Die-casting is similar to injection moulding, but while die-casting uses metals, injection moulding mainly uses plastics. The first will be every future Bühler die-casting cell’s smart digital brain – the SmartCMS (smart cell management system). With the capability to collect and manage information from every component and peripheral, it will improve process performance and make it possible to significantly increase “overall equipment effectiveness”, or OEE. The second is a set of digital services, among them predictive analytics, which can deliver a tenfold reduction in downtimes thanks to predictive maintenance. The Digital Cell has the potential to transform die casting. It is the vision to monitor, control, and manage the complete cell. Jonathan Abbis, managing director at Bühler Die Casting, says: “To achieve a step-change in die casting, it’s not enough to focus on single components. To significantly boost productivity, we have to tackle the system as a whole.” With higher productivity levels and around-the-clock uptime, the Digital Cell will enable car manufacturers and suppliers to use aluminum and magnesium parts profitably across the entire automotive range. By analyz...