Quad Infotech has started its implementation of QMOS MES system at Gerdau’s Fort Smith plant


Quad Infotech has begun implementation activities at Gerdau’s Fort Smith, Arkansas facility. The Fort Smith plant has a melt shop with two Electric Arc Furnaces with direct charging of billets into the Reheat Furnace. QMOS will play an important role in addressing the challenges of scheduling the activities of the melt shop and the rolling mill. QMOS will also allow Fort Smith’s extensive post processing facilities to operate in synch with each other as well as the other production units. The integrated quality control functions of QMOS will allow Fort Smith to adhere to strict customer specifications from end to end.

Some of the highlights of this implementation include:

  • The project will successfully interface with existing ERP and scheduling optimization systems and provide necessary schedule, specification, quality reporting, and production reporting capabilities to all areas of the shop floor (Melt, Cast, Rolling, Quality, Scheduling and Finishing). Implementation of the QMOS MES will lead to better collection of process and event data, better tracking and increased roll life.
  • This project will augment or replace several disparate legacy systems and standardize platforms to better align with global strategies.
  • This project will lead to a more standard interface across GSN mills with one common version to support.

Gerdau Special Steel North America (GSN) is currently utilizing disparate systems to act as its MES. The primary system utilized is PRMS and also functions as the ERP system. With the coming installation of SAP it has been determined that replacement of legacy systems is required. The MES applications works as an intermediary between the business systems and the plant floor, helping to manage production scheduling and sequencing, reporting production and consumption, reporting quality results, creating an audit trail for track and trace, and delivering work instructions to shop floor personnel.