AIT: Digital Assistance Systems For Process Optimisation in Continuous Aluminium Casting

horizontal continuous aluminium casting machine

Aluminium as well as other light metals play a crucial role in achieving the climate targets since they are necessary for lightweight yet robust vehicle components. At the same time, their production and processing require high amounts of energy. However, the energy efficiency of these processes can be greatly improved by establishing cyber physical systems (CPS).

This is exactly what the project opt1mus (Open Process Twin Minding the USer 1st) aims to achieve. The consortium led by the LKR Leichtmetallkompetenzzentrum Ranshofen and with the partners AIT Center for Technology Experience, HPI High Performance Industrietechnik and RISC Software (Logistics Informatics Department) is incorporating interdisciplinary, long-standing know-how as well as practical experience into the development of a human-friendly CPS using the example of horizontal continuous aluminium casting.

In the project, the focus is on the foundry workers. How can they be supported with digital methods so that not only the energy efficiency in processes can be increased, but also the interaction with the machine becomes more efficient and safer? To achieve this, the process simulation will be combined with digital assistance and diversity-friendly design.

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Funded by the Federal Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK) and the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) as part of Production and Material 2022.