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Q1 Award for POWER-CAST Light Metal Solutions

POWER-CAST Light Metal Solutions (LMS) delivers between 1.5 and 2 million ready-to-install hand brake systems – just in time – every year as a first-tier supplier to different OEMs and their global sites.

The company was honoured by Ford in March 2017 by the covered and highly demanding Q1 Award, officially presented at the start of July. It is the highest quality award that the automotive manufacturer can bestow on its suppliers. Ford uses this system to significantly raise the bar in terms of the requirements of international quality standards, such as those set out in DIN ISO TS 16949, by using Ford-specific Q1 criteria relating to quality KPIs (PPM and QR), AIAG logistics certification in line with global MMOG/LE (Materials Management Operations Guidelines/Logistics Evaluation), MSA (Manufacturing site assessment) and engineering performance. The automotive manufacturer uses this prize to reward the outstanding performance delivered by POWER-CAST site in the Baden-Wuerttemberg town of Schlierbach and is thus designating the company as one of the best system suppliers in the industry.

POWER-CAST LMS is an international leader in the development and production of system components for various sectors. It focuses on lightweight systems using aluminium and magnesium die-cast parts. An established network guarantees the company efficient processes in all areas and along the entire value creation chain. LMS also makes the most of synergies within the Group. The magnesium cast parts for the Ford hand brake system come from POWER-CAST Zitzmann, based in the Bavarian town of Stockheim. Prototypes, state-of-the-art modern production principles, including “One Piece Flow” and “Poka Yoke”, which we use in the development of assembly facilities, guarantee efficient processes with the minimum possible investment.

DruMeta becomes part of POWER-CAST Group

Kopf Group takes over zinc die casting company DruMeta-Metall GmbH & Co. KG located in Velbert/Germany on July 1st, 2016. Willi Kopf, founder and owner of Kopf Group is glad about this acquisition: “DruMeta has been founded 50 years ago and is one of the leading zinc die casting companies in Europe. With the 170 well educated staff and a wide variety of customers the company will fit perfectly into our strategic development.”

Covered by the brand POWER-CAST the group brings traditional foundries together under a single roof. With 8 locations in Germany, the Czech Republic and Mexico they deliver high-precision aluminium, magnesium and zinc die castings. The nearness to the customers plays a very crucial role in this. The company is able to realize all the benefits associated with the application of die cast components for its customers and it does so as a full-service provider, from development partnerships right through to fully assembled components. The deep know-how of all three die casting alloys – aluminium, magnesium and zinc – offers a unique customer benefit. Two or three individual POWER-CAST locations are strategically coordinated and specialized in the same types of alloys. Lightweight construction systems made from magnesium and aluminium round off the automotive portfolio.

Kopf Group is a family-run medium-size company located in Kirchheim/Teck, near Stuttgart in Germany. The group consists of the business divisions ZINKPOWER® and POWER-CAST and offers hot-dip-galvanizing and die casting. In totally 2,400 employees are working in 46 locations in 10 countries worldwide.

Innovativo sistema de colada con seguridad del proceso en la producción en serie

¿Es posible acortar el tiempo de ciclo a cerca de la mitad, ahorrando al mismo tiempo un 66% de material de recirculación, y junto a esto elevar aún la calidad?  Por principio – sí, es posible. POWER-CAST Ortmann dio la demostración con una tapa de carcaza, producida en un proceso de fundición a presión de zinc utilizando la innovativa tecnología FSG.

La abreviación FGS se refiere a Frech Gating System, un proceso en el cual el distribuidor convencional no requiere ser llenado y enfriado, antes de que se abra el molde. En el proyecto de la tapa de carcaza se reduce el tiempo de ciclo en comparación con el sistema convencional de máquina/herramental en un 47 porciento de 6.5  a 5.4 segundos. Aún mayor resulta la reducción del material de recirculación con un 66 Prozent, De esta manera se eleva significativamente  la eficiencia de energía. El resultante Ahorro de Emisión de CO2 alcanza anualmente los  35,344 kg, lo que corresponde a una corrida de 297,000 km de un automóvil del segmento medio superior.

El potencial del sistema FGS fue reconocido tempranamente por los directivos de POWER-CAST Ortmann y fue perfeccionado para el proceso de producción en serie tras una asociación de desarrollo conjunto con la empresa Frech.

Tres Metales, un Objetivo: Su Exito

El “who is who” del ramo se reunió del 12 al 14 de enero de 2016 en la EUROGUSS en Nürnberg. Cerca de 12,000 visitantes profesionales de los ramos más variados aprovecharon la oportunidad y se informaron acerca de los más recientes desarrollos en el área de la fundición a presión.

1. Lugar en eficiencia de recursos y energía

Por sexta vez consecutiva, la iniciativa del zinc invitó a la participación en el concurso de fundición a presión. Los ganadores fueron galardonados oficialmente en el marco de la inauguración de la Euroguss. Entre ellos POWER-CAST Ortmann, cuyos directivos lograron recibir el codiciado premio una vez más.

La pieza premiada fue una tapa de carcaza, moldeada en un molde de seis cavidades mediante la utilización de la tecnología FGS.

Potencial de ahorro:
Tiempo de ciclo 47%
Recirculación de material 66%
CO2 35,344 kg