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Schenk - The Foundry Manipulator for Greater Safety

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With the mobile Foundry Manipulator, you can pour small castings weighing from 10 kg to 300 kg, even into moulds with small openings of approx. 80-100 mm. A thermal imaging camera can optionally take over monitoring of the process. In this way, you will have a good fit even in the smallest openings.

The Foundry Manipulator by Schenk, a flexible vehicle with its own electrical drive, runs independently of rails or crane tracks. This innovative model was designed for transporting liquid metals of small to medium lot size in the aluminium, iron and the grey cast iron area.

Sensitive manoeuvring characteristics provide safety. Irregularities and minor obstacles can be overcome by the use of a special chassis. The geometry of the pan and the tilt mimic of the device allow a laminar concentration of the casting stream without interruption. A joy-stick control panel
guarantees easy handling and operation of the Foundry Manipulator.

Convenient correction options are possible by sensitivity provided in controlling the longitudinal and transverse axes of the vehicle. Using a weighing technique, the speed is controlled / reduced depending on the loading condition of the newly developed pan. The pivotal point of the pan sits directly above the lip. The pan is emptied in this axial plane in a controlled manner. The inclination of the tilt is „suggested“ by the process monitoring system according to the filling quantity.

Different pouring heights of between approx. 800 to 1,600 mm are possible by an integrated lifting mast. Different pans can be exchanged precisely and quickly thanks to a quick-change system (integrated safety mechanism) and safely integrated. An optional cover is available for safety reasons and to reduce the radiation heat.

The transport and filling process can be performed with just one operator. Besides the economic benefits, planning and safety optimization arises from this - misunderstandings in coordination or even hazardous pouring situations are a thing of the past.