Patent Number: 6,165,411

Title: Apparatus for producing metal to be semimolten-molded

Abstract: An improved apparatus for producing a semisolid shaping metal that has fine primary crystals dispersed in the liquid phase and which also has a uniform temperature distribution comprises a melt pouring section comprising a melting furnace which melts and holds a metal and a pouring device which lifts out the molten metal from said melting furnace, adjusts it to a specified temperature and pours it into a holding vessel, a nucleating section which generates crystal nuclei in the melt as it is supplied from said pouring device into said holding vessel, a crystal generating section which performs temperature adjustment such that the metal obtained from said nucleating section falls within a desired molding temperature range as it is cooled to a molding temperature at which it is partially solid, partially liquid, a holding vessel heating section which adjusts the temperature of the holding vessel when it is empty, a holding vessel conditioning section which inverts the holding vessel so that a partially molten metal is discharged and which then cleans the inner surfaces of the holding vessel, and a vessel transporting section furnished with an automating device including a robot with which the partially molten metal from said nucleating section is transported into the injection sleeve of a molding machine.

Inventors: Adachi; Mitsuru (Ube, JP), Sato; Satoru (Ube, JP), Harada; Yasunori (Ube, JP), Kawasaki; Takashi (Ube, JP)

Assignee: UBE Industries, Ltd.

International Classification: B22D 17/00 (20060101); B22D 17/30 (20060101); B22D 017/08 (); B22D 023/00 (); B22D 027/00 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2013