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Düsseldorf, June 21, 2019 and SMS group partner to advance the Learning Mill for Big River Steel

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Cutting-edge Enterprise Artificial Intelligence® and powerful process automation systems work together to maximize production yields, enhance product quality, conserve energy and reduce costs.

Leading Enterprise Artificial Intelligence® provider and SMS group, with its digital business fields − trailblazer in digitalization for plant and equipment used in steel and nonferrous-metals production and processing − today announced a partnership to jointly further optimize the world’s first learning steel mill for Arkansas-based Big River Steel.

To help Big River Steel conserve resources and control energy output, SMS group and came together to couple the deep experience SMS group has in the metals industry and process knowledge with’s AI expertise. The joint solution was created by implementing’s learning algorithms into SMS group’s X-Pact® MES 4.0. was able to seamlessly leverage the fact that SMS group’s X-Pact® MES 4.0 was engrained into the steel mill’s IT environment and into their SaaS (Software as a Service) applications. The new end solutions digitize applications throughout every stage of the steelmaking process – starting at the liquid phase all the way to strip finishing.’s software and Enterprise AI Data Platform analyze historical and current high-frequency data from the mill’s about 50,000 sensors attached to SMS group’s equipment. uses the mill's data plus these sensor values and external data sources to sense, predict, and recommend corrections that maximize production yields, enhance product quality, mitigate safety risks, and minimize costs.

For example, these insights can help minimize transition losses regarding steel grade, strip width or strip thickness, and predict how much energy is being consumed by the mill each hour and/or each day. This allows the steel mill to trade back energy to the market or change production schedules to make consumption more predictable.

“By working with SMS digital, we are empowering an industry to turn business challenges into competitive advantages through the use of Enterprise AI®,” said CEO Steve Pratt. “Our mission is to create a world without waste. Given the intensive energy and material needs of the metal industry, efficiency improvements will not only improve business operations and the bottom line, but positively impact the entire ecosystem that surrounds manufacturers.”

“In order for SMS group to implement digital solutions and therefore increase value for customers like Big River Steel, we knew that strong partners with excellent AI and machine learning capabilities were essential,” said Bernhard Steenken, CEO at SMS digital GmbH. “’s solutions gave our existing tools within Big River Steel’s mill the power to help them achieve maximum plant performance with minimal maintenance effort, along with high product quality and revenues.”

As early as 2017, Big River Steel has been a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) credential holder.

About applies advanced data science (Artificial Intelligence AI) to industries at the core of the global economy to create a world without waste. With advanced AI applications business leaders who make, move, and sell things are empowered to make better decisions, reduce wasted energy, money, and resources, and ensure their businesses are built to last. Founded in 2016, is led by executives previously with the top firms in data science, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and management consulting. focuses on radical efficiency for supply chain, transportation & distribution, and manufacturing using leading-edge artificial intelligence.

About SMS digital comprising SMS group Inc. Digital Solutions and SMS digital GmbH

SMS digital GmbH, the digital subsidiary of SMS group GmbH, and SMS group Inc. Digital Solutions collectively are a market leading supplier of digitalization for plant and equipment used in steel and NF-metals production and processing. SMS group GmbH generates worldwide sales totaling EUR 3.3 billion with more than 14,000 employees.

In close collaboration with its customers, SMS digital identifies and develops innovative products for the metals industry building on most advanced development techniques, in-depth metallurgical process knowhow and technological expert knowledge. SMS digital helps its customers make their plants and machines ready for the digital age by means of digital applications and the use of AI.

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SMS group is a group of companies internationally active in plant construction and mechanical engineering for the steel and nonferrous metals industry. It has some 14,000 employees who generate worldwide sales of about EUR 3 billion. The sole owner of the holding company SMS GmbH is the Familie Weiss Foundation.


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