Emerging Technology and Successful Partnerships: Lost Foam Casting

In 1989, a consortium offoundries, suppliers, and academiajoined the U ~ So ofEnergy Department (DOE) .. in c’ontrol research program to improve the lost foam casting process thus reducing defects and producing castings quality precision. Lost foam casting process is that many energy and environmental benefits and enable the production of complex parts. The governmentside, partner ofthis theu.s. ledby Department ofEnergy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and ofEnergy Renewable ofIndustrial Technologies Office (OIT), Metal Industry Future ofthe solutions. A research conducted by the Lost Foam Technology Centre at the University of Alabama Birmingham em. The Consortium has been credited as the driving force behind technical improvements in the lost foam casting process .. It is better knowledge and control in every step oflostfoam .

The research Casting Lost Foam Casting profiled recently by the International Agency Energy, Center for Analysis and ofDemonstrated Disselnination Energy Technologies (CADDET). Isjustone Lostfoam many casting metal casting techniques. The Metal Casting Industry Future partnership conducting research on productivity and improve energy efficiency in almost every field ofcasting .. Using the continuous casting of metal Industry lostfoam Future research ofthe example, the paper discusses the be beginning consortia ofindustry-government promotes R & D for critical U “S .. industries such as metal casting .. It describes how can such partnerships be instrumental in helping to move emerging technologies from concept to apply ~ are 2,950 metalcasting facilities around the U “S. Eighty percent are small businesses with fewer than 100 people to hire. (Facts and Figures about US Foundry Industries. American Foundry Society). Because ofindustry nature ofthe small business, individual companiesinthe small foundry industry is the basic financial resourcesto, highrisk research sent Moreover, the industry is US metalcasting varied and use many different processes molding and casting – .. Each with its own unique characteristics and benefits include Technical Major associations the American Foundry Society (AFS), the North American Die Casting Association (NADCA), and the Society of Steel Founders’ ofAmerica (SFSA). Technical associations are actively involved in research, training, and outreach to disseminate the latest in technology development solutions for the industry.

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