SSAB optimises transnational data flow

SSAB Europe has placed an order with SMS group covering the transnational networking of digital solutions for a stronger exchange between its four production sites in Finland and Sweden.

The steelmaker has signed a contract with SMS’ subunit SMS digital for the digitalisation of its production processes on the way to a “learning steelworks,“ the plantbuilder says. SSAB will thus benefit from an improved, holistic flow of information of all plant data across the four locations Luleå and Borlänge in Sweden as well as Raahe and Hämeenlinna in Finland, SMS states.

SMS DataFactory can be used as a data hub for seamless access to systems such as predictive plant monitoring, production planning as well as for quality and energy management, Kallanish learns from the plantbuilder.  

By means of cloud technology, SMS will make available to SSAB the uniform, cross-plant data management system within the next two years. The heart of the solution is the SMS DataFactory which has been in use by several leading steel producers under the name SMS QuinLogic PDW. It will provide SSAB a holistic view of the production locations, combined with an intelligent exchange of multi-site findings, SMS explains.

Activities will start at the Hämeenlinna site in Finland, followed by Borlänge, Raahe and finally Luleå. For linking the locations with each other, the next step will be to set up the IT and cloud infrastructures.

Christian Koehl Germany