Advantages of Zinc Alloys
Today's zinc casting alloys are strong, durable and cost effective engineering materials. Their mechanical properties compete with and often exceed those of cast aluminum, magnesium, bronze, plastics and most cast irons. These characteristics, together with their superior finishing capabilities, and choice of casting processes make zinc alloys the unquestioned material choice for the 21st century, because they'll save you time and money:
- Assembly operations are reduced.
Entire assemblies can be cast as a single unit, eliminating the need for expensive manual assembly operations.
- Less material is required.
Zinc's superior casting fluidity, strength and stiffness permits the design of thin wall sections for reduced weight and material cost savings.
- Machining operations are reduced.
Due to the superior net-shape casting capability of zinc alloys, machining can be eliminated or drastically reduced.
- Faster production and extended tool life.
Die casting production rates for zinc are much faster than for aluminum, or magnesium. Coupled with a tool life often exceeding 1 million parts, tooling and machine usage charges are dramatically reduced.
- Eliminate bearings and bushings.
Zinc's excellent bearing and wear properties allow greater design flexibility are reduce secondary fabrication costs by eliminating small bushings and wear inserts.
- Choice of low, medium and high production.
A variety of casting processes are available to economically manufacture any size and quantity required.