Metallurgy and Automotive: I4.0 applications help increase efficiency


The use and combination of digitized technologies in industrial production can significantly increase the efficiency of the company’s resources. Below we show two examples of how smartphone and tablet applications are easily integrated into the company’s existing production process and contribute to reducing material and energy consumption.

Kemptener iron foundry
There are many manual steps when casting forms, each of which affects the quality of the casting. To ensure production excellence at every stage, barcodes are scanned onto tablets and sent to the application which follows each individual process. The goal is to accurately determine the amount of metal to be melted for a specific casting, obtaining the optimal ratio of mold sand to melt. This saves a lot of material and energy.

Cooper Standard Automotive
The company in this case produces brake hoses for the automotive industry. For this purpose, the compressed air is transported over a one kilometer long line serving 150 machines. To detect leaks where air is escaping from the duct, the company introduces a special ultrasonic microphone. When a leak is detected, the technician uses a QR code to use a QR code to scan it into the tablet. The app sends data including the exact location of the leak, the amount of air escaping and the materials required for repair to a partner company. The app not only informs technicians about the exact location of the leak on the production line, its dimensions and repair costs, but also calculates how much energy the company will save after repair.