The article presents tools, methods and systems used in mechanical engineering that in combination with information technologies create the grounds of Industry 4.0. The authors emphasize that mechanical engineering has always been the foundation of industrial activity, while information technology, the essential part of Industry 4.0, is its main source of innovation. The article discusses issues concerning product design, machining tools, machine tools and measurement systems.
Casting industry has been enriched with the processes of mechanization and automation in production. They offer both better working standards, faster and more accurate production, but also have begun to generate new opportunities for new foundry defects. This work discusses the disadvantages of processes that can occur, to a limited extend, in the technologies associated with mould assembly and during the initial stages of pouring. These defects will be described in detail in the further part of the paper and are mainly related to the quality of foundry cores, therefore the discussion of these issues will mainly concern core moulding sands. Four different types of moulding mixtures were used in the research, representing the most popular chemically bonded moulding sands used in foundry practise. The main focus of this article is the analysis of the influence of the binder type on mechanical and thermal deformation in moulding sands.