“As a Service” also works for rolling
Digitization of the German steel manufacturer Thyssenkrupp allows customers direct access to production: they can place orders on the rolling mill by smartphone themselves.17 Jan 2020 Kai Tubbesing
Thyssenkrupp Steel Europe is driving the digital transformation of the company forward and enabling its customers to get involved more closely with the production process . A smartphone app allows them to place orders themselves for the production of medium-wide strip in the hot rolling mill in Hohenlimburg near Hagen – with a notice period of 72 hours. Up to just a few hours before rolling, there is still the opportunity to alter the material properties of the product. The app also includes status tracking of the order and a one-click function for re-ordering material.
With its innovative smart factory approach, Thyssenkrupp came second in the Handelsblatt Diamond Start Awards 2019 . But the company is already thinking ahead with its Industry 4.0 strategy: “Commercial, administrative and technical data are being exchanged and linked together intelligently,” says Ulrich Schneppe, Head of Information Technology and Project Manager in Hohenlimburg. “As a result, we have created a reliable database for business intelligence, digital twins, production apps and much more.”
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