Quad Infotech Completes Implementation of QMOS MES System at Nucor Steel Utah
This installation is a part of Nucor Steel - Utah's initiative to use QMOS in the roll shop, guide shop, stand building, billet yard, chem lab, both rolling mills, quality control and tagging areas. QMOS went live on 29 July 2013 with the roll shop, guide shop and stand building modules in the first phase of the project. This was followed by implementation of the rolling mills (Plymouth A/B), billet yard, billet allocation, quality and tagging on 15 September 2013. QMOS currently tracks all facets of rolled material process at Utah, including quality control.
QMOS has streamlined data entry, data correction and process tracking for the rolling mills and the roll shop. Since QMOS has become the system of record, the mills have been able to fully integrate their production processes with a centralized system, allowing them to record and access real-time information including delays, energy consumption and material tracking using visually enhanced, user-friendly screen.
Enhancements made to QMOS, along with an abundance of process-specific data analysis tools made for the steel industry along with custom KPI reports have provided the Nucor Steel - Utah facility with performance evaluation metrics and tools that provide insight into how their actual production measures up against predefined goals.
Furthermore, QMOS is communicating with their level 1 ERP (ROSS) for a streamlined data communication, production reporting, production adjustments, inventory tracking, order downloads, part and recipe creation.
Significant developments were made to automate the synchronicity of duplicate data existing between ROSS and QMOS which improve user experience and prevent manual entry by the schedulers.
Nucor Corporation is the largest manufacturer of steel products in North America. In 2009 more that 14 million tons of steel were produced at Nucor's approximately 200 operating facilities. Nucor has operating facilities in 22 states. Products produced are: carbon and alloy steel in bars, beams, sheet, and plate; steel joists and joist girders; steel deck; cold finished steel; steel fasteners; metal building systems; and light gauge steel framing. The Nebraska facility produces carbon steel in special bar quality; merchant bar quality; and reinforcing products in the following shapes: angles, channels, flats, and rounds.
Quad InfoTech is a software engineering and design company that specializes in the development of industrial computer software for the steel industry. Quad's unique combination of steelmaking and rolling process knowledge, combined with computer software design expertise, renders Quad's Level-2 and Level-3 software products unique in the global steel minimill market. QMOS has been operating in numerous steel plants throughout North America and Europe since 1994.