IDRA| Giga Press
IDRA OL 6200 CS GIGA PRESS NO.3 IS COMPLETELY ASSEMBLED AND READY FOR DISPATCH TO THE CUSTOMER
The Italian die-casting cell manufacturer IDRA has always been known for its powerful and sophisticated machines for aluminum die casting.
Large die casting machines for structural components are standard, and three years ago, the idea of a 5,500 and a 6,200 ton press was presented for the first time. What was greeted with a patronizing smile back then is reality today and enjoys cult status. The initial skepticism among parts of the die-casting industry has long since given way, because the first machines delivered are already producing “good castings” under real production conditions.
Giga Press No. 3 is still fully installed in the IDRA halls in Travagliato (BS) and is now being dismantled and made ready for shipping. Up to 24 flatbed trucks are required to transport the 430-ton giant, which is no wonder considering the dimensions (20m x 7.5m x 6m).
With this, IDRA is building the largest presses in the world at the moment. But it is not about the sheer size, rather about rethinking the possible uses of aluminum die casting, reports General Manager Riccardo Ferrario during the Open House event in Italy.
After IDRA had grown strongly in recent years with its large machines for structural components, the company wanted to break new ground strategically.
The starting point was the question of what will be absolutely necessary for the vehicles of the coming generations with hybrid or electric drives, and what can be visionarily rethought in lightweight construction. From the requirements for battery housings for vehicles, the idea arose to develop new solutions for the entire area of underbody for automobiles and trucks. Front underbody, battery housing and rear underbody, each made of one cast part.