Production and Performance Management of the Melt Shop
QMOS Melt Shop Production (MSP) module is an all inclusive process control and production recording management system, flexible to work with with any mini-mill or integrated steel mill. The full customization capabilities allows MSP to fit into any plant configuration, regardless of how many Blast Furnaces, EAF/BOFs, Casters and/or other stations exist as part of the process
Users are fully engaged in intuitive and easy-to-use features with graphic rich designs in a number of operational screens. From the preparation of raw materials in a blast furnace or scrap loading, to the melting and refining of hot metal and steel, to the final casting of billets or blooms, QMOS has all the advanced capabilities to capture, display and offer analytical tools for any melt shop user.
QMOS provides the following main features:
- Fully Automatic Operation
- Scrap Charging
- Furnace Production
- Ladle Production
- Vacuum Degasser
- Caster Production
- Billet/Bloom Production
- Billet/Bloom Identification and Tagging
- Delay Logging & Analysis
- Caster Strand Delay Analysis
- Chemical Lab and Quality Control
- Reapply and Divert
- Events and Process Parameters
- Alloy Calculation & Additions
- Material Consumption Tracking
- Production Reporting
- Production Analysis
Whether it’s a delay at the furnace when power shuts off or a caster strand going down, QMOS tracks upset conditions down-to-the-second and assigns appropriate responsibility to each delay.
Whether a delay is attributed to operations, maintenance or it is scheduled, operators have a multi-hierarchical and fully customized structure they can select from to fill in the details. Detailed analysis on utilization %, breakdown by area or crew are just a few of the KPIs available amongst the many reports and screens dedicated to delay tracking.
Scrap Recipe and Loading Management
Whether a Melt Shop has a conventional bucket charging process or a Consteel one, QMOS provides comprehensive scrap recipe management tools to help the scrap operations operate more efficiently and effectively.
The scheduled layering details along with their weights can be defined per charge and will update automatically depending on planned grades. Interfaces with the scrap yard scales facilitates accurate recording of scrap consumption ensuring yield targets are observed. Specific piles where scrap was consumed from can be recorded to help in raw materials procurement and inventory control.
QMOS can link with the plant’s home grown scrap optimization knowledge base in order to incorporate the optimization models into its calculations. QMOS also interfaces with third party optimization tools to provide proven and reliable optimization models.
Alloy Calculator and Consumption Tracking
The Alloy Calculator in QMOS provides the melters with a easy to use tool to accurately calculate the alloy requirements. The 2-way algorithm can predict consumption requirements based on desired chemistry inputs or calculate the expected chemistry based on consumption inputs.
Consumptions added to heats during melting and refining are tracked automatically, as well as refractory usage on equipment while they are out for maintenance. This information is used in process and cost analysis tools and reports.
Equipment Management System
QMOS has comprehensive tools capable of tracking any parameter for any equipment. The fully customizable functions allow process engineers and operators to record and display the number of heats and tons, contact time with liquid steel, preheater temperature and gas readings. Points of tracking can be modified to optimize the data and enrich the analysis tools available.
Automatic Process Management
MSP module has full capabilities to interface with any Level 1 PLC managing the shop floor process data. Data is instantaneously recorded, and displayed in real time across the QMOS operational screens.
Should specific data be needed to be sent back to Level 1, QUADs PLC Feeder program can handle that. Such automation capabilities eliminates the need for operator involvement, therefore allowing them to focus on making steel.
Standard Operating Procedures
The standard operating procedures in the melt shop ensure process standardization across all processes and crews. QMOS provides a rich inventory of the industry’s best practices which can be combined with each plants home grown and proven methodologies.
Integrated Quality Control
QMOS’s quality control functions can receive data from the lab as they are measured. The sample results are sent from spectrometers or slag analyzers to QMOS via interfaces, and evaluated against the chemistry specs of the heat in real-time.
The results are displayed to the operators immediately, assisting them in making crucial decisions with plenty of time to react. If the sample results are outside the specs, heats and their billets will go on Hold. Operators may choose to divert the heat, reapply to another order, perform a pour-back, override and more.
Analytics and KPIs
QMOS provide a wealth of out of the box, best-in-class KPIs. At the same time any home grown KPIs can also be added to the list. QMOS provides the users with comprehensive analytical tools and information for process improvement initiatives.
Detailed shift reports provide a comprehensive look into all activities of the shift such as production, consumption, delays, performance, crew details, note and much more. Shift reports from any date can be accessed instantly with a few clicks.