Serov Plant Selects Broner Metals Solutions to Streamline Its Production Processes
Broner Metals Solutions, the world’s leading provider of supply chain planning, scheduling and manufacturing execution systems, specifically for steel and aluminium industries, has been awarded a contract to supply an advanced production management and optimisation solution to “Metallurgical plant named after A.K. Serov” (Serov) in Russia.
The solution is to bring the following benefits: better response to market demands, ‘right-on-time’ product delivery, production process optimisation, stock reduction and increase of stock turns, and reduction of plant management costs.
The Broner solution will be implemented using a range of standard modules designed for the metals industry, including functionality for MES & production scheduling.
Broner Production Management, Quality Management, Equipment Management and Inventory Management modules are responsible for production tracking (down to individual unit), material identification and traceability during process stages, metal balance calculation, quality control and production data storage and analysis, with extensive reporting capabilities.
Scheduling of production orders will be provided by Broner Production Planner, Material Planner, Production Scheduler and Schedule Editor modules, which ensure planning and scheduling optimization for a month/ week/ day/ shift horizon on the basis of defined constraints (order execution period, equipment utilization etc.); perform rapid production planning and scheduling & re-planning and re-scheduling.
The overall solution will be implemented across five shops of Serov plant comprising casting shop, arc furnace shop, heavy mill shop, section mill shop and calibration shop.
Sergey Lopukhin, Director of Information and Automation at Serov, said, “We used a rigorous process to select the solution vendor as this project is a very important step for our company development and its future business orientation. We are now more than ever concentrating on catering to the needs of the market. Our choice was mainly determined by the fact that the functionality of Broner solution fully complied with our requirements.”
“Metallurgical plant n/a A.K. Serov” is a part of UMMC (United Mining & Metallurgical Company), which is the second largest non-ferrous metallurgical company in Russia and CIS. UMMC mines and processes 40% of Russian copper, zinc and lead, and produces 25% of all Russian domestic market of base metals flat products.
“Metallurgical plant n/a A.K. Serov” is an integrated iron-and-steel works which has its own raw material base and manufactures more than 200 grades of high quality steel and other kinds of products. These are hot-rolled products of square, round and hexagonal profile; calibrated rolled metal; round rolled products with special surface finish; round billets; hollow drill steel; high precision hollow rolled bars of high-resistance steel; steel hot-rolled equal-square angles; square hot-rolled blooms; conversion pig iron; granulated blast-furnace slag; commercial ferric sulphate.