West Mids, Birmingham & Coventry Branch Nov Mtg
At the November meeting, Chris Wilding of Omega Foundry Machinery Ltd outlined the development of foundry machinery from the 1970’s to the present day. Particular reference was made to the development of continuous mixer systems, sand reclamation, moulding systems and coremaking.
Following rapid development during the earlier years, technology had changed little but major advances had been made in ancillary equipment, mechanisation, automation and control systems. The market was now customer driven, had moved to one-off bespoke systems to suit the requirements of the customer and examples of this were illustrated.
Examples discussed included fully automatic closure of moulds, auto pattern fill, auto strickle, touch screen interfaces, auto calibration and pattern recognition.
Chris believes that the future for the industry is bright, quoting figures from GIFA 2011 of 1,958 exhibitors and 79,000 visitors from 83 countries. These are record figures and demonstrate the vibrant industry in which we work.
This was a well presented, well researched and relevant talk which attracted much interest and initiated a lively discussion.
The evening ended with a buffet sponsored by Omega Foundry Machinery.
Branch President, Eddie Lindsay thanks Chris Wilding for his talk and presents him with a commemorative tankard.