Rizhao Steel places an order with Primetals Technologies

Recently, Rizhao Steel has placed an order with Primetals Technologies to implement advanced process automation systems and technological packages at its integrated steel plant in Rizhao, China. Powerful metallurgical models, dynamic process control systems, and detailed calculations of input materials will enable full plant automation, “one-button steelmaking”, from a central control station.

Thanks to a high level of autonomous operation, the Chinese steel producer will benefit from improved product quality, higher productivity, as well as improved production flexibility. Moreover, operators at the Rizhao plant will get valuable insights from production data. This project underscores Rizhao Steel’s intention to become one of the leading steel producers in China in terms of automation excellence.

Primetals Technologies will install comprehensive process optimization solutions and technological packages across Rizhao Steel’s production facilities, including three LD converters (BOF), four twin ladle furnaces, and two twin RH plants. The scope also includes a state-of-the-art system for the monitoring and analysis of process gas.

The Level 2 automation solutions for the meltshop feature tried-and-tested automation-related aspects such as data management of materials, steel grades, and production planning. This integration ensures a highly automated and standardized production process, enabling a fully automated plant controlled from a central control station, i.e. steelmaking at the push of a button, an innovative approach that minimizes the need for operators to interfere in the production process, while at the same time maximizing operational efficiency and consistency.

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