NOVACAST SYSTEMS introduced ATAS MetStar 9.0, calling it “the most user-friendly metallurgical process control system on the market.”
ATAS MetStar is an easy-to-use, adaptive metallurgical process control system for analyzing, stabilizing, and optimizing the metallurgical production process. It is “the fundamental tool for a foundry to improve quality, and to control, and increase stability of the metallurgical parameters. The result is reduced scrap rate, less energy consumption, and a greener planet,” according to NovaCast.
It was developed to help foundries stabilize metallurgical process quality by optimizing production processes. Per-Eric Persson, product manager, explained: “The system returns important data of each sample of the melt, the unique fingerprint, and the operator (or, the metallurgist on the shop floor) has the possibility to correct possible negative variations before the actual castings are done.”
Every experienced foundry operator knows the day-to-day challenges of achieving continuous metallurgical quality between charges. Expectations from casting buyers are equally high for casting quality and precision in delivery, as well as for a competitive price. Foundries have to use all their know-how and workers’ experience to meet the requirements -- and still they struggle with variations in the production process.
“Our system helps the foundries to cast only the castings needed, which involves key cost-savings,” Persson continued.
In the latest update to the ATAS MetStar program, a new Good Guys’ Index (GGI) is available to show how successful operators have been at minimizing the foundry’s environmental footprint. For example, the GGI value takes into account melting and holding time in the electric furnace, as well as the addition of new materials
Camilla Sjögren, marketing manager, added: “GGI is a value that visualizes how taking control of the production process not only leads to less variations, stable quality and reduced scrap rate, the foundries also gain environmental advantages like less energy consumption and less material usage. We want to create an active awareness; you can make big changes with small steps.”
NovaCast Systems AB develops casting process simulation and metallurgical process control systems for metalcasting. Learn more at www.novacast.se