At the beginning of 2017, North America’s latest steel complex was opened at Big River Steel in Osceola, U.S.A. By the end of the year, digital applications in all process steps will have advanced this steelworks to the first Learning Factory in the world.
This aim is backed, amongst others, by an electronic parts catalog mapping the plant documentation of the complete supply package of the project in a cloud solution. The database rests on a total of approx. 410,000 bill of material items, 30,000 drawings and 45,000 individual documents from the SMS group business units involved and from all further suppliers of single parts or assemblies which can now be called using a single tool after they have been consolidated and specially prepared in structure for this purpose. The new tool permits Big River Steel to identify and inquire parts quickly and easily. All data are continuously updated and, up to now, used by about 70 internal Big River Steel employees. Time-consuming searching for required information is a thing of the past. Further functions such as displaying identical parts throughout the entire plant, provides Big River Steel with the desired transparency and contribute to increasing efficiency and reducing the inventory.