Wheelabrator releases 4th digital tool to help machines run smoothly

Wheelabrator has launched a new digital tool that tracks and displays the overall effectiveness of a shot-blast machine in its wider production context.

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It enables operators to identify issues and bottlenecks that cause their blast machines to run below optimum, with a view to continuously perfect production and save time, money and resources.

The new tool is particularly useful in highly integrated settings with inline shot-blast machines (i.e. advanced moulding lines), where all parts of the line have to be in tune with one another to achieve maximum performance and efficiency.

The tool, called “Machine Effectiveness”, was developed in conjunction with our Digital Lab on the group’s equipment-agnostic IIoT platform, Monitizer.

It is the fourth digital tool to be launched by Wheelabrator, all designed to tackle the biggest challenges and cost drivers of running shot-blast equipment.

Heinrich Dropmann, Senior Vice President Global Wheel at Wheelabrator explains: “Most blast machine operators currently have no easy way of tracking their machine’s operating mode. They don’t have an overview of periods of downtime or idle time and their causes, whether it’s faults, delays at the point of loading/unloading, maintenance or breaks.

That means they can’t compare the efficiency of different product runs or shifts, or pinpoint where something’s not running smoothly and why. Our new tool gives them instant access to all of this information to identify bottlenecks, reduce idle time and operate the machine ever more efficiently and productively. It can be retrofitted really easily for an instant performance boost.”

To deploy this or any of its other digital tools, Wheelabrator can digitally enable virtually any type of shot-blast machine, new or old, using it’s NoriGate data gateway and Monitizer | DISCOVER software.

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Norican Group

c/o DISA Industries A/S, Højager 8
2630 Taastrup

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