Kimura Foundry Co. Ltd. is installing SinterCast compacted-graphite iron technology for new-product development, prototyping, and production of niche products. The Mini-System 3000 system is expected to be installed at the Shizouka, Japan, foundry be the end of 2018.
The Kimura Group operates three foundries in Japan, producing iron castings for dies for stamping and diecasting, machine tool beds and frame structures, automotive engine parts, pumps, compressors and energy industry components. It also operates three pattern shops and three specialty-machining operations.
In 2017, the group broke ground in Shelbyville, IN, for Kimura Foundry America, which is scheduled to start up late this year.
SinterCast AB develops and licenses production technology for compacted graphite iron (CGI), a specialty grade of cast iron that has greater tensile strength, stiffness, and fatigue strength than gray iron or aluminum.
The SinterCast Mini-System 3000 is a mobile process-control unit with a process computer, measurement electronics, and an operator display screen, used in lab settings and in melt shops to manage the SinterCast CGI process-control technology. It can be fitted with a wire-feeder system, as necessary, to adjust melt chemistry manually, as indicated by the control system.
“Adding CGI casting capability with the SinterCast process will position Kimura as a leading global casting supplier for new product development,” according to Kazutoshi Kimura, president of the ferrous foundry company. “Together with our Full Mould Process and 3D sand printing capabilities, global OEMs and partner foundries can leverage Kimura’s engineering and casting capabilities for short lead-time prototype castings, providing design engineers with the ability to rapidly develop new engine programs or other component applications.”
It will be the fourth SinterCast system installation in Japan and the twentieth system installed in Asia, the Swedish developer noted.
“The Kimura order reaffirms the trend toward CGI for demanding casting applications,” commented president and CEO Dr. Steve Dawson. “Kimura will now be able to offer complete CGI casting solutions for automotive, commercial vehicle, and industrial power OEMs for prototyping and niche volume production.”