Process Opimisation Software "Metacause"
Dr R Ransing visited the Chesterfield and Sheffield Branch to talk about the Process Optimisation Software
At the launch of the Foundation Degree the eminent John Campbell took the opportunity to emphasise the importance of learning about the techniques and technology for making good castings rather than studying the defects which result from bad practice. Whilst he has been instrumental in defining best practices for good casting production, each particular type of casting, the production process, the material and heat treatment condition will all bring additional process variables affecting the cost of sale. The fact that there are so many variables contributing to product quality makes the combined effects somewhat difficult to comprehend. Most foundries will have a sage whose wisdom and judgment is based on a sound technical understanding of the problems, a complete understanding of the foundries process capabilities and a history of well learned lessons. Expressing the influence of these critical variables and passing on experience using a set of clearly defined process parameters is a difficult task.
Metacause have attempted to do this. The software they have produced analyses historical data to determine critical variables. This works by not only highlighting single contributors: those we might expect to identify without computer aided analysis, but those factors that are interacting to influence the process. The software offers opportunities for process optimisation and full details can be found on the web site at http://www.metacause.com/index_man.htm.