How Digitalization can Improve the Die Casting Technology

How Digitalization can Improve the Die Casting Technology

Using digital technologies in the die casting foundry will help businesses open up to several other fields and also increase their efficiency.

FREMONT, CA: Several digitization activities facilitate die casting foundries so that they can make their working procedures more efficient regarding its productivity and costs. Furthermore, the die casting foundries can also exploit the data that has been extracted, thus opening several other business fields.

Terms like Industry 4.0 and digitization have become popular among the media as they are continuously mentioning it. However, the communication and information technologies that helped to transmit and process a massive amount of data at high speed stand for networking of machines and procedures with information and communication technologies. However, die casting foundries also have to face the question about the type of digitization activities that make individual sense as it has to work with cost-efficient methods so that it can remain in the competition while providing new services and values.

Digitization of Production

In the die casting industry, suppliers provide digital technologies, which utilize the maximum of the performance of machinery. Moreover, there are several customers of a company who are interested in the digitization activities that will decrease the unplanned downtime and also the financial losses linked with it. The predictive analytics method is also based on the analysis of data that is supplied from several sensors, which are installed within a die casting cell and help to observe the performance in real-time. With the sensors, it is possible to reveal anomalies, poor performance, and any necessary or unwanted developments. The sensors also allow predicting when the machine can be a failure even before it occurs. 

Digitizing Die-Cast Components

The Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM focuses on merging die-cast components with digitization technologies. The IFAM developed a Casttronics Technology that consists of RFID transponders. The transponders are directly transmitted into die-cast components that are generated from aluminum and also software, which is utilized for reading out, managing, and analyzing the transponder data. The technology makes it possible to mark the parts permanently so that it can protect them from plagiarism and follow the supply chain of the elements.