Digitalization as a driving factor

Carina Schlögl, Senior Research Engineer; © AIT / Johannes Zinner
Carina Schlögl, Senior Research Engineer; © AIT / Johannes Zinner

With the funding approval for the COMET project "ProMeTheus" (Production and processing of metals for high-performance, energy efficiency, environmental protection and sustainability), a comprehensive research project in the field of digitalization of metallurgical processes is now being implemented. The LKR Leichtmetallkompetenzzentrum Ranshofen coordinates new COMET project.

The challenges in metal processing are manifold and range from high energy prices coupled with highly energy-intensive processes to the availability of primary materials and a shortage of skilled workers. To counteract this, a continuous improvement in efficiency, process reliability and productivity is required. This is where ProMeTheus comes in: Under the leadership of the LKR, a broad-based consortium of research and industry partners will be researching the interlinking of metallurgy and digitalization in the coming years, which should result in high efficiency increases as well as new production possibilities. In addition to the LKR, the AIT is also represented by the Center for Vision, Automation and Control.

The aim of ProMetHeus is to achieve a holistic integration of digital tools, such as automatic image processing and hybrid modeling, to solve metallurgical challenges. The focus is on increasing the efficiency, sustainability and robustness of processes in the metal and plastics processing industry. The use cases include innovative processes for the energy-saving deep drawing of titanium alloys, the reforming of in-house and end-of-life scrap (recycling without remelting), the optimization of wire production for electromobility, recycling alloys for giga-casting processes and semi-solid casting processes.

A researcher operating the forming press
Photo © AIT Zinner

Carina Schlögl, proxy at the LKR Leichtmetallkompetenzzentrum Ranshofen and responsible for ProMeTheus project management, summarizes: "Innovations for sustainable, efficient and at the same time resilient process chains are created through an optimal interplay of digitalization and material and process technology. This makes it possible to leverage enormous energy and material savings potential. With ProMeTheus, we want to make a decisive contribution to a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate-neutral economy - in line with the goals of the European Green Deal for 2050."

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