MAXIMUM QUALITY WITH MINIMUM SCRAP: LODGE CAST IRON CHOOSES NEXT-GENERATION DISAMATIC D5 AND FULL MONITIZER DIGITAL PACKAGE
Cookware specialist Lodge Cast Iron has bought the first DISAMATIC D5 vertical molding machine in the USA and will also install DISA’s full Monitizer digital solution, including the Artificial-Intelligence-powered Monitizer | PRESCRIBE tool.
The D5 will be at the heart of Lodge’s sixth molding line, joining the company’s five existing DISAMATIC lines at its two foundries in in South Pittsburg, Tennessee, which pour over 70 million pounds of iron annually. The state-of-the-art D5 will be up and running by Spring 2022.
“Our D5 will be the fourth generation of DISAMATIC machines we’ve installed since our first back in 1965,” says Dave Magness, SVP Operation at Lodge Cast Iron. “Demand for our products has doubled in the last two years and the D5 will add another 30% to our capacity, taking our yearly output to 100 million pounds.”
This significant increase in capacity is partly due to the large mold size of the D5, which allows Lodge to produce two of their best-selling products at two and four castings per mold respectively. This makes avoiding defects even more important – or the scrap rate could be multiplied by two or four.
Less scrap for a better bottom line
Lodge has embraced DISA’s cutting-edge digital foundry technology and will implement Monitizer | CIM across all its lines to enhance process automation and recipe management, along with Monitizer | GLOBAL for data collection, data visualization, real-time monitoring and alerting.
The foundry will initially run a single-line pilot of Monitizer | PRESCRIBE to maximize casting quality. Previously proven to reduce scrap by 45%, Monitizer | PRESCRIBE harnesses cloud computing and Artificial Intelligence to optimize an entire process. By analyzing live data, it can recommend changes to process parameters that prevent defects occurring.
“At Lodge, we face two classic foundry challenges at once: thin-walled castings and the need for a premium surface finish,” says Dave. “Added to that, we’re extremely picky about which castings get through and which we call scrap. Our overall goal is to become more efficient and we’re very excited about Monitizer | PRESCRIBE’s ability to help us better understand all our operating inputs and its potential to increase our uptime and reduce our scrap.”