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Hot Chamber Die Casting Machine:

It is also called a gooseneck machine because of the shape of the metal passage way. In this machine the melting pot, usually made of cast iron, is a part of the machine. The gooseneck containing a cylinder and metal passage way is kept immersed in the metal pot. The plunger in the gooseneck cylinder is actuated either hydraulically or pneumatically. In operation the plunger is withdrawn letting the liquid metal into the gooseneck cylinder through the port provided. When the die halves are closed and ready for casting the plunger forces the liquid metal entrapped in the cylinder into the die through the gooseneck passage and a nozzle. After a predetermined time interval the plunger is retracted allowing the liquid metal in the gooseneck channel and nozzle to fall back into cylinder. The die halves are opened and the solidified casting is ejected from the die. Hot chamber machines are designed to operate almost automatically and fast. A press button operation will make the machine go through a complete cycle of activities including closing the die halves, forcing the metal into the die, holding the pressure for a predetermined time, withdrawing the plunger, opening the die, ejecting the casting and stop ready for the next cycle. The operator then removes the casting, inspects the dies, gives spray lubrication to the dies and starts the next cycle. Metal injection speeds and pressures can be controlled to suit different metals and castings.

Since the melting pot plunger and cylinder of a hot chamber die casting machine are made of cast iron and cast iron reacts with metals like aluminium at elevated temperatures, only low melting-point metals can be cast by this method. There is also a limit on the maximum pressure which can be applied. Hot chamber machines are mostly operated below 14 kPa. Alloys of lead, tin and zinc are the most common metals cast by this process

Cold chamber die casting machine:

The metal in this case is melted in a separate furnace and the required quantity of metal is ladled to the machine. A plunger operated hydraulically forces the metal into the die. Injection pressures of 28 kPa to 250 kPa are possible in cold chamber machines. The machine is semiautomatic in that after the metal is ladled into the cold chamber the rest of the operation is automatic. Hot chamber machines are made in capacities varying from 0.25 to 7.5 MN and cold chamber ones from 1 to 10 MN. Advantages of Die Casting Process: Advantages of die casting include excellent die life, high production rates, close dimensional tolerances, good details, and excellent surface finish of the castings. Die casting dies retain their accuracies for long production runs Production rates vary- from 5 to 6 castings per minute with hot chamber machines to 2 to 3 castings per minute when cold chamber machine are used. Dimensional tolerances can be held to 0.075 mm. Very thin sections can be cast and good surface finish obtained with excellent details.

Disadvantages of Die Casting Process:

(1) High cost of dies and machines. (2) Restriction on the size of the casting to about 100 kg for zinc alloys and 30 kg for aluminium alloys: (3) Only certain non-ferrous metals can be economically die cast. (4) Die casting products also are mechanically weaker because of the air entrapped during casting. (5) The entrapped air makes die casting unsuitable for heat treatment. When these castings are heated for heat treatment the entrapped air expands causing blisters to be formed on the surface of the castings.