Gerdau-Ameristeel’s Cartersville Division goes Paperless with QMOS Version 10.2


In April, 2006 the Melt Shop installation of QMOS in Gerdau Ameristeel’s Cartersville Division was completed with great success. The Rolling Mill installation was completed in March, 20

In March, 2006 the melt shop installation of the [QMOS] Level 2 system from Quad Infotech Inc. at the Gerdau Ameristeel minimill in Cartersville, Georgia was completed. The rolling mill installation was completed in March, 2006. The [QMOS] system will seamlessly co-ordinate a vast network of production operations from the scrap yard through the melt shop, billet yard and the rolling mill to the bundling and shipping of finished product, while at the same time imposing all internal and external processing specifications. [QMOS] also provides a flexible definition methodology for product quality control and testing specifications (e.g. work centre specific specifications).

Installation highlights:

  • Melt Shop:
    • Scrap yards with up to six buckets in rotation and two concurrent scrap operators;
    • Custom written APIs for Quality departments that require spectrometer and LECO results, DI calculations and projected tensile properties
    • Full 24/7 on-site training and technical support during installation
  • Rolling Mill:
    • Concurrent delay tracking for multiple mills in the same shop;
    • Integration of existing inventory, production and quality data into [QMOS] to provide historical data continuity from the past to the future
    • Incorporation of reversing stands into rolling recipes
    • Product family trees based on stands, rolls and passes
    • Billet or heat specific capability for assignment to work orders
    • Hold codes at the heat, billet and bundle levels

Order Entry and Scheduling

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

Mill Setup

[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.

Production Reporting

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

[QMOS] ensures that each production order meets both product and customer specifications. In a highly complex and competitive production environment, the proven capability of [QMOS] will enable Gerdau-Ameristeel to improve its production processes, reduce inventory and provide better customer service and support.

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 global steel minimill market.[QMOS] has been operating in numerous steel plants throughout North America and Europe since 1994.

Gerdau-Ameristeel is the second largest minimill steel producer in North America with annual manufacturing capacity of over 9.0 million tons of mill finished steel products. Through its vertically integrated network of 17 minimills (including one 50%-owned minimill), 17 scrap recycling facilities and 46 downstream operations, Gerdau Ameristeel primarily serves customers in the eastern two-thirds of North America. The Company’s products are generally sold to steel service centers, steel fabricators, or directly to original equipment manufacturers (or “OEMs”) for use in a variety of industries, including construction, automotive, mining, cellular and electrical transmission, metal building manufacturing and equipment manufacturing.