Norican Global A/S ("Norican"), a leading metallic parts enhancement company, has launched Monitizer | PRESCRIBE, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) service that rapidly optimises production and reduces scrap in real-life foundry environments.
The AI software applies sophisticated predictive analytics to evaluate entire foundry processes, not just sub-processes. It pinpoints the complex root causes at the heart of most process challenges and calculates the optimal machine and raw material settings for every casting to avoid defects.
Monitizer | PRESCRIBE is also an Industry 4.0 expert execution system (EES), giving foundries precise dynamic control of casting lines, delivering real-time machine settings and other recommendations to keep quality exactly on track as well as increasing capacity and production predictability. It can supervise fully automatic operation of cells and entire lines.
Delivered as a cloud-based service, Monitizer | PRESCRIBE can be deployed swiftly with no need for new hardware or in-house data scientists. It's the latest, most sophisticated member of Norican’s modular Monitizer suite which supports data collection, process automation, data visualisation, reporting and analysis.
“Monitizer | PRESCRIBE is a huge step forward in digital transformation for foundries,” says Anders Wilhjelm, CEO of Norican Group. “It leverages the computing power of the cloud to analyse very large, complex sets of data and translate them into simple advice. This powerful and practical AI service gives expert advice every time, solving real operational issues and solving them quickly – not after years of system development. Monitizer | PRESCRIBE will rapidly deliver significant gains for our customers.”
Monitizer | PRESCRIBE is the first fruit of Norican’s industry-exclusive partnership with DataProphet, a global leader in artificial intelligence (AI) for manufacturing. The technology has been proven in multiple projects carried out over the past year by DataProphet and Norican brand DISA, the leading supplier of green sand foundry technology. One project with a South African iron foundry reduced defects by 50% in the first month and achieved 0% external defects for three months, saving over $100,000 every month.
“Norican’s brands understand how to help foundries turn their data into value,” adds Anders. “They can see where to look first for improvements, which data to collect and how to understand what it tells you, then swiftly apply that learning to minimise defects, scrap rates and downtime. Whether a foundry is already data-savvy or just starting out, Monitizer | PRESCRIBE and the rest of the Monitizer suite help them take the next step in their digital journey.”
Monitizer | PRESCRIBE will initially be available from DISA for green sand applications and from Italpresse Gauss for die casting. As an equipment-agnostic service, it will work with solutions from other Norican brands (StrikoWestofen for high-end furnace technology and Wheelabrator for surface preparation), and with non-Norican equipment.