Wednesday 20th September 2023

Time Session title
Main Auditorium
08:30
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08:40

Welcome to the Future Steel Forum

Speaker

Matthew Moggridge

Editor, Steel Times International

Quartz Business Media

Matthew Moggridge has been editor of Steel Times International since January 2014, having previously edited Aluminium International Today, both published by the UK-based Quartz Business Media. During his time on both titles he has travelled extensively around the world interviewing and writing about leading figures in the metals industry and covering international steel and aluminium conferences. In addition to working as a journalist in many different industrial sectors, he is also the creator and driving force behind the development of the Future Steel Forum.

Matthew’s career as a business journalist has spanned many leading titles covering other industrial sectors including food processing, foodservice, foreign direct investment, bulk handling and transportation and computers.

Quartz Business Media

Main Auditorium
08:40
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09:20

Opening Keynote Address by voestalpine: An overview of the company’s HPM (High Performance Metals) Division , its sustainability strategy and its digital transformation

An overview of the company’s High Performance Metals Division (HPM), its sustainability strategy and its digital transformation, by Dr. Michael Eder, Global Chief Digital Officer, HPM Division, and Philipp Horner, Chief Sustainability Officer, HPM Division.

Speaker

Michael Eder

Global Chief Digital Officer

voestalpine, HPM Division

Michael Eder is global chief digital officer of HPM (High Performance Metals) and the managing director of voestalphine High Performance Metals Digital Solutions GmbH.

He started his career as an automation engineer in the iron and steel industry, being responsible for implementing technological control systems for rolling mills at a world leading plant building company.

Before his transition to voestalpine, he worked for a leading management consultancy, performing operational improvement as well as strategy engagements.

He holds an engineering degree in telecommunication engineering, as well as a master’s degree in business science from Johannes Kepler University. He also earned his PhD degree from Leopold-Franzens University with his research on ‘The impact of family influence on company volatility and performance: the case of German public companies’.

voestalpine, HPM Division

Speaker

Philipp Horner

Chief Sustainability Officer

voestalpine, HPM Division

Philipp Horner is chief sustainability officer at voestalpine's HPM division. With over a decade of experience in logistics, automotive sector, and metals, Philipp has held his current role since 2022.

Philipp is a member of multiple advisory boards, and completed his education at the Technical University, Graz, specialising in industrial engineering and automotive technology.

voestalpine, HPM Division

Main Auditorium
09:20
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11:20

Opening Themes - Session chair: Professor Dirk Schaefer, Head of the School of Engineering, University of Lincoln, United Kingdom

Main Auditorium
09:20
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09:50

New Challenges in the Steelmaking Industry - Digital Transformation

POSCO has applied AI algorithms to more than 100 sites since its first application in the steelworks in 2016.

AI-driven autonomous operation combining AI with existing physical models and human experiences could enhance productivity, quality, and cost reduction. It is essential to improve the complicated and large-scale steelmaking process by taking advantage of both the strengths of AI technology and human knowledge. POSCO continues its drive to establish an intelligent steel mill where humans and AI collaborate.

Digital transformation is a challenge and opportunity for the steel-making industry and has to be applied successfully. This presentation will provide the recent successful application of digital transformation and its potential impact on the steel industry.

Speaker

Dr. Jeasook Chung

Group Leader / Research fellow, Control and Instrumentation Research Group

POSCO

Dr. Jeasook Chung is the group leader of the control and instrumentation research group at POSCO. He has studied the steelmaking process for over two decades.

With his domain expertise, he has been trying to shift its focus from traditional knowledge-and-experience-based improvements to AI-based smart manufacturing in the steelworks.

Jeasook received his PhD in mechanical engineering from POSTECH. He has been a researcher at the POSCO Technical Research Labs for 26 years.

POSCO

Main Auditorium
09:50
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10:20

A New Approach to Implement Industry 4.0 Concepts in the Steel Industry

The term ‘Industry 4.0’ has been with us more than 10 years and over that period some very interesting concepts and applications have been realised. However, the steel and metals industry is a long way from achieving area-wide implementation, especially in brown field environments where it has been extremely time consuming and costly to set up powerful Industry 4.0 solutions.

Dr. Maia’s presentation will start with a trial to find some explanations for this effect and will continue with a definition of the most important bricks and enabling technologies needed to overcome existing limitations. A vision for the digitalisation of a steel production site will be presented and a completely new approach to realise this vision in the coming years will be defined and explained. The presentation will end with some first application examples taken from project references of the SMS Group.

Speaker

Dr. Thiago Turchetti Maia

Executive Vice President

Center of Excellence, SMS digital

Dr. Thiago Turchetti Maia is the executive vice president for SMS digital’s Center of Excellence.

He has 20+ years of experience in leading technology companies focused on industrial digitalization. He founded Vetta and Viridis, two companies later incorporated by the SMS group. He has led software industry associations and served on different supervisory boards.

He holds a PhD and an MSc in Electrical Engineering, a BSc in computer science, and an MBA in finance.

Center of Excellence, SMS digital

Main Auditorium
10:20
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10:50

Tea & Coffee Break

Main Auditorium
10:50
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11:20

The Steel Decarbonization Challenge and Digitalization

The decarbonization challenge of the EU steel industry responds to the EU goal and policies to achieve the European Green Deal, the Fit for 55, Clean Planet for All strategy, and the Paris Agreement targets.

The public private partnership ‘Clean Steel – Low CO2 Steelmaking’ has been developed in this context. The European Steel Technology Platform (ESTEP) facilitates the private side of the partnership and brings together the key actors of the EU steel value chain.

It will thus contribute to fighting climate change and moving towards climate neutrality by 2050, a zero- pollution ambition for a toxic-free environment and a circular economy using digital technologies as an enabler and new forms of collaboration. Steelmakers are committed to reducing their emissions and thereby contributing to the achievement of the EU climate targets.

Speaker

Dr. Klaus Peters

Secretary General

ESTEP

Dr Klaus Peters qualified as Doctor of Engineering in 1993 and gained a state doctorate (Habilitation) in 1998 (RWTH Aachen), starting his industrial career with thyssenkrupp Steel Europe (tkSE).

His senior experiences include production, sales, quality and R&D both on national and international level. From 2011, Dr. Peters joined several working groups and committees of the European Steel Technology Platform (ESTEP) and was in charge of international research projects and European funding of tkSE. He became in secretary general of ESTEP in 2015.

Amongst others, he is member of the Steel Advisory Group (SAG) of the Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS) and board member of the public-private partnership Processes4Planet. He is the executive director of the Horizon Europe Clean Steel Partnership.

In 2021, ESTEP was again appointed as member of the High-Level Group on Energy Intensive Industries.

ESTEP

Speaker

Constanzo Pietrosanti

Chairman of the Smart Factory Focus Group

ESTEP

Constanzo started his career at Centro Sviluppo Materiali S.p.A. in 1979, becoming department manager and director in 1992. He has significant experience in the fields of finite element analysis and modelling, fracture mechanics, and plant erection management and quality control.

Constanzo is currently a research and development project evaluator at the RFCS (Research Fund of Carbon and Steel), a chairman of the Smart Factory Focus Group of the European Steel Technology Platform (ESTEP) and a member of the task force and the implementation group of the Clean Steel Partnership. Since May 2015, he has held the position of senior consultant in the steelmaking sector for Danieli Automation.

ESTEP

Speaker

Valentina Colla

Assistant Professor of Metallurgy

Scuola Superiore Sant’Aanna

Valentina Colla is the assistant professor of metallurgy and responsible for the Information and Communication Technologies for Complex Industrial Systems and Processes research team (ICT-COISP) of the TeCIP Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant’Aanna. Her research activity concerns simulation, modelling, management, and control of industrial processes via traditional and Artificial Intelligence-based techniques.

She holds considerable experience in the development of solutions to improve energy and resource efficiency in the steel sector, including by-products characterization treatment and valorisation. She participated in 75 EU-funded projects (11 as project co-ordinator) as well as many projects funded by private companies.

She is an active member of the European Steel Technology Platform (ESTEP), where she is vice-chair of the focus groups entitled ‘smart factory’ and ‘circular economy’. She has co-authored about 400 papers published in international journals and conferences.

Scuola Superiore Sant’Aanna

Main Auditorium
11:20
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12:50

Digitalisation in Action - Session chair: Klaus Peters, Secretary - General, ESTEP

Main Auditorium
11:20
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11:50

Industrial Cybersecurity - Using Artificial Intelligence to Improve Risk Management

When building a modern industrial cybersecurity programme, you have to factor the impact of Artificial Intelligence capabilities into reducing cybersecurity risk within the shop floor.

Combining readily available AI tools and techniques with sound risk management processes can better prepare an industrial operation to increase monitoring, reduce incident impact and launch automated remedial activities in near-real time, which in turn, can reduce downtime and improve resiliency capabilities of the operation.

Speaker

Carlos Russell

Business Conduct Compliance and Cybersecurity Director

Ternium

Carlos Russell is the business conduct compliance and cybersecurity director for Ternium.

Over the last 10 years he has built Ternium’s cybersecurity programme, including industrial cybersecurity, privacy and technology risk management concerns.

Prior to joining Ternium, Carlos spent 20 years dealing with complex business and technology transformation programmes in various industries, working for global management consulting companies such as PwC, Capgemini Consulting and EY in the UK.

Carlos holds a BSc in computing and information systems from Goldsmiths College (University of London) and is certified in Cybersecurity (CISSP, CISM), IT Audit (CISA) and IT Governance (CGEIT).

Ternium

Main Auditorium
11:50
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12:20

Cyber-Physical Systems and Robotics Applications in Intelligent Steel Works

JFE Steel promotes digital transformation for the purpose of stable production, the improvement of productivity and decarbonization.

CPS is a core concept of the intelligent steel works at JFE and is being integrated for all process lines using physical and data-driven model. Autonomous robots are also essential elements for safety and high-performance operation.

In this presentation, three applications are explained: -

  • Guidance system for fuel and power management
  • Control hybrid algorithm for ore blending optimization
  • Autonomous robot to detect defects of thick plate

All applications are developed in-house by JFE’s research engineers.

Speaker

Osamu Yamaguchi

General manager, strategy

JFE Steel

Osamu Yamaguchi worked in JFE Steel’s steel laboratory from 1992 to 2022, focusing on process control and optimization for production schedules and logistics in steelworks.

Currently, he is working in the data science project department of the company on planning, installing and education in data science technologies. Osamu graduated from Kyoto University, and holds a master's degree in control theory.

JFE Steel

Main Auditorium
12:20
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12:50

Forge a Future Proof Steel Company by Going Digital

Steel manufacturers continue to face a range of challenges from a volatile and uncertain world with growing regulations and expectations.

Successfully navigating this changing world will depend heavily on having reliable data to make the right decisions about where to focus, where to invest and where to change processes to find new markets, reach customers more effectively or to improve efficiency or sustainability. This session will discuss examples of industry leaders who are using digital technology including AI and analytics to innovate and grow including how to:

  • Reduce risk and improve supply chain agility using digital technologies such as AI, Machine Learning and IOT
  • Deal with upcoming legislation such as the EU’s Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM)
  • Benchmark operations and value chains to find areas for optimization and sustainability, using more granular data and predictive technologies
  • Establish a transparent and auditable enterprise system of record for corporate carbon accounting
Speaker

Stefan Koch

Global Lead, Metals Industry

SAP

Stefan has worked for more than 20 years in the manufacturing industry and IT with a focus on the metals industry. He has a wide knowledge of supply chain and manufacturing solutions and their use throughout the metals industry.

SAP

Main Auditorium
12:50
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14:00

Lunch

Main Auditorium
14:00
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17:45

Decarbonization and Digitalization - Session Chair: Rutger Gyllenram, CEO & Founder, Kobolde & Partners.

Main Auditorium
14:00
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14:30

Saving Energy and CO2 Emissions Through Synchronized Scheduling of Continuous Casting and Hot Rolling Operations

Conventional scheduling methods utilized in the steel production process, primarily semi-manual in their nature, tend to result in operational challenges.

They are characterized by a lack of accurate and reliable quality prediction capabilities and cannot cope with the complexity of dynamic synchronization of upstream and downstream operations. An insufficient level of automation and a limited planning horizon present challenges in effectively harmonizing the planning of melt shop, casting and rolling operations. As a result, the direct and hot charging rates of an integrated steel plant are often low, leading to suboptimal energy utilization and high inventory and slab handling costs.

To overcome these challenges, advanced scheduling systems that employ a combination of automation and reliable quality prediction have been developed. These systems can adjust dynamically in real-time to mitigate upstream deviations, which leads to increased hot charging rates and improved energy efficiency. By using automated scheduling, high utilization and co-ordination of equipment across all process stages can be accomplished.

Smart Steel Technologies will elaborate on how an advanced scheduler utilizes mixed integer solvers and artificial intelligence models to optimize the scheduling process. Intelligent cost functions take into account quality predictions and all influencing restrictions from relevant aggregates. As a result, precise scheduling that boosts productivity and lowers energy consumption in difficult market conditions can be achieved.

Speaker

Dr. Falk-Florian Henrich

Founder and CEO

Smart Steel Technologies

Dr. Falk-Florian Henrich is the founder and CEO of Smart Steel Technologies. The company offers AI-based software products to optimize steel production.

Prior to founding Smart Steel Technologies, Dr. Henrich built the high-tech company CeleraOne (2011-2018), and established it as the market leader in the paid content sector and then sold it to Axel Springer SE.

Dr. Henrich holds a PhD in mathematics and contributed substantial research to the theory of loop spaces of Riemannian manifolds and artificial intelligence.

Smart Steel Technologies

Main Auditorium
14:30
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15:00

Defining 'Green' Steel Premium

‘Green’ steel consumption provides significant emission reduction opportunities for steel consumer industries; this will mean that customers will be ready to pay for more green steel products.

As the main decarbonization technology is hydrogen-based DRI, green premium will initially appear at the stage of DRI/HBI production. The premium for green DRI/HBI will be defined by abatement costs and reducing demand for CO2 allowances.

Speaker

Stanislav Zinchenko

CEO

GMK Center

Stanislav Zinchenko is the CEO of GMK Center, chair of the Committee for Environment and Sustainable Development of the European Business Association, and president of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals’ Ukraine Roundtable.

For the last five years, Stanislav has provided consulting services for Ukrainian iron and steel companies, specializing in sustainability issues, supply chains, CAPEX policy, and market analysis. Stanislav has 15-years of experience in consulting for manufacturing companies.

He has expertise in operational management and supply chains as a team leader, consultant and analyst in international projects in the field of entrepreneurship, operational efficiency and logistics infrastructure.

Stanislav has a master’s in international economics from Kyiv National Economic University.

GMK Center

Main Auditorium
15:00
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15:30

Tea Break

Main Auditorium
15:30
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16:00

What Will it Really Take for a Decarbonized, Digitized Future-Fit Steel Sector?

What does it mean to be future-fit?

What does it mean for steel to be underpinning a thriving economy within a thriving society, within a thriving planet? This requires huge change – not just in technology but in mindset, openness to change, and business models.

Decarbonization is way too slow so far. Steel is not ‘on-track’ for a 1.5 world. ‘Future-fit’ means leaving fossil-based production (coal-based) and shifting to investment in next generation technologies. A business-as-usual approach to production means steel takes the lion’s share of the remaining carbon budget by 2050 – and that is not going to be feasible.

Digitization is going to be part of this in more ways that most realise. From 3D printing of infrastructure to bring down global demand, to chain of custody for unlocking reuse and recycling, to transparent reporting to level the playing field and enable accountability, digital will be key.

But who is ready and open to the level of change? Leadership means thinking about which assumptions have to change. Decarbonization means decoupling output growth from CO2 emissions and will require the ‘mood music’ to shift from complacency to urgency. More radically still, cutting demand means shifting business models - decoupling profit from sales.

All of us who pay Microsoft monthly know ‘SAS’ - software as service. Could it mean Steel as a Service? Just how different will a future-fit steel sector be?

Speaker

Caroline Ashley

Director

SteelWatch

Caroline is the inaugural director of Steelwatch, the first international civil society organisation exclusively focused on driving decarbonization and transformation in the steel sector.

She is an experienced leader, systems-thinker and change-maker. A socio-economist by background, her career has spanned work in INGOs, policy research, policy making, consultancy, community development, business innovation and impact investment.

Prior to SteelWatch, Caroline led global programmes at Forum for the Future, exploring the transformations needed for a just and regenerative future, including how businesses can be future-fit. As Economic Justice strategic lead at Oxfam GB she led a global team supporting communities and challenging business around the world for socio-economic transformation and climate resilience.

Rooted in international development, Caroline has lived and worked in multiple African and Asian countries. She worked in the Namibian government shaping post-apartheid environmental management, initiated approaches to address poverty within the tourism industry internationally, catalysed innovation with over 100 businesses in DFID-funded challenge funds, and worked with multiple development banks on their development impact.

SteelWatch

Main Auditorium
16:00
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16:45

Digital Manufacturing and Decarbonization – Panel Discussion – Panel chair: Rutger Gyllenram, Founder and CEO, Kobolde & Partners, Stockholm

Speaker

Caroline Ashley

Director

SteelWatch

Caroline is the inaugural director of Steelwatch, the first international civil society organisation exclusively focused on driving decarbonization and transformation in the steel sector.

She is an experienced leader, systems-thinker and change-maker. A socio-economist by background, her career has spanned work in INGOs, policy research, policy making, consultancy, community development, business innovation and impact investment.

Prior to SteelWatch, Caroline led global programmes at Forum for the Future, exploring the transformations needed for a just and regenerative future, including how businesses can be future-fit. As Economic Justice strategic lead at Oxfam GB she led a global team supporting communities and challenging business around the world for socio-economic transformation and climate resilience.

Rooted in international development, Caroline has lived and worked in multiple African and Asian countries. She worked in the Namibian government shaping post-apartheid environmental management, initiated approaches to address poverty within the tourism industry internationally, catalysed innovation with over 100 businesses in DFID-funded challenge funds, and worked with multiple development banks on their development impact.

SteelWatch

Speaker

Jean-Paul Nauzin

Innovation and Technology Director of the Steel and Glass Division

Fives

Jean-Paul Nauzin began his career as a metallic material expert at ArcelorMittal France in 1996, where he worked for five years, before becoming a metallic material expert at PSA Peugeot Citroën (France). Jean-Paul Nauzin held this position for over a decade, before he joined Fives as an automotive steel expert and CEO of Fives KEODS, Fives subsidiary. Today, he is Innovation & Technology Director of the Steel & Glass Division at Fives.

Jean-Paul obtained a Master’s degree in Materials Science and Forming from the Université Nice-Sophia-Antipolis, France, as well as an Engineering degree in Materials Science and Processing from the École des Mines de Nancy, France.

Fives

Speaker

Osamu Yamaguchi

General manager, strategy

JFE Steel

Osamu Yamaguchi worked in JFE Steel’s steel laboratory from 1992 to 2022, focusing on process control and optimization for production schedules and logistics in steelworks.

Currently, he is working in the data science project department of the company on planning, installing and education in data science technologies. Osamu graduated from Kyoto University, and holds a master's degree in control theory.

JFE Steel

Speaker

Sanjeev Manocha

Business Development Director

LanzaTech

Sanjeev Manocha is the business development director of LanzaTech Inc headquartered in Chicago, USA.

Sanjeev joined LanzaTech earlier this year, having developed a passion to decarbonize industries. He is leading the steel, cement and energy intensive industry sectors.

In terms of his wider career, Sanjeev is a metallurgical engineer with an executive MBA, who started his working life in the iron and steel industry, having served in various executive positions across Europe, Asia pacific and North America.

In the later part of his career, Sanjeev moved to the lime industry. Sanjeev also served as a board member with various businesses and institutes.

LanzaTech

Speaker

Dr. Valentin Vogl

Steel Industry Analyst

ARIA

Dr. Valentin Vogl works as a steel industry analyst at ARIA, an organisation doing research and analysis on climate and energy issues.

Before joining ARIA, Dr. Vogl completed his PhD thesis titled 'Steel Beyond Coal: Socio-Technical Change and the Emergent Politics of Steel Decarbonisation' at Lund University. Dr. Vogl's current research interests are the industrial politics of green steel and of coal industry decline.

Dr. Vogl has published widely on matters of steel decarbonisation and has been advising the steel industry work of the International Energy Agency, among others.

ARIA

Speaker

Maria Salamero Sansalvado

Head of Sustainability

Celsa Group

Maria Salamero Sansalvado has worked within the Abgar Group, a water utility business, for 25 years. She has undertaken different functions and positions in the fields of operations, technology, research and innovation and communication in the water sector. Maria has led the creation of technology centres and knowledge transfer and training at an international level. In the last five years, Maria has been the director of sustainability at Aigües de Barcelona, activating, among others, the first Sustainability Committee of the Board of Directors and the company's 2030 Agenda.

Since September 2022, she has held the role of head of sustainability at Celsa Group, a family business created in 1967 that produces circular and low carbon steel, being the first industrial company in the steel sector in Spain and the second in recycling in Europe.

Maria is currently the president of the Industrial Engineering Association of Catalunya, holding the role of engineering for sustainable progress.

Celsa Group

Main Auditorium
16:45
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17:15

Life Cycle Information Management, Scrap Processing and the Recovery of Alloys

Requirements for resource efficiency over several product life cycles will increase demands on how we design products, organize collection, upgrade scrap and utilize the recovered raw material in recycling processes.

Today, a large part of the alloy value is lost as tramp elements in steels that do not need these alloys. An increased utilization of alloys from scrap will either require increased regulations, increased alloy prices, increased demands on low scope 3 emissions in steel, increased prices of clean scrap, improved logistics, improved opportunities to utilize small lots of scrap with specific analysis, steel processes under reducing atmosphere, a greatly improved information management throughout the life cycle or a combination of all.

The presentation contains scenarios developed in the Swedish research project ‘Scrap precision’.

Speaker

Rutger Gyllenram

CEO and Founder

Kobolde & Partners

Rutger Gyllenram is a Swedish metallurgist and entrepreneur. He has an MSc in process metallurgy and materials science and a licentiate degree (Dr-ing) in metal production technology from the Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, in Stockholm.

He is the founder and CEO of Kobolde & Partners AB, working with raw material and process assessment, which is crucial for decarbonization in the steel industry.

Kobolde & Partners

Main Auditorium
17:15
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17:45

Green Steel: A New Frontier for In-Space Manufacturing and Circular Economy

Since the launch of Sputnik in 1957, stainless steel has been widely used for building satellites and launchers for manned and unmanned missions.

Stainless steel’s high resistance to extreme temperatures makes it ideal for spacecraft heatshields. The James Webb Space Telescope also used stainless steel moulds to construct its 6.5m primary mirror containing pressed beryllium powder. Telescopes also use stainless steel tubes in their cooling system.

Likewise, solar sails use steel booms to ensure proper deployment. Various other sub-systems on board the International Space Station and other spacecraft are made of steel and other high-value materials.

This paper provides an insight into the application of steel and its unprecedented needs in the booming space industry.

Speaker

Professor Mini C. Rai

Global Chair in Robotic Engineering

University of Lincoln

Professor Mini C. Rai is the global chair in robotic engineering and heads space engineering research at the University of Lincoln.

In partnership with industries and stakeholders, she leads various projects on robotics, AI, automation and control within the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems.

University of Lincoln

Main Auditorium
17:45
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17:55

Closing Remarks and Conference Closes for Day 1

Thursday 21st September 2023

Time Session title
Main Auditorium
08:30
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08:40

Welcome to the Future Steel Forum

Speaker

Matthew Moggridge

Editor, Steel Times International

Quartz Business Media

Matthew Moggridge has been editor of Steel Times International since January 2014, having previously edited Aluminium International Today, both published by the UK-based Quartz Business Media. During his time on both titles he has travelled extensively around the world interviewing and writing about leading figures in the metals industry and covering international steel and aluminium conferences. In addition to working as a journalist in many different industrial sectors, he is also the creator and driving force behind the development of the Future Steel Forum.

Matthew’s career as a business journalist has spanned many leading titles covering other industrial sectors including food processing, foodservice, foreign direct investment, bulk handling and transportation and computers.

Quartz Business Media

Main Auditorium
08:40
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09:10

Opening Keynote: CELSA’s approach to Industry 5.0 as an Enabler of Circular Value Chains

Industry 5.0, also known as the fifth industrial revolution, is a new phase of industrialization which emphasizes a more human-centred approach and places greater importance on sustainability and resilience.

This presentation explores the transformative potential of Industry 5.0 in promoting circularity practices. Recognizing the urgency of addressing the climate crisis, the talk emphasizes how Industry 5.0 can effectively address resource scarcity and climate change challenges through boosting the industrial activism as well as empowering the human side in every factory. The collaborative development of enabling technologies and solutions based on the contribution of all the stakeholders is essential for establishing circular value chains. Innovation must walk hand-in-hand with a cultural shift, going from the competition paradigm towards new partnership models. Sharing data across the supply chain is a prime example of how we can overcome obstacles and pave the way for new circular business models. This allows us to optimize resource management while embracing the principles of reusability and regeneration. However, it's just one piece of the puzzle. In our presentation, we will delve into CELSA Group's comprehensive approach to Industry 5.0, providing a broader and more insightful perspective on this transformative topic.

Speaker

Anna Domènech

Corporate Innovation Manager

CELSA Group

Anna Domènech is an experienced industrial engineer with a master’s degree in international business management.

With over 12 years in funding and innovation management, she has held the position of corporate innovation manager at CELSA Group since 2020. In this role, Anna co-ordinates innovation initiatives across all business units spanning Spain, France, UK, Poland and the Nordic countries.

Previously, Anna gained valuable expertise during her six-year tenure as a consultant in Brussels, assisting industrial clients in navigating the European innovation ecosystem. Before joining CELSA, she spent four years managing Nissan Europe's participation in public funding programmes, supporting innovation initiatives across their factories, research centres, and business units throughout Europe.

Anna's passion for driving innovation and fostering collaboration fuels her commitment to making a positive impact within the industry.

CELSA Group

Main Auditorium
09:10
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10:10

Digital and AI Solutions - Session Chair: Sanjeev Manocha, Director of Business Development, Lanzatech

Main Auditorium
09:10
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09:40

How digitalization is driving Sustainable Steelmaking

While the steel industry is already rapidly transitioning towards digitalization and Industry 4.0, the criteria of the next industrial breakthroughs are already being set, with sustainability and safety both playing a fundamental role.

Worker well-being must start with safety improvement, with a complete removal of the human activities from the dangerous processes that characterize this industry.

This case study shows what actions were taken by a leading producer in the Italian steel market to fulfill such goals. The integration of the latest robotics technologies along the whole production line, from the melt shop to the downstream, greatly increases worker safety by completely removing any manual dangerous activity, while at the same time granting all the benefits given by the robotic technologies with an increase in production efficiency.

Speaker

Ion Rusu

Research and Development Manager

Polytec BM Group

Ion is responsible for project development in the research and development department at BM Group Polytec S.p.A.

He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electronics and automation engineering from the University of Brescia.

During his employment he followed the design and commissioning of innovative robotic installations in different applications at several steel plants around the globe. Currently he manages the development of the ongoing research and development projects at BM Group Polytec S.p.A.

Polytec BM Group

Main Auditorium
09:40
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10:10

AMI Artificial Intelligence Developments for Stainless Steel Production in Aperam Genk

The complexity of the stainless-steel production process requires precise control of the electrical and chemical energy input to avoid material or energy losses and deviation from the required bath chemistry.

Facing this challenge, an agreement was reached between Aperam Genk and AMI in 2022 to install the SmartFurnaceTM EAF optimization system including the DigitARCTM PX3 Electrode Regulator and SmartARCTM for electrical energy optimization, and the Oxygen Module for chemical energy optimization.

Details of the installed system are presented in this paper, as well as the reported results.

Speaker

Emmanuel Placier

Business Development

AMI Automation

As part of the AMI team based in Europe, Emmanuel is responsible for business development in Europe, Middle East and Asia.

After graduating from the Monterrey Institute of Technology with a master’s degree from the Czech Technical University in Prague for mechatronics and control engineering, he focused his career in the steel industry, particularly in the fields of electrode regulation and EAF optimization.

Starting first as a regulation engineer for several years, he then began working on developing business opportunities for AMI.

AMI Automation

Main Auditorium
10:10
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10:45

Tea Break

Main Auditorium
10:45
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12:45

Digital and AI Solutions (continued) - Session Chair: Sanjeev Manocha, Director of Business Development, Lanzatech

Main Auditorium
10:45
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11:15

Integrated Sinter Pellet Operation Control at Tata Steel Jamshedpur, India

Sintering is agglomeration of iron ore fines caused by incipient fusion by application of heat.

In this paper, it is illustrated how iSPOC-Integrated Sinter Pellet Operation control was conceptualized and implemented for the first time in an Indian steel plant to set a new benchmark in core process.

In order to enable agile decision making, cross learning and horizontal deployment, man-less/remote operation was established against all agglomerates control rooms, by merging into a single control tower (8km away from physical plant location).

This innovation challenged the belief that operating a process plant can only be done from its physical location. This transformation will be instrumental in future autonomous operation.

Speaker

Bikash Kumar Chatterjee

Head of Operation, Sinter Plant

Tata Steel

Bikash is a metallurgical engineer from NIT Durgapur, with 18 years of experience in iron ore sintering and pelletization, operation, design and engineering.

Bikash specializes in the sintering process, controlling stack emissions, pelletizing process, drying and grinding process, and has a wide understanding of plant machinery.

He has worked with Tata Steel Limited since 2010 as head of operation, sinter plant.

Tata Steel

Speaker

Vikas

Head Client Partner, Iron making

Tata Steel

Vikas is an electrical and electronics engineer from BIT Sindri, with an MBA from IMT Gaziabad. Vikas has 18 years of experience in the IT sector of SAP.

He has worked for Tata Steel since 2005 as a head client partner in iron making, driving digital transformation in iron making.

Tata Steel

Main Auditorium
11:15
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11:45

Challenges and Strategies for Decarbonizing the Steel Sector

The steel sector is a core pillar of modern society and is present in many aspects of our lives.

The industry has over the last decade been facing increased environmental and climate pressure to lower its carbon footprint while remaining economically competitive.

Decarbonizing this sector is challenging, but key for achieving climate goals as OECD data has shown that it accounts for about 8% of global emissions. However, while the steel industry is making progress in several areas, various indicators highlight that the sector is not on a trajectory at par with decarbonization goals set by various countries at COP27.

Speaker

Dr Aliyu Aliyu

Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Energy

University of Lincoln

Dr Aliyu Aliyu is a senior lecturer in sustainable energy at the University of Lincoln and is a member of the Sustainable Energy and Power Research Group within the School of Engineering.

He has interests in low-carbon technologies such as the production of biofuels and green hydrogen, and has worked with companies to assess the deployment of low-carbon technologies.

University of Lincoln

Speaker

Professor Dirk Schaefer

Head of the School of Engineering

University of Lincoln

Professor Dirk Schaefer is the head of the School of Engineering at the University of Lincoln.

He is a professor of mechanical engineering and an international thought leader in research on cyber-physical systems for production engineering (Industry 4.0).

Schaefer also directs the Industrial Digitalisation and System Intelligence Research Group in the School of Engineering.

University of Lincoln

Main Auditorium
11:45
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12:15

Digital Solutions for the Support of the EAF Operation

Electric arc furnaces (EAFs) currently represent approximately one third of the total steel production.

Although their consumption of energy and raw materials is lower than in basic oxygen furnaces, they still represent an energy intensive process with a high environmental imprint. Whether their efficiency is improved by only a few percent, this leads to significant reduction of their operating costs as well as GHG emissions. It is known that EAFs exhibit high fluctuations in their operation and KPIs, even when producing the same steel grades and using the same recipes.

The reasons for this are manifold, i.e., scrap variability, slag quality, operator experience etc. In this presentation we address the issue of these fluctuations by introducing different digital solutions, based on operational EAF data, which was developed in the scope of the EU Horizon 2020 SPIRE project Inevitable (GA. 869815) and integrated into the industrial IT infrastructure at SIJ Acroni steel mill.

Digital solutions consist of different process models and optimization routines, designed for process monitoring, estimation of the unmeasured process variables, and process optimization. The solutions are developed using first principle or data-based modelling approaches and are all validated using operational EAF data.

Speaker

Vito Logar

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Electrical Engineering at University of Ljubljana

Vito Logar is an assistant professor at the faculty of electrical engineering, University of Ljubljana.

His research field consists of modelling, simulation, and optimization of electric arc furnaces processes. He has been involved in this field for 15 years and has published numerous papers in scientific journals and conferences describing different areas of EAF-process modelling as well as optimization approaches.

He was a leader of several projects (domestic, EU, and industrial) addressing different aspects of EAF efficiency, the latest being the EU Horizon 2020 SPIRE project: Inevitable (GA. 869815).

Faculty of Electrical Engineering at University of Ljubljana

Main Auditorium
12:15
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12:45

Three Ingredients of Successful AI Projects

With all of the hype around artificial intelligence, expectations of its potential uses have soared.

Some of these expectations are unreasonable and can stand in the way of successful AI projects.

I have observed a general assumption that if you put together a lot of data, one or more smart data scientists, and some fancy algorithms/tools/technologies, then you can solve almost any problem with AI.

This assumption is a gross oversimplification.

Speaker

Giovanni Bavestrelli

Data Science Director

Tenova

Giovanni Bavestrelli graduated from the Politecnico di Milano, Italy, with a master’s degree in software engineering, after attending high school in Johannesburg, South Africa, for five years. He joined Pomini Tenova in 1994, working on roll grinder automation, developing and commissioning software systems for running roll shops in steel plants. He later joined Unisys Corporation in the year 2000, leading the development team for the Hermes editorial system. He went back to Pomini Tenova in 2004 as software engineering director and has since worked for Pomini Tenova, leading the software development team.

In 2016 he contributed to Tenova’s Digital Transformation initiative and later joined the new Tenova Digital Team as director. He currently holds the position of Data Science Director, focusing on artificial intelligence applications, and working closely with all of Tenova’s business units.

Tenova

Main Auditorium
12:45
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14:00

Lunch Break

Main Auditorium
14:00
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15:15

Business Models - Session Chair: Holger Stamm, Partner, Energy and Natural Resources and Operations, Oliver Wyman

Main Auditorium
14:00
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14:45

A Friend in Need – a Friend Indeed! Challenges with AI-based Decision Support

AI-based models provide powerful predictions.

However, AI models have drawbacks that are critical for decision support systems: black box behaviour, high data quality requirements and poor/unreliable support in situations lacking similar events in the past.

In this presentation we will describe these challenges in detail and show the potential to mitigate these by using Explainable AI, a “transparency approach”, “hybrid modelling” and “hybrid decision making”.

Speaker

Kurt Herzog

Head of Industry 4.0

Primetals Technologies

Kurt Herzog completed his master’s degree in industrial automation at the Technical University of Vienna and his MBA at the Linz Management Academy.

In 1997, Kurt began working for VAI, a predecessor company of Primetals Technologies, in the area of process automation, and held several management functions in electronics and automation as well as in engineering. Since 2016, he has been responsible for the Industry 4.0 portfolio of Primetals Technologies.

Primetals Technologies

Main Auditorium
14:45
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15:15

Strategies for Sustained ML Use in Steel Production: A Real-World Case Study

Mastering the integration of machine learning (ML) into steel production brings challenges that transcend mere technological aspects. While piloting may demonstrate initial value, the long-term success of a deployment requires active participation of plant operations, an easy-to-use tool, and effective change management.

Fero Labs' explainable ML software transformed steel production since 2018. In this session we dive into a concrete real-world deployment to cover the following key points:

  • Why ML was preferred by the customer.
  • Overcoming implementation pitfalls.
  • Best practices for increasing user engagement.
  • Features that aided scaling across plants.

This session is designed to deliver actionable outcomes, providing practical insights that significantly enhance the business value for those who would like to add ML to their process improvement toolkit.

Speaker

Pamir Ozbay

Head of Operations and Co-founder

Fero Labs

Pamir Ozbay is the head of operations and the co-founder of Fero Labs, an industrial machine learning software company based out of the US and Germany. His team of industrial data scientists is committed to maximizing customer value through the implementation of explainable ML. Pamir's career commenced in 2009 within GE's industrial automation division, following the completion of his M.S. in electrical engineering from Columbia University. Over the years, he has undertaken diverse roles across engineering, sales, and consulting at industry leaders including TMEIC and Siemens, with a primary focus on the steel industry. He remains heavily involved in Fero's steel deployments across the globe.

Fero Labs

Main Auditorium
15:15
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15:45

Tea Break

Main Auditorium
15:45
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16:15

Using a Digital Twin in Virtual Commissioning of Automated Warehouse and Logistics

When an investment project involves significant capital expenditure, time is of the essence.

With new automated storage, integrating digital twin technology with warehouse management system WMS from the very beginning dramatically reduces start-up time and costs. In addition, it will have a considerable impact on operational costs and system efficiency throughout the process lifecycle.

The digital twin environment allows for available input data of production and shipping to be entered at the beginning of project design phase. Analysis of said data illustrates an optimized physical form of the warehouse, a feature unique to the solution utilizing digital twin in virtual commissioning.

Thanks to the application of the digital twin technology, the WMS environment is fully operational at the start of the commissioning phase of the automated warehouse. Consequently, the facility is digitally operational well before it has been physically constructed, allowing for optimization of production and material flows in a complex mill environment.

Speaker

Tony Leikas

CEO

Pesmel

With an engineering degree in machine automation, Tony Leikas has held various positions in the technology industry areas of engineering, sales and management.

He has 25 years of working history in Pesmel and since 2011 has held the position of chief executive officer. His experience in sales combined with the firm technical background has given him a strong basis for leadership of the company.

Tony has been a member of the management group of Pesmel for over a decade. He is also chairman of the board in Pesmel Taiwan and the other subsidiary companies.

Pesmel

Main Auditorium
16:15
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16:45

Decision Intelligence Solution for Quality Management in Steel Manufacturing

Intelligent Manufacturing, focused on steel production, also means quality management, achieved through a powerful decision intelligence solution aimed at production optimization and final product quality improvement, using a modular system based on state-of-the-art IIoT, analytics and AI technologies and methodologies.

Speaker

Luca Cestari

Senior Manager, Process and Quality

Danieli Automation DIGI&MET

Luca Cestari is product portfolio manager at Danieli Automation Digi&Met, with a passion for developing digital solutions that leverage data-driven process and quality control in the steel industry.

Prior to this position, he gained considerable experience as software engineer and innovation manager on multiple R&D projects, introducing innovative concepts and technologies in the fields of smart sensors, robotics, data science, and mathematical modeling and simulation of industrial processes.

Luca holds a master's degree in electronic engineering from the University of Padova and a degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of Udine.

Danieli Automation DIGI&MET

Main Auditorium
16:45
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17:15

Energy Consumption Forecast to Cash in on Profits from Short-Term Market Price

Energy consumption forecasting in the metals industry allows production planning to align with electrical energy limitations.

This not only contributes to grid stability but has the beneficial side effect of cashing in on short-term energy prices. Using a KPI driven Qualicision solver, automated energy procurement buys and sells in day-ahead and intra-day trading. This enables easy adaptation to changes in consumption forecasting whenever production plans are altered due to actual situations.

This paper is a follow-up on last year’s 'Align Production to Available Energy' paper and outlines the combination of detailed forecasting with KPI driven automated energy trading systems.

Speaker

Dr. Stefan Albers

Business Consultant and Global Solution Architect

PSI Metals

After working for four years as the head of production planning and IT at a PSI Metals customer, Stefan Albers joined PSI Metals in 2007, working in various positions as a software engineer, solution architect, project manager and business consultant for planning, scheduling, and execution.

Stefan holds a PhD in electrical engineering from TU Dortmund.

PSI Metals

Main Auditorium
17:15
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17:45

Advanced Modelling to Enhance Product Quality, Increase Productivity and Prevent Human Error

Steel industry challenges are becoming more and more focused on OPEX improvements and quality enhancement.

The acceleration of digital capabilities, in order to analyze big amounts of data, and develop complex real time models and advanced IA solutions, gives more possibilities to leverage these challenges. This transformation, through the development of digital solutions, is key for any steelmaker during the next few years.

Fives, a leading engineering group, not only developed predictive models which enhance product quality, increase productivity and prevent human error, but has implemented them into existing galvanizing lines – achieving an outstanding result.

Speaker

Alexandre Gauche

Steel Digital Factory Director

Fives Group

Alexandre Gauche has been working at Fives since 2017, starting as a digital and innovation director in the energy division, then becoming a service and digital director in the steel and glass division.

He has a master’s degree in engineering, science and technology from École Polytechnique, France and a master’s degree in science and executive engineering from École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris, France.

Fives Group

Main Auditorium
17:45
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17:55

Closing Remarks and Conference Closes

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