Automation and Process Management in Foundry
Faculty of Business Administration, Konan University, 8-9-1 Okamoto, Higashinada-ku, Kobe, Japan
The changes in the management environment of casting industry are summarized. Global and agile competition, bipolarization and human resources development are problems. Outsourcing, alliances, and M&A occur very often. Tough cost competition and improved quality requested by the market are very important issues. Automation should be developed for these problems as well as environmental ones. From the above, the fusion of traceability, data management, and process management are discussed especially as an approach to solving the quality problem in the foundry. In short, a system for the traceability solution is requested that dramatically enhances the level of results, including a reduction in production costs and quality enhancement connecting to improvements in the process from the solution of the manufacturing quality problem. Here, BPM (business process management) is considered as a core methodology to validate the traceability solution. If BPM can be installed in the foundry, added values/costs will be enhanced while balancing with customer power, leading to the implementation of a production environment that will be able to cope with changes in the market.