Improving Quality and Occupational Safety on Automated Casting Lines

Archives of Foundry Engineering. 2017;17(3):69-72 DOI 10.1515/afe-2017-0093

 

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Journal Title: Archives of Foundry Engineering

ISSN: 1897-3310 (Print); 2299-2944 (Online)

Publisher: Sciendo

Society/Institution: Polish Academy of Sciences

LCC Subject Category: Technology: Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering: Materials of engineering and construction. Mechanics of materials

Country of publisher: Poland

Language of fulltext: English

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AUTHORS

Kukla S. (Department of Production Engineering, University of Bielsko-Biala, Willowa 2, 43-309Bielsko-Biala, Poland)

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Double blind peer review

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Time From Submission to Publication: 12 weeks

 

Abstract | Full Text

The paper presents a practical example of improving quality and occupational safety on automated casting lines. Working conditions on the line of box moulding with horizontal mould split were analysed due to low degree of automation at the stage of cores or filters installation as well as spheroidizing mortar dosing. A simulation analysis was carried out, which was related to the grounds of introducing an automatic mortar dispenser to the mould. To carry out the research, a simulation model of a line in universal Arena software for modelling and simulation of manufacturing systems by Rockwell Software Inc. was created. A simulation experiment was carried out on a model in order to determine basic parameters of the working system. Organization and working conditions in other sections of the line were also analysed, paying particular attention to quality, ergonomics and occupational safety. Ergonomics analysis was carried out on manual cores installation workplace and filters installation workplace, and changes to these workplaces were suggested in order to eliminate actions being unnecessary and onerous for employees.