On December 7, 2018, a delegation from the Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST) consisting of colleagues from Mexico, Brazil and the US visited the SMS group test center in Mönchengladbach. During the visit, “Digitalization at SMS group” was the core topic. Wolfgang Linden, Head of Electrics and Automation for Steelmaking and Environmental Technologies, presented the digital solutions from the X-Pact® electrical and automation product range as well as new, innovative concepts for implementing the “learning steel mill”. Attention furthermore focused on the intelligent production planning system X-Pact® MES 4.0, which increasingly utilizes methods based on artificial intelligence, as well as the Process Data Warehouse solution from SMS group, the new digital classroom using AR and VR technologies for customer training, and the smart applications for the metals industry already provided via the mySMS group platform.
A live presentation of the automation system for an electric steelmaking plant consisting of EAF, LF and VD units implemented in the framework of the Plug & Work integration test provided an impressive demonstration of process-focused operation using X-Pact® Process Guidance.
Experts from the field of metallurgy informed the interested visitors on the latest X-Melt® Performance Modules for electric steelmaking, such as the Condoor and SIS burners. The latest developments for the productivity-boosting process units Primary Energy Melter and Sharc as well as gas cleaning systems for the US market completed the impression of the modern technologies from SMS group.
The visit was concluded by a presentation from Marcus Hüllen providing a deep insight into the field of additive manufacturing and powder metallurgy – the latest future-oriented technologies from SMS group.
The event was met with great interest by the AIST delegation. All visitors expressed their heartfelt gratitude to SMS group for the informative day.