Low Pressure Casting
Wheel manufacturing of the future, to specifically suit your wheels production needs.
Manufacturing in factories all over the world using different methods, how and where do you want your wheels produced?
How your wheels are manufactured and where they are manufactured is important to your project. Each production method offers it’s advantages depending on the size of the wheel, quantity required, wheel load requirements, weight requirements, speed of production and many more areas of consideration. Likewise, location of production is important for cost consideration: in manufacturing costs, duty and taxes between the manufacturing and destination country specifically for alloy wheels, shipping costs and speed of production.
Our expertise in wheel production methods will ensure that your wheels are produced in the most cost effective, reliable and appropriate method according to your project and timescale. We will recommend the most suitable method of production according to your project requirements and also highlight the benefits of alternative methods.
A wheel mold will be produced according to the production method. Alloy wheel mold type costs vary and the number of molds required will depend on the project quantity required and the delivery timescale. Our responsive service means that we can produce a wheel mold from the final drawings from as little as 8 weeks and have a sample within a further 1-2 weeks.
We offer two types of wheel casting, these are: Gravity and low pressure. Both of these methods will yield consistent high quality wheel casts over a guaranteed life-cycle.
Our specialist flow forming treatment called ‘inteliform’ is a sophisticated process of applied pressure on the wheel rim causing the material to flow in a precise direction. This stretching process strengthens the material meaning that less is required and as a result the wheel is lighter (weight savings of up to 25% can be achieved), and has many of the qualities of a flow formed wheel, but at a quarter of the price. The stronger aluminium material has greater shock resistance over conventional cast wheels, and with lower weight comes low weight characteristics such as more responsive steering and acceleration as well as decreased braking force requirements, fuel economy is improved and reduced tyre wear. Inteliflow is a process in addition to casting and therefore has additional cost over a cast wheel, however for clients with maximum performance and maximum efficiency requirements, this is a very economical way to achieve the greatest results. View our Inteliflow video here.
Forging is a low yield and high cost manufacturing method that essentially machines a wheel from an alloy billet. The result of this method is wheels that are extremely light in weight and very strong. This production method is ideal for clients who need a high performance wheel in lower numbers.
Heat Treating (T4/T6)
Heat treating an alloy wheel increases it’s tensile strength and is common in OEM wheel projects and contract manufacturing. T4 and T6 are the available treatments and which (if any) you need for your project can be advised according to your requirement.