Robots Adjust to Foundries’ Demands


Safety and efficiency are typical reasons for installing foundry robots. Now, flexibility has emerged as a performance standard in metalcasting operations, and the automation systems are helping address the need.

According to the most recent FM&T survey data, 16.5% of metalcasting operations plan to invest in robotics technology during 2021 – a total that includes upgrades to existing installations as well as new capital equipment. Robots are more than a trend in metalcasting operations: they are fixtures helping foundries and diecasters to operate more safely, efficiently, and productively. As a result, robotics systems require increasingly specific applications and integration efforts.

In part, this is because metalcasting operations are growing more focused on volume and productivity than ever before. The rise of high-volume, high-pressure diecasting operations are illustrative this trend.

Artimpianti, an industrial contractor, specializes in manufacturing automation for metalcasting operations, especially turnkey production lines for aluminum foundries, with projects completed in Europe, North America, and India. Knowing how to integrate robotics into these lines is a core capability, along with advanced 3D simulation and software expertise.

When it started integrated articulated robots into metalcasting operations 30 years ago, Artimpianti was working to eliminate dangerous work practices and facilitate maintenance – not to reduce production times or improve quality.

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