One of the ways NADCA supports the vitality of the die casting industry is by helping it stay ahead of the technological curve.
NADCA maintains a vigorous research and development program that explores new alloys and casting processes; manages a technical archive; publishes books and software that all die casters and designers can use as resource.
The association is internationally known as a trusted source for providing technical standards to the die casting industry, and publishes High Pressure, SSM and Safety Standards standards. These guidelines are prepared and published by NADCA, in collaboration with OEM engineers and dedicated die casting industry technical specialists that contribute to the development, research, organization and review process.
Die casting is one of the most environmentally friendly metalcasting processes available. More than 95% of the aluminum die castings produced in North America are made of post-consumer recycled aluminum. NADCA works with the EPA and other government and media agencies to maintain die casting's "green" reputation.
NADCA's Energy Resources contain a wealth of information, including free videos, tutorials and statistics. Conserving energy is good for the earth, and great for a company's bottom line — NADCA's tools can help companies with both.
Research and development (R&D) efforts sponsored and coordinated by NADCA continue to grow not only in quantity and funding level, but most importantly, in effectiveness of delivering technical benefits to the NADCA membership base. The primary goal of the NADCA Research & Development Program is to drive the die casting industry down the road of technological advancement in order to promote profitable growth and enhance the ability to compete both domestically and in the international marketplace.
The research and development efforts and transfer of technology are guided by the Technology Administration Group and three technical committees - The Die Materials Committee, The Research and Development Committee and the International Technical Council.
Research project objectives, such as improving casting integrity, improving alloys, increasing die life, improving quality and lead times through simulation, implementing high integrity casting technology and energy conservation. Specific strategic areas to which efforts are applied include: aluminum, zinc, magnesium, semi-solid alloys and metal matrix composites; base material and coatings for dies and inserts; optimization of process parameters; metal flow, die design, die deflection and property simulation; energy conservation; rapid tooling; and pollution prevention. Projects are funded by various sources such as The United States Department of Defense (DOD), The United States Department of Energy (DOE), United States Automotive Materials Partnership (USAMP), American Institute for Pollution Prevention (AIPP) and the State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs (DCCA). NADCA is a member of the American Metalcasting Consortium (AMC) and the Cast Metals Coalition (CMC) which utilize DOD and DOE funds, respectively.
|In short, the NADCA R&D Strategic Plan and Roadmap addresses the research efforts that are viewed as pertinent to the on-going viability of the North American die casting industry. In addition, the efforts are targeted at shaping the die casting industry of the future by providing technologies that will be needed. This is the full version of the Plan which explains the strategic areas, formulation of the roadmap, and portfolio of projects.
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This webinar is intended to provide die casters with information on technologies related to the NADCA R&D Program that are plant ready. The topics that will be covered during the presentation include die materials, high performance aluminum alloys, heat treat of standard high pressure die cast aluminum alloys, pulsed spray, advanced die coatings, the new gating/fill time equation, and additive manufacturing for die components. Benefits of implementing the new technologies in the die casting plant and success stories will be provided to show how: new die materials can extend die life; new aluminum die casting alloy compositions and heat treatment of standard high pressure die castings boost properties; pulsed spray improves efficiency and reduces die lubricant usage; spray can be reduced or eliminated with advanced coatings; better running dies can be obtained through more accurate gate sizing; and, additive manufactured die components yield better thermal control.
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