The two RCM Industries, Inc. divisions of Aallied Die Casting Co. of Illinois and Aallied Die Casting Co. of North Carolina are proud recipients of 2013 International Die Casting Design Awards, presented by the North American Die Casting Association. “This year’s winning castings exemplify the continued advancement in die casting capabilities,” said NADCA President Daniel Twarog. “There are advances not only in cost savings, but in structural applications as well. The entries in this year’s casting competition had a broad array of applications, from rugged heavy section components to delicate ultra-thin section components for various markets. There was also a shift towards more structural die castings among the 2013 entries.”
Aallied Die Casting Co. of Illinois won the design award for the aluminum casting under 1 lb. category. The winning “strip cut stripper” is a 380 aluminum casting, weighing 0.56 lbs. The end market is personal paper shredders. The work conducted by Aallied’s engineering team created a success story of re-shoring by providing quality and cost benefits through cooperative engineering. Aallied inherited a part from overseas with many existing defects and drastically improved the castability of the part.
Aallied Die Casting Co. of North Carolina won the design award for the aluminum casting over 10 lbs. (squeeze casting) category. The winning “clutch housing” is a 380 aluminum casting, weighing 28 lbs. The end market is heavy duty trucks (semi trucks). Specifically, this part is the bellhousing mount from the engine to transmission that houses the clutch. Originally made from cast iron, this part was previously giving the customer quality issues, such as porosity and leakers. The Aallied team pushed the envelope of typical high-pressure die casting, and designed a successful process, which benefited all companies involved. The quality of casting was greatly enhanced and with the higher production rates and a reduced piece price to the customer, this made for an even more attractive and successful project.
The awards ceremony took place at the 2013 NADCA Die Casting Congress & Tabletop in Louisville, KY. In total, there were five Aluminum categories awarded.