Design Details Available for the 2013 Award Winning Castings

The IMA recently published an article in the Magnesium Showcase that describes the project TCDC worked on with its customer, Fujifilm Sonosite. The casting was awarded first place in the 2013 Awards of Excellence, Commercial Cast Product category.

Additional information about the cutting edge design, and research that was involved in developing the technology provided by Sonosite’s X-Porte, The World’s First Ultrasound Kiosk is available on their website.


Second Die Casting Design Award in 2013

Congratulations TCDC and Fujifilm Sonosite

Congratulations TCDC and Fujifilm Sonosite

Twin City Die Castings Company was recently informed that it has won an award from NADCA for its work on the Fujifilm Sonosite Inc. ultra sound system electronics enclosure and power supply shield. This is the second award this product design has received.

The award will be presented at The 2013 Die Casting Design Competition Luncheon, which will take place on Monday, September 16 at 12:15pm – 2:00pm during the Die Casting Congress & Tabletop in Louisville, KY.



Twin City Die Castings Presented with IMA 2013 Award of Excellence

Twin City Die Castings was presented with an Award of Excellence for commercial cast product at IMA’s 70th Annual World Magnesium Conference held in Xi’an, China in late May. Tom Heider and Dr. Chris Harris attended the conference, and accepted the award on behalf of the customer, and the company.

In brief – the portable ultrasound system that won the award contains 3 castings in AZ91D. The dimension of the frame and bottom of the electronics enclosure are each approximately 15″x13″ (387mm x 330mm). Achieving the required thin wall design (nominal thickness of .04″ / 1mm) made it a challenge to fill.

“First Place for Design Cast Product Commercial Category was awarded to Fujifilm Sonosite Inc. located in Bothell, Washington for their “M2” UltraSound System. The Die Caster determined that die cast magnesium would provide the required properties for the enclosure being sought. Using flow simulation software and experience, the die caster provided feedback for design for manufacturing, which included having thin wall castings to minimize product weight, determining the appropriate gating for each casting and developing a cross hatched, rib-like pattern to aid in metal flow across the surface of the large casting. Fujifilm Sonosite Inc. was nominated for this award by Twin City Die Castings Company located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.”


IMA World Magnesium Conference

The World Magnesium Conference is scheduled for May 19-21, 2013 in Xi’an, China. This event is the premier international magnesium industry conference that highlights the latest technological advances, innovative applications, and emerging developments in the global marketplace. The conference combines informative technical sessions, exhibits, networking and social opportunities for a well-rounded industry experience. Click here for the 2013 IMA Annual World Magnesium Conference flyer.

During the event, the IMA Awards of Excellence are presented. The program recognizes exceptional achievements in the global advancement of magnesium products and processes. TCDC and it’s customer, Smiths Detection and Nexus Design, were proud recipients of the award in 2012. To view details about the project, Click here to view a summary of all 2012 winners here.




Magnesium Showcase: IMA 2012 Awards of Excellence Winners Edition

Twin City Die Castings and its customer, Smiths Detection and Nexus Design, received an Award of Excellence for Commercial Cast Product (non-automotive).

The following link will take you to the IMA 2012 Awards of Excellence Winners edition of Magnesium Showcase (located on the IMA website), TCDC’s casting is featured on page 2.

Winning this award marks the ninth time TCDC has been awarded an annual Design Award from NADCA and/or IMA since 2007.




Twin City Die Castings Company Awarded ISO Environmental Certification


Minneapolis, Minn.–May 9, 2011– Twin City Die Castings Company is pleased to announce it has earned ISO 14001 environmental management system certification for its Watertown, South Dakota plant. This achievement emphasizes their current and future commitment to reducing their environmental impact.

As the first of the company’s three facilities to achieve the environmental certification, lessons learned in Watertown will be transferred to their other locations in Minnesota, serving as the model in reducing environmental impact and achieving ISO 14001 certification.

Twin City Die Castings initiated this goal after recognizing the market’s interest in doing business with environmentally responsible manufacturers. In addition to aluminum recycling, the company has identified a number of areas it will actively manage as having a significant impact on the environment. Included are the reduction of waste water, energy and solid waste.

Ron Barse, the company’s Director of Corporate Systems and also a Watertown resident, commented, “Die castings are already well received by companies in a number of markets due to the high level of aluminum recycling. This certification validates their confidence in us and our environmental position, while complying with applicable legal and customer environmental requirements.”

He added, “We are proud to have received this formal recognition. This is one of the many reasons Twin City Die Castings stands out in our community as a leader, providing a safe, environmentally friendly and rewarding workplace.”



Twin City Die Castings Company Announces Senior Management Staff Changes


Minneapolis, Minn.–May 2, 2011–Minneapolis based Twin City Die Castings Company announced today the following recent senior management staff changes: Greg Hansen was promoted to President, and Todd Olson was promoted to Executive Vice President of Business Development. Mr. Hansen succeeds Doug Harmon who remains the CEO.

Mr. Hansen has over 34 years with Twin City Die Castings, and is a third generation employee of the company. In his tenure, Mr. Hansen has held a number of senior management positions, including operations, sales and marketing, and most recently Vice President of Minnesota operations. In his new position, he will continue his leadership managing day-to-day operations.

Mr. Olson, who has been with the company for seven years, will be charged with overseeing sales, marketing, engineering, and international operations. He is a currently a member of the Board of Directors for CTI, the company’s joint venture in India. He is also an active member of the North American Die Casting Association (NADCA), serving on the Finance Committee, and as Chairman of the Marketing Committee.

The Harmon family purchased Twin City Die Castings in 1971 from the original owner. Doug Harmon’s father, Jim Harmon, remained Chairman of the Board until his recent passing in April of 2011. “As a family owned business, it is important to begin transitioning the management of the company to the next generation of leaders, but I will maintain an active role in directing the long-term strategic vision of the organization,” stated Doug Harmon.

“Greg’s knowledge and experience, along with his commitment to the company, and Todd’s people skills and business sense are the perfect fit for who I envision taking TCDC to the next level,” he added. “Big things are in store for TCDC. The economy is starting to improve, manufacturing is getting stronger, and I am confident in the management team we have in place to guide us through these exciting times,” he concluded.



Interview with Todd Olson in Modern Casting Magazine (Sept 2010)

Todd Olson, Director of Sales and Marketing, was recently interviewed for an article in the September issue of the Modern Casting magazine. In the article, “Twin City Die Castings Partners with Customers in Part Design”, Todd discusses our engineering capabilities, and it mentions two of the parts that received recognition from NADCA in 2010.

To view the complete article, click here: Modern Casting (Sept 2010)

TCDC featured in Metal Casting Design and Purchasing Magazine (Sept/Oct 2010)

Check out this recently published article from the September/October 2010 issue of Metal Casting Design and Purchasing magazine, titled, “Survival of the Fittest Diecaster”. It’s been a tough couple of years for many US die casters, and in this article Todd Olson, Director of Sales and Marketing, and Jim Merritt, TCDC Sales Representative, discuss how TCDC remained competitive.

Click here to view the complete article: Metal Casting Design and Purchasing (Oct 2010)