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How Vacuum Impregnation Enables Lightweighting

Posted by Andy Marin on Wed, Jun 01, 2022 @ 01:00 PM

Recent decades have seen a surge in the use of aluminum castings in car manufacturing. Aluminum has been a critical material in car manufacturing since the beginning. The first sports car featuring an aluminum body was unveiled at the Berlin International Motor Show in 1899. Carl Benz developed the first engine with aluminum parts two years later. Since then, aluminum has become the leading material used in various components and car models. Aluminum use now ranges from mass-market to luxury vehicles.  

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Case Study: Sealing Electronic Leak Paths with Vacuum Impregnation

Posted by Andy Marin on Thu, Apr 07, 2022 @ 11:49 AM

Modern vehicles contain hundreds of electric control units (ECUs). These control functions that range from operation of the engine to keyless entry. An ECU receives input from the vehicle then communicates with an actuator to perform a specific action. For example, a door lock ECU would activate an actuator to unlock or lock a door. OEMs and manufacturers are introducing more ECUs into vehicles to meet demands in features and performance.

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Useful Lessons from Henry Ford on Modernizing Equipment

Posted by Andy Marin on Mon, Jan 31, 2022 @ 09:29 AM

As manufacturing equipment ages, the maintenance and repair (MRO) of the equipment increases while the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) decreases. Given this, companies must decide while bidding on new projects:  “Use the aged equipment and invest in MRO while accepting a lower OEE” or “Invest in new equipment using the latest technology and generate a higher OEE.” 

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Three Ways Recoverable Vacuum Impregnation Sealants Contribute to Environmental Sustainability

Posted by Andy Marin on Wed, Dec 08, 2021 @ 09:45 AM

As consumer demands evolve, it's imperative for companies to become environmentally conscious. As a result, OEMs and manufacturers who use aluminum die castings have adapted quickly, and sustainable manufacturing practices have become increasingly common. 


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Cost of Vacuum Impregnation

Posted by Andy Marin on Wed, Nov 03, 2021 @ 09:29 AM
Manufacturers are constantly faced with either scrapping castings that leak or sealing the castings through vacuum impregnation. Some may perceive vacuum impregnation as a non-value added cost and assume it is less expensive to scrap die castings that leak. In this simplified yet real-world example, we will review the costs of die casting scrap compared to vacuum impregnation.
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Sealing Electronics with Vacuum Impregnation vs Potting

Posted by Andy Marin on Tue, Aug 31, 2021 @ 08:37 AM

The use of electronics in automobiles has made cars faster, safer, and more reliable. Electronics have become so prevalent that they're practically a commodity in the same way that aluminum and steel are. As this trend continues, manufacturers need solutions that address the leak paths that occur naturally in the manufacture of these components.

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Strategies for Acquiring and Financing Vacuum Impregnation Equipment

Posted by Andy Marin on Thu, Jun 03, 2021 @ 08:55 AM

The benefits in owning and operating equipment vs. outsourcing are found in the savings of logistics, quality, and part costs. These savings serve to increase a company’s profitability. This reality holds true for vacuum impregnation equipment. But with many projects and programs competing for a limited amount of capital expenditure dollars, owning vacuum impregnation equipment can seem out of reach. Therefore, many companies default to outsourcing their vacuum impregnation requirements.   

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Three Reasons to Seal Electronics with Vacuum Impregnation

Posted by Andy Marin on Thu, Feb 18, 2021 @ 01:30 PM

On average, a new automobile has approximately 40 electronic controllers, five miles of wiring, and more than 10 million lines of software code. Electronics, coils, and wires used in automobiles will expand to meet fuel efficiency and consumer standards.

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IHS Markit's Purchasing Manufacturing Index

Posted by Andy Marin on Tue, Nov 24, 2020 @ 01:09 PM

In its latest report, IHS Markit's Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) offers a picture of the U.S. economy's current state. Led by manufacturing, U.S. business activity expanded at the fastest rate in more than five years.

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How to Seal Die Casting Porosity?

Posted by Andy Marin on Mon, Nov 02, 2020 @ 08:44 AM

Die casting is a metal casting process that injects molten metal through high pressure into a die. It is an economical process that can manufacture a high volume of parts. While die castings have a good surface finish and are dimensionally accurate, porosity inside the part is inevitable.

This blog will define die casting porosity, problems porosity causes, and how vacuum impregnation seals die casting porosity.

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