Synopsis: ArcelorMittal South Africa and Tenova Goodfellow Inc. have joined forces, signing a contract to implement Tenova's intelligent Slop Detection System (iSDS®) to detect and mitigate Basic Oxygen Furnace slopping events. The iSDS® is a vital component of Tenova's Industry 4.0 technologies, enabling early detection and action to prevent slopping in steel production. This partnership aims to enhance efficiency and cost savings, marking a significant step in the steel industry's digital transformation.Article:In a move that signifies the continuous evolution of the steel industry, ArcelorMittal South Africa and Tenova Goodfellow have collaborated on a contract that introduces cutting-edge technology to their steel production process. This partnership involves the implementation of Tenova's intelligent Slop Detection System (iSDS®), a digital module designed to revolutionize the Basic Oxygen Furnace operation.ArcelorMittal South Africa is a leading supplier of flat steel products in sub-Saharan Africa, boasting a substantial production capacity of 7 million tonnes of liquid steel per annum, which accounts for over 61% of South Africa's steel consumption. Tenova Goodfellow, a subsidiary of Tenova, specializes in providing sustainable solutions for the metals industry, playing a crucial role in the green transition of this sector.At the heart of this collaboration is the iSDS® technology, which forms part of Tenova's broader iBOF® suite of Industry 4.0 solutions tailored for the BOF. This digital system has the capacity to predict and address slopping events, a common challenge in BOF processes. It continuously monitors changes in BOF lance vibration, allowing it to detect the initial stages of slopping and provide real-time alerts to operators.The significance of this early detection cannot be overstated. By identifying slopping before it escalates, steel mills can take swift action to mitigate its effects. This proactive approach prevents major ejections of slag and metal from the BOF vessel, ensuring a smoother and more efficient production process.ArcelorMittal South Africa and Tenova are pleased to announce that the contractual System Performance Guarantee, which included a minimum slop detection rate and an advance warning time, has been met or even exceeded for Vessel #1 at the steel mill. This success has paved the way for the installation of Tenova's iSDS® technology on two more of ArcelorMittal SA's BOF converters.The adoption of iSDS® is part of the industry's broader shift toward Industry 4.0 technologies, aiming to enhance operational efficiency and drive cost savings. Over twenty Tenova iSDS® systems have already been successfully installed or are currently underway in BOF shops worldwide.Marshall Khan, Tenova Senior Project Manager, expressed his excitement and pride regarding this partnership, highlighting the importance of collaborative efforts to bring Industry 4.0 technology to ArcelorMittal SA for improved operational benefits and cost savings.Stephan van der Walt, ArcelorMittal South Africa Project Manager, emphasized the positive project results achieved thus far and the eagerness to witness the system's full functionality in mitigating slopping events and delivering anticipated plant benefits.This collaboration showcases the industry's commitment to embracing technology for a more efficient and sustainable steel production process. It marks a significant step forward in the ongoing digital transformation of the steel sector, aiming for a more streamlined and cost-effective future.Conclusion: ArcelorMittal South Africa's adoption of Tenova's iSDS® technology reflects the steel industry's forward-looking approach, embracing Industry 4.0 solutions to enhance efficiency and reduce operational costs. This partnership sets a precedent for leveraging technology to address common challenges in steel production, promoting a more sustainable and cost-effective future for the industry.