Steel Foundry – Solving Extreme Challenges w/ruggedized Solutions
Meeting Evolving Production Demand and Growing Business Needs

Enable-IT solves extreme environment challenges in Manufacturing, especially foundry operations

Steel foundry operations are one of the most challenging environments for any piece of equipment. Challenges such as extreme heat, micro pollutants and distances to reach monitoring and control equipment are spread out across a huge production line with lots of very dangerous hazards everywhere.

Strong Structural Steel Ltd tested and then leveraged the technology of Enable-IT Ethernet Extenders to meet and beat these challenges head-on. Extender kits were ruggedized and encased in NEMA/IP rated enclosures in the key production control areas and on the production floor.  These kits were placed where flexible category rated cabling was able to reach the necessary LAN based monitoring and control interfaces. Prior to using the Enable-IT Ethernet Extension equipment, this was not possible and required brave individuals to regularly venture out to each location to manually operate and collect information. Now the control systems are enabled and automated to keep workers safe, better monitor the live production line and grow the operations to meet business demand without a major increase in labor costs.

Improving Performance on the Factory Floor

With the use of LAN based digital control equipment, more precise handling of live production operations can be monitored, controlled and augmented more quickly. Previously this level of production control was not available without manual operators at each of the controls requiring longer time to make adjustments. The dangerous environment of the foundry floor also presented an issue before.  The Enable-IT Ethernet Extension equipment has allowed this to be automated in such a fashion so that workers safety is not compromised and the LAN equipment making the adjustments never grows tired of the repetition or makes mistakes. Overall production has been able to triple and plant growth is able to more easily flex to meet changing output demands.

Key Benefits
  • Major reduction in workplace danger/accidents.
  • Creative custom solutions to meet extreme challenges
  • Smart LAN gear leveraging Extended Ethernet for live production control.
  • Tripling of production and plant growth as a result.

Reducing Production Downtime

Equipment support on a foundry production floor is critical to overall up time of production operations. Foundry production has a large number of moving parts, cranes and other substantial mechanical gear that requires consistent observing and upkeep. The observing tasks were performed by visual investigation and manual re-tooling changes. Downtime for unexpected repairs costs the business beyond all doubt, so the execution of new LAN based keen checking sensors and re-tooling conformities can all the more quickly control staff as to potential issues, fix minor issues before they develop into bigger unreasonable breakdowns.

Creating New Value with a High-Performance Extended LAN Solution

The Ethernet Extension equipment has provided the company with a new prospective on how to leverage digital technology to control, manage and profit from this age old foundry business.

Solutions Used
  • 860 LRE Kit – 100Mbps FD Throughput – worlds fastest Ethernet Extender
  • 824WP PoE Kit – Ethernet Data and PoE Extender – For PoE remote controls

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