Digitalisation accelerates ArcelorMittal’s journey to excellence for all parts of the business
New vision and safety tools which utilise artificial intelligence are supporting operators as they carry out their work. These tools are also starting to be used in training to ensure operators have consistent and up-to-date information and skills. Exploration of smarter personal protective equipment (PPE) has also been initiated to assess the working environment of the employee. Alerts are sent – to the operator or a supervisor – to notify them if there is a risky issue.
Tools which enable vital equipment to ‘self-monitor’ have also been installed. “For example, we can use existing data to perform calculations which monitor engine usage or wear, or full installations such as cranes,” says Peter D’haese. “This analysis provides data which helps us to predict when the equipment will need maintenance. A stoppage can then be planned for an optimum time when we can fix any issues and return the piece of equipment back to full service. To support the maintenance crews, we are also using advanced 3D printing tools. They can create a replacement part in time for the maintenance to be carried out or support a full and creative redesign of the equipment.”
For customers, the digitalisation of ArcelorMittal’s production processes increases the reliability of the company as a supplier. It guarantees the best level of service and avoids any chance of delays. At the same time, ArcelorMittal’s digital tools are increasing the transparency of their steel supply chain and will lead to the development of new tools which enhance customer interactions.
“Digitalisation saves us time and enables ArcelorMittal to exchange accurate information with customers quickly,” notes Peter D’haese. “We can use that time to create better personal relationships so we can discover what our customers require from steel, and the products they use from their leading steel supplier.”