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TITAL – Large titanium casting facility: approved and expanded

By installing their new large titanium casting facility in December 2008, TITAL has broadened their product range and has been awarded new orders from its international clientele. At the same time the company has further strengthened its position as a strategic supplier for Airbus France. In the meantime a new centrifugal casting facility for large components has been installed.

Customers from the aerospace industry include EADS, Premium Aerotec and Airbus in Toulouse. For the Eurofighter from EADS as well as the A320 and A380 airliners from Airbus TITAL produces large titanium castings with an edge length of up to 1.20 m (47"). Currently TITAL is negotiating with its customers for the production of additional large titanium castings. The casting furnace which is 14 m high (45 feet) facilitates the production of components with a weight of up to 300 kg (660 lbs) and an edge length of up to 1.500 mm (60").

In the middle of 2009 the tenth large casting part went into serial production. "The large casting furnace has delivered an optimal performance. The operating processes are stable, the utilization satisfactory," says Philipp Jerusalem, Director Sales and Marketing at TITAL. "We have achieved our aim to offer our customers a reliable European alternative for large titanium parts", explains Jerusalem. Until now this market has been dominated by American companies.

Also in 2009 TITAL was certified by Airbus France for the assembly of titanium castings. For TITAL this was the first step to be qualified as strategic supplier for further machining of components for Airbus France.

TITAL has recently refitted a centrifugal casting furnace in the large casting facility. "With this second furnace we are able to further extend our product portfolio", explains Dr. Ralf Gerke-Cantow, Head of Production. "Now we have a technical backup system which improves the reliability." Titanium can be cast using centrifugal as well as gravity casting techniques. Whenever one of these techniques has been accepted and certified by the customer for a component, it always has to be applied for that specific component. Dr. Gerke-Cantow: "There is no alternative. What has once been qualified for centrifugal casting must not be cast as a gravity casting." – Although there are no differences regarding the quality. The new crucible capacity is 500 kg (1,102 lbs.) which holds four times the material of the existing crucible at 125 kg (275 lbs). No other casting supplier in Europe can manufacture bigger titanium castings than TITAL.

When using the centrifugal casting technique the molten titanium material is poured into the casting mold which is rotating (spinning) around its center axis. Through the centrifugal forces the molten material fills the mold cavity. During the solidification process the molten material assumes the shape of the ceramic mold.

Press release issued by Alcoa Power and Propulsion TITAL on June 1, 2010


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