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Learning steel mill to become even smarter

Big River Steel’s steel mill in Arkansas in the US is the world’s first learning steel mill. Artificial intelligence (AI) and automation are now set to work together to make further energy and cost savings possible.

10 Jul. 2019
Learning steel mill to become even smarter (Photo: SMS group GmbH)

Enterprise Artificial Intelligence® provider and SMS group, an expert in digitalization for steel and nonferrous-metals production, are joining forces to make production at Big River Steel more resource-efficient and energy-saving in the future . To this end, the two partners plan to integrate’s artificial intelligence in the SMS group’s X-Pact® MES system to create a joint solution. The new end solutions will digitalize applications throughout the entire production process chain, from the production of liquid steel through strip coating.

Using sensor data, the signal series and historical data of some 50,000 different systems will be analyzed on-site. Further external data sources will provide the AI with additional values relating to production processes and forecasts and possible corrective measures. It is hoped that these insights will, for instance, help minimize transition losses in terms of steel grade or product thickness or width and predict the energy requirements of production to the nearest hour. The AI from has a modular structure and provides additional functions via various apps, for monitoring production quality , for example.