Automation innovation release new AiR-1000, a system using automation to enhance the efficiency of aluminium production.

Current methods of cleaning anode rods, such as industrial brushing, allows for surface contamination to build up, leading to inefficient aluminium production and increased electricity usage.

The use of in-line automated brushes attempts to clean the surfaces of the rods with inconsistent results. On top of this, contact with the rods destroys the brushes requiring regular replacement, at high cost.

To solve this issue, the AiRC-1000 provides a high quality clean, which is fully flexible, and provides savings in the smelting process through reduced electricity usage. This is achieved using state-of-the-art technology including a high-power laser system and robotics. This in conjunction with advanced control algorithms have been developed to achieve optimum throughput, flexibility, and usability.

With this automation implemented, production issues such as: wearing of parts, ongoing consumables and excessive power usage are reduced or eliminated.

AiRC-1000 is a turnkey solution with easy installation at any site globally, with low overheads and power requirements and has industry 4.0 integration and reporting.

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