REPLA research project (energy recovery in aluminium machining processes).
PRESSO FONDERIE, with the collaboration of the scientific University Centre of Colle di Val d'Elsa (University of Chemistry and Physics), through the study of the energetic balance in the various machining processes has set the objective of developing a process that makes it possible to improve the company’s energy efficiency and productivity. Sustainable management and energy rationalisation are today the crucial challenge for small and medium-sized businesses competing in an increasingly globalised and competitive market. The widespread use of “clean” technologies in similar industrial realities would trigger a positive benefit multiplying effect: improved load distribution; reduction of the number of electricity transformer cabins (thereby a reduction of electromagnetic pollution); optimisation of energy exploitation; reduction of costs. In addition, the use of a lower temperature than the present one in melting furnaces could break new ground in the field of aluminium machining due to the treatment of new intermediate states of the material (semi-solids). Analysis of the company’s energy balance will clarify the opportunities for improvement of the production processes. The implementation of an in-house energy recovery system would make it possible to produce energy to be re-used within the company, improve flow management capabilities, reduce impacts and reduce costs.
REPLA Research Project
PRESSO FONDERIE and the University of Siena
In October 2006 PRESSO FONDERIE, together with the Department of Science and Chemical and Biosystem Technologies, submitted the application for funding for the feasibility study "Tecnological innovation and quality analysis of aluminium production and machining processes for penetration on the global market" in accordance with the announcement of the G.U. of 22nd August 2006 no. 194 "Tools for backing the internationalisation of businesses; joint project development by the University, Technical-scientific Parks and Companies, concerning the engineering of products, process innovations, implementation of patents, creation of joint ventures and start ups". The aim of the study will be the development of innovative technologies concerning the processing of aluminium to improve production processes and increase quality in die-casting processes. The country concerned will be the ex Soviet Union, in particular the region of St. Petersburg, where there are major bauxite mining industries from which aluminium is obtained.