Russian steel maker Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works has launched an automated system for monitoring the availability of rail and freight cars at its long products mill. The new development by MMK Informservice & automation solutions provider KonsOM SKS enables the monitoring of product transportation and record keeping at MMK’s forming shops. The new system is designed to provide information support on product-carrying railcars throughout their journey through the mill’s routes, and timely notification to supervisors on any irregularities. The system will not only be able to monitor the availability of railcars in real time, but also their identification, as well as incoming and outgoing freights. This technology will also make it significantly easier to investigate potential incidents, thereby helping to reduce the risk of metal products theft.MMK-Informservice specialists have integrated the new system into the existing video surveillance control for the safety of MMK’s inventories, allowing for a variety of data to be promptly received on the list of recognized & unrecognized railcars. All information collected is processed and stored within the system.At present, the automated railcar control system has been implemented at the long products mill. In September, it is planned to be launched at the thick rolling plant, and at rolling mills No 5 and 11 by the end of the year.