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Paradigm shift: A Indian foundry experience

 

 

Bradken and Foseco are two leading global companies in their respective fields. In India, there has been a close association between these two organisations which is principally based on mutually rewarding partnership and working together on many value creating projects related to improvements in foundry processes and the development of castings.

The objective of this paper is to highlight the outcome of joint efforts between Foseco and Bradken and share the benefits of working together.

INTRODUCTION

In the early part of 2019, during one of the joint meetings between Bradken and Foseco Management Teams, while discussing future global trends and casting quality requirements it was pondered how Bradken and Foseco could further work together to meet new challenges. As an outcome of the initial discussions, it was decided to work on the following two broad areas of foundry operations mainly addressing environmental concerns and to be cost competitive.

Coating:

  • Overall quality enhancement in surface finish of castings
  • Reduction in coating cost while maintaining the existing quality standards.

Feeding Systems:

  • Improvement of Inventory Management
  • Innovative packing methodology to avoid transit losses
  • Development of new products to address special needs

Joint projects as above were specifically initiated since Bradken Management highlighted that in-spite of present market situation, they have challenging targets considering improved production at Bradken India site with increased expectation with regards to maintaining high safety standards, delivering excellence in all operations, and continual focus on cost optimisation.

Once these specific requirements were understood a joint effort was invested which lead to many new initiatives. These included new sleeve designs, new packaging methods and the INSTA concept in coating which delivered significant benefits in overall coating process, achieving all the objectives set in the beginning.