Even in a sector as rich in tradition as the casting industry, we are using the digital twin to drive digitalization forward, and we are reaping the Benefits.
ABOUT RAUCH FT
RAUCH FT stands for high-quality melting technology solutions for magnesium, zinc and non-ferrous metals that integrate perfectly into individual production processes. Know-how from research and experience in the implementation of complex systems ensures sustainability and reliability over several production cycles. The RAUCH FT team is characterized by the highest quality standards and absolute cost awareness, as well as the trusting, long-standing relationship with its business partners. www.rauch-ft.com
67 employees at the company headquarters in Gmunden, Austria
45 countries worldwide – the sales region of RAUCH FT
2,2 Mio. tons of melting capacity is provided by RAUCH FT products
DIGITALIZATION TO THE EXTREME
Melting furnaces have their work cut out for them. When metals are melted, recycled, and alloyed in these furnaces, the temperature can reach up to 2,000°C, gas flows can reach speeds of 1,000 km/h and load changes are the norm.
Greater reliability of melting systems is extremely valuable for operators. If a system suddenly comes to a standstill, there is not only a risk of damage to the furnace, but also of serious production delays or failures. In the worst case, employees could be put at risk.
The idea: Digital twins should significantly reduce such dangers by identifying problems at an early stage. RAUCH FT strives to provide customers with valuable insights during ongoing opeartion, which includes alerting them to maintenance or cleaning needs.
If a melting furnace suddenly breaks down, the consequential damage for our customers is often serious. The significantly lower risk with our systems is a real competitive advantage.
Hannes Viertbauer, Sales Manager, RAUCH FT
DATA AND SIMULATION KNOWLEDGE PERFECTLY ORCHESTRATED
There are still no comparable approaches in casting technology. RAUCH FT, together with ITficient and CADFEM, has tackled the challenge head on, just as the trendsetters at VERBUND did. ITficient for data management, business model and IT architecture; CADFEM for all simulation, from flow to various transient and nonlinear structural mechanics applications and sensitivity studies to system simulations including condition monitoring.
RAUCH FT was well prepared for the digital twin. Many systems and components are already being simulated. The majority of these simulations deal with fluid mechanics. The spectrum ranges from transient cooling and heating processes to processes in dosing or flow pumps to chemical reactions.
In addition to a powerful IT infrastructure, there is already a large data pool available for the system via remote maintenance. The evaluation of this data provides valuable insights into the operation of the furnaces, which are also incorporated into the digital twin.