In steel processing lines, the challenges associated with the material properties depend heavily on the customer’s requirements for the final product. Some steel producers specializing in high-quality products, such as high-strength steel, want to reduce the downgrade rates for these products based on the material properties. Other companies focus on increasing their line throughput to better exploit their plant’s potential, which simultaneously allows them to achieve a higher order volume. In the past, one significant aspect that had to be considered was how to save energy costs, which is becoming more and more important today. A key concept that SMS has developed is its digital package, the Material Properties Suite, which offers a set of applications to enable manufacturers to respond more effectively to issues relating to material properties.
Consisting of various components, the Material Properties Suite is designed to support metallurgists and process engineers in optimizing the manufacturing process for galvanized or annealed steel. A core element of this product is the data-driven model, which can predict material properties so that producers can respond to deviations in the upstream process by influencing processes further downstream. The preferred connection between the different applications and the process is the SMS DataFactory.
Within the Material Properties Suite, not only the data from the annealing or galvanizing line is used, but also from the upstream production lines. Results from the mechanical testing laboratory are also included. The SMS DataFactory collects data and transforms it into the required format for the digital applications.