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The Synthesis of Autonomous and Adaptive Scheduling - Smart Agents for Smart Production Planning

06 Oct 2021, Research, Industry 4.0, Production, Sustainability, Technology, Artificial Intelligence

Production planning is one of the most complex industrial challenges of the steel industry. To address this complexity, metals manufacturers have developed several IT solutions and business processes. However, in addition to complexity, the production process is systematically affected by unpredictable events. In most plants today, responding to production disruptions is a human decision made by operators - often leading to response time issues that can cause production downtime and additional costs. The smart agent technology provides a remedy.

The Metamorphosis Towards Smart Replenishment - How to Make Material Supply Intelligent

01 Sep 2021, Logistics, Production, Sustainability, Technology, Industry 4.0

The world is changing. Over the past decade, several factors have contributed to increasing volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA) in metals supply chain ecosystems. Not even to mention disruptions brought by global crises. Last but not least, climate change and the need for all supply chains to become sustainable also applies to metals manufacturers. The focus here is on material supply, which must become more intelligent. But how can we initiate such a metamorphosis? And most importantly, how do we achieve it in a sustainable way? 

The Root of Sustainable Metals Production - 7 Ways to Go Green and Improve Operational Efficiency

19 Aug 2021, Energy, Industry 4.0, Production, Sustainability, Technology

When it comes to sustainable metal production, the question often arises as to whether manufacturers should invest on becoming more "green" or on improving their operational efficiency which are both the root of sustainable metals production. Sounds like a dilemma, but it is not! Discover 7 ways in which even small, but forward-thinking investments in planning and scheduling solutions can result in significant environmental improvements that go hand-in-hand with greater plant efficiency.

Metals Production in the Streaming Age: How to Make Uncertainty a Competitive Advantage

24 Jun 2021, Technology, Industry 4.0, Production

Digitization has changed customer behavior. Instead of choosing a product from a limited set of options, customers search for the product on the Internet and place orders through a seamless acquisition process, thus creating a streamline of products delivered to their door. This behavior change does not just affect retailers, but industrial manufacturers as well. Is your company ready to play along?