This month in our interview series: Machining Manager Richard Jones talks through his career progression in our die casting foundry and machine shop.
In die casting, managing heat effectively is a crucial part of the production process. An often-overlooked part of our fully automated cell is the quench tank. Quench tanks are used immediately after a component has been cast. Our extract robots take the part from the die, and then cool them in a quench tank, before taking them over to the trimming tool.
At CastAlum, our toolmakers are tasked with ensuring that our dies are in good working order for our die casting operations. Read on to learn about our toolroom department and the work they do to keep our die cast machines producing high quality aluminium components.
At CastAlum, as well as striving for excellence in our manufacturing processes, we are equally committed to environment stewardship. This is reflected in our ongoing efforts towards sustainable manufacturing. Since our site was created in 2000, we have completed many site-wide and process-specific initiatives aimed at reducing our energy footprint.
By using high-resolution X-ray imaging, we can quickly and efficiently identify and rectify defects and inconsistencies in our aluminium castings. This assessment can be done in real-time as parts are being made, which streamlines our production process while improving the overall quality of our products.