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Holdings’ two Mexican facilities. “We wanted to generate ideas to improve capacity and, at the same time, reduce our lead times.” Revamping the facility’s melting and pouring operations was a possibility that made sense to Novocast and its new ownership. Te facility didn’t necessarily have a bottleneck in its operation, but a boost in pouring efficiency would reduce downtime and allow for a 15% increase in molding produc- tion. Te facility had been operating with pouring robots since 2001, so this upgrade was able to reduce the total cycle time in order to improve efficiency. “You should be limited in production by the most costly


part of your operation,” Lopez said in reference to the melt- ing area. “Basically, we wanted to maximize the capabilities of our melting and pouring departments so we can fill molds more quickly.” Novocast expected the new pressure pour system to boost


overall capacity by 10,000 metric tons per year to around 72,000 tons, which would be an increase of more than 15%. Additionally, the required investment was approximately $2 million, a modest sum when compared to other, more com- prehensive facility improvements. “Considering we could increase capacity by 10-15%, we thought it was a great idea,” Lopez said. Te plans for the pressure pour system were announced in


还要减少新产品研制的周期。” 改进企业的熔炼和浇注作业是一个可能的选择,也


是Novocast公司及其新所有权人所认同的。企业运行 中并不一定存在瓶颈,但是,提高浇注效率将减少停工 时间,增加15%的造型时间。公司自2001年就使用了 浇注机器人,此项升级改造将可以减少总的生产周期、 从而提高效率。


“由于成本最高的操作环节,产能将受到限 制,”Lopez就熔炼工部说到,“从根本上说,我们希 望熔炼和浇注工部的产能最大化,这样我们才能更快地 充型。” Novocast公司希望新压力浇注系统能使年产能增加 10000吨,达到72000吨,增量超过15%。此外,所需 投资约为200万美元,与其他方式相比,投资的总量是 可以接受的,而且可实现更加全面的设备升级。 “考虑到我们能将产能提高10-15%,因此,我们认 为这是一个好办法,”Lopez说。


压力浇注系统的安装计划于2013年中期宣布,并于 2014年2月完成了安装。正在一台浇注系统满负荷运行


Novocast specializes in medium to high volume orders of cast- ings between 1 lb. and 200 lbs.


Novocast公司的专长是生产中批量到高批量的1磅到 200磅铸件。


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