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Smart Cast Metal – cast metal with sensors

Cast metals with imbedded sensors is a new concept that answers some of the metal industry challenges; resource savings, increased added value and participation in the digital revolution. The project delivers entirely new, robust and cost-efficient sensor-systems integrated into castings, that enables control and monitoring of machines.

Aim and goal
The project develops sensor systems and measurement techniques to be integrated during the casting process. One of the innovative parts in the project is that the sensors are integrated during the casting process and there is no need for mounting sensors after the casting have been produced. The senor systems shall detect for instance different stress states, vibrations and temperature changes in the casting product.

Challenge
Choice of optimum sensor materials and development of sensor technology that cost-efficiently, functionally and sustainably allows for integration into the cast metal without risking control over material properties.

Solution
From the competences in the project in casting, material science, sensor-systems and sensitive measurement techniques, we choose optimal sensor-materials. The imbedded sensors enable control and surveillance of machines and constructions in harsh environments. 

Effect
Enabling control and surveillance of machines regarding mechanical and temperature changes, vibrations in cast metal constructions without mounting sensors after the cast metal parts been produced, will give an optimum control of critical cast metal parts. 


Summary

Project name

Smart Cast Metal

Status

Active

Area

Digital infrastructure, Digitalisation, Electronics, Internet of Things, Materials and surfaces

Region

Region Jönköpings län

RISE role in project

Coordination and R&D (casting methods and sensor systems)

Project start

Duration

2017-05-01 till 2019-04-30

Total budget

4.8 MSEK

Partner

RISE, Husqvarna AB, SKF Mekan AB

Coordinators

Project members

Raul Carlsson

Contact person

Raul Carlsson

Senior Research Engineer

+46 10 228 49 05
raul.carlsson@ri.se

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