Competitive gray cast iron for sustainable development
Purpose and goal
The project shall result in instructions for an action plan for the elimination or reduction of the economic consequences of varying machinability in gray cast iron during large scale production. The instructions can include purchase advice for cast iron as well as material specifications and proper procurement, casting and machining. The project will suggest actions during machining of cast products where varying machinability despite previous actions still occur.
Expected results and effects
The involved industry shall obtain an enhanced competitiveness through more robust production of machined castings. The projects result shall contribute to decreased machinability variations and efficient management of any remaining variations. Based on the obtained results the manufacturing costs for finished products will decrease at the same time as production is expected to become more predictable in terms of cost, cycle time and manufacturing rate in addition to the environmental impact.
Planned approach and implementation
The effort is divided into three stages. The first stage intends to clarify the difference between materials with varying machinability from a materialistic context. The second stage focuses on the identification and development of the principles required for enabling permanently high machinability. The third stage focuses on industrial implementation of obtained results from the two previous stages.