For the past 45 years, the North American Die Casting Association (NADCA) has sponsored the International Die Casting Design Competition where they recognize, reward and publicize the outstanding casting designs of the year. This annual competition provides a competitive environment where submitted parts are judged on four equally weighted criteria, ingenuity of casting/product design, overall quality, cost savings and market-expanding potential. The competition is broken down into several categories by both weight of castings and material used.
Pace Industries is no stranger to this competition, in the past 10 years, 6 divisions of Pace Industries have brought home a collective 12 awards. Pace has shown its expertise, by taking home awards in multiple different material and size divisions of the competition. This year we are proud to announce that we have yet again brought home 2 awards from 2 of our divisions.
We are excited to celebrate with the Grafton Division on their winning part for the Aluminum casting 10lbs and up division. The Grafton Division submitted a part cast out of 413 aluminum as their 2017 choice, the 44 lb. LED Light Fixture for Cree, Inc. This part was designed to increase the illuminated area by adding extra LED’s into the larger housing. What makes this light excellent is that the part not only maximizes its size, but also minimizes wind load requirements and reducing the overall part weight, helping to make the installation process much easier. This part delivers many benefits such as reducing energy requirements, reduced maintenance cost and easier installs, allowing for rapid return on investments.
We are proud to partner with Cree, Inc. on the casting of this challenging part. We know that our success ultimately comes when our customers succeed, and this part is truly raising the industry standard, and we are excited to be part of that. Lisa Ruffalo from Cree, Inc. had this to say about her experience working with Pace on this project, “I was very impressed with Pace, it was a challenge to find a die caster who was able to produce a part this large but who could also produce a part with such detail.” She went on to say “the software and mold flow analysis they used was outstanding, and they were constantly supportive and present through the entire process.”
The Grafton Division is an industry leader in complex high pressure die castings primarily for customers in the automotive, lighting, large and small engine industries. Grafton can provide many value added services in house including machining, painting, polishing testing and assembly to name a few. Pace Industries is committed to providing uncommon solutions that contribute to the success of our customers.