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ALUCAST Zonal Events - Banglore

Technical Presentation Organized by Banglore Centre on 24-02-2018

Mr N.S. Nikam, Chairman, Bengaluru Centre, welcomed the Die Casters of Bengaluru, and introduced the Grind Master team, comprising of Mr Sameer Kelkar (R & D - Head) and Mr Nilesh Pathak (Sales - Head).

Mr Parabhraman announced the demise of Mr P.N.Sadhu,Past President, ALUCAST. As a mark of respect 1 Minute Silence was observed. Mr Sameer Kelkar addressed the audience through Power point presentation explaining the working of their Machines which includes Robotic Extraction, Robotic Quenching, Trimming & De-flashing.The video showing their installations and working at Major Die Casting Units lighted up the interactive session.

The Session was very much appreciated by the Die Casters and expressed their views that investing in such machines was the way forward for the future. Mr Parabhraman-Trustee, ALUCAST also spoke and emphasised the need for working with such cost saving machines which are accurate & efficient in trimming and De-flashing of components and to ensure the Cost affordability of these Equipments and machines, to be made available to the Small & Medium Scale Die Casters.

Mr Sudhakar thanked participants and Grind Master team and also a special vote of Thanks to Dimo Die Cast, sponsors of Cocktails for the evening.


Bengaluru Centre organized a Technical Programme on 19-08-2016

Mr. Shrikant Bhat - M/s FOSECO India Ltd. (Solutions Manager, non ferrous foundry for INDIA & ASEAN countries)
gave a presentation on - Flux Developments and Practices for Non ferrous Foundries.

Since this was not a product presentation, he mainly focused on basics of fluxing. The technical presentation along with good quality slides was very educative for all the pressure die casters. 28 people attended this evening programme held at the century club. The cocktails was sponsored by Mr. Shivakumar of M/s Alloytech,- Bengaluru


Training Program at Bengaluru Center

The two day training programorganised by the Bengaluru Center on the 23rd and the 24th of July was a repeat of the same program which was conducted the previous month in Pune.

The program was conceptualised as a part of the vision of encouraging holistic development of the Pressure Die Casting industry. As a first step in the process of this objective, two very eminent people from the industry namely Vivek . S. Joshi of Jaya Hind Industries and Mr. Rajesh Aggarwal of Endurance Technologies, were requested to present a seminar on the their perspective and interpretation of the critical parameters associated with the die casting process and Die design, manufacture and usage.

Certificate Distribution


Mr.Lokesh Naik introducing the faculty

In both cases the participants of the seminar realised that the work by the two speakers was an energetic amalgamation of using the latest available technologies to assist the die casting process, the science behind the process i.e. the fundamentals of flow of molten material, the thermodynamics of the all the participating elements, management of heat and temperature, the latest software for flow analysis, the behaviour of the materials in the die tool and the machines themselves, and an intense effort to hunt out and deal with defects/inconsistencies in the castings and the process.

As the seminar unfolded and the speakers shared their experience of implementing their ideas on the shop floor and they started acknowledging the practical issues that could crop up in terms of the limitations of the process, casting raw materials, die tool materials, machines, systems and operator psychology that the participants really realised the value of all the work that was done by them.

The application of both the science and the technology tempered by a very real acknowledgement and understanding of the limitations, was in essence the big take away from the seminar.


ALUCAST- GODREJ Training Program at Bengaluru (Diecasting Tool Design & Diecasting Die Maintenance)

Godrej Team
Mr. Jayesh Rathod : Sr. General Manager
Mr. Praveen Rajan : Sr. Manager, Die casting Dies, Godrej.
Mr. Rakesh Ghag : Associate Chief Manager, Tool Management Services, Godrej.

ALUCAST Bengaluru centre in collaboration with Godrej Tooling conducted a One-day Training Program on Diecasting Tool Design and Diecasting Tool Maintenance. The program was conducted at The Atria Hotel, Bengaluru on 4th April 2014.

The Training program participation was limited to a maximum of 30 participants in the interest of quality of Training. This program subjects were earmarked for Shop-floor Supervisors and new Engineers up to 5 years' experience only. This was also communicated in the Invitation.

Eventually, we had a full-house of 30 participants representing 15 organisations including from Coimbatore and Shimoga. Participating companies were non-ALUCAST members in equal number.

The morning session started with a welcome and a brief statement on ALUCAST Bengaluru by Mr. P. Sukumaran Menon, the Training Coordinator for ALUCAST Bengaluru. This was followed by a 15 minute presentation of Godrej Tooling by Mr. Jayesh Rathod, Sr. General Manager, Godrej.

The first Technical session on "Diecasting Design to Succeed" was presented by Mr. Praveen Rajan. Mr. Rajan dealt at length on the various factors that influence Diecasting Tool design starting with purpose of Tool design, Basics of Tool design, Calculation of machine Tonnage, Gate area, runner design, etc. He also elaborated on accessories for dies ending with the latest trends and technologies in Tool design.

The post-lunch Technical session was presented by Mr. Rakesh Ghag covering the often ignored area of die maintenance. His presentation was titled "Solutions in Die Maintenance for Diecasting Dies." Mr. Ghag explained at length on the maintenance methodology as espoused by Godrej involving attention to the various reasons for die repair. He stressed to the audience on embracing Tool Maintenance as the 9th pillar of TPM activities and why it is important.

The program ended with a vote of thanks from Mr. Jayesh Rathod on behalf of Godrej and Mr. P. Sukumaran Menon on behalf of ALUCAST, Bengaluru Centre. ALUCAST thanked M/s Godrej for their presence and support to this program. Each of the participants was provided with a bound hard-copy of both the Technical presentations for their reference.

As a part of ALUCAST Bengaluru's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), we have been supporting The National Association for the Blind, Karnataka Branch. In continuation of this support, we invited a few visually impaired members of the NAB to be present for the Training Program and assist us in the Registration process. (Data entry).This they did with great gusto and were very pleased with the opportunity provided to them.

NAB Visually impaired members at the Registration Counter.

L to R: Mr. Praveen Rajan, Mr. Rakesh Ghag, Mr. Jayesh Rathod, Mr. Sukumaran Menon, and Mr. Lokesh Naik.

ALUCAST Bengaluru Centre expects to conduct similar Training program for its members and non-members once every 3 months and the next program is planned for June 2014.