Gerdau-Ameristeel chooses Quad Mill Operation System [QMOS] as the standard Level-2 system for all its Steel Mills across North America


Gerdau-Ameristeel has chosen [QMOS] Level-2 System from Quad Infotech Inc. to be implemented at its 16 Rolling mills and 13 Meltshops across North America. The [QMOS] system will help coordinate the management of all complex aspects of production at Gerdau-Ameristeel’s facilities in the United States and Canada. In the highly complex and competitive steel production environment, the proven functionalities of [QMOS] will enable Gerdau-Ameristeel to improve its production process, reduce inventory and provide better customer support.

[QMOS] is an integrated Level 2 and Level 3 system that covers all technical aspects of a minimill, from scrap charging, melting, casting and rolling to bundling and shipping of finished products, while at the same time handling all internal and external processing requirements. The system also provides a flexible product specification methodology as an integral part of quality control and testing. [QMOS] ensures that each production order meets both product and customer specifications.

[QMOS] program modules also cover order entry and production scheduling for the rolling mill, caster and meltshop. The [QMOS] system manages production of steel and billets in the meltshop, finished products in the rolling mill and finishing end, and shipping of finished products to customers.

[QMOS] coordinates all aspects of the mill setup shop by providing a comprehensive inventory management system for rolls, guides, bearings, chocks and other important parts and equipment. It also facilitates the setup shop processes by providing customer specific reports and work order management.

On the production side, [QMOS] provides production parameters and delay recording, bundle and billet tagging, product disposition management, shift reporting, performance analysis and countless other features.

[QMOS] has been operating in numerous steel plants throughout North America and Europe since1994.

Quad Infotech Inc . is a software engineering and design company that specializes in the development of industrial computer software for the steel industry. Quad’s unique combination of steel making and rolling process knowledge, combined with computer software design expertise, renders Quad’s Level-2 and Level-3 software products unique in the worldwide steel mill operation.

Gerdau-Ameristeel is the fourth largest overall steel company and the second largest minimill steel producer in North America. The company has the capacity to manufacture over 8.4 million tons of mill finished steel products annually. Through an integrated network of minimills, steel scrap recycling facilities and downstream operations, the company serves customers in the eastern two-thirds of North America.

Gerdau-Ameristeel operates 15 electric steel mills in North America (including one 50% owned minimill), 15 scrap recycling facilities and 36 downstream operations, including a collated nail and welded wire mesh manufacturing facility in New Orleans, Louisiana, railroad track spike operations in Lancaster, South Carolina, and Paragould, Arkansas, a concrete products facility in North Jackson, Ohio, and a grinding ball plant in Duluth, Minnesota.