7ε Blog

 

Casting is a 1000 year old process and it seems to be continually rediscovering the wheel. The in-process data across its sub-processes are stored in numerous small data islands. Traceability and reusing in-process data for continual process improvement is still a distant dream for many precision foundries. Surprisingly, similar culture exists even within foundry trade associations and organisations that hold copyright of so many papers that have been published over the period of years. The information is scattered everywhere and the papers or even the abstracts are not readily available to process engineers at the point of need. Many foundry departments in prestigious Universities have either been closed or are closing down. Foundry managers are acknowledging that there is a skills shortage.

The purpose of the 7Epsilon blog is to work with academia, trade associations, consultants and suppliers who are foundry experts and willing to contribute either to the knowledge or provide pointers to the published literature so that this blog becomes a resource of foundry knowledge with proper citations to original references. The blog covers wide ranging topics related to casting process improvement projects for variety of alloys and processes. Summary of experimental research projects/papers that highlight or provide new relationships/insights among measurable factors and defects/mechanical properties (process responses) are welcome. Foundry experts are also invited to write tips/best practise advice on this blog. Please contact Dr Rajesh Ransing at Swansea University or any of the consortium members to discuss how you can contribute to this blog.