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Automated coil release made easy with QES

30. October 2019
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Even today, quality grading in most rolling plants is not an automated process. A great deal of time and effort is invested in quality supervision on a human level, for example pinpointing the exact cause of defects. Any anomalous or divergent quality data requires decisions and action to be taken by the monitoring personnel, such […]

Smart Alarm in practice

29. May 2019
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It’s 7:00 on Tuesday morning. Start of shift at the branch of Bharat Forge in North Rhine-Westphalia. Dirk Brozio, head of maintenance, sits at his workplace. Red and yellow bars appear on the screen in front of him, running through the picture at various intervals. Brozio explains: “This is the live alarm data that the […]

Your individual roadmap to digitalization – Digital Fact Finding on the mySMS group platform

17. October 2018
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We are pleased to introduce the Digital Fact Finding of SMS group on the path to a self-learning steel plant. Due to an informative benchmarking report, the key areas of activity for your digital transformation are identified and potential solutions are subsequently revealed. Get to know more about Digital Fact Finding and start your individual […]

Platform Economy pushes digitalization in the metal industry

19. September 2018
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SMS group uses the potentials of platform economy to consolidate its position as the leading partner in the world of metals. The emergence of digital platforms in the metal industry opens up new competitive advantages for companies, e.g. lower transaction costs, increase of revenue due to new services as well as strong customer loyalty. The spin-off […]

News: Voestalpine ordered stainless steel plant from SMS group

13. August 2018
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An SMS group steel plant was ordered by Voestalpine Böhler Edelstahl. The plant will have a size of 50.000 sq m and it will set new standards in energy efficiency and innovative automation of the production processes, according to SMS group. Read more about it: steeltimesint.com China plans to reduce steel production To reduce air […]

3D Printing: Innovation Through Additive Manufacturing

1. August 2018
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Industrial companies hope to fully flexibilize their production with Industry 4.0. Ideally, all component parts are constructed in a highly customer-oriented way, in batch size 1 and preferably in real time. This sounds like a futuristic vision, but it is already reality in the production of spare parts. Thanks to additive manufacturing, the first individually […]

News: Hannover Messe in the USA

16. July 2018
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The German Hannover Messe is coming to the International Manufacturing Show IMTS on 10-15 September 2018 in Chicago. Together, they aim to bring about the largest event of manufacturing technology in Northern America. According to the organizer, 115.000 international visitors have already registered to exchange about topics such as integrated automation. Read more about it: […]

How to realize your digital potential

2. July 2018
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German small and mid-sized companies can generate up to 126 billion Euro of additional added-value with consistent digital transformation until 2025. This is based on the McKinsey & Company’s study “Die Digitalisierung des deutschen Mittelstands”. In comparison to other industries the biggest potential can be found, amongst others, in the metal and electrical industry – namely […]

Digital transformation: How far along is the German Metal Industry?

14. June 2018
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In terms of digital transformation, the German metal industry is not as advanced as other industries. The steel industry can act as an enabler and open up the potential of digital transformation within the added-value network. Large-scale enterprises are way out in front of everyone. The small business sector must be careful not to miss […]

Top 10 Pain Points of the Industry – Knowledge management

8. June 2018
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10. Knowledge Management In the increasingly networked and flexible value chains, important information have to be available to everyone in an easy and fast way. But how can you find existing knowledge, manage it in a smart way and make it generally available? Knowledge transfer only succeeds through interaction. That is why companies have to […]

News: EU Steel price steady in May 2018

28. May 2018
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In Germany, the manufacturing sector was able to increase production and the order situation at the rolling mills is positive. The situation is unchanged in neighboring France. The demand from the construction and automotive industries is healthy. According to MEPS, one reason for the lack of growth were many holidays in May. Read the full […]

“Machine Diary” in validation phase

5. April 2017
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Based on customer interviews we designed a click dummy for our new product idea “Machine Diary”. The click dummy will now make it easier to visualize the added value in customer meetings. The click dummy can now be tested on the mySMS group platform. We are looking forward to your feedback!

First Data Challenge successfully finished

14. February 2017
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The Data Challenge has been a great success. We got throughout positive responds about our data and the chance to work with real steel plant data. Our jury invited our winner Florian from Berlin and our runner-up Thanish from India to the award session followed by a steel plant tour in Duisburg. We are looking […]

First Open Data Challenge of SMS digital

28. November 2016
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The Data Challenge that started on October 13th is in full swing and has attracted wide interest. The task of the challenge is to analyze the data of a continuous slab caster by applying state-of-the-art data mining and analytics methods, with the goal of improving the prediction of longitudinal cracks and defects of slabs in […]