A complete new foundry, Odlewnia Białystok S.A., has been set up in Bialystok, in the North of Poland. IMF Group, with headquarters in Italy, supplied the installation of a modern nobake fully automatic molding line.
The new metalcasting facility has been designed to mainly produce mandrels and parts for machine tools and is now the most modern and advanced foundry in Poland.
The molding line specifically designed and supplied by IMF can produce 15 molds per hour (1,000 x 1,000 x 500/500 mm) in a modern molding fast loop, followed by automatic painting manipulator and automatic mold closing station. Also, the mold handling in the pouring and shakeout areas is automated with roll conveyers and mold pushers.
The molding line is connected to a dedicated PC with customized software for storage of all production data including machines setting, production receipts, and a pattern and job management system.
The plant also has an IMF-Foundry Automation core shooter machine with dedicated scrubber for the production of specific sand cores made with amine gassing technology (coldbox).
After shakeout, the used sand is automatically processed through a reclamation tower where the sand grains are scrubbed, screened and cooled in a very efficient way to reduce and control the LOI value.
Manpower costs have been drastically reduced; no more than eight workers are required to run the mechanized molding line, and the possible human errors are drastically reduced and the quality and the consistency of the final castings has been increased at a competitive price. ■