December 2017 – Digital Edition. Future Steel Forum 2018 – ready to roll…

I was elated when I stood on stage at the very end of my inaugural Future Steel Forum, (14-15 June 2017, Sheraton Hotel, Warsaw, Poland). Why? Because the event proved to be a great success and – most importantly – the delegates were very happy. It had been a long haul of meetings around Europe and the USA – two years of chatting to various leading lights from the world of advanced manufacturing and trying to persuade them all to take part in what I knew would be a ground-breaking conference.

The problem with a success story, of course, is that a sequel is never far away, and Future Steel Forum is no exception. On my return to the UK I started work on what, in rock music circles, would be described as the ‘difficult second album’. Now, as I write this, the programme is all but finished, with just a few people still to confirm their presence at the lecturn. We’re getting there is what I’m saying and if you’re reading this and want to present a paper on an Industry 4.0-related topic – be it on artificial intelligence or 3D printing, or the Internet of Things – just let me know as there is still just about space to accommodate you.

Industry 4.0 is clearly the buzz phrase of the moment and it is good to see that big companies like ArcelorMittal are pushing ahead with a programme of technological development that embraces digital manufacturing in all its glory. The company fully intends to remain ‘at the forefront of digitalisation in the steel industry’ according to Aditya Mittal, CEO of ArcelorMittal Europe (see page 20 of this issue).

They’re not alone. All major steelmakers are assessing how the principles of Industry 4.0 can be applied to their processes – and most are finding that the possibilities are infinite.

The 2018 Future Steel Forum takes place 6-7 June 2018 at the Sheraton Hotel, Warsaw, in Poland. It’s a great venue for a conference and right at the heart of Europe. The conference programme will go live next month and then it’s only a matter of months before the event’s ‘second coming’.

“Once we harness the volumes of data generated by our plants, we stand to make a huge leap in terms of the benefits of digitalisation for our manufacturing processes, and for our customers,” says Wim Van Gerven, ArcelorMittal’s management committee member responsible for digital transformation.

Harnessing the power of Industry 4.0 is the way ahead.

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December 2017 – Digital Edition. Future Steel Forum 2018 – ready to roll… highlights

2 Leader by Matthew Moggridge – on Future Steel Forum 2018.

4 News and Amazing Facts & Figures

6 Innovations – 10 pages of new products for the steel industry

20 ArcelorMittal and Industry 4.0

22 Ever wondered how wheels for high speed trains are made? Wonder no more!

28 Is 'wet steam' the answer for energy-intensive industries?

35 How can EAF design and metallics influence energy consumption?

44 Continuous casting – state-of-the-art automation for continuous casting

52 Future Steel Forum 2018 – news of next year's event

54 Thermal imaging for hot rolling mills

60 Recycling steel waste