Megacasting ever larger vehicle body parts is pushing the boundaries of die casting, and of every crucial complementary discipline – component design, alloy selection, melting, dosing, tempering, spraying, casting, extraction, cooling, deburring, marking, and final handling. In addition to supplying the right die-casting machines, Bühler also helps customers conceive the die-casting cell, from the melting furnace through the process chain to the finished part and its integration into existing manufacturing sites.
As aluminum die castings grow, all production steps must be reconceived to cope with the size and weight of the new megacastings – the fact that they can no longer be carried by humans is just one of the many challenges. That’s why Bühler works with its customers to conceive and commission entire process solutions from ingot to the body shop. Robots and transport racks, for example, are vital parts of an integrated transportation system that takes over the handling of megacastings from the jaws of the Carat machine to the body shop. “We at Bühler, and our partner network, can provide solutions for all these processes thanks to our wide practical knowledge in commissioning and running such large cells, collaborating with foundries and suppliers all over the world,” says Lagler.
Bühler helps manufacturers design and build complete custom solutions, with professional project management to deliver on time and on budget. Aside from planning and commissioning, Bühler also offers training, maintenance, servicing, and support once the megacasting cell is running.