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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.

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.