Future Steel Forum 2019 – a top flight conference for steelmakers committed to Industry 4.0

The Future Steel Forum 2019 is shaping up to be the global high tech steel conference event of 2019. The event takes place at the Sofitel Hotel, Budapest, Hungary, 25-26 September 2019 and has attracted some key speakers

Now in its third successful year, the Future Steel Forum 2019 is offering delegates an unrivalled programme featuring leading steelmakers from around the world, experts on Fog Computing and academics from respected educational institutions as well as established production technology companies and management consultants.

This year's event will include an opening keynote from a Chinese steelmaker, Rockcheck Steel Group. The company's CEO Catherine Zhang will offer her perspective on Chinese steelmaking and Industry 4.0. 

There will also be two papers from the world's biggest steelmaker, ArcelorMittal, on Innovation Ecosystems and Strategic and Tactical Logistics Planning Optimisation, courtesy of Carlos Alba of ArcelorMittal's Digital and TechnoEconomic global research programs worldwide within the company's Global R&D division, and Diego Diaz Fildalgo, R&D Engineer.

There will be additional presentations on supply chain logistics from Primetals Technologies and the Finnish company, Pesmel, and an examination of the opportunities and tools in steel industry logistics from Jose Favilla, worldwide executive director & partner, industry solutions, with IBM. 

Cyber security is of major importance to the manufacturing industries and with this in mind, the Future Steel Forum devotes an entire session to the subject, chaired by Dr. Jelena Milisavljevic-Syed from the the Division of Industrial Design at the School of Engineering, University of Liverpool, UK. Dr.Milisavljevic-Syed will also present a paper in the Smart Factories session entitled Designing Highly Dynamic Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems.

Dr. Lane Thames, Senior Security Researcher with Tripwire Inc's Vulnerability and Exposure Research Team (VERT) will examine the benefits of Fog Computing for the steel industry while South Korean steelmaker POSCO's senior vice president of the company's Pohang Works will focus on the 'smartisation' of the ironmaking process.

Tata Steel Europe's Dr. Svend Lassen will discuss data analytics at work within Tata Steel. 

It goes without saying that Artificial Intelligence (or AI) will form a major part of the conference with a keynote from Stephen Pratt, Founder and CEO of San Francisco-based Noodle AI, a company with major involvement in the development of Big River Steel's Osceola, AK steel mill in the USA.

Satish Agarwal of Tata Steel will discuss the use of machine learning in a coke plant, and Primetals USA's head of governance and compliance, Patrick Henz, will discuss The Alpha Wolf in the Human AI Team.

Another big subject is the workforce of the future and we will be looking at what the future holds for the manufacturing sector in a special discussion panel following a paper given by Farrokh Mistree, LA Comp Chiar and Professor, School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Oklahoma, USA. Panelists will include Eric Vitse, chief technology officer, GHG Alliance and Kriistian Van Teutum, VP, marketing and sales and a key member of the Fives' Steel Business Unit within the Fives Group.

Registration is now open and it is possible to register online by visiting the Future Steel Forum official website. Click here to register for the event.