Don’t Think You’re Ready for Automation… Think Again!

Posted on September 17, 2019 at 6:17 pm

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Learn Why at Booth 312

October 27 – 30, 2019           

​​66th Annual Technical Conference & Expo

St. Louis Union Station, ​St. Louis, MO

MPI is the worldwide leading supplier of wax-room equipment, solutions and automation because they position themselves at the forefront of innovation and technology. With over 47 years of experience in the wax room and 15 years of automation specific applications and experience, to MPI this isn’t a concept of the future… it’s the reality of today. Because of the advancements MPI has developed, automation is not nearly as complex or expensive as many perceive. In fact, many foundries are much closer to being ready to implement automation than they think. 

There is more and more pressure in the investment casting industry to decrease scrap, increase casting yields, and increase profits. Many process engineers at foundries have already taken countless steps possible to squeeze the variation out of the process.  But many process improvements that are operator-dependent can only reduce variation so much. With automation and robotics, the operator-induced variation in your processes can be eliminated.

The benefits of automation are proven and undeniable. Scrap and cycle times are reduced by an average of 50%, yields are vastly increased, throughput is increased by an average of 50% and perfect assemblies are achieved 99.9% of the time. Automation will also eliminate rework, and reduce operator tending and handling

Many commercial foundries believe that they are not a candidate for automation because of the low volumes and multitude of part numbers they produce. MPI’s continuous innovation including flexible robot pattern grippers makes it possible for even low volume commercial foundries to take advantage of automation. Flexible end of arm tooling along with standardizing gating schemes means that foundries no longer need a unique set of robot tools for each part. This offers the flexibility to utilize the same tool for a wide range of part numbers and applications – saving both time and money.  The truth is, commercial foundries can now experience the kind of return on investment that high volume foundries are already experiencing with automation.

Automation can have a dramatic positive effect on overall foundry productivity and profitability. Any variability that occurs in the wax room will be felt at every stage of the downstream process. Reducing variation at the start of the process means less variation in the downstream operations as well. Nothing is more important than ensuring that you start the process with a repeatable and reliable product.

If you would like to learn more about how you can benefit from automation, MPI would be pleased to consult with you. We’ll be happy to walk your process and discuss with you where you can experience positive gains and returns.  We invite you to tour our Technology Center at our world-headquarters in New York to witness how automation works and to see the possibilities first-hand.  In addition, we invite you to stop by our booth 312, to learn about taking the next steps towards automation. Chances are, you’re a lot closer than you think.