Simulation/IT en 3D Animation and Virtual Reality for Better Planning, Better Foundries <div class="field-byline"> Barbara W. Castilano </div> <div class="node-body article-body">VR and technical 3D animations allow metalcasting engineering teams to collaborate efficiently at the earliest stages to ensure a design is exactly what is wanted, to ensure better products and processes for production.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Simulation/IT Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:55:00 +0000 34721 at <p>More than a game, VR and technical 3D animations allow metalcasters to take seriously their own impulses when they think, &ldquo;We should be doing that!&rdquo; &nbsp;</p> The Next Level of Casting, Coremaking Process Simulation <div class="node-body article-body">New software for simulating sand coremaking and corebox designs, including several core making processes, in combination with traditional casting process simulation software, significantly improves casting quality and cost.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Simulation/IT Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:02:00 +0000 34541 at <p>A MAGMASOFT-simulated core reveals cooling and solidification processes before any metal is poured.</p> Metalcasting Business Outlook Data — 2017 <div class="node-body gallery-body">Each year FM&T surveys readers to gain the metalcasting market outlook of those who are active in North America’s foundries and diecasting plants.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Materials Melt/Pour Molds/Cores Simulation/IT Testing/QC Sun, 11 Dec 2016 04:10:00 +0000 30451 at <p><em>Readers&rsquo; responses define business conditions in metalcasting, its recent performance and its future prospects</em><br /> <em>FM&amp;T</em> counts on readers for the information that bring us up to date on the state of metalcasting in North America. Each year, during October, <em>FM&amp;T </em>surveys metalcasters to measure the outlook of men and women working in North America&rsquo;s foundries and diecasting plants. We seek to identify the problems they face in their businesses, in the supply chain, and the economy, to learn what plans they&rsquo;re making for the coming business cycle, and to understand better their expectations for the coming year.</p> <p align="left">The readers&rsquo; responses and insights help us evaluate the state of the metalcasting industry as the current year closes and 2017 approaches.</p> <p align="left">We surveyed readers by email: These results include responses from nearly 200 readers who represent the full variety of foundries and diecasters.</p> <p><em><a href="" target="_blank">You can read the report that accompanies the survey results here.</a> </em></p> Iron Foundry Finds 3D Scanning is a Faster Problem Solver <div class="node-body article-body">Wisconsin iron foundry WIllman Industries acquired an Exact Metrology 3D scanning device to assist in tracking and documenting the dimensional accuracy of its patterns and castings.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Simulation/IT Testing/QC Sat, 10 Dec 2016 20:48:00 +0000 30421 at <p>Willman Industries adopted a handheld Eva structured light scanner developed by Artec 3D to collect data on castings weighing up to 30,000 lbs.</p> Actual Progress in Virtual Reality is Making the Real World Better <div class="node-body article-body">Britain’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre is focused on producing parts for current and emerging manufacturing programs, and it manages to stage the best theoretical and conceptual ideas for real-world application.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Melt/Pour Simulation/IT Gold Sat, 10 Dec 2016 19:54:00 +0000 30401 at <p>An &ldquo;augmented reality&rdquo; developer at AMRC&rsquo;s Integrated Manufacturing Group positions a holographic image of a robot with his finger, using Microsoft&rsquo;s HoloLens technology.</p> 4 New Elements Added to Periodic Table <div class="field-byline"> IW Staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body">After a five-month waiting period during which time the public could ask questions, four new elements have now been formally added to chemistry's most fundamental table.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Foundry Newswire Simulation/IT News Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:38:00 +0000 29531 at New CRM Module for Foundry-Focused ERP <div class="node-body article-body">B&L Information Systems is introducing a "customer relationship management" module for its Odyssey 5.0 ERP platform. CRM is one of several improvements and new functions available to users of Odyssey 5.0 MR2, now in general availability. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> New Products Simulation/IT Tue, 08 Nov 2016 03:24:00 +0000 28291 at <p>&ldquo;The CRM module of Odyssey gives executives and sales professional a clearer picture of sales activities, as well as the shop floor and front office activities,&rdquo; commented Matt Gacek, B&amp;L Info&rsquo;s vice president, business development.</p> OSHA’s New Rules Mean No More Secrets <div class="field-byline"> Dustin Boss and Randy Boss </div> <div class="node-body article-body">New workplace-safety reporting regulations were implemented whereby the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will require employers to submit detailed annual reports of workplace injuries and illnesses for publication online on a public website. OSHA stated its intent is neither to malign businesses nor to cause harm to their competitive or financial standing. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Melt/Pour Molds/Cores Simulation/IT Gold Fri, 04 Nov 2016 14:49:00 +0000 28271 at <p>All information, good or bad, will be published online. This is the same information that employers were already collecting and typically revealed to OSHA only during inspections or surveys.</p> Test, Cast, and Go Fast <div class="node-body article-body">Aston Martin confirmed Grainger & Worrall as its preferred engine castings supplier for the new DB11, a luxury sports car powered by a newly developed 5,204-cc, twin-turbo V12 engine. It is the first turbocharged vehicle Aston Martin has developed for series production.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Simulation/IT Gold Fri, 04 Nov 2016 14:27:00 +0000 28241 at <p>Each mold and core element of the aluminum alloy, twin-turbo V12 engine was designed, simulated, and produced for prototype testing.</p> Assessing the New Role for Robotics <div class="node-body article-body">Metalcasters understand that robots bring greater consistency and safety in demanding tasks – and lately they’re learning how flexibility and productivity work to their advantage, too.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Finishing/MRO Melt/Pour Simulation/IT Gold Wed, 19 Oct 2016 01:28:00 +0000 28071 at <p>ABB Robotics&rsquo; new IRB 1200 Foundry Plus 2 is the smallest foundry-duty robot in its class, and is expected to increase flexibility and reduce cycle times for precision diecasting processe, for example.</p>