Hand De- Gate Services tailored to your product's exact requirements.



rapid turnaround lead time

part of multi-faceted process


Components are produced on a sprue with risers around the edge. The components can either be removed of the sprue manually by a hand de gate operation which means we will remove the component of the sprue by hand. This involves separating the component from the scrap, this includes removing the gate, runner feed and sprue.

The other operation that can be used to remove the component of the sprue is a press trimming operation.

Technical Specification

Lead Time Rapid Turn Around
Minimum QTY 500
Maximum QTY Unlimited
Minimum Gate Size 12 thousandths of an inch
Maximum Gate Size 12 thousandths of an inch

*Gate Size may vary, dependant on shape and form of the casting*

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What is Manual De-Gating of a casting?

This is where castings are broken off from the gate of the runner feed and separated from the die casting shot. Die castings are produced on a runner feed and hold the die castings to the feed. The common term is the die casting shot.

How does Manual De-Gating of castings work?

The feed is designed at its thinnest point which connects the feed gate of the runner feed to contact the casting. Commonly known as the point of contact.

The feed is designed to fill the casting impression and is designed at point of contact to be the weakest part of the feed and allows the runner feed and casting to be manually separated cleanly and reliably every shot.

Castings are placed in work containers. Runner feeds go into a scrap bin and recycled by melting in a furnace. this process is done in house and keeps waste to below 1%. We are then able to re-use the runner feeds in our die casting process.

How does Manual Hand De- Gating work?

The die casting shot is held in one hand and the operator uses their other hand to break the castings off the runner feed. The process is operator friendly and requires a small amount of pressure to separate the 2 parts.

The process is reliable and repeatable and can be done several 100 times per hour making it very cost effective. The positive to this method it saves making press trim tools and maintenance of the press tool costs through the product.

What is a Hand De-Gate operation?

A hand de-gate operation is a process where a component is manually separated from the sprue, runner feeds and gates.

Is Hand De- Gate Operation cost effective?

Yes, manual hand de-gate will essentially be cheaper as you will not have to purchase a press trim tool.

Why is there a need to Hand De- Gate a part?

Pressure die casting with zinc-based alloys is one of the most efficient and versatile high-production methods used for the manufacturing of strong, accurate, complex and intricately shaped metal components. Each component which is produced using this method is attached to a sprue, runner feed and will have gates/risers. All Zinc pressure die castings will need a secondary operation. Whether it be hand de-gate or press trimmed.

Is a Hand De- Gate Operation the right application for my component?

This is dependant on the shape and form of your component. Some shapes and sizes are better suited to a press trim operation. If your component needs to be completely flash free then a press trim operation will be a better-suited option.