Aluminium Casters' Association (ALUCAST), India in association with Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science, Oxford, UK and Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science, R&D Centre of Excellence, Germany, jointly organized a Webinar titled 'MATERIALS ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES FOR ALUMINIUM INDUSTRY'on Tuesday 5th October 2021 from 03:00 pm To 04:15 pm. The Webinar addressed the analytical challenges faced by the primary and the secondary Aluminium Industries and the associated markets like Automotive and Scrap Recycling.
The Webinar received overwhelming response. About two hundred delegates from all over the country registered and participated in the event. The Webinar was free for the participants.
Mr. Dhaval Rathod, Business Development Engineer, Hitachi High-Tech, Indian Sub-continent presented brief information about Hitachi High-Tech's market presence in the area of material analysis instruments and equipment. Mr. Frank Theuws - General Manager for Global OES Distribution, Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science based in Germany was the Chief Speaker for the Webinar. With over 30 years of global experience in Optical Emission Spectroscopy, Frank has extensively travelled in Asia Pacific, China and India understanding markets, customer needs and future analytical requirements. He has also previously worked in the applications and method development teams and has astute knowledge of the technology in this field of metal and non-metal industry. Mr. Frank spoke about the current global scenario of the primary and the secondary Aluminium Industry, fluctuating material prices and the challenges faced by the Industry with respect to the quality and the inspection and analysis of the quality of the materials.
The Webinar was organized by the ALUCAST Secretariat. The Webinar incepted with the opening remarks and ended with the closing remarks from Ms. Kirti Ramdasi – Secretary ALUCAST, India. Ms. Neha Karnik – Head, Marketing Communications, Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science, Asian Markets, Singapore coordinated the entire programme.
Aluminium Casters' Association (ALUCAST) in association with SLM Solutions Group AG, Germany and SLM's authorized partner in India - ARK Infosolutions Pvt Ltd, jointly organized a Webinar titled 'HOW DIE CASTING INDUSTRY CAN BENEFIT FROM 3D PRINTING' on 26th August 2021 from 03:00 pm To 04:15 pm.
The Webinar addressed the current challenges in Die Casting Industry with focus on more efficient and cost-optimized production with the help of 3D Printing Technology. The benefits of increased service life with optimized tempering, process optimization to reduce overall cycle times and 60% shorter cooling time through internal cooling channels was discussed.
The Webinar contents included introduction to the SLM Solutions Selective Laser Melting Technology, and presentation of the 3D Printing process. This was followed by discussion on increasing productivity and quality with AM tooling insert,improving time to market, reducing cost for prototype and low volume production.
The Webinar received overwhelming response. Around two hundred delegates from all over the country registered and participated in the event. The Webinar was free for the participants.
Mr.RalfFrohwerk, Global Head of Business Development SLM Solutions Group AG & Mr.Kaushik Deshikan Shettalur, Applications Engineer, SLM Solutions India were the speakers for the Webinar. Ralf Frohwerk manages the global business development at SLM Solutions Group AG and is based out of Germany.Kaushik Deshikan Shettalur is responsible for pre and post sales application support and machine &application training for the customers in India and is based out of Bangalore. Kaushik is a Factory Certified Engineer for installation and troubleshooting of SLM machines.
The Webinar was organized by the ALUCAST Secretariat. Kirti Ramdasi – Secretary ALUCAST, India and Naresh Mettugari – SLM Solutions coordinated the entire programme.
ALUCAST NADCA Series of Webinars has elicited a tremendous response with nearly one hundred delegates from all over the country registering to listen and interact over the several sessions.
Sessions were conducted by Dr. Steve Midson. Dr. Steve Midson is empanelled with NADCA. He has authored books on die casting dies, with special emphasis on improving die life. He conducted two- & three-day training programs at different Centres (Pune, Delhi, Bangalore& Chennai) in 2017 and 2019, on behalf of ALUCAST. Dr.Midson is associated with research groups in USA and China (where he is also a consultant).
Topics covered include Productivity Improvements, Mechanical Properties of Die Cast Alloys & New Technologies in Die Casting. Details are given below.
Sponsors for the event included Rockman Industries Ltd., Sunbeam Lightweighting Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Jaya Hind Industries Ltd, and Sundaram Clayton Ltd.
Over 100 registered and took part in the event while at remote locations, teams from the supporting companies viewed the proceedings on large screens in conference rooms and halls. Feedback received from participants was very good.
Mr. Rushikesh Bhange and his team from ALUCAST managed the platform and conducted the event. The Advisory Committee to the event included Ms. Kirti Ramdasi, Mr. Ganeshan Natarajan& Mr. Niranjan Toraskar.
The ALUCAST – NADCA training sessions were organized by Aluminium Casters' Association of India (ALUCAST) and conducted by faculty (Instructors) from NADCA (Dr.Stephen Midson for Process and Dr. R. Allen Miller for Design).
They were conducted at 4 venues- Pune, Chennai, Bangalore and Gurgaon between 09 August 2019 and 30 Aug 2019 (3 days at each city) with both streams running concurrently in two separate halls at the same venue.
The Topics covered were designed to fulfil the training needs of most die casters, dealing with PROCESS and DESIGN streams. At Gurgaon, a successfully completed case study was presented by Mr. Sandeep Tandon of DST Industries during the session.
All the participants were given certificates of participation by the respective Faculty members.
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Mr. Rajesh Aggarwal
The second week of July 2018 was a busy period at the Pune based ALUCAST office. Two training programs were conducted , the first on 9 July titled " Manufacturing Process Audit using VDA 6.3" followed by " Metal Flow & Solidification Pattern of Metal Inside die : Simulation Using Computer:" on 12 July.
The 15 and 20 delegates who attended the two one-day programs respectively were a satisfied lot. Most of them said they came to the programs with certain expectations and these were fully met . They appreciated the sessions where case studies of casting samples carried by the delegates were taken up in open sessions and the faculty guided the delegates themselves toward finding solution to problems. They wanted more such case studies analysed in future programs.
Mr. Chandrasekhar Deokar, Faculty for the Quality Management topics, impressed the delegates with his flowing style of rendering a dry subject into an interesting session. The sessions were interactive and delegates were given ample opportunities to speak out. Mr. Rajesh Aggarwal, Faculty on Die Design, put the delegates at total ease with his characteristic way of making difficult points easy to understand. The delegates appreciated the sessions where case studies of casting samples carried by the delegates were taken up in open sessions and the faculty guided the delegates themselves toward finding solution to problems. They wanted more such case studies analysed in future programs.
The delegates had good words for the training facilities , hospitality and the program management and co-ordination. Most have recorded that they would encourage their collegues to attend ALUCAST Training Programs.
ALUCAST successfully conducted a 4-day training course on Die Casting Process and Die Design, attended by 20 Engineers of Eaton Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Pimpri, Pune. The Engineers are part of the team manning the Supplier Quality Assurance, responsible for sourcing documentation, inspection and clearance of die cast aluminium parts which are used in the Hydraulic Systems of Tractors etc. John Deere is one of the major OE customers, who uses these Hydraulic Systems in their Tractors. Considering the nature of work of the target audience, ALUCAST prepared a complete new set of topics to be covered and the course material, copies of which were given to the trainees before the sessions started. The in-house training sessions were spread over four working days 21-22 March and 28-29 March 2018.
Mr. R. A. R.Prasad, Mr.N.Ganesan, Mr. Rajesh Aggarwal and Mr.N.V.Toraskar were the faculty members. The course contents, methodology and open house sessions were appreciated by all the trainees, who also said that such sessions should be repeated at least once every year so that the Engineers are up to date.
The ALUCAST – NADCA training sessions organized by Aluminium Casters' Assocition of India (ALUCAST) and conducted by faculty (Instructors) from NADCA concluded with the end of day 3 (7 Sep 2017) of the three day sessions at Hotel Chancery Pavilion , Bangalore. Right from the opening session at the Hotel Pllazio, Gurgaon,on 28 – 29 – 30 Aug 2017, through the three days (1 – 2 – 3 Sep 2017) at the Hotel Sheraton, Bund Garden, Pune, and finally the three days (5 – 6 – 7 Sep 2017) at Hotel Chancery Pavilion, Bangalore, the entire program was executed without a hitch and with clockwork precision, thanks to the efforts of the Office Bearers and other members of the ALUCAST teams at the three Zonal Centres, the two Instructors and the hotel staff.
Response from the die casting industry was overwhelming. A total of over 150 delegates attended the Training Sessions, with each of the three venues registering 50 or more delegates. Maruti Suzuki lead the pack with 18 delegates, Jaya Hind Industries, Endurance Technologies and Cummins Group followed with 8 delegates each, BOSCH and EATON with 5 each, and HMSI, India Yamaha, Sunbeam Auto were firms who sent 4 delegates each, reflecting participation from all regions of India which have high concentration of die casting units.
The design and contents of the Training sessions were conceived and developed by Mr. R. A. R.Prasad, Advisor (Technical), ALUCAST, with inputs from the two Instructors, Dr. Steve Midson and Dr. Allen Miller, who were hand picked by NADCA from a large pool of Instructors at NADCA. The two most important aspects of die casting technology, namely "PROCESS" and "DESIGN", were tackled by Dr. Midson and Dr. Miller respectively.
As many as 102 delegates opted for Stream 1 (PROCESS), handled by Dr. Steve Midson, and 51 delegates opted for Stream 2 (DESIGN), handled by Dr. Allen Miller. All the sessions were highly inter active and the Instructors fielded the questions with aplomb, to the full satisfaction of the delegates. However, a view expressed by many delegates, as per notings in the Feed back forms, was that they would welcome presentation of actual Case Studies, to supplement the text given as Course Material.
Handing over Certificate of participation to all the delegates, Dr.Midson remarked that he found substantially greater awareness and application of die casting technology amongst delegates attending this years' sessions, compared to four years ago. (Dr. Midson was a faculty during similar sessions held during November 2013 also).
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Delegates at TP1603
Mr. Rajesh Aggarwal-Faculty
Mr. Viviek Joshi-Faculty
A two day training program titled "Engineering Die Casting Dies in Sync with Die casting Process" was held at the Training Hall, Amar Neptune at ALUCAST office, on 23 and 24 June 2016. Among the thirteen delegates who attended was also a student of NTTF, Bangalore. All the delegates were appreciative of the course content, training arrangements and particularly the methodology used by the faculty. Suggestions received by way of feedback were a) course duration to be at least 50% longer, so as to allot more time for detailed explanations) More visuals/video films to be use to explain casting simulation and die casting process.c) Pictures/Photographs used to illustrate process/simulation to be in color.(if this is not possible, soft copy to be given in pendrives)
ALUCAST gave 50% concession on course fees for bonafide students.
A two day training program was conducted at BATS, Attibelle, Bangalore on 8th and 9th Feb 2016. The program was attended by 22 delegates from Bangalore Zonal Center. This training program also includes hand-on training on Buhler Ecoline 53 machine. The faculty was Mr.P.Sukumaran Menon, Consultant, 4M Dynamiks.
Another such training program is planned in the month of April 2016 on 18 and 19 April 2016.
BATS training (8-9 Feb 2016)
BATS Training (8-9 Feb2016)
Training program in progess
View of Delegates
Training program in progess
This training course was designed and specially aimed at entry level engineers in quality control, quality assurance and metallurgists in Aluminium foundries, personnel responsible for development and procurement of Aluminium castings outsourced. Also of interest to Engineering Degree and Diploma Students in Metallurgy/Mechanical Engineering. The Course covered Introduction to Aluminium as a versatile metal, effect of alloying elements, classification and use of Aluminium Alloys in some detail. Metallurgy and In-House preparation of common casting alloys. Post Casting Operations on Aluminium Castings.
Effect of Heat Treatment on physical properties of Aluminium alloy and why Heat Treatment is classified as a "special process." Certificates of participation in the training program were awarded to the delegates.
The First Training Programme(TP-1) was conducted by ALUCAST in its own premises in the newly inaugurated fully equipped training Hall at Baner Road, Pune. Mr.VishwasKale, Former Trustee and Senior Member of ALUCAST, Manging Director, Vijayesh Instruments Pvt.Ltd. inaugurated the Programme. More than 20 delegates attended the training programme. The Programme was aimed at the middle management personnel in the diecasting industry - the Process owners, persons authorized to make changes (Shop floor Engineers, QC Engineers, Die design engineers, Tool room engineers.)
The Course was designed by keeping in mind the need of the hour that Indian Die casters need to refresh fundamentals and have systematic approach in Process or problem solving rather than fire fighting and working on hunches.
Emphasis was given on the analytical part of die casting die in relation to die casting process to explain clearly the "WHY", and not only the "WHAT" and "HOW" of die design and casting process but also to inculcate mutual respect and appreciation of compulsions of die design engineer and process engineer. Casting defects and fundamentals of process and their correlation, simple problem solving techniques was also covered.
Mr. R. A. R. Prasad, Secretary, ACAI
Mr. Suhas Palekar, Chairman, Pune Center
Mr. Vishwas Kale Ex-Trustee
A View of Delegates
Delegates attending the training Program
Delegates attending the training Program
Mr. Rajesh Aggarwal - Faculty
Mr. Viviek Joshi - Faculty
Training Program in progress
Training Program in progress
The two Faculty members, Mr. Rajesh Aggarwal, a National(ALUCAST) and International(NADCA) Award winning designer and Senior GM Casting Product Development Center and Tool Room at Endurance Technologies and Mr.Viviek Joshi, Senior GM Quality and Systems at JayaHind IndustriesLtd. conducted the training course setting new standards for clarity of expression and satisfying every single query from the delegates.
Certificates of participation in the training programme were awarded to all the delegates. A brief on various courses to be conducted by ALUCAST in future was also given to the delegates.