Düsseldorf, October 31, 2018

Driving ahead digitalization with X-Pact® MES 4.0

As part of its digitalization offensive, SMS group has kicked off a research and development project on intelligent production planning in cooperation with Jacobs University of Bremen, Germany. The project will cover aspects such as dynamic reacting to specific production situations, use of artificial intelligence and autonomous learning of automation systems.

The dynamic planning and optimization processes to be developed will be integrated into Big River Steel’s automation environment. Specifically, the project is to provide solutions and optimization models for production planning with real product cycle times, yield optimization through smart campaign planning and re-scheduling of sequences in CSP® plants.

A further objective is the development of planning modules based on artificial intelligence at X-Pact® MES 4.0, the MES system of the SMS group. The X-Pact® MES 4.0 Performance Enrichment Analysis detects relationships between production parameters and performance indicators on the basis of historic production data. These capabilities are intended to be used, for example, to perform scalable, self-learning order analyses and generate plans that take into account order schedules.