U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Advanced Manufacturing Office
Metal Casting Plant-wide Assessment to Feature New, Emerging Technologies
October 22, 2001
OIT staff were recently joined by representatives of Oak Ridge National Lab
in launching a metal casting plant-wide assessment at RCM Industries. The
assessment is part of a longer-term relationship between OIT and the North
American Die Casters Association (NADCA). The program represents a new
approach to identifying new/emerging technologies that are high priority to
industry and defining a dissemination program to make the industry aware of the
technologies. It is an outgrowth of the OIT's plant-wide assessment
activity and supports its technology implementation efforts and 'Industry of the
Future' R&D agenda.
The activity involves three principal activities:
- NADCA will compile a list of new/emerging
technologies of potential interest to the metal casting industry. These
technologies will include both those in OIT's portfolio and those being
developed by industry.
- NADCA and RCM will assemble a team of technical
experts from the industry to assess the applicability/impact of the identified
technologies. It is expected that the assessment and implementation of
economically justifiable recommedations will result in 10-20% energy savings,
10% increase in productivity, 30-40% improvement in die life, and 10-15%
reduction in scrap.
- The results of the assessment will then be comminicated to the industry
through final reports published in NADCA's bimonthly magazine, Die
Casting Engineer, and on the NADCA website.
The technical project summary and energy checklist developed through this
project will be available from NADCA for similar assessments at other plant
locations. The NADCA Research and Development Committee will have the
results of the assessments available to guide current and future technical
projects toward greater energy savings.