The award-winning component from GF is 13% lighter than its predecessor, which was made of forged steel. In addition, due to its high functional integration and ease of installation it also offers a saving on costs, thus showing the advantage of casting compared to other production processes.
Development began with intensive material development and a targeted analysis of the characteristics of the SIBODUR material. Together with the customer, important milestones were crossed with the validation of the design in the simulation and the testing of the component in the trial. The positive result of the vehicle crash test confirms the success of the project work.
Together, a diverse team made up of staff of the customer as well as of Georg Fischer from Singen and from Schaffhausen pursued one objective, fought for it and won. Passing all the tests and gaining approval for series delivery are the reward for the team's work and dedication.
Dr. Martin Stehle, Head of Sales at GF in Singen, accepted the award. He said: "We are very pleased to receive this award. Through this team effort, we have shown that components such as this represent the future in casting. Close cooperation with the customer, target-orientated team work and technical expertise in development and production open up to us new segments and new product groups for iron casting."