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Successful Factory Acceptance Test for MOMEK TappingMate

21. May 2024

MOMEK TappingMate har gjennomført vellykket Factory Acceptance Test

MOMEK and Elkem Successfully Conduct Factory Acceptance Test for Revolutionary Tapping Solution.

In May, a Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) was conducted in collaboration with Elkem at MOMEK Robotics’ Test Lab. This critical step ensures that the new tapping solution is ready to be transferred to Elkem’s production facilities for real-world operation.

Bjørn Audun Risøy, CEO, MOMEK Robotics

– This project started four years ago, and we have been working hard, 40-50 people, both from Elkem and MOMEK and many other partners. Today is the FAT, Factory Acceptance Test. A major milestone. It has gone very, very well. We are extremely satisfied, said Bjørn Audun Risøy, CEO of MOMEK Robotics.


Rolf Skogvold, Head of Projects, MOMEK Robotics, are pleased with the FAT and the TappingMates perfomance during tool change.

– The FAT involved rigorous practical tests to confirm the equipment’s functionality within a smelter environment. Rolf Skogvold, Head of Projects at MOMEK Robotics, explained,

– This involves performing practical tests on how the equipment should function in the smelter.


Frode Johan Berg taking a closer look at Torbjørn Moi, R&D Manager, MOMEK Robotics, operating the TappingMate

The new tapping process addresses significant safety and efficiency issues in the current method. Frode Johan Berg, Plant Director at Elkem ASA Rana, highlighted the challenges,

– The tapping process today is characterized by a lot of heat that the operator stands in. It is a tough and heavy work process. What we have looked at today is drilling, closing the tapping hole, and we have also seen the use of tools to maintain the tapping hole.

An operator opening the tapping hole at a metal furnace at Elkem Rana

Ivar Helvik, Operations Manager, Elkem Silicon

Ivar Helvik, Operations Manager at Elkem Silicon Products, emphasized the transformative potential of the new solution, stating,

– We really want to get the operators away from this. This will make everyday life much safer for the operators. I believe this can truly revolutionize tapping at Elkem. We are very excited to put this into operation at Elkem.


Torbjørn Moi, R&D Manager, MOMEK Robotics, operating the TappingMate through a thouchscreen.

MOMEK is running the Factory Acceptance Test of MOMEK TappingMate together with partner Elkem.

MOMEK is shaping the industry of the future

MOMEK takes an active role in developing tomorrow’s solutions to increase safety, improve quality, and reduce the environmental footprint in the industry.

The successful completion of the FAT marks a significant advancement in the automation and safety of the tapping process at Elkem, promising a safer and more efficient future for its operations.

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For more information and interview, contact:
Bjørn Audun Risøy, CEO, MOMEK Robotics, at +47 977 13 231

For media requests, contact:
Kent-Erik Sjursen, CBO, MOMEK Group, at +47 906 75 744

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