Future Steel Forum
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Conference Programme

Wednesday 9th December 2020

08:00: Welcome to the Future Steel Forum Matthew Moggridge, conference director and editor of Steel Times International

08:10: Opening Keynote
His Excellency Saeed Ghumran Al Remeithi, Chief Executive Officer, Emirates Steel


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

08:40: 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

09:10: Predictive EAF model for optimisation of melting at ArcelorMittal Lazaro Cardenas
Jean Christophe Pierret, senior project leader, CRM Group.

09:35: 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)


An investigation of the key challenges and opportunities with regard to supply chain management and logistics and a material flow solution from a leading in-plant logistics specialist.

10:10: Material flow solution integrates main processes at a steel mill – transforming a warehouse into a logistics centre
Tony Leikas, President and CEO, Pesmel

10:40: Best of both worlds: combining global optimisation and local reactivity with autonomous scheduling agents
Heiko Wolf, project manager, FutureLab, PSI.


How digitalisation can make the steelmaking process more sustainable

11:10: 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

11:40: Green and Digital Wire Rod Mill
Giuseppe Buzzi, Acciaierie di Verona, PITTINI Group, wire rod mill director & Enrico Plazzogna, executive vice president, sales & marketing, Danieli.

12:10: How information technology will help the steel industry to ‘Go Green’ Kai Aldinger, Solution Manager, Metal Industry, SAP

12:45 Lunch


How digitalisation can improve workforce safety in the steel industry

14:00: Digital decision support system for workforce safety and increased efficiency
Andreas Ericson, CEO, Mobilaris Industrial Solutions


14:30: Blast Furnace 4.0 – a Digital Twin Solution for Ironmaking
Yale Zhang, principal consultant, Hatch Digital

15:30: Real experiences in steel industry on getting your data right – putting 4.0 to practice
Hans Diehl, Michael Walter and Luc Bongaerts, OMP

16:00: Digital Transformation meets steel factories: strategy and practical cases.
Marco Corbella, VP Strategic Initiatives and Development TENOVA and Gianluca Maccani, Process Engineer & CEO Polytec USA

16:30: Closing remarks Matthew Moggridge, conference director.

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