Outokumpu to use robotics in safety management

Outokumpu will start to utilize artificial intelligence (AI) and safety inspection robots to improve and digitize the company’s facilities’ health and safety monitoring. Outokumpu recently signed a deal with ANYbotics and, in June 2023, the first ANYmal robot arrived at Outokumpu’s site in Krefeld, Germany.

ANYmal robotics support Outokumpu’s ambitious safety strategy and vision of building the safest working environment within the steel industry. In 2023, this translates into a target of less than 1.8 recordable injuries per 1 million working hours.

Since 2016, ANYbotics has developed innovative, intelligent, and integrated robotic solutions that improve employees’ lives, increase productivity, and support more sustainable industrial facilities.

The use of robotics could reduce human exposure to hazardous substances by 80%

Outokumpu has currently one robot already deployed at its site in Krefeld, Germany. The pilot will be expanded to its sites in Finland and Sweden during H2 2023 with in total three ANYmal robots to be deployed. Outokumpu estimates that by transferring inspection tasks to the robot, employees’ exposure time to hazardous substances can be reduced by more than 80% and possibly hazardous repairs in maintenance could be reduced by 20%.

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