ROSEMONT, IL.—The North American Die Casting Association (NADCA) recently released three new industry publications, including its first die casting handbook in nearly two decades.
NADCA said the second edition of its Die Casting Handbook is an essential component for the die-casting learning process and a one-stop source of information on a wide variety of topics related to the field.
“The last die casting handbook was published almost twenty years ago,” said NADCA President Daniel Twarog. “The 2001 version has updated every section of the last version and includes newer technology sections to make it a complete reference book for die casters and designers of die castings.”
NADCA released the handbook in June.
“I have reviewed the new Die Casting Handbook and am pleasantly impressed. I feel that the content is just right and the execution of publishing and artwork is highly professional,” said Ed Herman, retired engineering supervisor for General Motors Corp.
In April, NADCA released Die Casting Environmental Issues. Aimed at environmental managers, plant managers and operating personnel, the book purports to presents answers for the management of wastewater, air emissions, oil and hazardous waste. The solutions, the association said, come from companies that successfully tackled those problems.
“Die Casting Environmental Issues is an easy-to-read comprehensive guide to emissions and waste management. It’s a must-have reference document for enhanced environmental friendliness and improved compliance,” said Steve Udvardy, director of Research, Education and Technology at NADCA.
The book also contains case studies, surveys and statistics, along with a comparison of ISO 14001 and ISO 9001.
In between those releases, NADCA unveiled its 2000 Financial Survey. The survey, released in May, provides an industry snapshot based on productivity, sales performance, profits, and manufacturing efficiency.
“The first half of 2000 was a record-setting year for die cast shipments,” said Twarog. “The second half of the year was completely the opposite. This change in business conditions caused significantly lower-than-anticipated financial ratios for the industry.”
Twenty die casting companies, with a total of 31 die casting plants, participated in the survey.
“The die casting industry has to be cautious in how it prices current and future orders,” said Twarog. “Pretax profits have been flat over the last several years, while productivity has increased. At some point the productivity gains will flatten and lower profits or even losses will result.”
Located in Rosemont, Illinois, NADCA is a nonprofit organization made up of 275 corporate members and 3,100 individuals. For more information on the publications, visit www.diecasting.org.