GFG Alliance Crisis Halts Trials  UK Steel Digitalization Project
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GFG Alliance Crisis Halts Trials UK Steel Digitalization Project

The Mail reported that a state-funded steel technology trial costing GBP 10 million has been suspended amid fears over Mr Sanjeev Gupta’s embattled

The Mail reported that a state-funded steel technology trial costing GBP 10 million has been suspended amid fears over Mr Sanjeev Gupta’s embattled metals empire. Trials of software to improve efficiency were to take place at two of Mr Gupta’s plants, but they are being put on hold. The scheme first tested so-called imaging tech at a mock-up plant at the Materials Processing Institute in Middlesbrough. The next phase would have involved Mr Gupta’s plants in Hartlepool and Stocksbridge near Sheffield.

The Teesside-based research and innovation centre Materials Processing Institute is playing a leading role in a GBP 10 million digitisation project that has the potential to transform UK industry. Through Government agency Innovate UK, five partners on the programme were awarded a combined GBP 3.9 million in grant funding. Materials Processing Institute is working alongside Liberty Steel Group’s Hartlepool Pipes mill, Stocksbridge-based Liberty Speciality Steels, Warwickshire-based Shiftec and TSC Simulation of Nottingham to create digital twins of the plants in order to demonstrate the huge advances that can be achieved within the production process. The project focuses on using camera and imaging technologies in conjunction with intelligent processing and machine learning to increase accuracy, including process characterisation, the creation of digital twins and intelligent interactive process models. The project seeks to highlight the benefits of introducing Industrial Digital Technologies to steel and other sectors serving strategic manufacturing and construction supply chains.

The Fourth Industrial revolution, also known as Industry 4.0, utilises IDT to enable the recording and analysis of data across machines for continuous improvement, creating a more cost-effective, efficient, flexible and faster process.

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