First invented in the 1800s, die casting is a complex process that’s vital to the production of many components for the automotive, household, and electronics industries. To keep up with the competition, many foundries operate under intense pressure to balance performance and cost-effectiveness. However, despite numerous technological advancements over the past 150 years, die casting is still rife with inefficiencies and waste, which impacts profitability and sustainability. And since foundries often use machines and peripherals from a range of suppliers, integration and interoperability challenges force them to operate within a system of disparate silos.
A global market leader in die casting technology, Switzerland-based Bühler Group supplied its first casting machine over 90 years ago. Today, Bühler is at the cutting edge of die casting technology when it comes to quality, performance, and process expertise. Bühler’s die casting systems combine state-of-the-art die casting machine technology with the best solutions in automation. This spectrum ranges from the simplest die casting machine to integrated, fully automated die casting cells.
As Bühler looked to continue driving innovation in the die casting process, it recognized the industry needed a new approach to ensure uptime, meet sustainability goals, and reduce waste. And that started with finding a better way to bring data from different die-casting cell components together under one cell management system. “To achieve a change in die casting, it’s not enough to focus on single components,” explains Jonathan Abbis, Managing Director of Bühler Die Casting. “To significantly boost productivity, we had to reimagine the system as a whole.”