Metals Processing

Solutions to Optimize Steel Production

The steel industry has undergone monumental changes, and the future promises to be even more dynamic. It will require you to become more efficient to address global competition and changing technologies. Our dedicated industry team will apply specific application and process experience to create the right control solutions for you. They will help enable you to execute real-time control and maintain critical process parameters to respond to diverse customer demands. These solutions help produce high-quality products with consistent metallurgical properties. They can help boost yields and minimize energy costs to reduce your costs-per-ton.

Production Information for Operational Excellence

Apply The Connected Enterprise for More Efficient Steel Production

The global steel market has been under intense competitive pressure, demanding companies to focus on operational efficiency to be sustainable. To optimize plant performance such as yield, energy efficiency, and product quality, operators require real-time process information. Furthermore, they require accurate data that is analyzed so timely decisions can be made.

Large, global steel companies harness the power of greater connectivity and information sharing to transform their operations. These companies use connected devices and smart machines to capture real-time process information to make better business decisions and:

  • Gain deeper insights into their equipment to improve asset productivity
  • Identify and eliminate variability across their processes
  • Use greater connectivity to establish remote-operations centers
  • Support autonomous material transportation for enhanced safety

We can help you achieve a connected steel plant.

Modernize Metals Product with MES

Manufacturing Execution Systems Help Solve Metals Industry Challenges

The challenges of obsolete equipment and a retiring workforce present liabilities in today’s highly competitive market, these challenges include:

  • Retiring workers and a lack of diagnostics
  • No production intelligence
  • No flexibility to respond to the change in market conditions
  • Manual recipe and order management  
  • Unconnected, aging systems cannot provide product traceability or genealogy

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Benefits of MES Systems in Metals Operations

Modern MES puts real-time information at the fingertips of anyone in the plant. Staff can use these insights to become more productive and get more from their equipment and materials. Benefits include:

  • Reduced downtime
  • Reduced scrap
  • Integrated production with scheduling and capacity planning
  • Incorporated traceability and genealogy
  • Reduced production variability and rework

Maximize Mill Operations

Crane Automation and Automated Storage Solutions

Looking for new ways to keep your people safe and maximize machine performance in your metals production facility? We understand. Your mill runs 24/7. It is a complicated process to assess current systems, needs, and issues. It helps to have a partner that understands your industry, your strengths, your systems, and operational goals. Our specialists have the industry-based application knowledge to have a meaningful conversation. Take a small step, a big step, and anything in between. We can help.

There are plenty of benefits to be had when you recognize that improvements need be made and you are going to do something about it. You can increase efficiency, deliver better performance, enhance inventory management, and better safety processes.

AIC Steel Production Control System

Integrated Architecture Engineering Tool Delivers Smooth Project Execution

Automazioni Industriali Capitanio s.r.l. (AIC) is a global system integrator. This company designs, manufactures, and markets automation systems, primarily for the metals industry. In a recent greenfield rolling mill project in India, AIC combined its own expertise with the product and domain experience of Rockwell Automation. They developed a completely integrated control solution within incredibly tight time constraints. Using Logix, Panelview, and intelligent motor control systems, AIC was able to complete the project in a short time-frame. It achieved optimal production rates from the first production phases.

Products and Capabilities

Broad Solutions Portfolio Helps You Achieve Operational Excellence Goals

Our portfolio of products and services provide metals companies with solutions covering automation, motor control, safety, and visualization. Through the use of the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, we offer full access to plant sensors and equipment to go from data to information to action.

How May We Help You?

Rockwell Automation and our partners offer exceptional knowledge to help design, implement, and support your automation investment.