Bought as part of contract signed with Norican Group at GIFA in June 2019, the June 2020 delivery is another industry first for Jinan Huicheng Casting Co., Ltd. As well as the TF 1850, the foundry has procured the first TF 4400 and the first IPr3700t die-casting machines to be installed in China for a Chinese customer.
“Rather than just selling die-casting machines, Italpresse is very focused on research and development, Its TF machine’s flexible die closure design is very special, along with its rapid, high force mold clamping and forged platens. Other suppliers use welded steel platens but we prefer forged ones.” Liu Yanling, President of Huicheng Foundry
A strategic investment in Italpresse Gauss’ innovative focus
The new equipment is a strategic investment for the foundry, which already owns dozens of die-casting machines producing a range of castings for automotive, rail, yachts, industrial machinery and other demanding applications. Huicheng wanted to improve its competitive advantage through greater quality and productivity, as well as expand its casting capacity for large structural parts.
Smaller footprint, higher quality, digital excellence
Italpresse Gauss’s TF (toggle free) range of high-pressure die-casting machines provide up to 5700 tons of clamping force. The absence of a toggle linkage gives a smaller machine footprint, greater rigidity and fewer wear parts for improved reliability and performance.
“I really like the design of these machines,” explained Liu. “Italpresse Gauss was the first company to introduce forged platens, making them – in my experience – virtually unbreakable. From the platens all the way through to superior control system designs, Italpresse technology will give us the highest accuracy and flexibility, which is a real competitive advantage. Access to Norican Group's digital R&D via Norican Digital Labs is an added benefit that will help us stay ahead in the digital space too.
Global assurance with a local touch – choosing region specific support
As the first high-pressure die-casting machine to come from Norican Group’s Changzhou workshop, Huicheng Foundry’s TF1850 is a milestone in Italpresse Gauss’s localization strategy. The company’s entire range of die-casting machines will eventually be produced at the facility.
Changzhou is also the Asia-Pacific region manufacturing and service center for Italpresse Gauss, helping it serve local customers better. The Norican China team, led by Wei Baohua, provides specialized services and equipment support for all four Norican technologies (DISA, Italpresse Gauss, Striko Westhofen and Wheelabrator).
Partnering Norican Group for future success
"Local service here in China is incredibly important to us and Mr Wei and his great team were a key selling point,” said Liu. “We’re proud to purchase the first domestic TF1850 and it’s an opportunity for us to establish a long-term cooperative relationship with Norican Group and its complete range of foundry equipment. We hope that we can work together with Norican to develop more and better solutions for the foundry market.”
“The die-casting industry is changing rapidly,” said Wei Baohua.“High-performance equipment from Italpresse Gauss, combined with innovative digital solutions from Norican Group, are designed to increase your foundry’s productivity, quality and profitability. Norican's goal is to always to make your company unbeatable.”
In 1969, man conquered the Moon, Satyricon by Federico Fellini hit the cinemas and Led Zeppelin published their first album. In the same year, young people from all over the world gathered at Woodstock in the name of rock. This year of small and big revolutions also marks the formation of Italpresse Industrie, which began a journey of collaboration and ultimately merged with Gauss Automazione to become the home of Italpresse Gauss technology.
Being part of the Norican Group adds to our technical and logistical capabilities. As well as being able to tap into the group’s international infrastructure, a culture of collaboration means we share insights into our specialist sectors of automotive, agriculture, infrastructure, energy and aerospace. Over the last 20 years, we have established a presence in strategic locations such as Mexico, China and the United States. Further to this, our global service network has been significantly strengthened by the Norican Group network, adding local knowledge and customer support capabilities.