The work towards optimising casting productions for sustainability began to take shape over ten years ago.
- The view of sustainability has gone from being relatively ignored to being a high priority. Awareness is snowballing, and at the same time, as we feel that it is essential to produce more sustainably, our customers agree. They now demand that we lower our carbon footprint and that our materials maintain a certain standard, says Elin Lindfors, Production Technology Manager at the Melting Plant at Gränges Finspång.
Safer and smoother
The concept of sustainability has, in turn, developed from primarily dealing with environmental aspects to including automation and personnel. Automating the production line will make each casting safer, simpler, and more sustainable.
- We continuously measure sustainability according to several parameters: our staff's well-being and security in the workplace, environmentally based on carbon footprint and energy consumption, and efficiency based on production power and speed. Many of our employees have worked with us all their lives, while many are new employees. We work intensively to engage the entire workforce to operate sustainably, retain the community and build strong teams.
Reaching business goals
Several set sustainability goals have come ever closer by automating production. Gränges has created a win-win situation by using modern solutions in casting.
- Automatic casting is a big part of our safety and sustainability work. We started using Precimeter for this around 2006–2007. For us, it is a regular workday to let the casting go automatically. Our set-up allows us to avoid having staff in critical places at critical moments. We also increase production efficiency, says Elin. In addition, it has never been a problem to teach new employees our systems with Precimeter. It is very straightforward.