Training & education                      



Education and training

M Murray & Associates (MMAA) is a leading provider of education and training services in die casting and product design both in Australia and internationally. With over one thousand people taking part in courses internationally! Our focus on workforce development aims to build the capacity of die casters to meet current and future demands in responding effectively to technical matters. We do this through the provision of training courses, and advice both to the industry and to the customers of the die casters. The training programs are suitable for companies ranging from only a few employees up to the larger die casting companies and can be readily tailored to suit the needs of most companies.

The CEO and founder of MMAA, Dr Morris Murray, has 30 years experience as a world authority in most areas of die casting. He has over 100 technical papers in many facets of die casting. Many of these jointly authored with die casting companies.


Why training is important

After observing the industry for 30 years it was evident that 80% of the problems could be solved by keeping to some simple set rules. The courses developed by M Murray & Associates cover these rules in a simple and easily understood way. The training manuals and the approach taken are particularly directed to the people in the industry, at their level. As one die caster stated after one training session “This training removes the fog of die casting”.

It is better to do things right in the first place than to try and solve the problem later. The present world requires rapid prove-out of dies and low rejects rates in production so as to minimise cost while maximising profits. These courses give simple, step-by-step methods to designing the runner and thermals of a die. A number of set examples are used to demonstrate the approach and then we go through actual parts brought to the course by the die caster. During this section we show what the runner and thermals should look like and why the present design has the problems that it has.


What you will get out of these courses

Most problems in die casting occur because the requirements of the die are not linked to the machine and/or the needs of the part are not met by the runner/gating or thermal design. For example, a simple understanding that the molten metal is moving at speeds similar to a Formula 1 racing car shows that sharp corners in runners cannot work. The course shows, using a simple table or a simple spreadsheet, how to know that your machine will make the part and whether you can use a multi-cavity tool. The course goes on to give simple, step-by-step design rules for the runner and gating design using normal runners and gates (fan, chisel or tapered) or any combination of these. The thermal design can be carried out using one chart and without any complex mathematics. In the defect manual there are examples of typical defects and what to do to reduce them.

These series of courses are directed to people who carry out die casting and want to solve the problems at the start rather than when under huge pressures at 2AM the day that the parts needs to be delivered!


What is different about these courses?

Dr Murray has been involved in die casting training for over 30 years. Over the past decade he noticed that most training requires the understanding of complex terms and concepts that are beyond what the die caster needs to know. After all, you don’t need to understand how power stations work to switch on a light!

In early 2003, MMAA joined with many of the world’s experts in die casting and re-looked at the needs of the industry and the training methods used. Over the next two years the whole process was revisited. Much of the unnecessary complexity was removed and the real required data skeleton and muscle of information was left. The result is a simple method that covers most aspects of the die casting process.

Ten manuals have been produced that cover, in a simple way, the information necessary to the die caster. The first third of each manual is directed to the operator, the middle third is directed towards the technical person and the final third is the Advanced section which contains added information and some “Tricks of the Trade”.

Each section of the industry, ie operators, technical/engineers and advanced, hear the information necessary for their needs. The course is directed to their levels of understanding. Everyone in the company learns the same approach so that it limits the misunderstanding and communication difficulties between the various levels of any company. Over a thousand people have attended the courses in over 15 countries.

The areas covered by each manual are:

Plus we offer a new course and manual on "Casting Design". This is aimed at the designer and gives them the necessary information to design parts for casting.


What does the industry think?