Digitalization in the metals industry

Today’s hot topics in business are Industrie 4.0, digitalization, the Internet of Things and cloud computing. Applying selected implementation examples, SMS group has developed strategies for advancing digitalization in the steel industry. We are developing future-focused solutions in this sphere. Simultaneously, external framework conditions are constantly changing. Included here are costs for raw materials, energy and personnel as well as statutory regulations such as environment protection laws and legal standards. So what does Industrie 4.0 digitalization mean in this context? Digitalization is not an end in itself. It’s about answering the question: “Where can digitalization help us improve our operations sustainably and profitably?” The focus for plant operators is on the learning steel mill. It ensures intelligent, largely autonomous steel production. This involves the interconnection and collaboration of humans and machines in dynamic production processes that adjust to optimum parameters in real time.

“The smart steelworks optimizes its production processes from the raw material down to the final product in an auto-adaptive way employing physical and databased models as part of the integrated supply chain.“

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Innovative digital technology

Achieving long-term success with digital products

SMS digital GmbH takes up the challenges of “Digitization“ and “Industrie 4.0” within the SMS group. With the use of state-of-the-art innovation methods, know-how of metallurgical processes and technological expertise, we create new digital products, that, from the very beginning, are developed in close collaboration with our customers and end-users and therefore genuinely provide an added value.

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X-Pact® MES 4.0

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eDoc - First step to a smart plant

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X-Pact® MES 4.0 - Customer Feedback Big River Steel

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Big River Steel - Succesful production and satisfied customers


Digital Revolution
Interview with Harald Rackel in Metal Bulletin Magazine
Digitalization in the steel industry
Newsletter article 01/2017
PQA® - Product Quality Analyzer


SMSgroup Windt,Dr.-Ing. Katja

Dr.-Ing. Katja Windt

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

Phone : +49 211 881 5920

SMSgroup Wagner, Maximilian

Maximilian Wagner

SMS digital GmbH
Erkrather Str. 234b
40233 Düsseldorf

Phone : +49 211 881 6040