In its scouting for innovative solutions, a delegation by the REEMAIN project visited at the end of January the Urbina foundry in Vitoria-Gasteiz, in the north of Spain. Most of the interest laid in the possibility to see the PlasmaPour technology, owned by Spanish-Italian ILT Plama Technologies, at work in a fully fledged industrial environment, something that might inspire new interventions at SCM, REEMAIN’s industrial partner in Rimini, Italy.
The Urbina plant runs three lines for chemical moulding, floor moulding and green sand moulding. And it is in the latter that the PlasmPour technology has been introduced to improve the quality, energy efficiency and productivity of foundry facilities through the modification of its pressurised ladle. Though the system looks promising in terms of energy savings, its performance cannot be fully evaluated, as it has only been in operation for six months.
The SCM plant in Rimini presents some similarities and some important differences to the Urbina one. There should be potential to implement the PlasmaPour technology at SCM, but some adaptations might be needed, something the SCM management is now looking at closely. New studies in Rimini will tell what specific interventions will be needed on the industrial side to make PlasmaPour work in a slightly different context.