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Glossary of Die Casting Terms

(courtesy North American Die Casting Association)

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ADCI. The “American Die Casting Institute,” a trade association serving the die casting industry by providing statistical, marketing, technical, and management programs.

Alignment System. A set of pins, bushings, blocks, and wear plates that work together and cause the two die halves to align properly.

Alloy. A substance composed of two or more metals, or of a metal and a non-metal. The alloy elements are dissolved in each other when molten and fused together when a solid. Most die castings are made from alloys.

Alloy, Certified Zinc. A program implemented by the ADCI in which participating die casting companies regularly have their zinc die castings tested to certify they are maintaining the correct alloy content.

Aluminum. A light silvery metal that is used as the major constituent in may die casting alloys. Anodize. A chemical process using an electric current in a solution to produce a hard and dense oxide protective surface on a part.

As-Cast. The condition of a die casting when the runners, flash, and overflows have been removed, but no surface finishing, machining, or coating operations have been performed.

Auto-Ladle. A mechanical metal feeding delivery device usually attached to a cold chamber die casting machine, or a part of a furnace system.

Automatic Operation. An expression used to describe a die casting machine that operates continuously without an operator initiating each cycle, lading the molten metal, or removing the casting.

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