MDA04-111: Innovative Manufacturing Process Improvement
HITCHCOCK INDUSTRIES INC MINNEAPOLIS MN
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The overall objective is to demonstrate both the technical and economic feasibility of using a fluidized bed system, initially developed for heat treatment, quenching, and aging of premium aluminum sand castings, to separate castings from sand molds, to de-core internal passageways in the castings, to reclaim the sand for re-use, and to use the binder resins from the molds and waste sand from mold building as a partial source of energy supply for the operation. This system will replace the mechanical shaker tables and hot air convective ovens currently used to remove sand and de-core premium aluminum castings from resin-bonded sand molds.
- Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems
- Fabrication Metallurgy
- Machinery and Tools