On Monday at the Sidenor facilities, different partners of the COCOP project met to carry out the first tests on site at the Basauri Plant mill.
This project, whose objective is to facilitate the control of the productive plants through a monitoring and control system that serves as a guide system for the workers of the facilities, has already advanced until the implementation phase of the optimization models of processes in secondary metallurgy and continuous casting.
In this week’s meeting, the tests were carried out at the facility by running the models with off-line data. In these tests, personnel from these facilities (that is, future users and real users) have participated to whom the operation of the tool and the potential improvements at both predictive and control levels of different indicators that this improvement in control will mean of processes.
In week 50, the tests will be carried out with real data on-line, from which it is expected to obtain already proven and reliable results that involve the definitive installation of the equipment so that they can be used by the staff from that moment.
At the end of January, Technische Uneversitat de Dortmunt (another of the 12 entities participating in the project) will return to Sidenor to prepare a documented report with individual interviews of the users and end users where experiences on the management of this tool will be collected.
With this project it is expected to obtain advantages in productivity, quality assurance and process costs. Additionally, it is intended to reduce pollution, GHG emissions and the consumption of raw materials and energy as a result of better control and greater sustainability of production processes.