• Foundry Efficiency

Furnace Efficiency Formula: are you ready?

Discover insights, ideas and innovations that add up to competitive advantage

Cut costs, up quality and boost sustainable manufacturing

Cost pressures on aluminium foundries are mounting, just as demands on quality, traceability and energy efficiency are increasing across supply chains.

Established sectors like automotive are changing and globalizing – e-mobility is a key evolutionary trigger. Meanwhile new, frequently technologically-driven markets and opportunities continue to emerge. Foundries need to be more productive, produce more complex parts, and match the adaptability that is keeping their customers competitive. 

What makes an aluminium foundry efficient, sustainable and ultimately more productive in today’s environment is no simple sum. But there are simple solutions. You just need to know where to look.

At StrikoWestofen, foundry efficiency has always been our focus – in all its guises.

So, over the course of 2020 we are going to use this space to show you how cutting costs, upping quality and boosting sustainability are not only inextricably linked when it comes to efficient foundry processes, but also goals that are realistic to achieve.

Over three chapters, we’ll hone in on why melting and dosing are so central to this objective, sharing hints, tips and practical guides on topics ranging from cutting energy costs, carbon emissions and improving metal yield, though to enhancing uptime and harnessing automation through digital transformation in manufacturing.

We’ll also explore stories of innovation in action, with leading aluminium foundries sharing their experiences.

Are you ready? Then let’s go!

First up, did you know that 25% of the total cost of die cast parts are associated with energy consumption and that much of this cost is actually incurred early in the foundry process? The melt shop alone can account for as much as 77% of total consumption across the whole foundry making furnace efficiency and metal transfer key areas to consider when it comes to potential improvements. Making the right changes here can make a big difference. 

With that in mind, we start our focus on cutting costs by looking at ‘5 ways to save energy when melting and transferring metal’.

Our concise guide explores this topic in more detail and lists 5 ways your aluminium foundry could make significant savings.

What you’ll discover:

  • How data you already have can help you identify the biggest opportunities for improving energy efficiency
  • How to fill your furnace for maximum energy and cost savings
  • That periods of low utilization don’t have to mean energy wastage
  • ...

Read the full guide here and find out how to save energy and cut costs in your foundry.

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