Hallam has been invited to join the Cast Metals Federation’s Net Zero panel, set up recently to explore ground breaking foundry technology and inform Government about industry challenges and responses.

The Panel is examining technologies using alternative energy sources and fuels (including green and blue hydrogen) and the potential for optimizing energy efficiency in manufacturing through technological innovation. Hallam’s Operations Manager, Colin Woodruff, is leading an IT-based project to conserve furnace energy use in Hallam’s foundry division. “Sensors will detect the approach of auto-ladles to each furnace and each furnace lid will automatically be removed to allow access to the ladle. As the ladle withdraws the lid will automatically be replaced over the furnace to conserve heat”.

Hallam estimates that 25% energy savings will be achieved by introducing this system alone.