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Gerdau Orders New MES for Ouro Branco Mill  

01 Jul 2020 - PSI Metals and Primetals Technologies have been contracted to install a new manufacturing execution system (MES) for Gerdau’s Ouro Branco facility in Brazil. 

Acquisition Expands SMS group’s Digital Efficiency, Sustainability Offerings

01 Jul 2020 - SMS group is acquiring two Brazilian industrial tech companies and will merge them to create a competency center for industrial digitalization in Latin America.

This Digital Duo is Punching Up Severstal’s Pickling Production   

29 Jun 2020 - Severstal believes that two digital tools developed in-house could tease an additional 80,000 metric tons of production out of one of its continuous pickling lines, the company reports. 

Tenova, ORI Martin Partner Up on Smart Factory Project

23 Jun 2020 - Italian special steel producer ORI Martin is collaborating with Tenova on a project to transform the steelmaker’s Brescia plant into a smart factory. 

Primetals Technologies Adds Three New Users of Caster Software

17 Jun 2020 - Primetals Technologies has sold its third subscription license for its continuous casting process optimization software in recent months, the company reports. 

Gerdau, Robotics Specialist Form Strategic Partnership 

10 Jun 2020 - Building on a five-year relationship, Gerdau has struck up a strategic partnership with Italian robotics specialist Polytec Robotics to develop new products and solutions.

Here’s Where Steel Industry Digitalization Can Have the Biggest Impact

21 May 2020 - New digital tools have the potential to greatly change steel production, but they perhaps have the most potential in two key areas, energy consumption and carbon reduction, according to Katja Windt, chief digital officer for SMS group. 

Noodle.ai CEO: Mills That Adopt AI Will See Returns. But the Size and Speed of the Payoff Depends. 

19 May 2020 - There are dividends to be had in applying artificial intelligence (AI) to steel mill operations, but the pace and degree of those returns depends on the operation to which the technology is applied, according to Stephen Pratt, chief executive of data science and artificial intelligence firm Noodle.ai. 

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