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Castings Technology International
7 East Bank Road
Sheffield
S2 3PT
0044
[t] (0)114 272 8647
[f] (0)114 273 0852
Formed in April 1996 by the merger of Cti (formerly SCRATA) and BCIRA, Castings Technology International has 90 personnel and annual revenues approaching
Target 2010 consults with Dti and Defra
12 August, 2006
Target 2010, in conjunction with Cti, CMF and industry representatives, is involved in consultations with the Dti and Defra, the aim being to persuade UK government that the casting sector should not be included in the second phase of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme which will run from 2008 to 2013.
Inspection of Working Platforms, Emissions Monitoring
27 June, 2006
Following the introduction of the Working at Height Regulations, Cti environmental are contacting all members to inform them of some of the issues concerning work at height for the Cti environmental team. The emphasis will be on sites where Cti environmental carry out emissions monitoring work but it may also affect the way LEV testing, noise surveys and COSHH sampling is carried out. In particular the requirement to survey and check permanent platforms is described in more depth.
Expanding patternless capabilities
21 May, 2006
The demand for Cti's sand machining expertise has been on the increase for some time as more and more companies realise the benefits of the Patternless process - invented and developed at Cti for directly machining moulds and cores from blocks of sand. The company's commitment to deliver ever improving services to their customers has led to the investment in a CNC machine with an overall working envelope of 3.6 x 3.6 x 1.2m, with full 5-axis machining capability, bigger, better and faster than its predecessor.
E-technology used to optimise product design and reduce inventory levels
20 May, 2006
Emco Wheaton, part of Gardner Denver Inc., is a world leader in the manufacture and supply of systems for the carriage of petroleum spirit and other fuel oils. These fuels are classed as hazardous cargos and are potentially damaging to the environment; as a result, the loading, transportation and unloading processes are closely regulated. The users of these fluid transfer products also require minimum weight and guaranteed reliability.
New RP Resin on Trial at Cti
19 May, 2006
Cti have recently started producing some of their Stereolithography rapid prototypes using one of the latest SLA materials on the market, Huntsman's RenShape SL 5260. The main differences between the new material and the bulk of other SLA materials are that it is white, and it exhibits properties similar to ABS plastic. Huntsman claim that the key advantages of the resin are that it has good durability, high rigidity and good temperature performance. It also retains its rigidity, even after aging, relieving embrittlement concerns.
Cti are researching the use of new Friction Stir Welding of castings and associated parts
18 May, 2006
Under a project led by TWI, and including Cti, Corus, AMRC, Technicut and Yorkshire SMEs as partners, Cti are researching the use of Friction Stir Welding of castings and associated parts. FSW has only been around since 1991 but, following development of the process by its inventors at Cambridge based TWI Ltd, it has rapidly been implemented around the world in many applications within the aerospace, shipbuilding, rail and automotive industries. The over-arching project, named FriSC, the Friction Stir welding Collaboration, aims to examine further application of the technology.
A light-weight solution - Investment Casting Magnesium
17 May, 2006
The use of magnesium alloys has seen rapid growth over the last 10-15 years for high-pressure die cast automotive applications, and its properties are still being utilised to good effect in the sand cast form for aerospace and special applications. The main reason for this success is the light weight of magnesium, two-thirds the density of aluminium. Furthermore, alloy developments have led to magnesium alloys with excellent corrosion resistance and, for some alloys, the elevated temperature performance is superior to many aluminium alloys.
New aluminium alloy A201 provides casting designers with a substitute for the more expensive forgings
16 May, 2006
Aluminium alloy A201 provides casting designers with a substitute for the more expensive forgings and fabrications of aluminium and steel. Cti is involved with several projects and, through our experience with this alloy, have gained an appreciation for the casting techniques and process control required to successfully cast A201.
New Issue ISO 14001
15 May, 2006
Cti's environmental accreditation has successfully transferred to the new issue of the ISO 14001:2004. During the August assessment visit, the additional requirements were examined by BSI. This demonstrates Cti's continued commitment to minimising energy usage, reducing waste and improving environmental impacts to air, water and land.
Friction Stir Welding
24 June, 2004
Under a project led by TWI, and including Cti, Corus, AMRC, Technicut and Yorkshire SMEs as partners, Cti are researching the use of Friction Stir Welding (FSW) of castings and associated parts. FSW has only been around since 1991 but, following development of the process by its inventors at Cambridge based TWI Ltd, it has rapidly been implemented around the world in many applications within the aerospace, shipbuilding, rail and automotive industries.
CTI uses its initiative
22 June, 2004
With the support of Objective 1, Yorkshire Forward and the Department of Trade and Industry, CTI is collaborating with a number of companies to promote the introduction of new technologies to traditional industry. CTI is running two projects within the Advanced Metals Technology Initiative, using its expertise to develop these new technologies to make them accessible to companies who currently employ traditional manufacturing techniques and who might not otherwise be able to afford to explore these technologies.
Light alloy castings in Airframe Structures
22 June, 2004
In December 2003 CTI launched its LACAST project, the aim of which is to encourage and promote the use of Light Alloy Castings (aluminium, magnesium and titanium) in Airframe Structures. A kick-off meeting was held at the Sheffield site, and was well supported by the project participants, comprising casting users, producers and suppliers. Detailed discussions were undertaken to determine the participants' needs, which this three-year project will work towards addressing.
Gunning for success
22 June, 2004
BAE Systems is an international company engaged in the development, delivery and support of advanced defence and aerospace systems in the air, on land, at sea and in space. An example of its pioneering technology is the world's first ultra-lightweight 155mm Howitzer, which offers unique deployment and firepower capability to modern artillery forces. Deployment is achieved by air transport or by light field vehicles.
DARPA/USA ARMY New combat systems programme
21 May, 2004
As part of the jointly funded Future Combat Systems program, the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency and the US Army has unveiled a prototype Unmanned Ground Combat Vehicle. A team, led by Carnegie Mellon University and comprising Boeing, PEI Electronics and Timoney Technology is developing the six tonne vehicle. The vehicle is highly mobile and can achieve a low profile to reduce detectability. It is capable of tolerating severe events such as rollovers. Advanced, hybrid electric power systems provide extended 'silent watch' and motion, as well as facilitating unique packaging strategies for payloads in excess of 1500 kilos.
 
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