We participated in Hack the Foundry event on 30.9. – 1.10., hosted by LeinoCast Oy from Salo. The purpose on the event was to innovate how digitalization could be used to improve customer services and manufacturing processes as well as LeinoCast’s end products.
1. Day one started with an introduction to LeinoCast Oy’s goals and challenges. After the introduction we went to familiarize us with the production facilities. Liquid metal, enormous and heavy cast components, dusty environment, the heat of the melting furnaces and magnetic fields sets challenging starting points for utilizing digitalization.
After the tour the team was a bit confused and wondered how we could find the core issues of such enormous amount of information and complex production processes. At this point it wasn’t clear that what we could improve. We interviewed LeinoCast’s quality manager Juha Karlsson to get better insight of the production process. We decided to focus on collecting and documenting defects found in the inspection phase of the cast components. In addition to that we decided to measure the moisture of the molds and mold cores made from sand. Now that we had the ideas ready, we collected our notes and headed to our office to design and implement a live application to be demoed on the next day. After few hours of work we got everything ready we went home at 11 pm
2. On the second day we started to work on our presentation and the same time setting up the environment, testing sensors and starting Azure backend applications for our live-demo. We also assessed the possible benefits that could be achieved by using our solution. We managed to get the presentation ready in a hurry (not worth of calculating the typos).
In the afternoon presentation and live-demo we used our existing product to measure the temperature and moisture of the sand used in molds. The collected data was sent to cloud and live data was visualized with browser via responsive web site. During 5 min pitching it is impossible to dive deep into details. We demonstrated a production defect reporting application with a tablet.
After the presentations LeinoCast jury gathered together for reviewing the presentations and looking for the best solutions to improve their business utilizing digitalization. When Liisa Leino came to announce the results, we were a bit nervous because Soficta was not mentioned among the first teams. Finally, we ended up to shared second position in the Hack The Foundry hackathon. We were happy with the result and felt like we had won the silver.
Of course we aimed for 3 000 € grand price, even though participating on the event was a victory already. We value networking with LeinoCast and other participants very high. We gained knowledge of the event, foundry processes and found new possible customers and partners and others got visibility of Soficta’s competencies. In the event there were a positive atmosphere and it was a great success.
The arrangements of the event were successful and we enjoyed the hospitality of the LeinoCast and IndustryHack people.
I believe we are going to participate into IndustryHack in the future also whenever there are events with suitable subjects organized. I can warmly recommend participating in hackathons and use the opportunity for networking.
-Sami / CEO of Soficta Oy