The Region Veneto has identified the metal foundry as a pilot segment where the Industry 4.0 plan can be carried out.
On these bases the regional government has issued a law that acknowledges Sinfonet, the Smart and Innovative Foundry Network aimed at coordinating the activities of manufacturers, relating services, universities, consultants and final users of foundry castings.
This network is promoted by the Region Veneto but addresses all interested operators in the foundry sector; it currently involves forty-five subjects and fourteen large firm, some labs, two training structures, the publishing house Edimet (specialized in the metals world and the related technologies), the sector exhibition organizer Metef, and three delegates of the final users.
The priority of Sinfonet is the promotion of casting production technologies targeting the use casting processes for the manufacture of parts traditionally made with other methods such as welding and/or joining of cut and assembled unwrought pieces.
Sinfonet will be at Metef 2017 in an area dedicated to the foundries, especially the Italian ones, and to their extraordinary technological and innovation progress in terms of materials. This is the backdrop against which materials suppliers, equipment manufacturers, foundries, subcontractors and die producers work in synergy.
Metef will devote special focus to the foundry division and therefore will be an international showcase for Sinfonet, promoting communication of the project and visibility of the Italian foundries, and offering an effective tool for the growth of a system that boasts a glorious past and heads to an even better future.
Franco Zanardi, Honorary President of Zanardi Fonderie, comments an article published on the 1st issue of Alluminio & Leghe in 2017:
“The advanced materials used in the modern casting foundry are recyclable and reduce to the minimum the energy consumption per unit of mechanical strength: for these reasons it is now easier to cut the weight of moving masses. For the market to take an immediate advantage of these materials, a close relationship must be established between casting foundries, final customers, foundry equipment manufacturers, Universities and Research Centres, and producers of dedicated software systems in order to share comprehensive information on a safe and responsible designing phase.
Sinfonet targets to attract qualified and motivated operators to the foundry world and to communicate confidence to the Italian and international customers showing how the foundry castings made of advanced materials bring more benefits in comparison with other competing technologies.”