21 Dec High Pressure Filming Day at Cast Metals Federation

Cast Metals Federation, CMF, helped to arrange the filming for a new on-line training course on HPDC.  Phil Rawnson from CMF member, MRT Castings, took on the role of the Presenter and Midlands based film company, Seven Stripes, were commissioned to record the training session.

The project is part of a European collaboration, entitled CLLEFE (Concept for Life Long Education for Foundry Employees) which is now in its second phase and is led by Swerea SWECAST AB, with ICME from the UK, alongside partners from Italy, Austria, Spain and Poland, with the aim of developing on-line learning materials for the industry.  The group has selected High Pressure Die Casting as the area for focus and all the partners are collaborating to produce teaching and learning materials covering various technical aspects of the process for operators (level 2) and for technicians/advanced operators (level 3).

ICME is focusing on H&S and Environmental aspects with technical input from experienced HPDC industry engineer Muneer Ahmed and CMF’s Richard Heath.

The project is funded through EIT Raw Materials, which was initiated and funded by the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology), a body of the European Union, and which is the largest consortium in the raw materials sector worldwide.  Their vision is ‘to develop raw materials into a major strength for Europe mission, to enable sustainable competitiveness of the European minerals, metals and materials sector along the value chain by driving innovation, education and entrepreneurship’.

Speaking about the project, Pam Murrell of the Cast Metals Federation said, ‘We know that the availability of training material covering HPDC is pretty limited so if, through this project, we are able to generate learning materials that can be accessed on-line from anywhere in the country and at any time of day, this should, in due course, be a benefit to the industry.  This process has been a learning curve for us but we have now completed the initial filming for the basic course and can now focus on the higher level programme which will necessarily be more in depth.  I am grateful to everyone who has worked to contribute to the project this year and look forward to progressing it further in 2019.

Abigail Southall
Abigail Southall