Thomas Winkel and Dirk vom Stein take a holistic view of the operating challenges to modern foundries in regard to process defects and product quality, and the technologies available to manage the problems and optimize the results.
It is not only in highly developed countries where the requirements of casting products at competitive prices are combined with the requirement of highest product quality. This trend is mainly driven by the automotive industry. Contracts with ‘zero-defect’ clauses or high penalties for defective castings delivered to customers are quite common today. Moreover, what if a defective part shows up? Process downtime, slowed production, and costly re-examination activities are the ...
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