Transforming steel manufacturing
ArcelorMittal Construction, a global market leader in the production of steel profiling and sandwich panels for buildings, and GE Digital are now partnering to digitally transform their operations across 26 manufacturing facilities worldwide.
ArcelorMittal Construction, whose customers include Ikea and Lidl supermarkets, are working with GE Digital to implement Predix Manufacturing Execution Systems (Predix MES), which helps leaders and operators to leverage relevant real-time insights to reduce delivery time and increase throughput. In turn, this helps ArcelorMittal’s customers to reduce their time to market, whether it be a new office building, football stadium, or train station.
This industrial application provides ArcelorMittal Construction full visibility of their operations in the plant. It enables them to record and track, for each production order, every individual task and any related inputs/outputs. This visibility means more flexibility for operators and management alike, and is helping to drive productivity gains that will further improve their ability to meet their customer’s needs in a dynamic marketplace.
Reducing unplanned downtime and enhancing productivity
ArcelorMittal is also partnering with GE Power to deploy its asset performance management (APM) solution at its Belgium plant to reduce unplanned downtime and enhance productivity.
Steel production is a complicated process that encompasses a large number of power conversion devices. For context, one processing line can include hundreds of motors, with their associated drives running conveyor belts or driving rolling mills. These machines’ performance is crucial to the plant’s overall productivity, and the company’s profits and product quality.
With APM, ArcelorMittal will be able to monitor these critical motors leveraging digital twin technology to determine if conditions suggest an impending failure on a motor. The software will also enable the company to minimize the number of preventative maintenance activities being conducted by shifting these to on-condition based activities, reducing overhaul and repair spending and resource requirements.