Reliable utilizes a number of CAD Tools to provide casting design assistance. Part and mold designs are optimized for manufacturing efficiency.
Product Design Improvement Process
Foundry tooling is produced in our pattern and fully-equipped machine shop using a variety of CAD/CAM software including KeyCreator, SurfCAM, Work NC, and AutoCAD supporting latest technology CNC machine centers.
Flow and Solidification Modeling
Reliable Castings utilizes several simulation modeling tools to engineer and assure quality through casting and process design.
FLOWCast modeling allows a pouring simulation which will lead to understanding the best way to conduct the cast and see where any quality concerns may arise during the process, and to determine the optimal cast process.
To analyze flow and processing characteristics for optimum tool design, we use Finite Solution’s SOLIDCast solidification modeling. We use OPTICast and FLOWCast modeling software to analyze gating/risering yield efficiencies and metal in-flow turbulence reduction design.
Product Design Improvement Projects (Kaizen) Past Examples
Reduction of raw casting weight by 5% on brake calipers, also reducing our customers machining time by 1.3 minutes per part. Reduction of machine stock on ABS bodies resulting in a 9% weight reduction and also reducing our customers machining time. Elimination of “cored” hole on ABS bodies, improving product quality and ease of machining for our customer.
Process Design Engineering
Advanced Product Quality Planning
Process flow diagrams - kanban requirements identified Process failure mode and effects analysis - pokayoke opportunities identified - kaizen opportunities identified Process control plans - testing requirements - measurement systems - auditing plans Process work instructions - safety requirements & plans - education & training plan
Reliable Improves castability to increase production efficiency and lower costs…
Reliable makes sure that castings are engineered to meet customer quality standards and to ensure that designs are optimized for manufacturing ease.
By optimizing the part’s design before any molds are cut, you benefit from: Reducing sampling costs because fewer test runs are needed Starting production with fewer defects Improving overall yield Maximizing the number of impressions per mold Increased profits by reducing development time, getting into production sooner, and speeding time to market
To ensure that castings meet all application requirements, Reliable produces prototype parts for comprehensive testing under actual assembly and production conditions. Throughout the prototype phase, our engineers analyze test results and fine-tune designs to achieve optimum production efficiency.