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Lewis M.,Omega Foundry Machinery Ltd. | Jeffs P.,Vesuvius UK Ltd
Foundry Trade Journal International | Year: 2017

The first thing to understand about Industry 4.0 is it is not one technology but a combination of modern technologies combined to create a 'SMARTfactory'. The 4.0 stands for the fourth industrial revolution which at first sounds extreme but when you start to look at the possibilities it is easy to see how these technologies can become real game-changers. Industry 4.0 is the brainchild of the German government, and the train of thought is to create smarter, more efficient manufacturing through the use of SMART factories in the not too distant future. This will be achieved by various technologies communicating in a way that allows autonomous running of the facility and processes. The big question is how can we utilise these new technologies within the foundry industry and what are the benefits?


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ENERGY.2011.8.1-2 | Award Amount: 11.09M | Year: 2013

NIWE project will demonstrate a new production process able to decrease the embodied energy of the foundry products by over 25%, reducing drastically its carbon footprint. The demonstration will be performed in the aluminium, iron and steel sectors. The expected energy efficiency gains are due to a new furnace that, by means of a power transmission system based on induction, will allow a highly flexible production. This increase on the production flexibility attends to the current variability of the foundry products demand. The current crisis has introduced a high variability in the demand, which can be measured in terms of quantity and diversity of the demanded products. The manufacturers are now forced to start and stop many times their production chains, change the moulds and, the most important in energy penalty terms, to reheat many times big quantities of raw materials. Consequently, the cost efficiency of the process has suffered a high decrease. NIWE tackles these actual and current problems by providing a new furnace that will take the power by an inductive coupling. This will provide a very quick power transmission from the grid to the furnace. This power will be supplied to the heating system, which, depending on the foundry material could consist on resistances or induction heating. The rapidity of the power transmission system, as well as the wireless operation, will allow the use of smaller furnaces. This way, the reserve of melted material for feeding the moulds will be smaller, and therefore the required energy to maintain it melted. In addition, the wireless furnace will provide a flexible operation, allowing a quick modification of the factory layout, which will be based on easy interchangeable furnaces of different types andsizes, depending on the demand.


Poon J.,University of Salford | Brownlow M.,Vesuvius UK Ltd
International Journal of Construction Education and Research | Year: 2016

This article investigates the impacts of variable factors, such as practical experience and factors related to study style, on employment outcomes and patterns of built environment graduates in Australia. This article also compares the employment prospects of different built environment sub-disciplines, including Architecture, Construction, Real Estate and Urban Planning and Regional Studies. Practical experience and the possibility of work with final year employers after graduation were found to have a statistically significant impact on the employment outcomes for graduates of built environment and all of its sub-disciplines. However, degree level and type of university attended were not found to have a statistically significant impact. Attendance type and employment mode in the final year of study had a statistically significant impact on the employment patterns for graduates of built environment and all of its sub-disciplines. The graduates who studied part-time and worked full-time in their final year of study were more likely to secure full-time jobs after graduation. The findings presented in this article can be used by built environment graduates to identify the variable factors that they can change in order to enhance their employment prospects. © 2016 Crown copyright


Alexander I.,Foseco Europe | Alexander I.,Vesuvius UK Ltd
Foundry Trade Journal | Year: 2010

The POLITEC E rage of highly reactive binders has been introduced with fast initial strength development and with very low amine consumption compared to conventional binders. POLITEC E is a range of polyurethane cold box binders free from aromatic solvents developed to meet stringent environmental and technical requirements. The POLITEC requires significantly less time to achieve a fully cured core. It is therefore now possible to reduce gassing time by 40% when these new binders are used. The POLITEC range consists of three packages, a standard system suitable for general applications in ferrous and nonferrous, a high-reactivity system for improved productivity and an improved humidity resistance system. The E6010/E9030 system has significantly lower odor than conventional PUCB and lower emissions. E6010/E 9040 offers even higher reactivity with lower amine consumption. E6010/E9050 is a high reactivity system with enhanced humidity resistance.


Jeffs P.,Vesuvius UK Ltd
Foundry Trade Journal International | Year: 2012

With quality standards for ductile and grey iron castings continuing to rise, today's modern iron foundry has even greater challenges to meet say Fiorenzo Santorini, Foseco Italy and Colin Powell, Foseco Japan. It is no longer possible to just rely on chemical analysis to give the required quality because even melts with similar analysis and similar pouring temperatures can give variable casting performance. To overcome these problems, Foseco in conjunction with ProService of Italy, has developed an advanced form of thermal analysis that allows the foundry to continually track any detrimental changes in the solidification process and with the help of remote monitoring seek advice from an independent source.

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