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CIM and control of pressure die-casting in the automotive industry

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4 Author(s)
Wilkinson, A.J. ; Dept. of Electr. & Electron. Eng., Queen''s Univ., Belfast, UK ; Wilson, G.E. ; Connor, A. ; Smith, N.A.

The successful introduction of highly automated machines into a predominantly manual environment requires careful planning and support. Ford Motor Company in Belfast realised that its electronic/control expertise needed to be strengthened when it embarked on automating its die-casting facilities and saw the Teaching Company Scheme as a good means of obtaining the necessary technology transfer. So successful was the first scheme that a follow-on was established. This article gives an overview of the work of the Teaching Company Associates and the tangible benefits which have resulted. The pressure die-casting environment is a harsh one for young control engineers to 'cut their teeth' in, but the experience gained has fitted them for successful careers in engineering.<>

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Computing & Control Engineering Journal  (Volume:5 ,  Issue: 3 )