PR-DT1220-1 - 2020 Digital Transformations, December

Production Quality Secured by New Real-Time Plant Condition KPI Approach at Big River Steel CSP

O. Schaumann, W. Spies, H. Hartmann, J. Kempken

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Big River Steel (BRS), located in Osceola, Ark., USA, on approximately 1,300 acres (5 km2), is one of the country’s most modern and environment-friendly steel works. Applying innovative, clean and effective processes, the company produces high-quality steels for the energy, automotive, and oil and gas industries from mainly recycled steel scrap. The plant has an annual capacity of 1.5 million metric tons of highgrade steel products and special steels. The capacity of the plant will be increased further up to 3.0 million metric tons in a second construction phase, which started in January 2019. As a provider of integrated systems, SMS group supplied all units — from the melting plant to the finished steel strip, including all drive and hydraulic components, the entire electrical equipment, the complex automation systems as well as the environmental technologies.

Keywords: industry 4.0, digital transformation