Steel process optimization
Key performance indicators
For steelmakers, steel process optimization and operational excellence means continuous improvement of their operations. Key performance indicators vary from step to step of the steelmaking process, but typically include measures of size or scale, availability, speed, productivity, yield loss, energy use and fuel consumption.
What support do you need to achieve steel process optimization?
Fives provides a wide range of assistance in grade development, process and quality improvement to reach steel process optimization and operational excellence in terms of the lowest cost of operation, highest quality steel grades and best route to market. To lower costs and optimize margins, Fives consults on yield improvement, process management and optimization, and delayed product differentiation.
Fives is available to be a long-term partner, offering support in the following areas:
- Steelmaking to finishing line
- Research and development
- Quality and process management
- Steelmaker-customer relationship
Eyeron™, all-in-one quality management software to achieve steel process optimization
Working closely with the steelmaker, Fives looks at overall process quality, including claim/defect solving and surface inspection system tuning. In a broader context, Fives offers solutions for organization optimization and product life management and also assesses and advises on supply/demand match.
Grade development expertise
Fives’ range of expertise covers hot rolled coil, cold rolled coil, hot dip galvanizing (GI, GA, GL, etc.) and all types of processes. Technical support and quality management is offered for all steel grades, including mild, high strength, advanced and ultra high strength steels.
With its up-to-date metallurgical knowhow and extensive experience in both process and quality management, Fives is able to offer:
- Support to define the most suitable metallurgical concept, taking into account process specificities and customer requirements (mechanical properties, YS/UTS ratio, hole expansion, etc).
- Support to pass from R&D to industrial lines. Risk identification (banding defects, surface appearance, cracks, etc.) and trial support.