- X-Pact® electrical engineering and automation technology supersedes the third-party foreign automation system installed twenty years ago
- Successful upgrade completed during the regular annual shutdown without separate downtimes
The new automation system was raised to a new technological level with X-Pact® Embedded controllers and a high-speed EtherCAT I/O system. SMS group's range of services included state-of-the-art X-Pact® electrical engineering and automation technology that guarantees digital readiness, which is essential for getting production units and automation systems ready for digitalization with a minimum of effort. After commissioning, the production team was supported for a time by SMS group's technological experts with the aid of the X-Pact® Service Portal.
The upgrade was timed to coincide with ArcelorMittal Tubarão’s regular annual plant shutdown. The first slab was produced successfully and on time after an eleven-day plant shutdown. Despite significant supply chain issues during the pandemic, the project team managed to complete the project on schedule. One of the key success factors was undoubtedly the trusting cooperation between the teams from ArcelorMittal Tubarão, SMS group Brasil and SMS group Germany.