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Benchmarking of Casting Products Benchmarking of Casting Products

"If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles."
By understanding other companies, you can gain insights into your own.
Material Design recommends benchmarking as a valuable practice.

Benchmarking of Casting

Purpose of Benchmarking

Benchmarking means "standard" but recently it has also been given the meaning of "analyzing other companies and applying the findings to one's own company." In order to gain a competitive advantage in the globally competitive market, benchmarking is an important process. Benchmarking casting products offers two main advantages:


  • Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of one's own technology.
  • Expanding the options for one's own company by learning from other companies' technologies.
Purpose of Benchmarking

What can be learned through benchmarking

The ripple effects of benchmarking are numerous, including confirming one's own technological level, educating engineers, conducting market research for new developments, and cost reduction. For these reasons, to the best of our knowledge, major manufacturers engage in benchmarking activities to varying degrees. The challenge lies in determining which casting product to set as the benchmark. Since it is necessary to examine numerous casting products, regular benchmarking is required. Benchmarking surveys allow us to infer factors such as material composition, casting methods, heat treatment, joining techniques, and design principles for casting products.

Benchmarking can help resolve the following questions:

  • What types of aluminum alloys are being used?
  • Are the casting products made through HPDC or gravity casting?
  • Is the heat treatment T5, T6, or none (F)?
  • Are special processes like FSW (Friction Stir Welding) being used?
  • What design principles guided the creation of the products?

Flow of Benchmarking Survey for Casting Products



We will inquire about the desired aspects to be investigated.



Based on the ask results, we will provide a quotation.



If you are satisfied with the quotation, please place an order.



We will conduct the survey at our company (typically involving destructive testing).



The benchmarking results will be reported through a written report and presentation.

Details such as equipment used and delivery time will be determined through discussions and meetings.

Recommendation for regular benchmarking

While trends in casting technology do not change significantly over a few years, significant transformations can be observed over a decade. The emergence of casting products that alter the functional requirements of design, such as wear-resistant castings, high-strength die castings, high thermal conductivity castings, and large-scale die castings, can have the potential to reshape the market.
Therefore, it is important to periodically conduct benchmarking in order to stay abreast of technological trends. Additionally, continuous benchmarking can help identify the technological challenges that are necessary in the market. By addressing these technological challenges, your company has the potential to become a leading benchmark for others in the industry.

Recommendation for regular benchmarking

Reference Price for Benchmark Survey

Name Analysis Type Quantity Price
(incl. tax)
Standard 1 Chemical Composition
1 ¥165,000
Standard 2 Chemical Composition
2 ¥308,000
Advance 1 Chemical Composition
Mechanical Properties
1 ¥264,000
Advance 1 Chemical Composition
Mechanical Properties
2 ¥484,000

The above prices are for reference only. Some analyses may not be feasible depending on the size of the sample being examined. We will provide a detailed estimate, including the feasibility of benchmarking, based on discussions and requirements.

Material Design is a casting consultant. Please contact us for any issues related to your casting.

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