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Conference Programme

Wednesday 3rd June 2020

08:30 Opening Keynote Emirates Steel

08:55 Industrial policy requirements for a dynamic steel sector Hans Jurgen Kerkhoff, president of the German Steel Federation and chairman of the Steel Institute VDEh.


The second of two sessions looking at the application of Industry 4.0-related technologies in real-life scenarios.

09:20 Flexible small lot wire steel delivery with large scale blast furnace using inventory allocation optimisation technology Hideo Ikeda, section manager, systems engineering section, production systems research laboratory, Kobe Steel

09:45 Predictive EAF model for optimisation of melting at ArcelorMittal Lazaro Cardenas Jean Christophe Pierret, senior project leader, CRM Group.

10:10 Digitalisation of a long steel products manufacturer: a framework-driven case study Yatin Purandare, Vega Group

10:35 Coffee break and exhibition time

CASE STUDIES continued

11:05 Industry 4.0 in the Austrian Steelmaking Industry Roman Stiftner, Austrian Mining and Steel Association

11:30 Industry 4.0 in nuclear decommissioning – threats and opportunities Dr. Matt Mellor, CEO, Createc.

11:55 Enabling digital transformation at JSW Dolvi ASN Murthy and Tarun Mathur, global product manager, digital portfolio for metals industry, ABB.

12:20 Fully automatic strip processing line control system based on predictive modelling for Marcegaglia Ravenna Jean-Paul Nauzin, vice president of technology & marketing, steel & glass at Fives Group (+ somebody from Marcegaglia)

1245: Lunch break and exhibition time


How digitalisation can make the steelmaking process more sustainable.

14:15 Industry 4.0 and Liberty House Group’s carbon neutral journey Eric Vitse, chief technical officer, Liberty House Group.

14:40 Big data and artificial intelligence: two major enablers of environmental and sustainability of steel production processes Valentina Colla, vice chairman of the circular economy focus group of ESTEP

15:05 The sustainable mill in operation Enrico Plazzogna, executive vice president, sales & marketing, Danieli.

15:30 Tea break and exhibition time


Looking ahead to future collaboration between industry and academia to determine the direction of travel and strategic vision for Industry 4.0 in steelmaking.

16:00 Steel 4.0 – Quo Vadis? Professor Dirk Schaefer, Systems Realisation Laboratory, School of Engineering, University of Liverpool.


How digitalisation can improve workforce safety in the steel industry.

16:25 Digital decision support system for workforce safety and increased efficiency Dr. Roger Andersson, business developer, heating and metalworking, SWERIM.


Examining how steelmakers can make the most of advanced technologies at plant level.

16:55 Customising a standard: Added value by using a solid software foundation for digitalisation Kurt Herzog, head of Industry 4.0, Primetals Technologies and Luc Van Nerom, deputy managing director, PSI Metals.

17:20 Closing remarks Matthew Moggridge, conference director.

17:30 Conference closes

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