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Digitalization Enables Decarbonization of Steel Production

28 Nov 2022, Production, Technology, Energy, Sustainability, Artificial Intelligence

Steel plant’s operations are complex because all production steps are interdependent. This makes it challenging to simultaneously optimize production processes, save energy and comply with COregulations while staying competitive with changing market demands. Steelmakers are investing in transformation to net-zero production, which needs to go hand-in-hand with process digitalization and innovating software systems for efficient production management of planning, scheduling and execution of processes.

Direct Rolling Scheduling – The Tight Rope Binding Casting and Rolling

28 Sep 2022, Production, Technology

Steel making process has truly evolved. Just like many technological advancements, the introduction of software into the steel making process has become the game changer. Direct Rolling Scheduling (DRS) is an innovative solution that resolves the scheduling complexities at the caster and rolling mill both for Endless Strip Production, Compact Strip Production and the traditional steel plant. It works like a charm.

Predictive Maintenance - Optimize Holistically with AI

22 Sep 2022, Artificial Intelligence, Production, Technology

Ensuring high plant availability and minimizing maintenance costs at the same time is a balancing act. The complexity of this area of tension grows with the size of the plant network and the resulting increase in the number of combined, in some cases contradictory, influencing factors. More and more companies are therefore turning to predictive asset management to analyze complex plant systems precisely and in real time and to operate them in an optimized manner.

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Sustainable Steel Production – Let’s Pick the Low-Hanging Fruits

01 Apr 2022, Industry 4.0, Production, Technology, Sustainability

Steel is a vital material for a modern, industrialized economy and the backbone of global sustainable initiatives. But the steel industry is also one of the world's most energy-intensive industries. Steelmakers are increasingly making decarbonization of production their global priority. But you don't even have to reach deep into the Industry 4.0 toolbox to discover low-hanging fruits that can be implemented quickly and cost-effectively to improve production efficiency and thus contribute to decarbonization. 

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.