16 11, 2022

Die Casting Robotic Automation

2023-02-10T15:19:03+00:00November 16th, 2022|

Die Casting Robotic Automation If you have been following along with our employee interview series, you’ll have noticed that one of the first elements of our die casting process that impresses our employees is the sheer amount of automation present on each of the cells. Our die casting cells can have as many as four robots working to automate the entire cycle. The last robot in the die casting process has multiple responsibilities. It removes the trimmed casting from the trim press and will deliver it [...]

3 11, 2022

Employee Interview – Greg Howe

2022-11-11T11:04:35+00:00November 3rd, 2022|

The People of CastAlum - Die Casting Employee Interview Continuing our die casting employee interview series, Greg Howe, walks us through his journey from die casting apprenticeship to Training and Development Manager! Greg Howe has been part of the team here at Castalum for around sixteen years and recently took on the role of Training and Development Manager. In this die casting employee interview, he shares more about his time with the company and his advice for anyone considering joining the team! Here's what Greg [...]

15 10, 2022

Coordinate Measuring Machines in Die Casting

2023-02-15T19:39:49+00:00October 15th, 2022|

Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs) in Die Casting and Machining Ensuring that the products we make here in the foundry continually comply with their specified tolerances is a constant challenge. To help ensure a consistent level of quality, we use four Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs) in our die casting foundry and machining centre. These allow us to precisely measure parts against 3D CAD models and customer drawings. Two are located within the foundry itself, and a further two in a separate room adjacent to our machine shop. [...]

3 10, 2022

Employee Interview – Rhys Jones

2022-10-03T13:52:06+00:00October 3rd, 2022|

The People of CastAlum Continuing our employee interview series, our Additive Manufacturing Project Engineer, Rhys Jones, tells us about his journey from apprentice, to apprentice mentor! Rhys Jones has been working at CastAlum since 2010 and has progressed from being an apprentice himself to now mentoring our current crop of apprentices! Here's what he has to say about why he chose a career in engineering, and his favourite parts of the job! "As a sixteen-year-old leaving school, I had never really considered engineering as a career, [...]

15 09, 2022

Cooling in Die Casting

2023-02-15T20:27:09+00:00September 15th, 2022|

Cooling in Die Casting Cooling is an incredibly important aspect of the die casting process. As such, we have invested a great deal of time and research into increasing our ability to consistently control the temperature of our dies. One of our best innovations in consistent cooling in die casting has been the invention of a system to that allows us to better monitor and control the flow of water through our dies and printed inserts. Affectionally dubbed 'Dietanic' by our engineers, this tool has been [...]

26 08, 2022

Employee Interview – Paul Evans

2022-09-01T08:44:02+00:00August 26th, 2022|

The People of CastAlum Continuing our employee interview series, our Project Engineer, Paul Evans, tells us what it’s like to work in engineering at CastAlum. Paul Evans has worked at CastAlum for twenty years after transferring his apprenticeship from another local company. Here’s his advice for anyone looking for a career in engineering! “I was first attracted to CastAlum due to the high level of automation used within the foundry. Each cell is clean, well-organised, and uses multiple robots throughout the die casting process. I started [...]

3 07, 2022

Die Casting Spray Robot Package from Wollin

2023-02-14T11:21:12+00:00July 3rd, 2022|

Die Casting Spray Robot Package from Wollin On our last two die casting cell installations, we have partnered with Wollin for their excellent spray robot package. During our history, we have utilised a range of robotic solutions in various processes to maximise our capabilities. An incredibly important installation for us is the spray robot, which is placed above the fixed die half, and has the job of spraying a water-based product to the tool before every cycle to ensure the casting is released cleanly from the [...]

24 03, 2022

Case Study: Non-Automotive Heatsink

2022-03-24T14:48:03+00:00March 24th, 2022|

Case Study: Non-Automotive Heatsink We have produced a wide array of different die cast components over the years, including this non-automotive part for a local customer. Read on to find out how we did it! CastAlum is well-known for our expertise within the automotive industry, but the skills that we have amassed over the past few decades have proven themselves useful to other industries as well! We were approached in 2021 by a local company to produce this large heatsink for their assembly. Their existing supplier had [...]

18 02, 2022

Employee Interview – Chris Roberts

2022-03-24T15:19:46+00:00February 18th, 2022|

The People of CastAlum Continuing our employee interview series, hear from our Procurement and Health & Safety Manager, Chris Roberts, about how he has progressed his career at CastAlum. Chris Roberts has been with CastAlum for nearly all of its twenty-year history! Keep reading to learn more about his experience and advice for anyone looking for a career in procurement. And if you'd like to join the team, head to https://castalum.com/careers or visit the link in our bio! “I originally came in to CastAlum to set up [...]

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