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16. September 2011

Inspectomation - Vision-Based Molding Line Inspection for TK Waupaca

Inspectomation - Vision-Based Molding Line Inspection for TK Waupaca

Finishing Technology International has been contracted by ThyssenKrupp Waupaca to supply an inspection system for the vertical molding line at the ferrous foundry group's Tell City, IN, plant. The patented Inspectomation vision system will be installed at the chamber of the molding machine to check for mold and sand defects and, if necessary, to take real-time decisions on pouring.

inspectomationIt will be the first such system installed in North America. Developed by Inspectomation, a German company, the system uses color shadow modulation to achieve the exceptional response time needed for short-cycle production, and it allows continuous visual inspection of the green sand molds.


Finishing Technology Intl. LLC is a consortium of five European foundry equipment manufacturers working with a single North American sales organization. The group's focus is offering cost-cutting products and services for cleaning, finishing, and inspecting castings.


In addition to Inspectomation, the group includes Blastman, a developer of robotic air-blast casting cleaning systems; L. Janke, a manufacturer of hydraulic press and robotic casting trimming and finishing equipment; Reichmann & Sohn, makers of mechanized casting grinding and cut-off machinery; and R. Scheuchl, which provides casting decoring, degating and finishing technology.


The start-up at Tell City is scheduled for December, FTI said. It added that the installation will promote TK Waupaca's goal of providing customers with the best product possible, using innovative technology in a "continuous improvement" culture.

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