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0Ingotech Engineering Ltd workmanship is of the highest standard, in both fabrication and machining. The casting machines are manufactured to high standards of precision with the best materials available to give a machine requiring minimum maintenance and maximum component life.

Standard OEM components are used where possible which are selected according to the loads they have to carry or transmit. Self aligning plumber block bearings are used to carry the head shaft and take up units to carry the tail shaft.

The conveyor chain is a proprietary, heavy duty product of the highest quality and precision manufacture, selected from British or European standard ranges to match requirements. Conveyor chain sprockets are CNC profiled steel, machined and welded to centre bosses. Keys are fitted to ISO Metric standards.

Drive units are selected to suit torque and speed requirements of each machine. Units typically comprise of an electric motor, flange mounted onto a helical worm gear with a hollow output shaft to fit directly on to the head-shaft of the casting machine, for efficient power transmittal. Speed control is obtained by use of an inverter. This inverter is programmable to enable acceleration and deceleration rates to be set to individual requirements. Loads on the drive can be measured and the inverter programmed to trip out at a selected level ensuring no damage is done to the machine.

Gas burners for mould pre-heating are mounted beneath the machine. A manifold is fitted on the side of the machine, from this, burners with thermo electric flame failure sensors are fitted. These burners pre-heat and dry the moulds yet in the event of a "flame out" the gas is automatically isolated.

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Cooling can be achieved with either spray nozzles or water dip tank, depending on requirements.

The knockout consists of mechanically actuated hammers striking each mould to loosen the product as it passes around the head-shaft. The hammers are aluminium bronze rollers to prevent damage to moulds.

Product falls freely from the moulds as they pass around the head-shaft, at a height selected to suit the collection method used, or in the case of ingots can be retained in the mould and placed accurately onto a second conveyor for further cooling and automated stacking.


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