Spco-CLOUD DX to Realize Optimum Digital Operation－First Step is Visualization of Plant Operation
Steel Plantech is developing an operation support system called “Spco-CLOUD DX” for the fields of electric furnaces, continuous casting, and rolling for electric furnace manufacturers.
Spco-CLOUD DX is part of the Smart Products “S-Series.”
Currently, many electric furnace manufacturers are conducting independent operation management by plant or by equipment. This support system uses data to achieve optimum operation.
First, by collecting and linking the operation data of each piece of equipment, this system digitizes the information for optimum operation and visualizes the plant operation. The data is controlled in a cloud environment using a high-security VPN network and certified dedicated terminals. The data can be checked at any place as long as a browsing environment is available, so it is possible to remotely operate it, respond to troubles, and update the data.
Next, these pieces of information are analyzed. By applying the engineering knowledge we have nurtured as an equipment supplier, this system can perform consistent and highly efficient operation management from the upstream to the downstream processes.
By accumulating data further, we will also visualize the tacit knowledge of experienced operators to promote technology transfer, and make the operation more efficient by improving productivity and reducing unit consumption as well.
With the goal of achieving one-man operation, we plan to begin step-by-step implementation starting in FY2023.
Under the banner of “Green & Smart” (green: technological innovation to promote decarbonization, smart: making products smart using the latest technology), Steel Plantech continues to provide technologies that contribute to people, society, and environment by developing and supplying products and services incorporating the latest technologies.
Bar and Wire Rod Mill
Steel Plantech provides the Bar and Wire Rod Rolling System that meet variety of customer needs.
For example, we provide solutions that meet customer needs such as the Slit Rolling System and the High Speed Mill (40m/s) which increase productivity, the Hot Direct Rolling System which is directly connected with a continuous caster, not via a reheating furnace, and thereby greatly reduces the energy consumption, the Water Quenching System which helps in enhancing the strength of bars, and Endless Bar Rolling System (EBROS™) which significantly boosts yield.
Moreover, we can suggest and provide a package solution by supplying integrated lines of electric arc furnaces, continuous casting facility and rolling mills.
Section Rolling Mill
Rolling mills are facilities that carry out a series of processes including rolling the billets, blooms, slab and beam blanks – extracted from the reheating furnace – into the prescribed size and correcting any bending, cutting them into given lengths, then piling or bundling as needed for shipment. The rolling mills offered by Steel Plantech, with its rich track record of supplying steelmakers in Japan, can meet demanding requirements in terms of production efficiency and product precision.
Continuous Slab Caster
This is a facility for casting molten steel into semi-finished products(slabs) by continuously cooling, solidifying molten steel – which was melted and ingredients adjusted in a blast furnace, electric arc furnace, direct reduction furnace, etc. – and cutting them into given lengths. The casted semi-finished products are then transported to the next process at the rolling facility. The casted semi-finished products can be in various sizes. Those with a thickness of between 120mm-600mm and a width of 700mm or more are called slabs. Final products from slabs include thin plates, thick plates and pipes.
Electric Arc Furnace
Steel Plantech’s electric furnaces for steelmaking are core products succeeded from JFE Engineering (formerly NKK).
Its abundant experience as a steelmaker (or in other words, a user) in addition to technical know-how gleaned from experience in the design and engineering of electric furnaces for steelmaking, accumulated since 1968, enabled the provision not only of electric arc furnaces and auxiliary equipment, but also a wide range of metallurgical and operational technology.
Ecological and Economical Arc Furnace (ECOARC™)
ECOARC™, the ecological and economical arc furnace developed independently by Steel Plantech, is filled with innovative technology. It comes with advanced scrap preheating technology that eliminates the white smoke and foul odors generated when melting scrap metal, and addresses environmental requirements of the future. Furthermore, it is equipped with melting technology that achieves higher productivity than conventional electric arc furnaces.