Automotive Industry

We supply equipment to major automotive companies and OEM automotive suppliers

Engine Blocks

3, 4, V6 and V8-cylinder engine block

The types of products and plant configurations to obtain the products are many and in the pursuit of total flexibility

  • with machines from 2150 to 4000 tonnes,
  • from molten metal to the finished engine block,
  • from 9 to 52 kg of cast weight,
  • from single machine, to the integration of automation as coordinator, to the role of supplier of the completed cell.

The machines and the cells are designed and manufactured specifically for the application: lubrication with dedicated head, a single robot or two robots, automatic removal of the sprue with deburring die or saw, loading and handling of inserts (cold or pre heated) secondary or ancillary processing (heat treatment, sanding, deburring), partnerships with die makers to optimise the cycle time and die design.

Other Automotive Components

  • Cylinder heads
  • Gearbox
  • Oil sump
  • Clutch housing
  • Steering box
  • Turbocharger body
  • Engine support
  • Intake manifolds
  • Steering knuckle
  • Suspension arm
  • Front and rear
  • Brake calipers
  • Master cylinder

Structural Parts

In recent years we have consolidated our experience in the field of the "structural" castings, reconciling new technological requirements such as:

  • High speed shot phase
  • Flexibility and combination variations for closing end and shot end
  • High machine rigidity
  • Vacuum technology

 

The requirements for castings with new characteristics are:

  • Bodywork and safety components
  • Magnesium or aluminium alloys
  • Complex geometry
  • With minimum thickness and wide casting area
  • With the option of thermal treatment
  • High integrity

Magnesium Parts

Magnesium die casting has significant advantages, primarily the specific weight of only 1.8 g/cm3 (a reduction of 33% compared to 2.7 g/cm3 aluminium). Once limited to electronic components and portable tools, today magnesium is widely used in the automotive industry with the ability to produce complex castings (and that are therefore also structural and safe), which reduce the weight of the vehicle and thus their fuel consumption.

The 2 separate circuit Italpresse shot end, one for the 1° and 2° phase, and one for the 3°, maintains total constancy and repeatability at different shot stages to ensure quality castings, as well as reaching very high speeds, at around 8 meters per second with the metal. In magnesium die casting the alloy has higher flow characteristics and the castings are often very thin walls: the higher shot rate is therefore a key factor in the whole process.

In some cases, the machines are equipped with a double magnesium and aluminium furnace, to allow for differentiated production and total flexibility.