Because of the reinforcing mechanism of silicon alloyed cast iron along with the combination of additive pearlite-stabilising elements, a type of cast iron has been created that no longer has the most significant negative properties of Si alloyed cast iron: i.e., breakages caused by the brittleness on exposure to shock loading.

At the request of foundries and their customers, Sirris is organising a course on foundry technology. The course provides you in-depth and practical knowledge on all technology and production related aspects important to casting. The teachers boast years of practical experience and knowledge acquired, which is also reflected in the course’s content and material.

CNH Industrial (CNHi) develops and manufactures machinery for the agricultural and construction sectors. The company strives for continuous improvement of its machinery and therefore wanted to optimise a component, namely the tension arm of a drive - an adjustment that needed to be made at short notice.

At Sirris we are always conducting research into new production techniques. An illustration of this is provided by a research project into fine blanking that we successfully completed recently in conjunction with renowned German research organisation Fraunhofer. The next innovative cutting technique we are going to investigate together over the next four years is High-Speed Impact Cutting, or HSIC. In light of the rapid wear and tear of HSIC tools, the aim of this research will be to find ways to extend their lifetime.

Foundry products are - and will remain - a crucial basis for many end products. This is why Sirris is making its more than 60 years of experience and expertise available to the sector and its customers, along with its prototype foundries and testing laboratories. But there's more: in April, at the request of several industrial players, Sirris began a six-part course in foundry technology in order to stimulate knowledge transfer even more.

One of the most pressing issues in the world of cast pieces is a correct design of both products and casting systems, so as to achieve a flawless casting. How do you approach this and what parameters should you take into account? You will find out in one of the modules of the foundry technology course being organised by Sirris from 12 April.

At the request of foundries and their customers, Sirris is organising a course on foundry technology. The course provides you in-depth and practical knowledge on all technology and production related aspects important to casting. The teachers boast years of practical experience and knowledge acquired, which is also reflected in the course’s content and material.

The eleventh Dutch-language Welding Symposium is taking place on 24 and 25 November 2015. Once again this exciting event, organised by the Belgian Welding Institute together with the Netherlands Welding Institute, will be presenting themed sessions and lectures.

From September 2015 a number of training courses organised by the Belgian Welding Institute (BIL) will be starting up again. Registration is now open.

At times things got lively during the well-attended event organized by Sirris and Agoria on 30 March. Representatives of foundries and their customers presented their views of today and tomorrow and provided each other with feedback and tips. Foundries have a future in Belgium, provided that the necessary effort is made...