Aluminium castings are increasingly being used in material handling equipment due to their excellent properties such as high strength-to-weight ratio, corrosion resistance, durability, and ease of manufacturing. Alpha Engineering, an ISO 9001:2015 certified company is a leading manufacturer of material handling equipment and has been using aluminium castings in its products for many years. We have made it a practice at Alpha Engineering to manufacture and supply best quality aluminium castings for material handling equipment. This has been possible due to the experienced and skilled staff we possess, our staff are diligent enough to act as per planned schedule and meet our deliverables in a timely manner.
Aluminium castings are produced by pouring molten aluminium into a mould, which is then allowed to cool and solidify. There are several different methods for casting aluminium, including sand casting, die casting and permanent mold casting. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages, and the choice of casting method depends on the specific requirements of the application.
A couple of advantages can be mentioned as below :
Aluminium is a lightweight metal, with a density approximately one-third that of steel. Despite its low weight, aluminium has excellent toughness and stiffness, making it ideal for manufacturing of material handling equipment. By using aluminium castings in the manufacturing of products, Alpha Engineering is able to produce equipment that is robust and lightweight, making it easier to handle and transport.
Another important benefit of aluminium castings is they are corrosion resistant. Aluminium has a natural oxide layer on its surface that provides a barrier against corrosion. This makes aluminium exceptional for use in outdoor applications or in environments where the equipment is exposed to moisture or other corrosive substances. By using aluminium castings, manufacturers are able to produce material handling equipment that is more durable and long-lasting, even in rigid environments.
Aluminium castings are also easy to manufacture, which makes them a cost-effective choice for material handling equipment. The casting process is relatively simple and once the mould is made, it can be used to produce many identical parts. This allows manufacturers to produce large quantities of high-quality parts quickly and efficiently, reducing production costs and lead times.
One of the most common types of aluminium castings used in material handling equipment is die castings. Die casting is a process in which molten aluminium is forced into a die, which is a steel mould with a cavity in the shape of the desired part. Once the aluminium gets solidified, the die is opened and the part is ejected. Die casting is a highly precise method of manufacturing aluminium parts and it allows different manufacturers to produce parts with very tight tolerance and complex shape.
Another type of aluminium casting used in material handling equipment is sand casting. Sand casting is a process in which a mould is made by packing sand around a pattern of the desired part. Molten aluminium is then poured into the mould, and once it gets hard, the sand is removed, leaving behind the cast part. Sand casting is a versatile and cost-effective method of manufacturing aluminium parts and it allows to produce these parts in a wide range of sizes and shapes.
In addition to die casting and sand casting, there are several other methods of casting aluminium, including permanent mold casting, investment casting and lost foam casting.