The process involves a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag affixed to each ladle and RFID reader antennae installed at critical locations throughout the foundry, such as furnace tapping, treatment stations and pouring. The system documents the time of the ladle at every position; ensures that every ladle reports to every step in the process; and certifies that each step is completed within the allocated time. This will be the seventh installation of the SinterCast Ladle Tracker and the first for the Teksid group.
“Our Ladle Tracker technology enables the foundry to measure and control every step of the process on the liquid metal side of the foundry, bringing Industry 4.0 traceability to the foundry managers and reassurance to the foundry customers,” explained Dr. Steve Dawson, President & CEO of SinterCast.
Teksid is a Stellantis subsidiary operating iron foundries in Mexico, China, and Poland. The Monclova plant produces 120,000 metric tons/year of gray iron and CGI castings, supplied to Fiat Chrysler and other automotive manufacturers.