August 2019 Digital Issue

Future Steel Forum 2019 takes place over 25-26 September at the Sofitel Hotel in the Hungarian capital, Budapest. 

The Future Steel Forum has been a pioneering conference. When it was launched in 2017, I can’t think of any organisation running a similar event in the steel space. 

Recently, however, other organisations have announced their own events. Notably, the US-based Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST) offered its members a ‘Digital Transformation Forum for the Steel Industry’ and it was good to see some familiar faces on their schedule of presentations.

This year the Future Steel Forum offers delegates an exciting programme, including, for the first time, a Chinese steelmaker, the Rockcheck Steel Group. Delegates will hear from the company’s chief executive officer, Catherine Zhang, who will offer her perspective on the Chinese approach to digitalisation and steelmaking.

From the USA, Dr. Lane Thames from Tripwire Inc’s Vulnerability and Exposure Research Team, will discuss Fog Computing, the Cloud and cybersecurity. Stephen Pratt, founder and CEO of San Francisco-based Noodle AI, a company involved in the development of Big River Steel’s Osceola ‘learning mill’ in Arkansas, will look at artificial intelligence, as will Patrick Henz from Primetals USA.

Among many notable speakers from Europe, Costanzo Pietrosanti, chair of the Smart Factory Focus Group at ESTEP, will look at industrial cybersecurity. There will be papers from Primetals Technologies, PSI, SMS group, Fives, Tenova and Danieli, not to forget a panel discussion on Industry 4.0 and the Workforce following a presentation from Professor Farrokh Mistree of the University of Oklahoma entitled Frontier Issues for Succeeding in a Digitalised World. Professor Mistree will be on the panel alongside Liberty  House Group’s Eric Vitse, IBM’s José Favilla and Fives’ Kriistian Van Teutum. And if that’s not enough, there will be a presentation from POSCO on the ‘smartisation’ of ironmaking.

To register for the conference and to see the full two-day programme, simply visit


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August 2019 Digital Issue highlights

 2 Leader by Matthew Moggridge, Editor

 4 News Round-up – the latest global steel news

 8 Innovations – The latest new products and contract news

34 EuroCoke Summit 2019 – Will coke be needed in 2030

40 Automated surface inspection – Performance optimisation of automated surface inspection

52 Galvanising lines – Galvanising technologies for AHSS

59 Digital manufacturing – Through-process optimisation

66 Digital manufacturing – Securing operational technology in metal manufacturing

72 Reputation management – Keeping up appearances

76 History – Mining ore on the English Weald