Improving casting productivity by utilizing automation

Grace Mukondeleli Kanakana, Laseinde Thimothy Opeyeolu

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Foundry industry in South Africa is at its life time low, with globalization and imports being the main challenge for the industry, companies which are still operational need to improve their productivity in order to remain competitive and in business. The aim of this study is to determine the effects of automation in casting operation's productivity. This will lead to lower production cost and improving organization profit. Quantitative study was done, cycle time and production out puts data of the machine before automation was collected and analyzed, this was compared with the data after automating the same machine loading and offloading. The results indicated that automating the machine improve productivity by 20% therefore there is evidence that automation can improve productivity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)519
Number of pages1
JournalProceedings of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management
Issue numberJUL
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventEuropean International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management.IEOM 2017 -
Duration: 24 Jul 201725 Jul 2017


  • And foundry industry
  • Automation
  • Casting
  • Productivity improvement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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