Integrated Autonomous Crane System

Wednesday, 29 July 2020 • 10–11 a.m. EDT
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Mo Ahmed; Schneider Electric

Mo Ahmed has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and more than 20 years of experience in the steel industry. Before joining Schneider Electric in 2018, he worked for Primetals Technologies, Siemens, Ivaco Rolling Mills and GE. He filled roles including automation and drives engineering, maintenance management, pre-sales support, and sales of multi-million-dollar steel plant projects. He has engaged in the industry on a global scale, traveling to more than 50 countries to meet and understand the needs of his customers. He is also an author of multiple white papers that have been published and presented at steel industry conferences.


This presentation will review the application of fully autonomous cranes at multiple sites of one of the largest global steel producers. Efficient crane operations in the steel industry are critical to achieving production goals, but due to safety concerns, aging infrastructure and control system constraints, they may not be achieving everything they are capable of. But there is innovative new technology now available that enables crane operations to run completely autonomously, providing greater efficiency, accuracy, productivity and quality in the handling of coils and slabs. They can also be integrated into the supply chain within a plant by the use of a warehouse management system, allowing yards to run fully unmanned and completely automated, from steelmaking plant to shipping.


James Hendrickson; ArcelorMittal USA


AIST’s Electrical Applications/Sensors Subcommittee and Digitalization Applications Technology Committees.