The Upper Austrian company demonstrated how digitalization is now really possible in all areas of a company. Fill Cybernetics connects to all the machines and systems in a factory and enhances them with intelligent algorithms. The clever process control system optimizes not only component flows, but also plant capacity utilization. Another new development presented was magnetic induction casting. This innovative process enables extremely low-turbulence casting.
"The symbiosis of virtual and real processes opens up completely new opportunities. Production planning, material utilization, productivity, and reliability are raised to a new level," says Thomas Rathner, Head of the Casting Technology Competence Center.
Experience and innovative spirit
Fill is able to draw many years of experience in gravity, tilt, back-pressure, and low-pressure die-casting. In order to guarantee precise production processes and high quality levels, the optimum interplay between the filling process and die movement is central to our concepts. This is also the case with magnetic induction casting, presented for the first time. In this process, a magnetic field is established at the end of the riser during die filling, and electrical contact is also established. This slows down the molten aluminum as it enters the die, and a laminar, smooth molten flow without turbulence is created.
Fill is a leading international machine and plant manufacturing company serving diverse branches of industry. The family-owned business excels in the use of the latest technology and methods in management, communication, and production. Business operations encompass the fields of metal, plastics and wood for the automotive, aviation, sport, and building industries. The company is the global market and innovation leader in aluminum core removal technology, casting technology, wood bandsaw technology, as well as in ski and snowboard production machines. Andreas Fill and Wolfgang Rathner are joint CEOs of the company founded in 1966 that is still completely family-owned and now has more than 920 employees. In 2018, the company recorded sales of around 160 million euros.