FOCAST, France

With a yearly yield of 38,000 tons of finished gray and nodular iron castings weighing up to 360 kg, FOCAST St. Dizier are the French leaders in the production of transmissions housings for agricultural, industrial and commercial vehicles.

With a yearly yield of 38,000 tons of finished gray and nodular iron castings weighing up to 360 kg, FOCAST St. Dizier are the French leaders in the production of transmissions housings for agricultural, industrial and commercial vehicles.

The recently commissioned HANSBERG core making facility is dedicated to the production of various large cores, mainly transmission housing cores.

Based on one 200-liter vertical core machine, the new facility features automatic core de-finning within the core machine, and full robot handling through the core assembly and coating process.

The robot cell is manned by 1 to 2 operators depending on the specific job run, as opposed to the 3-4 persons which would otherwise be involved in the manual processing of a typical transmission housing core assembly.

The H200 core machine is fed by a 10-ton/h auger mixer equipped with mass flow meters, insuring extremely accurate dosing of resin and hardener.

Reinforcement tubes are automatically inserted in the core box. These tubes also provide standard gripping terminals for robot pick-off .

The cores are ejected from the core box through a precision, steel de-finning template. HANSBERG’s unique automatic de-finning technology insures the total elimination of any joint-line fins in excess of 0.3 mm, at the same time providing a geometrical gauging of the latter.

The handling cell consists of one 6-axis robot, one 2-station finishing/assembly turntable, and one coating station with dipping and gripper cleaning tanks.

FOCAST, France