The August shutdown at the Crevalcore plant involved the usual maintenance works being undertaken but, more importantly, an intense investment program.
The main improvement involved remodelling the end of line. Just like at the Montorso Vicentino plant, a continuous line logic was adopted: the existing stand-alone machines on exiting the drum have now been replaced by a sand cooling, degating and sand blasting machinery. All these are continuous, to streamline the processes and improve production times.
Two new extraction and filtering systems, much more powerful than the previous ones, are now used for the end of line. These ensure better quality standards for the working environment and in terms of impact on the outside.
In keeping with the energy certification adopted by Fonderie di Montorso to implement its integrated management system, the consumptions and opportunities for energy saving have been carefully evaluated with the new electrical cabinet that feeds the new systems.
The material flow logistics have also been modified, by providing new vehicle access areas, for incoming goods, as well as for the warehouse and the raw materials store.
The works proceeded at a good pace throughout August and everything was operational once again by the 27th, when production resumed.
In an article published on 6th September in the Resto del Carlino the Mayor of Crevalcore, Claudio Broglia, gave his endorsement of the significant investments made by Fonderie di Montorso at the Crevalcore plant: “This is an important development for the area, as demonstrated by the 50 new jobs created over the last two years. Furthermore, as well as increasing production, these investments also improve the quality of the working environment and minimise the impact on the surrounding environment” – stated the mayor.