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mid-2013, with the installation to be completed by February 2014. Te logistical complications of installing one pouring system while another operates at full capacity proved to be the biggest challenge for Novocast’s team of engineers. Te most crucial step occurred in December 2013, when much of the new system was installed during a routine 10-day main- tenance shutdown. “After that, from January to March, we would work on the


system on Sundays (when Novocast normally is shut down),” Lopez said. “When the system was ready to pour, we had to do tests, get approvals and begin operations, all while the old system was still in full operation.” Now eight months later, the pressure pour system is han-


dling the large majority of Novocast’s production while the old system, which transferred metal from the melting area to two robotic pouring stations via ladles, continues to handle certain components. Considering the boost in efficiency, Novocast has increased mold filling speeds from 180 molds per hour to nearly 200. “We’re still not at 100% of our expected capacity,” Lopez


said. “But that’s just because of small issues regarding fine- tuning processes and learning about the entire operation.


时,安装另一台引起了物流方面的困难,对Novocast 公司的工程师来说是最大的挑战。这一最关键的步骤在 2013年12月完成,也就是在为期10天的例行设备维护 停机期间安装了大部分新系统。


“之后,我们在1月到3月的每个周日(Novocast的 停工日)运行新系统,”Lopez说,“新系统已做好浇 注准备前,我们必须进行测试,得到批准并投入运行, 与此同时,旧系统仍在全面运行中。” 经过8个月的调试,压力浇注系统现已承担了


Novocast公司大部分的生产任务,同时,用浇包 将金属从熔炉工部转移到2个机器人的浇注工部的 旧系统继续用于生产某些部件。由于提高了生产效 率,Novocast公司的充型速度已从每小时180个铸型 提高到近200个铸型。


“工厂现在仍未达到100%的预期产能,”Lopez 说,“但是,这只是因为微调过程和对于整个操作系统 的了解出现了一些小问题。一切都在按计划运行,所


Novocast’s previous pouring system included ladles to transfer metal to robotic pouring operations.


Novocast公司的旧浇注系统,包括将金属转移到机器人 浇注操作系统的浇包。


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