Each iron foundry distinguishes itself for its own casting production, using its own peculiar alloys’ composition. Such alloys’ composition can vary depending on the material and the specific requirements of the clientele.
Moreover, depending on how the metal is metallurgically treated, the same properties of the cast iron can vary significantly.
Given such particular needs, it becomes most of the times necessary to analyze the fundamental characteristics of the cast iron such as the macro and micro structure and the mechanical properties.
Such characteristics can be studied by determining the heat flow, the chemical composition, the microalloyed and the impurities, the metallurgical processes carried close to the furnace or directly in ladle and finally the inoculation methods currently in use in the foundry.
Taken into consideration such contingencies, our company has decided to develop TCAST, a dedicated software for thermal analysis of cast iron.
What is a thermal analysis software for cast iron?
TCAST represents today the most advance tool to conduct a specific analysis of the solidification process of cast iron.
Such tool allows to verify real time the quality of cast iron and to provide the necessary information to promptly improve it.
What does TCAST calculate?
TCAST calculates and registers the cooling curve and its first derivative from the eutectic reaction to the eutectoidic transformation.
Key temperatures and key parameters necessary for the qualitative analysis of cast iron are immediately elaborated and displayed on TCAST.
The parameters are exclusively based on the foundry specific data to verify how good your alloys are, given the type of cast iron you want to produce.
What are the advantages in installing and implementing TCAST?
The qualitative analysis done in the foundry of all types of cast iron (grey iron, ductile iron, high-alloy cast iron, austempered ductile iron) allows to monitor and correct in real time the related production. The qualitative control done at the beginning of the production process allows to reduce as much as possible the production time and the possible scraps when forming the final casting.
The real time control of the qualitative analysis from anywhere inside the foundry is made possible by the connection of the software to the company web service. Such connection allows the monitoring and the correction in real time of the current production directly from the foundry laboratory or qualitative department.
The transfer of all data related to the analysis, the centralized storage of all data, the possibility to conduct advanced statistical analysis on such data and to elaborate specific report of each analysis allow to enhance even more the control and the monitoring of the quality of the cast iron over time and to provide a greater guarantee of the quality of cast iron produced for the final client.
The guaranteed remote technical assistance (metallurgical assistance and software assistance) allows the foundry to be assisted each step of the way when integrating the thermal analysis in its quality control process.
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