Steel: Intelligent steel - big and smart data at the Future Steel Forum

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On June 14-15, 2017, the Steel teams attended the Future Steel Forum in Warsaw, Poland. As a live discussion of the issues surrounding Industry 4.0 or “smart manufacturing”, the forum hosted speakers from academia and the steel industry to look at how innovative technologies can be brought together to revolutionize the way steel is made during

At this occasion, Yannick Leprêtre, Fives Group Chief Innovation and Digital Officer, highlighted digital technologies which are able to improve operational efficiency. His presentation “Optimizing the plants of the future thanks to smart data & services” covered digitalization of the value chain, automation and robotics, a human factor in the plant, control and monitoring, energy efficiency and environment, new materials and manufacturing technologies.

Jean-Paul Nauzin, CEO of Fives KEODS, and Kristiaan Van Teutem, Vice-President of the Steel Division, presented the case study “Fives and Baotou Iron & Steel Group: a 10-year digital program to develop a wide range of high value-added automotive”. The case study covered the experience Fives has been undergoing to understand the steelmaker’s reel needs and targets, formulate the right strategy and choose necessary tools to achieve a goal: production of high-value steels. The case study captured the audience and sparked a lively discussion.

Fives also presented its several digital solutions to optimize processes and services:

  • Eyeron™ web application for product quality control of the entire production chain;
  • Virtuo® thermal solution to optimize furnace’s performance;
  • DMS OptiLine™ software tool to simulate the complete running of a strip processing line;
  • DMS OptiMill™ to calculate, in real time, the settings required by rolling process or skin-pass mills;
  • Predictive maintenance software for a tube cut-off machine.

Over hundreds of years, Fives has been placing innovations at the heart of its development strategy. The pioneering technologies developed by the Group enable its industrial customers to meet their own current and future performance challenges to design the factory of the future.