Fill Machine Engineering presents a unique low-pressure casting machine at Euroguss. Stability, cost-effectiveness, quality, and simple handling are the hallmarks of this innovation.
"Fill Foundry World" was one of the highlights at the Euroguss international trade fair from 12 to 14 January 2016 in Nuremberg. Intelligent interconnection of the processes and automated production systems ensure foundry solutions from a single source. The low pressure caster b celebrated its world premiere. This newly developed low-pressure casting machine provides a larger clamping surface and more stroke in a smaller size. It also supplies very convincing results for extremely cost-effective production of high-quality aluminum castings.
"Smart solutions combined to make a homogeneous process chain guarantee our customers the highest levels of cost-effectiveness and process stability in the harsh foundry environment," explained Thomas Rathner, Head of the Fill Casting Technology Competence Center, on the sidelines of the Euroguss trade fair in Nuremberg. In the form of the "Fill Foundry World", Fill Machine Engineering presented state-of-the-art casting technology of the future in a practical example of Industry 4.0 in action.
Flawless casting technology
As an “ideas factory” for individual complete solutions, the Upper Austrian high-tech company demonstrated its expertise in the fields of casting, cooling, decoring, premachining, inspection, finishing, and image processing. The focus of interest was the premiere of the low pressure caster b. This newly developed low-pressure casting machine provides a larger clamping surface and more stroke in a smaller size as well as significant benefits in terms of handling and maintenance. Particular attention has also been paid to energy efficiency. Optimally coordinated hydraulic components reduce energy consumption by more than 30 percent compared to customary standard components. Together with the universal syncromill machining centers and the thermal imaging camera from Weitblick Systems, this innovation forms the centerpiece of the state-of-the-art and efficient casting technology made by Fill.
Weitblick Systems thermal imaging camera
Image processing from Fill's subsidiary Weitblick Systems supports the die-casting process chain in many ways. The thermal camera-based unloading inspection of die-cast parts on the casting machine was one of the technical highlights at Euroguss 2016 in Nuremberg. Use of thermal cameras safeguards quality and costs. The system protects the tool, thereby preventing production outages. Other applications enable the surface inspection of die-cast parts, thereby ensuring compliance with the pore class specifications. 3D part and position detection systems enable highly flexible control of production processes.
Fill is a leading international machine and plant manufacturing company serving diverse branches of industry. The family-owned business excels in the use of the latest technology and methods in management, communication, and production. Business operations encompass the fields of metal, plastics and wood for the automotive, aircraft, wind energy, sport and building industries. The company is the global market and innovation leader in aluminum core removal technology, casting technology, wood bandsaw technology, as well as in ski and snowboard production machines. Andreas Fill and Wolfgang Rathner are joint CEOs of the company founded in 1966 that is still completely family-owned and now has more than 650 employees. In 2015, the company recorded sales of 120 million euros.