Odlewnie Polskie S.A. is a constantly developing company. Castings are made here in advanced technologies, and the latest IT programs are used to engineer processes. Over the last 10 years, investments related to the development of the company amounted to as much as EUR 32 million. The consistently implemented strategy brings the expected results – sales have doubled since 2010. The development impulse is, of course, the requirements of the customers, which are the natural driving force behind the company’s development.
Research and Development Centre
Every company, even the most innovative, has its weaker links, but Odlewnie Polskie S.A. consistently faces its problems, striving for continuous improvement. This is possible thanks to the Research and Development Centre for Foundry Components operating within the company structure. The needs are growing. Casting more and more advanced products required the implementation of process innovations both in the production sphere, as well as for process control and monitoring. These innovations included automatic moulding lines, automatic machines for producing cores and grinding castings, CAD/CAM/CAE/CNC systems for design in e.g. bionic technology, liquid alloy and moulding sand quality systems. Research and development projects carried out by the Centre enabled the implementation of these innovations and continued improvements related to the further production of castings in an increasingly improved company.
Innovative projects implemented at the Company have discovered opportunities for further improvements. One of the concepts of the Research and Development Centre is, among others, reducing the assembly time of metal plates on the HWS moulding line . An “APC” has been designed – a device for automatic model plate change, the implementation of which will shorten the change time to 30 seconds, i.e. by as much as 85%. Another idea is to shorten the retooling time of the grinding robot, which in grinding castings at the Foundry replaces people, being more economical and safer for the operator than a manual grinder. The Foundry is also planning to purchase more robots of this type. Also planned is another machining cell after the horizontal machining centre for CNC castings, which requires the product to be fixed in the device by means of an electric winch. The new Fastems robotic CNC/FMS system, incorporating a scanner, among others, would result in a significant increase in machine tool throughput and minimization of errors.
25 years of Odlewnie Polskie S.A.
“Our motto is sustainable development, which we understand as investing in all areas of the company’s business” – stressed Zbigniew Ronduda in his letter of celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Foundry, which the company celebrated throughout 2018. However, although the plant has been operating under the current name for 25 years, the history of casting in Starachowice lands dates back to 1899. In the interwar period, anti-aircraft cannons were built here, and after the Second World War – castings for STAR automotive plants. It is thanks to care for quality and openness to subsequent improvements in production and technology that the metallurgical plant, which produces components for the Star truck, has transformed into the current technologically advanced company selling its products to many other industries internationally.