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High Pressure Die Casting Plant DAK1100-112

Fully automated test facility on an industrial scale for process and material development


Our services

  • Process and customer specific modification of aluminum alloys
  • Development of flame resistant magnesium alloys
  • Testing laboratory for microstructure, material and process characterization
  • Component development with a focus on mechanical properties and weight
  • Development of temperature control concepts
  • Energy management of the die casting cell with a focus on the mould
  • FEM filling and solidification simulation
  • FEM component simulation
  • Prototypes and small series
  • Training in the field of die casting and its peripherals

Technical Data

  • Oskar Frech GmbH & Co. KG
locking unit
  • locking force: 12.100 kN
  • mould height: 400 – 1.200 mm
  • mounting plate: 1.630 x 1.630 mm
  • max. casting area: 1.692 cm²
casting unit
  • max. casting force.: 1.120 kN
  • shot position: 0 - 420 mm
  • casting stroke: 750 mm
  • injec. plunger diameter: 80 - 140 mm
  • component weight aluminum: 1 - 20 kg
  • component weight magnesium: 1 - 5 kg
  • ejector force: 559 kN
  • ejector stroke: 230 mm
crucible furnace
  • Type KLEM 1200
  • melting capacity up to 1.000 kg Al and upt to 330 kg magnesium
  • Meltec linear dosing system for aluminium and magnesium
  • Wollin spraying unit PSM3 incl. minimum quantity spraying
  • Robamat heating/cooling units
  • KUKA Loading and unloading robot
  • VDS ProVac® PLC-350 TP vacuum system

The high-pressure die casting process

In the High Pressure Die Casting process (HPDC), the liquid casting metal (i.e. aluminium or magnesium alloys) is pressed into a steel mould by a piston at very high speed and under very high pressure. The filling time is between 0,2 and 0,4 seconds and the specific casting pressure can be up to 1000 bar. In the cooled mould the metal solidifies very quickly, and the casting part can be removed after a relatively short cooling period.

The process is carried out automatically and thus offers a maximum productivity. The high mould costs are calculated for large quantities, which is nearly always the case in the fields of HPDC application (automobile construction, mechanical engineering, equipment technology, etc.).