In the May edition of Die Casting Engineer Magazine, the North American Die Casting Association (NADCA) tasked a team of students from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign with reviewing the current trim process and researching possible alternatives utilizing automation. Key members of the RCM Industries team, including Robert M. Marconi, Phil Burton, and Rob Alexander, provided valuable knowledge and time vital to the success of the project.
As robots become more sophisticated and affordable, the role that they play in die casting should increase. Ideally, a robot should prevent a human operator from performing repetitive, brainless tasks. Instead, the human should be able to focus on quality control and problem solving. One area of die casting that still sees a lot of human interaction is the trim operation. Captive die casters have been able to automate much of this process because machines are dedicated to a single product line. For many custom die casters, this is not a feasible option because of the product mix.
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