AMI Automation and steelmaker Gerdau Long Steel North America (GLN) have entered into a new technology and service agreement which provides GLN with a comprehensive subscription to AMI's SmartFurnace suite of EAF optimisation technology and services, according to announcement by AMI.

According to the company, the chief aim of the new deal is to optimise GLN's entire base of EAFs and LMFs, providing equipment and technical know-how as well as continuous remote monitoring and support 'to ensure the highest efficiency EAF and LMF performance'.

The new agreement employs the principles of Industry 4.0 and AMI stress that GLN 'will always have the latest AMI technology on their EAFs at all times'.

The deal comes as GLN pushes full steam ahead with its digitalisation strategy with the sole aim of business improvement. The company's vice president of operations, Mark Olson, commented: "Digital transformation involves much more than just the technology used, but also the underlying business approach that is needed to facilitate the rapid value creation needed in today's competitive marketplace."

Mr Olsen added that GLN is looking forward to working with AMI to implement its new digital collaboration approach 'for all of our new GLN plants'.

It goes without saying that AMI Automation is over the moon about the new deal. The company's vice president, Fernando Martinez, said that the new business model would allow GLN to continuously improve its EAF operations. He said the company was committed to making the so-called 'subscription service' a great success.

AMI Automation's Meltshop Solutions division has been dedicated for over 30 years to EAF optimisation using the latest automation and control technologies, the company claims.