Seamless Pipe Giant Tenaris Expanding Digital Transformation
Bnamericas reported that Argentine-Italian steelmaker Tenaris is investing in integrating the data of its industrial processes in order to have better control of its plants and to monitor steel tube production. The company uses automation solutions from different suppliers, such as Siemens and Schneider, although it is now seeking to standardize systems with Siemens. On top of the automation layer, the company is running a data analytics platform, which is being developed internally with the support of a consulting firm and is hosted in Microsoft's Azure cloud. The platform seeks to integrate all industrial processes of steelmaking, including rolling and finishing.
Another important initiative is the digital monitoring of each tube throughout the process. Prior to this investment, Tenaris tracked its products by batch, but was not able to identify the tubes individually. Thanks to Pipe tracer, a tool to read the digital footprint of each tube, the company is able to gather all the information on its production, offer quality guarantees and eliminate field operations such as measuring tubes, improving the safety of operators.
Tenaris is also using digital twins for plant programming. The company has a plant layout in the form of a digital twin that allows it to see the interaction of each production component in real time.
Tenaris expects by the end of the year to integrate the data from all its plants and bring the new scheduling scheme to all its industrial sites.