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The connected foundry

Omega Connect is a web-based monitoring system incorporating state-of-the-art technology to link Omega Sinto control panels to the cloud. This enables the equipment to be monitored and adjusted remotely, anywhere in the world with web browser access.

As a leading manufacturer of chemically bonded sand equipment for the metal casting industry, Omega Sinto Foundry Machinery Ltd is committed to developing the latest technologically advanced equipment and operating processes to ensure foundries around the world can operate in an efficient and reliable manner.

Connecting equipment to improve both production and maintenance benefits is part of what the company considers to be “the future” of engineering in these digitally transformed times. Omega Connect is a service that provides Omega Sinto maintenance and trouble-shooting support thanks to live connection to Omega Sinto engineers, remote access for full support and PLC updates; plus production benefits in the shape of full production and material usage reporting, along with live notifications. Each system will be tailored to individual customer needs and is priced accordingly, with a wide range of optional benefits. Here we highlight some of the options available.

The following are the ‘peace of mind’ benefits of including Omega Connect as part of the plan when installing Omega Sinto equipment:

Maintenance benefits

  • A real time view of all Omega Connect machines’ KPIs and running conditions.
  • Real-time alarm monitoring with the option of SMS and email notification.
  • 24/7 monitoring using local and remote access to aid fault finding.
  • Ability for immediate actions when faults are identified, thus reducing downtime.
  • Recommended spares requirement.
  • Connection to Omega Sinto support engineers.
  • Preventative maintenance information including: run times for machine, components and service reminders.

Production benefits

  • Access to machine settings with ability to remotely change from anywhere in the world.
  • Re-order notifications for sand and chemical via the option of SMS or email notification.
  • Full reporting capability on usage and production.

Opting for Omega Connect enables the company to have remote access to the machines throughout the foundry, from the mixer, the moulding line and thermal reclamation via unobtrusive connection boxes and small wall mounted panels. Local dashboards highlight the situation, and remote access from the Omega Sinto support desk enables the Omega Sinto engineers to connect remotely to assist with fault finding, saving the customer the time and financial losses incurred during emergency site visits.

The system uses state-of-the-art technology to link Omega Sinto control panels to the cloud allowing them to be monitored from any device anywhere in the world with an internet connection. Available connection options include: WiFi, WLAN, 3G and 4G.

The system comes with additional ‘add on’ capabilities such as specific communication methods like SMS messaging or an email option. A data logging option is also available which includes the logging of customer specific values with the fastest possible logging period being every ten seconds. 

Data logging allows the engineering manager to run weekly/monthly reports to analyse the machine’s product efficiencies and monitor KPIs.

  • Report access via web browser.
  • Option to save as Word, Excel or PDF.
  • Optional filtering by date, zone, values etc.
  • Reports can be created offline and uploaded to the report server by means of Omega Connect.

Other areas to monitor could include gas consumption (gas meter required), sand throughput, and chemical usage.

Omega Connect enables a foundry to be truly connected. With vast experience in foundries throughout the world, Omega Sinto is keen to guarantee that foundry personnel are supported in the most effective manner to ensure that the valued equipment is being utilised to its optimum. To do this the foundry and the supplier must stay connected for instant support providing instant solutions.

Contact: Omega Sinto Foundry Machinery Ltd, Morely Way, Woodston, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire PE2 7BW, UK. Tel: +44 (0) 1733 232231, email: [email protected] web: www.ofml.net