Friday, September 20, 2013

Why You Need Value Engineering for Casting Aluminum

Looking for aluminum casting solutions at the best value? Make sure that your die casting company is an expert in value engineering. Die casting can be an expensive process, but with the right design and steps, you can have your die cast component manufactured for a great value.

It’s best to go with a die casting company that has been around a while. These companies have worked out kinks in the process and will be able to help you through production with less costly errors and design iterations before you find the best design for your product.  They will be able to find innovative designs and use value analysis techniques to help you create the most cost-efficient design for your needs. From metals selection to draft angle calculation, these more experienced companies will walk you through a seamless and cost efficient product process.

If you are considering another manufacturing method, make sure to first get a die casting quote. Die casting, if done correctly, can have significant cost and other advantages. Die casting alloys are fully recyclable and can be very cost efficient (consider zinc). Die casting also allows for complex parts to be produced without the need for secondary machining, further reducing costs.

Some ideas to consider are:

·        Designing parts to be manufactured using multi-slide die casting
      Consolidating parts and simplifying component function
·         Designing parts to eliminate or reduce assembly operations
 Designing parts to eliminate secondary machining needs

Global Value Engineering – Going international is a big undertaking. If you’re going to sell parts in foreign countries, consider a company that has die casting facilities in those localities. You’ll save on transportation costs of your parts once they go to market. You’ll also save on manufacturing time by splitting up the job between multiple facilities located closer to their end destination, allowing you to meet strict production deadlines. 

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