Regardless of economic circumstances, BOF steelmaking facilities are always under pressure to perform. Output is expected to meet demand as well as quality specifications at minimized cost and for best health, safety and environmental performance. Any unnecessary waiting time or consumption of raw materials is considered a loss. Any downgraded slab or any slab produced with quality properties in excess of specifications is considered a loss.
Full process control is essential in modern BOF steelmaking. With an optimized process model and solid process monitoring tools, plant output can be maximized when required, raw material consumption is optimized for cost or adapted to availability and specifications are met within the closest margins. Finally, emissions are reduced and health and safety hazards eliminated.
Our process model, which is at the heart of our BOF steelmaking process automation portfolio, has a proven track record on all continents. We are the market leader in BOF steelmaking automation. Our systems are in operation at more than 125 oxygen steelmaking converters and contribute to the highest output at the lowest cost and minimum operator intervention.