ABB completes melt shop digitalization project with JSW

ABB has built on a long-term relationship with JSW Steel Ltd by integrating its digital solution ABB Ability™ Smart Melt Shop into a wider expansion at the Dolvi Works plant in Maharashtra state.

With the project, ABB has improved productivity and energy efficiency for the steel melt shop by developing an operations optimization solution, including ladle and crane tracking system, crane scheduling system and thermal loss models, to predict target temperature for ladle furnaces and ensure the correct superheat at the caster. This is expected to increase the company’s EBITDA profit by around USD 2M per annum through four percent higher casting speeds, time savings of one working day per month and additional output equating to 24,000 tonnes a year.

The plant now has real-time tracking of steel ladles for process synchronization and better maintenance planning.

Additional benefits of the ladle tracking system include reduction in tapping delays in the electric arc furnace, reduction of electrode and power consumption at the ladle furnace and reduction in silicon deviation in hot-rolled coils produced from slabs from the continuous caster.