The digitalisation makes data and a steel production management system a strategic assets
The digital transformation is making everything faster, more personalised, and more efficient. Steel Production Management is the area within the steel industry with high improvement potential through digitalisation.
Steel production management (SPM) will increase efficiency, improve safety, reduce costs, optimise business performance, and help stay ahead of the competition.
To compete and achieve significant margins in the steel industry, you need production and process automation to create more efficient and secure operations.
In particular, seamless connection using data-driven models and algorithms are becoming crucial in increasing production planning flexibility without impacting productivity and operational stability. Technological know-how in metallurgy is, as we know indispensable, now more critical than ever, and it is now crucial that such domain knowledge is integrated into dynamically-growing SPM functionalities easily and intuitively. After all, the dynamic changes in market demands triggered by IoT require considerably shorter cycles of automation modernisation as we head towards Industry 4.0.
The growing amount of data and the increasing information exchange capability result in more in-depth cooperation between plant management and auto-generated data and KPIs.
There are several automation levels, spanning from field level devices such as sensors and actuators controlled by process automation systems, to enterprise-level systems that manage order information and optimizes resource utilization on an organisational level based on numerous business and production data points.
Automation can make a significant difference on many levels. Still, if you focus on production and operations, the Steel Production Management (SPM) system is the one that helps us get there.
So what level of SPM system you choose to aim for depends on how deep your pockets are and your production issues. Running advanced steel processing without operations level automation is like driving a car from the 1970ies: No ABS-brakes or traction control, excessive emissions, and no navigation system. It works, but you are far from a top performer.
An SPM system in combination with automation is a way to relieve the workforce of repeatable operations and an efficient way to standardize handling and processing and make sure people stay out of hazardous areas as much as possible.
SPM also ensures you obtain process stability and maximizes the production of good tonnes through the caster by leveraging on the company (proprietary) know-how. SPM systems help you continue improving, running the most cost-efficient operation possible, and staying ahead of the competition.