Italpresse Gauss builds die-casting machine with a closing force of 5 700 tons

Italpresse Gauss, an Italian manufacturer of fully automated, digitally enabled die-casting technology, is set to deliver the first toggle-free two-platen die-casting machine with a closing force of 5 700 tons. The TF 5700 was introduced in 2018 and is currently being made for one of the leading car manufacturers in Germany.

With its platen size of 3 500mm by 3 500mm the machine is being manufactured in response to the growing demand for ever larger components and structural parts, particularly in the automotive industry, to be manufactured. Toggle-free (TF) machines generate the closing force hydraulically, whereas those with toggle do this mechanically. This means the toggle-free machine only needs two platens instead of three, which means a smaller footprint. Italpresse Gauss introduced the TF machine concept in 2005 after developing it fully in-house, including the closing unit. The biggest closing force of a TF manufactured by the company to date was 4 400 tons.

Pictured here is a smaller version of the TF series. The bigger model, with a 5 700 ton closing force is currently being made for one of the leading car manufacturers in Germany

“Lightweight construction and electric vehicles are driving the demand for ever bigger castings – structural components and battery housings, for example. Die-casting machine sizes have to keep up with that. Our TF 5700 is the biggest toggle-free machine to date and is ahead of its time digitally, too. The market’s responded very positively to it and we’re getting enquiries from around the world,” said Marco Giegold, Area Sales Manager at Italpresse Gauss.

“We are setting a new benchmark with the TF 5700. This includes the incredible closing force and the giant dimensions, for a start. But the speeds that some of the moving parts can reach are also rather impressive. And then there’s the digitalisation. Our customers keep telling us that we’re ahead of the game, digitally. Our machines are primed for advanced use of data and are open for the connection to customer-specific systems or to our own digital products.”

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