India calling: emerging technologies to produce high value-added steels
Fives, being a technological leader, sponsored two major steel events in India and presented a paper on its digital program to develop a wide range of high value-added automotive steels.
The Steel Tech seminar organized by the namesake magazine on August 30, 2017 in Kolkata focused on technological developments in steel production and processing within the concept of Industry 4.0, while the 2nd automotive steel summit, organized by Steel Group on September 15 in Pune flagged challenges of automotive steel production.
Exponential technologies due to the use of automation, digitalization and robotics will have a significant impact on raw materials requirements, process, skills of personnel, supply chain, etc. "The industry 4.0 must be one of the “weapons” of a steelmaker’s global strategy today", says Alain Genaud, Deputy Vice President of the Steel division of Fives during the presentation in the seminar in Kolkata. “Though it is not just enough to have digital tools which can potentially bring benefit, it’s more important first to define a target a steelmaker wants to reach, then identify a methodology, organizational structure, specific project management, etc., and only then choose dedicated tools”, he emphasized.
“When it concerns steel grades for the automotive market, quality is mandatory: the production process should be as stable as possible without any deviation from quality management”, echoed Daniel Brunelli-Brondex, Head of Fives India during his presentation in the automotive summit in Pune.
Fives has always put innovations at the core of its development strategy. The group's offer combines process expertise with digital tools to offer industrial companies solutions that facilitate production system management and maintenance: data and flow management, modelling and simulation of production line equipment, digital control and robotization. Digital technologies are used from a design phase to the start-up, offering greater flexibility during operation, thanks to data provided by smart sensors that enables production to be adapted in real time to requirements and resources.