Valmet will supply an information management system to SSAB's steel mill in Raahe, Finland, to manage iron production and raw materials. The system will be integrated with the mill's Valmet DNA automation system and replace an existing production management system.
The order is included in Valmet's third quarter of 2018 orders received. The system will be taken into production use in spring 2020.
"Valmet will provide us with a comprehensive production management level solution, including hardware and software. The flexible delivery model has taken into account future system development needs, and upkeep services will ensure a long system life cycle," says Marko Tilja, Project Manager at SSAB's Raahe mill.
"In recent times, we have increasingly invested in developing our production management solutions. This order is very significant for us, as it shows our capability to supply not only distributed control systems, but also production management solutions. The entire sales process was carried out with excellent cooperation between SSAB's and Valmet's key people, giving a good starting point for the delivery," states Jani Hautaluoma, Director, Process Automation, Valmet.
Cooperation between the Raahe mill and Valmet started back in 1986 when Valmet delivered a Damatic Classic system for the customer's coking plant. It has been followed by many other system deliveries for various processes at the steel mill.
Information about Valmet's delivery
Valmet's delivery includes a Valmet DNA information management system for iron production and a Valmet DNA Integrated Operations data collection application for reporting, data collection, recipe calculation, production planning and raw material management. Through the integration of modern user interfaces and reports, the mill will be able to improve production optimization and raw material management.
"Flexible reporting tools and upgraded user interfaces ensure that both production management and raw material management can be developed in the future. Valmet's local support ensures reliable system upkeep. And we plan to continue strengthening our delivery and support organization further," adds Hautaluoma.
Information about SSAB and its Raahe mill
SSAB is a highly specialized global steel company with headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. It employs approximately 15,000 people in over 50 countries, and its net sales amounted to SEK 66 billion in 2017. The Raahe mill produces standard, premium and specialty steels. Its main products are hot-rolled plates and coil products. The mill employs approximately 2,400 people in its production.