•  MUSIC Training: mini-course about Process control at HTDC 2016 in Venice - June 2016

The MUSIC Consortium has been one of the events and has organized a whole session of the conference as a public mini-course about "Process Control".

The summary of the different contributions has been collected in the last MUSIC Project Newsletter and in order to give evidence to the topics and the results presented at this event.

  The training was organized as follows:

It provided the ideal context to publically release the second book concerning the MUSIC project results -Smart Control and Cognitive System applied to the HPDC Foundry 4.0 - A robust and competitive methodology developed under EU-FP7 MUSIC Project”

Written at the end of the Project, this book, referred to High Pressure Die Casting (HPDC) of Aluminium alloys, intends to analytically describe methods, tools, parameters and innovative approaches developed to monitor and control the process and the quality product.

The book collects the guidelines to design and implement the Intelligent Sensor Network (ISN) in HPDC production line as first outcome of MUSIC project. The monitoring network is able to provide useable, meaningful and quantitative data on product quality, as well as to define strategies (varying production process parameters, changes to the tooling, etc.) to move toward higher quality product with economic efficiency.

This real time control system capability is then presented and applied to industrial case-histories, showing how to train a cognitive-based ICT platform for the industrial optimization of High Pressure Die Casting production transforming the acquired knowledge and control methods into know-how.

  •  MUSIC Workshop: Nuovo sistema di monitoraggio dei parametri di pressocolata con previsione di qualità e costo in tempo reale - Brescia - 12 Maggio 2016 dalle 14.15 alle 16.00


  •  MUSIC Internal Training: only for Partner members at GTA/FRECH on November 20th, 2014

The practical training on HPDC machine is an internal course to foster a direct approach to the HPDC machine and to the management of machine-related parameters. Held by experts engineers, the course took place on November 20th , 2014 and consisted of two modules:

1) Module A at Oscak Frech GmbH & Co+KG:
- Some input about HPDC (warm/cold chamber process, ...)
- Practical presentation of warm chamber process in FRECH laboratory including real casting operation.

2) Module B at Aalen Hochschule:
- Presentation of cold chamber process in GTA laboratory including real casting operation on the  MUSIC-HPDC machine (e.g. MUSIC horse shoe or other parts)
- Analysis processes of parts (computer tomography or similar)

The MUSIC Training Course on sensoring, process data management and process simulation is the first open public event in which the project can present its major achievements and results up to now. After a quick project introduction, this training session is mainly dedicated to an up-grade in product and process requirements and in tooling & sensoring device, especially for HPDC processes. The idea behind this event is to promote an innovative monitoring network to get the most out of the HPDC manufacturing process, in terms of product quality and defects  minimization, by better understanding and enhancing the single elements influencing the whole process. For this reason, the training will consist of a sequence of presentations focused respectively on: Product and process requirements in relation to defect  classification and Quality Maps; Impact of machine parameters in the production line; Die monitoring by  means of advanced innovative sensors; Design of new generation dies, equipped with sensors and  self-adaptive devices; Quality improvements thanks to lubrication and thermal monitoring systems.


Some of the Partners of MUSIC (DTG, ES, GTA, MAGMA) were involved in the 2014 edition of the International Summer School on Aluminium Technologies, which is kept every 2-3 years and open to experts, professionals and students worldwide. This edition took place in Aachen (Germany) on July 28-Aug 1, 2014.

This last edition was focussed on "Aluminium and Magnesium Alloys: Knowledge-based Solutions for Improving Competitiveness". The topics covered were: General overview of Process-Structure- Properties (Al and Mg) - Simulation, from the Process (Fluid flow and heat flow, solidification) to Microstructure & defects, to Properties - Processes, Quality Requirements and Advanced Tools for Process Control - Al & Mg alloy families, Novel Alloys, Advances in Alloy Design, Grain Refinement & Modification, Secondary Al vs Primary Al alloys - Al Composites (In situ, ex situ), Friction Stir Processing, Emerging and Novel Processes, Additive Manufacturing - Ingot casting (DC-casting), new trends and process optimised by simulation - Advances in Foundry Management (Recycling and Recovery, LCA, Quality Assessment, Cost Modeling - Industrial Cases of Improved Competitiveness. In particular, the Organising Committee devoted a half-day session, to the "Processes and process control" lecture on shape casting processes, quality requirements, process control tools: a kind of "MUSIC" Session by DTG and ES (Tuesday, July 29th 2014, 14.00-18.00). Some other lectures were strictly related to MUSIC Project topics.

Have a look at the Official Program of the Summer School here!


  • MUSIC Internal Training in Vicenza - 9/10 June 2014

MUSIC Project is highly interdisciplinary, and its success is strongly related to the capability, from all Partners, of interacting on topics and issues which are in some cases far from their "business- knowledge". Furthermore, some of the devices and of the tools which are (and are going to be) used are continuously becoming more complex and articulated. Thus, in order to have a good efficiency in MUSIC Project development, an internal training, completely dedicated to up-grade in product and process  requirements and in tooling & sensoring device, both for HPDC and PIM processes took place in Vicenza, on 9-10 June, 2014.

 The course covered in one and a half days the following topics:
1. MUSIC project introduction and D1.1 and D1.2 [ES]
2. Quality mapping and classification [DTG/GTA]
3. Production line: the machine and HPDC cycle [FRECH]
4. Process control and die monitoring [ELECT]
5. Die design introducing sensors and self-adaptive equipment [SAEN]
6. Lubrication process and monitoring [MOTUL-BARALDI]
7. Round table and conclusions

INTERNAL UP-GRADING AND TRAINING COURSE in Vicenza has been the chance for:

- "testing" the approach and the contents of the Public training session

- up-dating the experimental and theoretical evolution of the MUSIC project.

Further detailed infomation can be provided to interested audience by contacting the Project Coordinator.