16 Jan UK Cast Component of the Year – Automotive Subframe Wins UK Casting of the Year Award 2018
The UK Cast Component of the Year award 2018 has been won by Sarginsons Industries for its Jaguar Land Rover front sub frame, an 18kg aluminium component previously a ferrous fabricated and welded assembly produced in a remarkable time frame and to exacting requirements.
The front sub-frame is for the Jaguar Landrover L551 21MY. The existing part was a ferrous fabricated and welded assembly but the client was seeking an aluminium solution and the challenge was to develop a ‘never been done’ solution in time for the vehicle launch, so there was a 12-week delivery time for prototypes, commencing 6 weeks from delivery of the CAD model.
A three-part pattern design was developed to optimise directional solidification and simulations were done in tandem with the pattern manufacture to enable lean delivery times and patterns were delivered in three weeks. The final 18kg casting has a sand cast variation of 0.1% across the full sub-frame length and over 500 prototype parts have been supplied.
“The whole team at Sarginsons are all very proud of this casting”, said Anthony Evans, Managing Director of Sarginsons Industries. “The component is the product of a team effort and it is the bringing together of individuals and teams with key expertise from throughout the organisation that ensures success.”
Also shortlisted in the ‘Component of the Year’ award was Harrison Castings for a huge diesel engine sump casting measuring over 2 metres long, Maycast-Nokes Precision Engineering for its sand cast wind turbine hub & servo housing and Sutton Castings for its remarkable one-off cylinder block for a heritage traction engine.