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Nueva tecnología para optimizar la producción en plantas siderúrgicas de colada continua

Resumen

Tipo:
Oferta Tecnológica
Referencia:
TOIT20160126007
Publicado:
15/02/2016
Caducidad:
15/02/2017
Resumen:
Un equipo de investigación de una universidad italiana ha desarrollado una nueva solución para optimizar el proceso de producción en plantas siderúrgicas de colada continua. Se trata de una serie de algoritmos para planificar y controlar la producción mediante el uso de técnicas avanzadas de diseño de sistemas de control que mejoran la gestión de recursos compartidos por distintos flujos de trabajo, reduciendo así los plazos de producción. El equipo de investigación busca socios industriales interesados en continuar con las pruebas e industrializar la solución. El objetivo es establecer acuerdos de investigación, cooperación técnica o servicio.

Details

Tittle:
Novel technology for optimizing production in continuous-casting steel plants
Summary:
A research team at an Italian university developed a novel solution for optimizing the production process in continuous-casting steel plants: a specialized set of algorithms to plan and control production, using advanced control systems engineering techniques, improves management of resources shared by different workflows, reducing production times. The group is looking for industrial partners for further testing and industrializing the solution within research, technical or services agreement.
Description:
The main problems related to control and optimization in automated industrial processes concern the management of operation sequences and of workflows and the synchronization of equipment for the handling of materials. Process optimization is particularly relevant in continuous-casting steel plants, where the management of overall production times depends significantly on the correct use of equipment to handle materials (ladles, baskets, overhead cranes), which equipment may have restricted availability (due to maintenance or refurbishment) or mobility (due to reciprocal interference) leading to complex management issues.
An Italian university research group utilized in-depth specialized know-how to develop a novel series of algorithms to plan and control production, using advanced control systems engineering techniques for resource management. The proposed solution is able to model, using dedicated theoretical tools, the sequencing and scheduling of automated productive processes.
The application, currently under development, for continuous-casting steel plants intervenes in a combined manner on the control of processing times, to prevent premature solidification, and on the optimization of transport and handling flows of raw and semi-finished materials.
The university is currently looking for industrial partners for further testing and validating the proposed solution. Potential collaboration include License and Services agreement as well as Research and Technical Cooperation agreement.
Advantages and Innovations:
The solution has a significant component of specialized know-how combined with a high level of adaptability and customization of the production planning and control techniques used.
The concept can be integrated into automating and control systems already in place: its application requires neither the development of dedicated instruments nor any structural modifications to existing facilities.
Reference market for the proposed solution is the manufacturing of automation and control systems, a constantly growing market segment and a key element for the efficient and profitable management of industrial plants.
End markets for the technology are steel plants, which see process automation as one of the driving forces behind technological development, both in terms of the integrated management of the equipment and machinery involved, and in terms of the control of complex transformation processes.
Stage of Development:
Concept stage
IPs:
Secret Know-how

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
The research team is looking for industrial partners for further testing and validating the proposed solution.
Potentially interested partners in the development and integration of the technology include:
- manufacturers and integrators of industrial automation and production control systems
- engineering companies and manufacturers of ´turnkey´ industrial plants
- manufacturers of steel and metal plants.
Various cooperation options available based on partners´ specialization and market interest, including License and Services agreement, Research and Technical Cooperation agreement.

Client

Type and Size of Client:
University
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
Si
Languages Spoken:
English
Italian

Keywords

Technology Keywords:
02007008 Hierro y acero, estructuras metálicas
03002 Ingeniería de plantas de proceso
02003001 Process automation