Quad Infotech has completed the implementation of its QMOS MES system at Gerdau’s Jackson steel plant


QMOS has allowed Jackson to seamlessly coordinate its steel making and rolling operations from the scrap yard all the way to bundling and shipping operations. Furthermore, QMOS has facilitated ease of billet sales to other sister facilities and plants.

Through QMOS’ integrated quality control functions, Gerdau Jackson utilizes advanced spec management at the melting and rolling stages allowing for accurate management of quality throughout the production process. Furthermore production scheduling has been significantly made easier through one integrated system that tracks billets from their inception at the caster all the way to the end of their lifecycle upon consumption at the rolling mill.

Billet Yard Live is used in the lab to track billets upon their inception and allowed for a visual aid in the scheduling and planning stage of the RM. Having advanced filters for finding billets of an intended length or chemistry has allowed the QC staff to make better decisions and find the right billets for the rolling mill under unforeseen conditions.

Heat Scheduling in QMOS has allowed for strand scheduling and melting one melt heat for multiple billet sizes. QMOS has further enhanced its heat scheduling to accommodate force combined heats and melting dual or triple grade heats for multiple orders of varying grades.

Nozzle and mold equipment tracking in the melt shop have been enhancements in [QMOS] that Jackson is currently using. The newly developed mold tracking system tracks the life of mold housings and mold tubes by the number of heats and/or hot metal contact time.

Through its advanced shop management modules such as the roll shop, guide shop, stand building and more, the Jackon’s setup shops has taken advantage of many functions such as inventory and location management, product setup, shop planning, account summary and much more.

The advanced data analysis tools in QMOS as well as its standard and custom production and KPI reports provide the Jackson plant with great opportunities for targeted process analysis and performance evaluation.

Gerdau 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 primarily serves customers in the eastern two-thirds of North America.

Quad Infotech 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 steelmaking 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.