Wednesday, December 2, 2015

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Castings Technology International (Cti) has launched a new drive to help foundries to boost quality, reduce costs and cut waste, while producing greener, cleaner castings.

Based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham, Cti specialises in helping castings companies to solve problems and improve production. The organisation also supplies the high value manufacturing sector with low volume, precision steel, superalloy and titanium castings that would otherwise be difficult to source.

Cti was acquired by the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing in 2014. Since then, it has been split into two organisations; AMRC Castings, which focuses on research and development, and Cti Ltd, which carries out commercial work.

A £7m government grant as part of the Aerospace Growth Partnership is funding a new facility, currently under construction on the AMP, which will allow companies within the aerospace industry to develop the capability to melt and manufacture large scale titanium castings in the UK instead of this work being carried out abroad.

Professor John Campbell OBE, one of the world's leading experts on castings technology, has recently been appointed as an adviser and board member.

Prof Campbell developed the Cosworth Casting Process for making aluminium alloy cylinder heads and blocks for Formula One racing engines to eliminate cylinder head failures, which had previously been running at 50% during in house testing.

This failure rate was reduced to zero by the new castings. He went on to help develop the Ablation Casting Process, used by Alotech, in the US. Later, he spent 15 years at the University of Birmingham as Professor of Casting Technology.

Following his presentation - "Future Foundry" - at the Factory 2050 conference, organised by the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing earlier this year, members of the Cti board to invited him to join the board.

Prof Campbell said: "Naturally, I am honoured and delighted to be joining Cti. It's an exciting prospect. I look forward to assisting the company to consolidate and expand its worldwide reputation. It opens the possibility of launching truly important developments which have the potential to revolutionise the casting industry.

"There are projects under Cti's roof right now which have the potential to demonstrate what is possible in terms of the production of cast parts of better quality, at higher productivity, reduced environmental impact and lower costs."

Richard Gould, ‎commercial manager at Cti, added: "Having Professor Campbell join us is a real coup. He is renowned for the work he has done to solve problems for companies and set new performance levels for castings. His advice will be of great benefit to both Cti and its clients."

Cti has recently completed a new stringent approvals process required to supply titanium castings for use by the Norwegian offshore oil and gas industry. It is one of a limited number of companies in Europe with the capability and skills to cast highly reactive metals like Titanium, which is used in the North Sea for its high strength to weight ratio and corrosion resistance.

The company already supplies customers in the UK and European oil and gas industry with a range of titanium castings, including flanges and valve bodies, made using either traditional gravity fed or "centrispun" technology, depending on the weight and complexity of the product.

Cti website

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