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QUALITY TRACKING SYSTEM FOR STEEL COILS PROJECT COMES TO A SUCCESSFUL CONCLUSION


The Quality Tracking System for steel coils project governed by the European Steel Association (EUROFER) closed today after three successful years of development and deployment. The project has contributed to the further digitalisation of the sector and has helped support the ambition to achieve the ‘zero defect vision’ for users of flat steel products.


Axel Eggert, Director General of EUROFER said, “The Quality Tracking System, developed by a consortium of our members, with EUROFER acting as the governance body, helps increase the overall resource efficiency of the steel supply chain. The initial objectives of the project have been achieved after three years of close cooperation between all stakeholders”.


Flat steel products, such as sheets, are often delivered to customers as coils. Coils are easier to transport as several hundred metres of steel can be shipped in a relatively compact load. However, steel coils can have isolated quality issues – imperfections – at points along their length. These isolated flaws can disrupt customers’ processes as finished parts containing the imperfections may be rejected during quality control.


To solve this problem, the Quality Tracking System uses unique ‘1D’ bar codes printed automatically along the coil at regular intervals - typically every meter. The quality information, when synchronised with the bar code,


PARTNERS WITH CALDERYS TO PUSH REFRACTORY INNOVATION


China Steel and Calderys recently signed a deal to create a joint Research Laboratory. Through this partnership, we are combining our technical capabilities on monolithic refractory materials and the research that China Steel regularly conducts on taphole clay, castable for runners and unburnt bricks.


This new centre will allow the development of even more high quality refractory products. We are very proud of this cooperation and we can’t wait to share with you the first results.


January 2019 Issue CHINA STEEL


provides the position of a flaw. This data, whose content is standardised, allows steel users to avoid that part of the coil during their processes. This means a user can automatically reject a section of steel on the blanking or stamping line.


The Quality Tracking System has been submitted to the European standards body, CEN, with publication of the European standard expected at some point in 2019.


EUROFER became the governance body for the project in February 2016. The steering committee was composed of ArcelorMittal, Tata Steel Europe, thyssenkrupp Steel Europe, voestalpine Stahl and Salzgitter Flachstahl.


“The use of unique ‘1D’ barcodes printed automatically along the coil to identify each section of steel is highly innovative and the five founding members of the project are now equipped with the system. Having a common technical solution enables steel users to work with all steel suppliers in the same way”, emphasised Mr Eggert.


The project’s closing event took place at the EUROFER offices on 23 January 2019 with the support of the founding companies, as well as that of SSAB, Plexant, Octum and Fagor, who have been ordinary members of the project.


LUCIDEON HAS LAUNCHED A NEW MATERIALS APP


Lucideon has launched a new materials app designed to provide key materials information at the touch of a button, helping clients find a route to solving their materials and processing challenges.


This new digital tool provides insight for a wide range of industries including aerospace, ceramics, healthcare, construction and energy, all within a few clicks.


The app contains an extensive amount of information on a range of materials and their properties, faults and defects in ceramics, metals and surfaces, techniques used for analysis, white papers, webinars and case studies. It also has latest materials news and contact details for all of Lucideon’s experts.


Lucideon digital marketing executive, Amy Clowes, commented: “The need for digital platforms is becoming more apparent, and increasing the value we can provide to our clients is important to us. This app will give our clients the opportunity to access our expertise and knowledge of materials at the touch of a button. It’s an exciting time for Lucideon!”


Hosting a range of features including a search function and offline functionality, the app is the perfect tool for teams working on a variety of different projects and materials challenges.


The app can be accessed at www.materials-matter.com. Please note that the website will need to be added as an icon on any mobile phone home screen.


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