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SMART FOUNDRY

SMART FOUNDRY – optimum preconditions for full-mould casting

SMART FOUNDRY doesn’t stop after moulding and casting. In summer 2017, the cast treatment facility was finally completed following eco-friendly emptying with newly designed surface blasting technology and ergonomic cleaning stations.

The optimisation of the process workflows led not only to a pioneering improvement of working conditions for the employees, but also to a major increase in production capacities. This makes us perfectly equipped to venture further in new fields of foundry technology. While in conventional foundries “full-mould casting“ (lost foam) is almost unacceptable due to the emissions caused, we can protect our employees from emissions and create optimum setting and cooling conditions through consistent separation of the individual production workflows and modern aeration and ventilation concepts. In addition, the waste heat from the process is put to optimum use without straining the environment. Patterns made of EPS (polystyrene) with its process-related disadvantages or PMMA (polymethylmethacrylate) can be used for full-mould casting. The raw material costs are higher for PMMA patterns, but on the other hand PMMA burns without residue at over 800 °C. This results in process advantages, since the pattern does not have to be removed before the second cast. We would be delighted to discuss optimum customised uses with you! Blocks made of PMMA will be available soon, too. And we know where, because they are being produced on Kurtz Ersa machines and we have optimised the working process for them. SMART FOUNDRY, because we are not alone!

Cast treatment in the Kurtz Eisenguss GmbH & Co. KG
Cast treatment in the Kurtz Eisenguss GmbH & Co. KG

Eisenguss customer event: event location Eisenhammer

Guest speaker Prof. Dr. Claus Mattheck, Head of Biomechanics at the Institute for Applied Materials of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), while his lecture on extraordinary mental tools
Guest speaker Prof. Dr. Claus Mattheck, Head of Biomechanics at the Institute for Applied Materials of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), while his lecture on extraordinary mental tools

Completion of the cast treatment facility with its blasting house and cleaning stations was the perfect occasion to celebrate the conclusion of SMART FOUNDRY modernisation with our customers. Numerous customers followed our invitation to Hasloch on a sunny afternoon at the beginning of October. Following a welcoming speech and a guided tour through the hammer museum, guests were able to see the complete end-to-end process under cutting-edge production conditions for the first time during a tour of the plant. Then guest speaker Prof. Dr. Claus Mattheck, Head of Department for Biomechanics at the Institute for Applied Materials at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) captured his audience’s full attention. The sixty minutes during which the Dresden-born speaker presented unusual thinking tools such as thrust rectangles and pull triangles which can be used to consider our surroundings in a different light – possibly including the iron foundry business – just flew by. Dinner and a blues concert in the historic hammer mill rounded off a very successful day which our customers are sure to remember for a long time to come.

Always spectacular: Casting process inside the Kurtz Iron Foundry (here at the customer event)
Always spectacular: Casting process inside the Kurtz Iron Foundry (here at the customer event)
 
 

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