TMEIC to Provide a Digital Solutions Package for HBIS Chengsteel’s Smart Factory Project in China
Helping to Optimize Production of a Hot Strip Mill by Integrating the Knowledge of Automation of Metals Plants with Digital Technologies
Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corporation (hereinafter, "TMEIC"; President & CEO Masahiko Yamawaki) has announced that it will provide the latest digital technology application solutions to the HBIS*1Group's Chengde Iron & Steel Co., Ltd. (hereinafter, "HBIS Chengsteel") in Chengde, Hebei Province, China. The solutions delivered at this time will help realize the concept of a smart factory promoted by HBIS Chengsteel.
HBIS Chengsteel之一the most important production bases of the HBIS Group, and the second largest producer*2of crude steel in China, is promoting the realization of a smart factory by using digital technology to improve productivity, enhance operating efficiency, boost product quality and promote energy conservation of production equipment including hot strip mill equipment. TMEIC will contribute to the realization of a smart factory by applying solutions that integrate cutting-edge digital technologies with TMEIC’s extensive knowledge related to the automation of metals plants.
The solutions that TMEIC will deliver entail a large-capacity data management solution for industrial use (TMEIC Plant Data Management Solution (TMPDSTM)) that is equipped in the upper layer of HBIS Chengsteel’s existing automation system of the hot strip mill and collects digital data of the entire equipment, as well as multiple digital solution packages that make use of leading AI application technologies, including those listed below. By organically combining the data management solution and these AI applied solution packages, TMEIC aims to contribute to the optimization of production including improved productivity and operational efficiency.
- Equipment & Quality Diagnosis System (EQDS)
- Energy Prediction and Optimization System (EPOS)
- Statistical Process Control (SPC)
- Energy Consumption Monitoring (TM-ECOi)
TMPDSTM aims to realize “Connected Industries”*3by enabling the connection of diverse electrical devices and systems making up the production line regardless of whether they are manufactured by TMEIC or by other companies. Beyond the above solutions, TMEIC’s digital solution framework including TMPDSTM offers great expandability to meet the needs of the future and can provide ongoing support to customers in their quest to achieve the optimum smart factory.
Comments from Vice President Kazuhiko Uekusa, Industrial Automation & Drive Systems Division:
"The HBIS Group and TMEIC have launched various projects together over the years. Collaboration in the smart factory project at HBIS Chengsteel is a new step in the relationship between the two enterprises and success in the endeavor is expected to result in HBIS Chengsteel’s hot strip mill being one of the most advanced model smart factories for hot strip rolling mills. TMEIC, by integrating its extensive knowledge in the automation of metals plants with the latest digital technologies , will create solutions that lead to customer benefits, including improvements in productivity and product quality, streamlined maintenance, the transfer of production know-how and enhanced environmental and energy performance. In achieving this, we ultimately aim to help optimize production to lead our customers operations into the future."
*1. HBIS: Hebei Iron & Steel Group
*2. Based on "WORLD STEEL IN FIGURES 2019" released by World Steel Association
*3. A new concept framework advocated by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan in which industries will create new added value and the solutions to various problems in society through connectedness of various facets of modern life, including humans, machines, systems and companies.