Let’s turn the learning
steel plant into reality


The digital future has already begun

We are taking up the challenges of digital transformation and Industry 4.0 and develop innovative solutions that boost your business. Benefiting from state-of-the-art development methods, our software solutions for predictive asset health, product quality, production planning and energy management contribute in saving money, increase profitabiliy and conserve resources. 

Use our digital technologies to turn data into information and information into value. 

The possibilities are endless

SMS digital is a leading digital solution provider in the metals industry. As the digital unit of the SMS group GmbH, the market-leading supplier of metallurgical plants and machinery, we create innovative solutions in the fields of digitalization. Our digital applications will lift your plants and machines into the world of Industry 4.0. 

Our teams consist of various experts who can be flexibly assembled, work agilely and develop user-centric software solutions together with the customer on site. 

We combine digitalization expertise with 150 years of metallurgical know-how.


The steel industry now finds itself in the age of digitalization. High plant availability levels, a consistently perfect plant condition, and maximum product quality are key factors when it comes to optimum plant operation. The demands for more efficient and sustainable production processes are growing all the time, and the higher level of automation calls for modular solutions that create connectivity. The interaction of all modular solutions from SMS digital is bringing plants a step closer to becoming a learning steel plant.

Here, artificial intelligence and machine learning are essential components of sustainable and resource-efficient production.


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Reduce your carbon footprint
Predictive Energy Management

The demand for energy and resources is steadily increasing. Intelligent solutions are needed to achieve a sustainable balance between economic growth and environmental responsibility. Effective energy and sustainability management is therefore of central importance for the metals and process industry and has a decisive effect on its cost efficiency and carbon footprint.

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Solutions for optimized production planning
Predictive Production Planning

The dynamic changes in market demands, triggered by the Internet of Things, require considerably shorter modernization cycles as we head towards Industry 4.0. Increasing volumes of data and new means of exchanging information are resulting in closer collaboration between integrated plant and automation system suppliers and plant owners/operators and end users.

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Software solutions for quality optimization
Predictive Product Quality

Even today, quality management is not an automated process in most rolling mills. A great deal of time and effort is invested in quality monitoring by plant personnel, for example to determine the exact cause of defects. Deviations in the quality data require the monitoring personnel to take decisions and any relevant action, such as redirecting or, in the worst case, scrapping a coil, which leads to losses.

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Predictive Asset Optimization

Many plant processes in companies have already been digitalized. However, the evaluation of the generated data is very time-consuming. Our smart maintenance solutions make it possible to carry out automatic system-wide analyses, thus improving quality and efficiency. These products and solutions focus on aspects such as plant availability, inventory management, and maintenance planning.

The first learning steel plant

Big River Steel

Our vision came true

Big River Steel produces pipe grades for pipelines, silicon steels for electrical steel and AHSS grades for the automotive industry on SMS group equipment. As systems supplier for the steel mill complex, SMS group supplied all the equipment, process know-how and automation technology and supported BRS during commissioning. 

From the combination with SMS digital's innovative solutions for data infrastructure, digital products and machine learning resulted in the world's first learning steel mill. 

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Are you ready to shape the next industrial revolution together with us, or are you looking for new opportunities to take your career to the next level? We are glad to help.

SMSgroup Windt,Dr.-Ing. Katja

Dr.-Ing. Katja Windt

SMS group GmbH
Member of the Managing Board
Eduard-Schloemann-Straße 4
40237 Düsseldorf

Phone : +49 211 881 5920

SMSgroup Steenken, Bernhard

Bernhard Steenken

SMS digital GmbH
Eduard-Schloemann-Straße 4
40237 Düsseldorf

Phone : +49 211 881 4256