Squaring up newly made blocks, cutting and trimming foam into shape are operations offering opportunities for smart plant owners with the right combinations of software and machinery to reduce waste and improve efficiency. Francis Pinckers, vice president of Fecken-Kirfel explains.
Fecken-Kirfel and IPF have worked together to enable operators to use innovative integrated software products to monitor and control the elements of the production process.
By using detailed production data it is possible to actively intervene in production processes and to make them more efficient.
This can save money and clarify commercial opportunities for foamers.
The waste in typical foam processing companies is estimated at between 12% – 22% of total production weight.
Foam makers can use IPF’s MyFoamPlant software coupled with Fecken-Kirfel cutting machinery to check the material output and raw material input at any time in the production process and intervene immediately when waste levels start to rise.
If only 3 % of raw materials are saved during production, with constant output, savings of approx. EUR 300,000/year (figure 8) in plants producing around 10 kT/year foam and a market price of around EUR 2.0/kg of PU-foam.
Technology developed by Fecken-Kirfel together with MyFoamPlant software from key Fecken-Kirfel partner IPF, makes it possible to monitor and visualise all upstream and downstream production.
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