Voestalpine Böhler Edelstahl is a world-leading producer of specialist steels with works in Kapfenberg and Deuchendorf. The company supplies highest-quality steel products to customers in the automotive, aerospace and oil industries.

To keep up with the current trend towards individual products and smaller job sizes, a lot of effort needs to be put into organizing manufacturing processes more efficiently. Besides rigorous application of TPM and integrated quality management, digitalization has come to play a key strategic role.

We have been designing and developing solutions for the metal industries in Upper Styria for many years. Rolling mills, heat-treatment plants, finishing mills, forging works and powder metallurgy plants are each organized in quite different ways that need specific solutions, which we have implemented using our framework. The individual systems are highly integrated with both the local control system and the higher-level planning/logistics system.

The approach taken by Voestalpine Böhler Edelstahl is to use new digitalization concepts within existing, proven IT architectures. For example, visualization of important information in real time gives the workers and management high flexibility and deep insight into the state of the process. With regard to Industry 4.0, processing of the increasingly large data volumes that are being generated along the value chain is seen as a key challenge. Statistical methods such as data mining reveal new insights and optimization potentials.

Besides working on the further development of existing systems and creation of new solutions for other plants, we are also currently working on a universal MES to function as a link between the company-wide planning and the individual plants.


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