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"Post Casting Operations"
"World Class, Brick and
Mortar or Blood and Spirit?"
"Shot tips" "Parting Shots"
"Milk, Eggs & Automobiles"
"Where have all our
Journeymen Gone?" (What happened to our apprenticeship/training
"The Evolution of Process
and Machine Controls in High Pressure Die Casting"
"Can't Someone Come up with
Some New Problems to Solve?"
"Securing the Services of
a Consultant? Who Needs Them?"
"Planting the Seeds of Our
"Contrary to Popular
Belief, Reports of Our Death are Greatly Exaggerated"
"Die Materials, The Recipe
"Volunteerism and NADCA:
Are you ready to get involved?"
"Words That We All Get
Tired of Hearing"
"Are We There Yet?"
"(Will you have) Chocolate,
Strawberry or Vanilla??"
"Not to Decide is to
Die Casting Machinery:
Putting it all Together (Are we ready yet?)
Hot Chamber Process
Improvement Tip: Controlling that Nuisance Drip
Defining the "Perfect"
Casting! (The Conversation that every supplier fears but must have in
order to survive.)
Is Zinc Die Casting Still
Alive? Understanding Where to Look.
Should This Be the Die
Caster's Coat of Arms? (It's Their Fault!)
"Structural Die Castings",
Buzz Word or Reality?
Training Our Customers?
To "Sprue" or not to "Sprue"?
Design of Experiments (D.O.E.)
and Black Belt Projects (Searching for the Red X). (September 2014)
The 2014 NADCA Congress &
Tabletop in Milwaukee, (A full buffet of suppliers (November 2014)
Families and Business
Management Style (January 2015)
Zinc Markets and Tooling
Archives (March 2015)
Tie Bars and Platens, Once
More (May 2015)
Is Your Company full of
"One Man Bands" or an Orchestra? (July 2015)
Living With Change
Pre-Fill a Hot Topic
Part I, Engineering the
Infrastructure, Compressed Air, (January 2016)
Part II, Engineering the
Infrastructure, Central Die Lube (March 2016)
Don't Miss the Point of Doing a Simulation
Decoding "Design Intent": (What did the
Engineer really need?), (March 2017)
What's Your Training Budget
for Future Success? (May 2017)
Overflows, Vents and Simulation (July 2017)
Why Not Magnesium and Zinc? (September 2017)
What is Advanced Technology in Die Casting?
Is it Time to GIve your Shop a Tune Up?
Tool Steel and the Small Block Chevy V8
(long run tools vs the annual
changeover) (May 2018)
What's City Planning have to do with
Recruiting Employees? (Is it time to
look at how you sell your company to new or prospective employees?)
Cast Over: "Hot
Topic" (September 2018)
Furnaces and Metal
Handling. What's the Big Deal? (January 2019)
Are there really Cost
Benefits to Process Control? (May 2019)
Simulation: When is
Enough, Enough? (July 2019)
Do your "Systems" Insure your Companies
Success? (Taking a second look at
your Procedures.), (November 2019)
What are you Waiting For? (January 2020)
When do you Begin Process Development?
(When do you start Your Project-Timeline?)_(March
I Love the Smell of Die Lube in the Morning!
Die Casting Defects: Nothing is New, or is
There? (July 2020)
Re-Thinking Die Casting Employee Training
and Education. (May 2021)
CAD CAM: Computer Modeling and Simulations,
Your Unanswered Questions. (July 2021)
What's the News from the Die
Casting/Manufacturing Floor? (September 2021)
Even You Can Afford an Intern (March 2022)
Die Cast Lubricants and Plunger Life (May 2022)
Preventing Casting Defects Through Design and Simulation (July 2022
Reshoring and Secondary Operations in a Die Casting Company (September 2022)
Additive Manufacturing: Tooling, casting or process? (November 2022)
Oxides are Inevitable, Hard Spots are Not! (January 2023)
An "Element"-ary Guide to Die Casting Alloys: (Choosing the casting material that best suits your (cusomters's project)(March 2023)
What is PPM and how do I calculate it?
Troubleshooting a flashing die? What are some of the major causes of flash and how do I address them?
My die won't quit flashing!
How much could a flashing die cost? Think the cost of flash is insignificant? Look again!
Calculating the high cost of flash!
Learn about the intensification circuit on various types of die casting machines:
The Effects of Intensification on Casting Quality
Bi-monthly "Parting Shots" articles featured in:
Die Casting Management Magazine
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First article introductions and expressions of gratitude to Jim Hamilton, former author (PDF format
not as cheap as you think! (PDF format
New Product Development and Die Casting Process. Friend or Foe? (PDF format
Failing to Plan or Planning to Fail? (PDF format
Where's Bubba and why can't we make a good casting today? (PDF format
Want to dramatically improve your up time? Look at your core pin design. (PDF format
Taking care of basics, the clamp mechanism (linkage) in the die casting machine (PDF format
High Tech/Low Tech, Low cost measurements that pay big dividends! (PDF format
PPM, What is it and is it possible? (PDF format
Percentage of Cold Chamber Fill, Myth or Method? (Is this the primary process parameter?) (PDF format
"Die Casting Engineer
"The Do's and Don't of Design"
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