Noodle.ai and SMS Group Partner to Advance the Learning Mill for Big River Steel
Cutting-Edge Enterprise Artificial Intelligence and Powerful Process Automation Systems Work Together to Maximize Production Yields, Enhance Product Quality, Conserve Energy and Reduce Costs
Leading Enterprise Artificial Intelligence provider Noodle.ai and the digital resources of SMS group, a trailblazer in digitalization for plant and equipment used in steel and nonferrous-metals production and processing, announced a partnership to further optimize the world’s first learning steel mill for Arkansas-based Big River Steel.
To help Big River Steel conserve resources and control energy output, SMS group and Noodle.ai came together to couple the deep experience SMS group has in the metal industry and process knowledge with Noodle.ai’s AI expertise. The joint solution was created by implementing Noodle.ai’s learning algorithms into SMS group’s X-Pact MES 4.0. Noodle.ai was able to leverage the existing integration of SMS group’s X-Pact MES 4.0 in the steel mill‘s IT environment and in their SaaS (Software as a Service) applications. The new end solutions digitize applications throughout every stage of the steel-making process – starting at the liquid phase all the way to strip finishing.
Noodle.ai’s software and Enterprise AI Data Platform analyzes historical and current high-frequency data from the mill’s 50,000 sensors, attached to SMS group’s state-of-the-art equipment. Noodle.ai is able to use the mill’s data, plus these sensors and external data to sense, predict, and recommend corrections that ultimately maximize production yields, enhance product quality, mitigate safety risks, and minimize costs.
For example, these insights can help minimize transition losses regarding steel grade, strip width or strip thickness, and predict how much energy is being consumed by the mill each hour. This allows the steel mill to trade back energy to the market or change production schedules to make consumption more predictable.
“By working with SMS digital, we are empowering an industry to turn business challenges into competitive advantages through the use of Enterprise AI,” said Noodle.ai CEO Steve Pratt. “Our mission is to create a world without waste. Given the intensive energy and material needs of the metal industry, efficiency improvements will not only improve business operations and the bottom line, but positively impact the entire ecosystem that surrounds manufacturers.”
“In order for SMS group to implement digital solutions and therefore increase value for customers like Big River Steel, we knew that strong partners with excellent AI and machine learning capabilities were essential,” said Bernhard Steenken, CEO at SMS digital GmbH. “Noodle.ai’s solutions gave our existing tools within Big River Steel’s mill the power to help them achieve maximum plant performance with minimal maintenance effort, along with high product quality and revenues.”