explains Rudolf Riedel, manager of the StrikoWestofen Group headquartered in Gummersbach. “We thus offer an advanced technology which allows foundry systems to be operated in a cost-optimized way.”
More efficiency thanks to closed system
Some of the special features of Westomat dosing furnaces are their process reliability, the extremely low effort required for cleaning and the high quality of the melt. “The closed system minimizes temperature fluctuations and oxide formation. In addition, the melt is removed below bath level, thus also preventing the entry of oxides and significantly increasing the quality of the melt,” says Peter Reuther, Sales Director Europe at StrikoWestofen, on the advantages of the system. “The result is a considerably improved productivity in comparison with conventional ladle systems. Up-to-date empirical surveys conducted with a large customer in the UK show that 15 to 20 additional castings in one 24-hour shift are not uncommon. Extrapolated over a whole year, we are talking about an additional productivity of about 20,000 euros per dosing furnace here. This corresponds with an increase in productivity of about 1.5 percent.” A total of 14 StrikoWestofen dosing systems of varying sizes are operated by the British automobile supplier. Negotiations on another twelve systems for a new production location are pending.
These benefits also convinced the operators of the “Celikel” foundry located in the Turkish province of Kocaeli near the Black Sea. The company produces aluminium die-cast parts for household appliances and automotive applications and has