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ALUCAST Zonal Events - Pune

Training Program at Pune on 19-03-2018

Training Program on Metallurgy of Aluminium and Heat Treatment as a Special Operation was held on 19 March 2018 at ALUCAST Training Hall at Pune. The Program also coveredHeat Treat System Assessment(CQI.9) now made mandatory by AIAG(Automotive Industry Action Group).The Faculty was Mr.R.A.R.Prasad, Mr.Ganesan and Mr.Vishwas Kale. The training was attended by the delegates deputed by the participant companies from Pune, Nashik, Kolhapur and Aurangabad.


Software Presentation on "Cost effective solutionsfor choosing the charge mix for alloying of Aluminium in house"

Pune Center had organised a software presentation on the above topic on 13th October 2016 at ALUCAST Office at Baner Road.

Aluminium alloys commonly used in diecasting contain alloying elements in various proportions. Some of these are very costly and could influence the cost of final alloy appreciably. While preparing alloys in-house, care is to be exercised to limit the % of such elements at or near the lower limit. This can be managed if only one or two alloying elements are involved. However, the charge calculation becomes much more complex if more elements are involved. One would have to resort to calculations using a computer.

M/s.CompubeeTechologiesPvt. Ltd., Mumbai has developed a software package which provides solutions to the above situation. The package is reported to be fairly versatile and with a very short period of ROI. Mr.Chandrashekhar Joshi, Chartered Engineer of Compubee Technologies Pvt. Ltd. Demonstrated the package in front of a group of members of Pune Center.


Training Program at Pune Zonal Centre

Pune Zonal Centre organised a one day Training Programme on "Basic principles of working of Pneumatic, Hydraulic, Electrical and Electronic Controls" on 28 May 2013, The course was aimed at introduction of basic principles of working of Control Systems, understanding different kinds controllers and their application, identifying parts which are critical. This was Part 1 of a two-part series for operators, supervisors and engineers, maintenance mechanics and Purchase Engineers. Mr.Suhas Palekar dealt with Hydraulic systems, Mr.B.B.Lohia with Pneumatic Systems, Mr. Tilak of Cat Engg, with Electric and Electronic controls. Mr.Avinash Patil, Operations Manager (India), of LK Machinery, India, gave an introduction to the working of (Pressure) Die Casting Machine, with special attention to the hydraulic systems. The delegates were shown the different systems on a machine installed and capable of dry run.

The training program which was conducted at the Training Room of LK Machinery, India, at MIDC Bhosari, Pune, was attended by ten delegates. Part 2 of the series, "Care and Maintenance of Control Systems, Interfacing of peripheral equipment with die casting machine" is scheduled for 28 & 29 June 2013 at the same venue which is now postponed to be scheduled in the month of August2013.

Delegates at the training program

Mr.Tilak explaining PLC System

Explaining Hydraulic system at injection end of PDC machine

Mr. Avinash Patil on DCM

Part II of Training Programme (Care and Maintenance of Control Systems)
Part II of the training programme , "Care and Maintenance of Control Systems", was conducted by Pune Centre on 3 & 4 September 2013, at Bhosari Industrial Estate, Pune. The course, which was specially designed chiefly for maintenance personnel in die casting units, was well attended, by a mix of Maintenance and Production personnel.

External Faculty was engaged for this two day programme. Mr.Nivas Patil of Meenal Engineers, Pune, did a great job of explaining the construction, working principle, care and maintenance of Hydraulic Control Systems in die casting machines. Delegates expressed complete satisfaction of the course content and presentation.

Service Engineer Mr.Rohan Patil from M/S OMRON , dealers of M/S Industrial Controls and Appliances Pvt.Ltd, explained in some detail the design, construction and use of PLC Systems. Mr.Avinash Patil, Operations Manager,(India) of L.K.Machinery International Ltd explained the intricacies of computerised real time closed loop injection control systems, and the benefits of such control systems. The presentation was much appreciated by delegates.

ALUCAST wishes to record appreciation of Mr.Avinash Patil's offer to use the training facilities at their works for conducting the training programme. Hydraulic control systems in a hot chamber machine undergoing servicing at the Works were shown and explained . Certificate of participation was given to each of the sixteen delegates . According to feed back received from delegates, training programs for maintenance staff are very few. Many recommended that this type of program should be held more frequently and that more time should be allotted. It may be necessary to repeat the program after a few months.