23 02, 2023

Machining and Pressure Testing

2023-02-23T14:59:36+00:00February 23rd, 2023|

Pressure Testing in Machining and Die Casting Pressure testing, or leak testing as it is also known, is an excellent way to verify the integrity of a die cast and machined component. Here at CastAlum we have integrated pressure testing within our machining centre for every part we produce. Even though we are manufacturing aluminium products in extremely high volumes, we have developed processes and systems that allow us to quickly validate the quality of our components. Under Pressure The Fisher Leak [...]

16 02, 2023

High Volume Machining

2023-02-23T12:03:21+00:00February 16th, 2023|

High Volume Machining There are particular challenges related to the mass production of complex die cast and machined components. We have been finding solutions to these challenges since our machining centre was first implemented here in Welshpool, UK, back in 2009. CastAlum has long been involved in the manufacture of precision automotive aluminium components in extremely high volumes. Our machine shop was established over a decade ago within our existing die casting foundry to expand our offering to our customers. In our experience, we have found that having [...]

9 02, 2023

Squeeze Die Casting vs High Pressure Die Casting

2023-02-09T17:04:53+00:00February 9th, 2023|

Squeeze Die Casting vs High Pressure Die Casting High pressure die casting and squeeze die casting are two well established processes for producing high quality aluminium components. However, what separates these two processes and makes certain products a better fit for each one? Well, the fundamental difference lies in the method of filling the mould with molten metal. High Pressure Die Casting With High Pressure Die Casting (HPDC), the clue is in the name. High pressure is applied to the molten aluminium using [...]

1 02, 2023

New Product Introduction Manager Interview – Richard Blythe

2023-02-22T10:05:16+00:00February 1st, 2023|

The People of CastAlum - New Product Introduction Manager Interview - Richard Blythe This month we have an interview with one of our longest-serving employees: Richard Blythe. Read on to learn about his experience with developing die casting solutions! Richard has been with CastAlum for 22 years now. Here's what he has to say about his time say about his progress here over the years: Early Days at CastAlum "When I joined in 2001, the facility here in Welshpool was still under construction...and basically a [...]

25 01, 2023

The History of Die Casting

2023-03-03T12:09:23+00:00January 25th, 2023|

The History of Die Casting Die casting: a metal casting process that involves injecting molten metal under pressure into a mould cavity, which is made of two hardened steel dies. The Birth of Die Casting Casting as a process has been around for over 7,000 years. History tells us that ancient civilisations used moulds to produce all manner of tools, weapons, and other objects. However, the birth of modern die casting as we know it started in the 1800s in the United States. [...]

16 01, 2023

Die Casting Insert Innovation

2023-02-09T13:20:41+00:00January 16th, 2023|

Die Casting Insert Innovation Die casting inserts are a useful way to achieve product features that would otherwise be technically unfeasible. Over the years, we have successfully utilised inserts for a variety of products in the automotive sector. In addition, our investment in multiple aspects of the foundry, from toolmaking to machining, has enabled us to better develop and hone this capability to its full potential. Why use an insert in die casting? Historically, die cast parts would have required an expensive and time-consuming machining process to [...]

2 01, 2023

Die Casting Operator Interview – Dave Andrew

2023-01-17T16:05:05+00:00January 2nd, 2023|

The People of CastAlum - Die Casting Operator Interview This month we have an interview with one of our die casting operators: Dave Andrew! Here's his story of his time with CastAlum so far. Dave joined CastAlum over a year ago with no previous experience in the die casting industry. Here's what he has to say about his time working for CastAlum so far. "I applied to work at CastAlum because I wanted to learn more skills. I knew I would be able to build on what [...]

1 12, 2022

Apprentice Interview – Josh Wren

2022-12-08T14:31:38+00:00December 1st, 2022|

The People of CastAlum - Die Casting Apprentice Interview This month we're shining a spotlight on one of our apprentices: Josh Wren! Here's his story of his apprenticeship journey so far. Josh is now in the second year of his apprenticeship at CastAlum. Here's what he has to say about his time working in engineering thus far. "I've been working at CastAlum now for over a year. Initially I was offered to do some work experience here during my second year of college. I found that I really [...]

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