On the strength of its proven record and methodology for developing virtual models of industrial processes and environments, Purdue University Northwest’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) has been selected as a subcontractor for a new American Metalcasting Consortium (AMC) program—the Innovative Casting Technologies (ICT) program, which was awarded through the Department of Defense’s Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to address targeted DLA metal-casting research-and-development areas of interest.
CIVS project roles and objectives center on developing a “smart” shop floor for die-casting. In other words, through their trademark integration of simulation and visualization technologies, CIVS staff will create virtual die-casting machines and melting furnaces for process optimization. The development of virtual interactive simulators will be based on real operating conditions and environments, and will leverage expertise and input from the North American Die Casting Association (NADCA) and associated members. Anticipated benefits include enhancement of shop floor workers’ knowledge of the die-casting process; concomitant improvement in process efficiency, troubleshooting, and decision-making; and improved product quality and workplace safety.
“We are pleased that CIVS is being recognized for our ability to effectively integrate simulation and visualization technologies as part of Industry 4.0 efforts. We are equally pleased to help develop the ‘smart shop floor’ of the future, which will advance problem-solving, training, and safety,” said CIVS Director Chenn Zhou.
Advanced Technology International (ATI), which leads the AMC, will be the prime contractor for the ICT program. Over the years, AMC casting programs have delivered over $160 million in savings, improved nearly 3800 cast parts, and provided workforce development opportunities to nearly 3000 government personnel. AMC is composed of four major industry associations (the American Foundry Society, the Non-Ferrous Founders’ Society, the North American Die Casting Association, and the Steel Founders’ Society of America), their members, and the nation’s premier metal-casting research universities.