Slovenian Steel Group embraces Industry 4.0

PSI Metals has been commissioned by the SIJ – the Slovenian Steel Group and its steel company SIJ Metal Ravne – with the implementation of the PSImetals modules Production, Quality, Order Dressing and Order Scheduling and Line Scheduling. PSImetals 5.18 will replace two legacy systems in the melt shop and downstream area.

Together with PSI, SIJ Metal Ravne is replacing its legacy manufacturing systems and creating a new digital manufacturing environment. The scope of the project includes sales order-based production planning, production and technological process control and quality management control as well as certification and production of stockyard management.
 
Vladimir Arshinov, CIO of the SIJ Group, said the project reflected the digital manufacturing strategy of the business. “It will allow us to complete construction of a fully integrated digital manufacturing architecture on SIJ Metal Ravne: from CRM system to the ERP system including a new production management system which incorporates the technological management system of the melt shop." He said the company was considering further rolling out digital manufacturing architecture to other companies in the group.
 
SIJ Group expects the new solution to improve operational KPIs such as customer order performance, production cycle and stocks level, and to enable its second biggest steel plant, SIJ Metal Ravne, to enter new markets by fulfilling the highest certification demands.
 
SIJ’s Group IT team will participate in the project from the very beginning, starting with a know-how transfer by PSI experts in the nearby PSI office in Graz, Austria. This, it is claimed, will empower the SIJ Group IT team to perform future configuration work and application maintenance. The project will start in September 2019 and is expected to go into operation within 18 months.
 
SIJ Group is the largest vertically integrated Slovenian steel producer and one of the largest producers of stainless and special steels in Europe. SIJ Metal Ravne from the SIJ Group is the third largest tool steel producer in the European Union. 
 
Based on its own software products, the PSI Group develops and integrates complete solutions for optimising the flow of energy and materials for utilities (energy networks, energy trading, public transport) and industry (mining, metals production, automotive, mechanical engineering, logistics).