Chinese Foundry Orders 41 Westomat Dosing Furnaces


Hongbang Die Casting Company, Jiangsu Province, China, has ordered 41 Westomat dosing furnaces from StrikoWestofen Asia (Taicang) to improve efficiency and metal quality. The furnaces will be installed at the company’s new location in Tianjin and the one in Nantong.

The Hongbang Die Casting Company has been a customer of StrikoWestofen for a number of years now, and this is the biggest single order of Westomat in whole Asia.

Hongbang specializes in the precision engineering and manufacture of tool designs and cast aluminium parts. It supplies companies from the automotive sector such as Mercedes-Benz and Tesla Motors. The company has worked with a ladle system up to now. However, as the demands made on quality and reliable reproducibility continue to rise in lightweight construction in particular, Hongbang set its sights on modern dosing technology, including the new ProDos 3 control from StrikoWestofen, Gummersbach, Germany. This is because only systems with an especially high dosing accuracy, low metal losses and efficient energy consumption are to be taken into operation at the new production location in Tianjin from 2016 onwards. The modern product range and the services offered by StrikoWestofen were well-known to the foundry company beforehand.

Hongbang has been successfully working with StrikoMelter melting furnaces for a number of years now.

For the 41 Westomat furnaces, Hongbang decided on four different sizes: the Westomat 900, 1200, 2300 and 3100.

“All four sizes allow cost-optimized operation thanks to their advanced technology,” said Nanzhou Zhang, sales director, StrikoWestofen Asia. “They all allow energy consumption and material loss to be reduced considerably.”

The Westomat requires one-third of the energy consumed by ladle systems, and its metal loss of 0.06% amounts to 20% of the usual metal loss. Other arguments encouraging Hongbang to place the order were process reliability and the high temperature stability of the metal. In addition, the mode of functioning of modern dosing furnaces makes a significant contribution to the sparing use of resources. Policy in China is now focusing more on environmental awareness, and metalcasting companies have to react with efficient systems. The Hongbang Die Casting Company has announced that further orders for the Westomat and Strikomelter can be expected in the future.