The DISAMATIC D3 vertical moulding line comes with many new features, options and improvements – all designed to liberate performance in high-volume foundry set-ups.

Top five liberating features that reduce scrap

Click on the + sign to read about five new features, including many industry first solutions, that can help you reduce scrap rate.

1. Adjustable Squeeze Distribution

*Industry First* This optimisation feature enables operators to distribute the pressure exerted by the swing plate and pressure plate by setting the pressure of each one independently.

The amount of pressure exerted on the pattern in the mould by the pressure plate, pattern plate and swing plate can have a huge impact on casting quality and scrap.

This is particularly evident where moulds are intricate or uneven. For example, if one side of the mould is relatively smooth, flat or rounded, but the other side contains complex elements or deep pockets, exerting the same amount of pressure from both plates, can compromise quality causing increased scrap. 

Thanks to Adjustable Squeeze Distribution, pressure can be precisely matched with the requirements of the mould. Pressure can be distributed at any chosen ratio from 20:80 to 80:20.

This can also be controlled extremely precisely. To allow space to squeeze the mould correctly, the machine automatically activates the operation 2A feature. The un-squeezed mould is automatically moved forward so that the swing plate exerts the right amount of pressure.

2. Pre-strip sand recompression 

Loose sand is one of the biggest causes of scrap in foundries. Flaws in cast parts can sometimes be obvious, but because sand washes around in the molten iron, problems are often only detected when the part is x-rayed.

Sand displacement occurs most commonly when the swing plate (SP) and pressure plate (PP) patterns are drawn away or ‘stripped’ from the mould. To ensure this doesn’t cause defects, DISA’s Pre Strip feature recompresses the loose sand before every pour is completed. 

3. Improved blow off 

As detailed above, sand falling into the cavity is one of the biggest problems foundries face, however this solution from DISA offers a prevention as well as a fix.

The improved blow off innovation is a two part system. Firstly, a curtain helps stop loose sand from falling down into the cavity, and secondly, as the swing plate moves into position, an airflow nozzle gently blows the mould to remove any loose sand. This can be used in conjunction with pre-strip sand compression – so there’s no need to decide. 

4. Rear or front sand slots

When producing thinner or more intricate castings, the rear sand slot position, means that pressure can be lost as the swing plate reach its mechanical end position more quickly.

This means scrap is more likely. In order to provide greater customer flexibility, the DISAMATIC D3 can be configured for thinner, more intricate castings as well as runs of more regular parts. When the machine is being manufactured, the sand slot position can be set at the front, or 50mm out of the chamber. 

5. Locking parameters 

Ensuring the agreed optimum process is followed can be a big challenge for foundries. If a run of castings features a high scrap rate, it can be tempting for operators to play around with pre-set parameters to fix the problem.

This poses a danger because, all too often, the cause of the scrap isn’t settings related, but something extraneous. If operators edit the parameters, scrap becomes much more likely and problems much more persistent as the audit trail can make it difficult to revert to the original optimised pre-sets. To combat this, the DISAMATIC D3 F3 control system has locking parameters.

DISA works with foundries to identify and set the correct levels of adjustables such as sand blowing pressure, Adjustable Squeeze Distribution and mould close-up pressure, to combat the problem.

Top five liberating features that improve uptime

Click on the + sign to read about the five new standard features that can help improve uptime.

Each and every improvement introduced on the DISAMATIC D3 – be it big or small – eliminates or mitigates one of the myriad factors that prevent foundries from operating at the maximum capacity. Many of the new features introduced on the DISAMATIC D3 will become available for retrofit on older DISAMATIC D3 models soon.

1. Bigger lubrication oil tank

An oil tank with increased capacity (it’s twice the size!) extends operations by many weeks. It’s also equipped with a new and bigger filter with electronic monitoring that extends service intervals.

Together with an integrated warning system it makes sure the filter is working as it should and the oil level is correct.

2. Automatic refilling of spray

An automatic spray refill system that is plugged into a customer-supplied pump significantly reduces service requirements.

3. Melt Overflow Cover (MOC)

New Melt Over Flow Cover panels protect the Automatic Mould Conveyor’s mechanical and electrical parts from molten metal. It’s a simple yet effective feature that reduces downtime simply by preventing over-pours and overflows.

The MOC panels are adjusted to secure a minimum gap between the top rail and the top of the moulds, containing excess molten metal and keeping it on the mould top. This puts a stop to excessive cleaning and maintenance costs, while countering the risk of mismatch caused by AMC thrust bar malfunctioning.

4. Extended life time of bottom plate

A bottom plate with an extended service life means fewer interventions at the heart of the moulding line and longer, uninterrupted service of the machine.

5. New and improved bottom plate sensor

An improved design of the bottom plate sensor reduces the occurrence of melt run-through, thereby reducing unplanned downtime and maintenance requirements. It’s a reliable detection device that even picks up things like lost foam filters.