The Universal Caster

This versatile piece of equipment is well suited for the production of either:

All products (ingot, T-bar, busbar and extrusion billet) can be produced on the same machine. Each product has a dedicated exit route, downstream of the flying saw.

Provided all exit systems are installed, a product change can be undertaken within one shift, by changing to a different tundish/mould set and loading the new applicable cast recipe on the PC. 

The fully continuous HDC process ideally lends itself for automation. All downstream equipment is fully on-line with the casting machine and no additional personnel is required. Sawing, weighing, hard stamping, ink marking, labelling, stacking and strapping is carried out fully automatic. 

During past years the plants have been improved consistently and now feature automatic cast starts and stops as well as automatic tundish adjustment. The HDC plant is controlled by the Hertwich PC-PLC system, which offers an error-manager system and menu-type casting recipes. Besides, all important plant parameters are monitored, controlled and stored and are available to a clients host PC for further processing or storage.

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