patented, bottom fill, counter gravity casting system using clean, degassed metal and virtually turbulence free mould fill- ing to improve microstructure and avoid oxide inclusions. The plant is currently in operation and an early inspection is recommended Moulding ” Disa Disamatic 2120 Flaskless Automatic Moulding Machine (1997), ” Acme Shake Out Table, ” Orthos 120 tonnes/hr automatic sand plant with Eirich mixer (1997), ” 2 Laempe L40 Core Machines with SM6-3 sand mixers (1997) Melting ” Striko 4 tonne/hr gas fired aluminium melting furnace (1997), ” Striko 6 tonne 2 x 165 kW electric holding furnace (1997), ” 1.5 tonne Electric development furnace Fettling & Heat Treatment ” SES 8 wheel Overhead conveyor type shot blast plant, ” Pangborn hook type shot blast plant with automatic doors, ” Hounsell 100 tonne clipping press (1999), ” 2 Trowell Vibratory Finishing Vessels (1997), ” IUT Electric Heat Treatment Furnace with Water Quench (2001), ” IUT Electric Ageing Oven (1997), ” Vibratory de-coring Booths, Foundry Grinders, Linishers and Fettling equipment Inspection ” Yxlon MU2000 160 kV X-Ray Inspection Unit (2000), ” ARl 23 channel spectrophotometer (2002), ” Mitutoyo Euro CCA7106 Co- ordinate Measuring Machine (2000), ” Zwick Z050 50 kN tensile tester (2001), ” Ardrox Penetrant Dye Crack Detector (2001) General Well equipped sand laboratory, maintenance facilities, workshop and office contents, dust collectors, air compressors and service installa- tions For more information and photos go to :www.goindustry.com, email: email@example.com James Hague, tel: +44 (0)7770 758 462 Andrew Molloy, tel: +44 (0)20 7098 3788 For Negotiated Sale Complete Modern Foundry For sale in place or for removal On the instructions of Alloy Technologies (UK) Ltd, a subsidiary of the Alcoa Corporation, consequent on the business no longer fitting their strategic objectives Located in Saint Cosme, France Ebner Hoe160/250st Electric Heated Bell Annealer, 1984 Located in Le Selva, Spain Hidrometal 1050 ton Hydraulic Extrusion Press and Gas fired billet furnace, 1990 Also Available from otherAlcoa facilities across Europe: 30 www.metals.rala.com.au