The initial situation:

A new component, the motor flange, was developed for the further development of conveyor technology. Designers and product developers questioned about how the new component could be manufactured quickly, reliably and economically.

The challenge:

Finding a manufacturing process for low to medium production quantities which provides the optimal quality at the lowest possible costs.

The procedure:

The motor flange was designed first. A prototype for tests and trials was constructed using the conventional machining. Once the test phase was completed, a mold was created based on this prototype. Then the motor flange was produced as a casting part.

The manufacturing processes of casting and machining were examined holistically for their costs and benefits as part of the design-to-cost method.

Comparison of manufacturing processes:

Machining process – conventional mechanical processing

Machining or metal cutting with low material utilization.
Machining or metal cutting with low material utilization.
  • Cutting of raw material
  • Chipping of material to create the rough form
  • Final machining by lathing, milling and drilling

Blank weight: 10.2 kg
Finished part: 1.7 kg
Material utilization: about 17%

Manufacturing a casted part with subsequent mechanical processing

Manufacturing of casting parts with subsequent mechanical processing and high material utilization.
Manufacturing of casting parts with subsequent mechanical processing and high material utilization.
  • Casting
  • Final machining by lathing, milling and drilling

Blank weight: 2 kg
Finished part: 1.5 kg
Material utilization: 75%

Costs advantages in the production of casting parts are achieved starting at a production quantity of 43 components.

Conclusion:

Already starting at a series production of 43 pieces, the manufacturing of casting parts achieves a better cost-benefit ratio than conventional mechanical processing.

Complicated geometries can be realized using castings. The material utilization of the casting process is about five times higher than of the machining process: The final machining requires significantly less effort due to the near-net-shape mold. Any waste materials, such as metal chips, are completely recycled into the process cycle.

During the development phase, the prototype often still requires adjustments. It is advisable that the casting mold may only be created when the component will not be changed anymore. Therefore, it is common to start with machining at the beginning of the development phase and switch to casting afterward, as soon as the prototype has met all requirements.

From A for aluminum to Z for zinc – all metals of technical importance can be cast and are thus always tailor-made.

Advantages of casting production

Fewer process steps

Complex preparation steps for removing the material are no longer necessary, as the part is cast into the requested shape.

Faster production and manufacturing

The time required for mechanical manufacturing is reduced by about half.

Fewer costs in series production

Casting materials are more cost-effective than rolled semi-finished products. The material is utilized much better and the manufacturing costs are reduced.

Lower resource consumption

thanks to effective material utilization. The cost and energy balance are improving.

The developed motor flange has to meet the quality and durability requirements as well as be efficient and profitable.

The developed motor flange is integrated into the existing conveyor technology as a new drive system. It is designed to meet the requirements not only of quality and durability, but also of efficiency and profitability.

Find out more about castings

Grenzebach chooses the appropriate casting process together with the customer and cooperates with numerous foundries.

We will choose the right casting process for your component from our broad portfolio together with you. We have been working with several foundries in China for years.

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The casting parts get their perfect finish in the Grenzebach casting center in Jiashan and are turned into a high-quality component there.

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Your contact person: Alfred Schlosser

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Alfred Schlosser Grenzebach