StrikoWestofen at Euroguss 2018: Industry 4.0 in light metal foundries
Self-optimising, automated, safe and clean: that’s how StrikoWestofen sees the foundry of the future. StrikoWestofen’s vision will be presented at Euroguss 2018 in Nuremberg, Germany, from 16 to 18 January at booth 714 in hall 7.
Visitors to StrikoWestofen’s stand will see latest innovations as well as proven high-end furnace technology. For a look ahead at emerging challenges and opportunities around Industry 4.0, there will be a 360-degree panorama experience. Designed to make future technology tangible today, the 360-degree video experience gives a preview of the foundry of the future in a spectacular setting - four meters above ground.
The future, today
Industry 4.0 brings with it new demands for manufacturing companies – including light metal foundries. “Key enabling technologies such as Machine to Machine (M2M) communication or remote maintenance via VPN have been in use for some time. Now, customer enquiries about these technologies are starting to increase,” explains Theodoor van der Hoeven, Head of Research and Development at StrikoWestofen.
On our joint journey towards the “smart foundry” of the future, we will be supporting our customers with a whole range of new technologies. Fellow foundry experts attending Euroguss will be able to get a flavour of these technologies at our stand. In addition, visitors can get hands-on with our optimised transport system “Schnorkle 2.0”, with its improved heating technology and safety features.
"Euroguss is a great opportunity to discuss things from engineer to engineer. It is our goal to always support our customers in their processes – but that's especially true in light of the emerging challenges around Industry 4.0", Theodoor explains.
Industry 4.0 is not just the focus of StrikoWestofen’s presence at Euroguss – it is also at the heart of our R&D efforts. Thanks to the sharing of process-independent enabling technologies, Theodoor says, we will benefit from the recent merger under the umbrella of the Norican Group. The exchange of knowledge across the group will lead to an intensification of technological progress for all brands involved, allowing investments into technological systems that would previously have been impossible. Theodoor’s prediction: “In the foundry of the future, human beings will have more of a supervisory function. They will define production and quality targets, monitor production and perform scheduled maintenance. All other activities will be automated with the help of Industry 4.0 and robots and carried out in a self-optimising fashion.”
StrikoWestofen, complete with “Schnorkle 2.0” and a 360-degree experience, will be in hall 7 at booth 714.