Tenaris Uses VR & AR to Start Ladles at Siderca Mill in Campana
Tenaris’s Siderca mill in Campana in Argentina has recently started up the new ladles for a furnace at the steel shop with remote assistance from Italy, by using a mixed reality device. The tool combined virtual and augmented reality to bring vast amounts of information and unmatched resources to the fingertips of the operator who carried out start-up operations. Through the use of the see-through viewfinder, the tool allowed the operataor in Argentina and the Tenaris expert in Italy to visualize and navigate 3D projections, videos, or data archives for the start-up. The tool’s HD cameras and sensors translated hand movements into commands, which facilitated the remote assistance. The use of mixed-reality lens saved the start-up technicians a trip from Europe, and also kept the project on track by avoiding the mandatory delay due to COVID-related isolation requirements for travellers entering Argentina.
With this being a pilot project, Tenaris’s IT and Automation teams are now analysing the possibility of deploying additional units at other facilities.