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Industry Spotlight: Die Casting

Industry Spotlight: Die Casting

Die casting is the art of molding raw metal pieces to fit specific dimensions. The manufacturing process is flexible and versatile enough that the final product can be of any size, shape, or texture. The process of die casting has a number of moving parts that need to function perfectly to produce the final product. Understanding how flow meters, molds, and metals come together in die casting can give everyone a better appreciation of the industry and its role in the world.

Fast and Efficient

One of the biggest perks of die casting is that it’s far faster than other production methods. Unlike sand casting which requires a new mold for every casting, steel molds in die casting can quickly manufacture thousands of casting without interruption. Using at least two different kinds of steel molds in the casting (so they can be easily removed), the molds are secured in the machinery. Within the machine, there’s a fixed mold and a moveable one. As they’re pressed together, molten metal  is poured into the molds where it will harden quickly. This general process can be manipulated to produce either simple or complex castings.

Flow Meters in Die Casting

Die casting requires intense heat to complete the process, which is why a flow meter is often used to ensure the cool-down process is as smooth as possible. If the metal is not cooled at a steady rate, the product may warp in shape and become unusable. The flow meter monitors the rate of cooling liquids, so this doesn’t occur. Cooling lines are small and can become blocked if they overheat. A functioning flow meter not only protects workers from the hazardous heat, but it ensures a quality product when the casting is removed.

Flow meters are also used as in the die lubrication process, which helps extend the life of the product. It works by protecting the outside surfaces from the intense temperatures of the molten liquids. Just as the cooling liquids need to be distributed at a constant and steady rate, so too does the lubricant. If the amount of lubricant changes even slightly during the die casting process, the manufacturer risks having the product become frozen in the cooling process.

Die casting plays a vital role in our manufacturing economy and flow meters play a vital role in the safety and quality of the final products. Contact us today to learn more about ChemTec’s patented line of flow meters to fit a variety of industry needs.

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