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GFG Alliance Companies to Play Key Role in Program for Smart Technology in Factories

Steel News - Published on Wed, 16 Sep 2020

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LIBERTY Steel Group and Shiftec, two members of the sustainable industry leader GFG Alliance, are partnering to deploy sensor technology with the potential to enhance safety and improve efficiency at industrial sites. Under the two-year project, Shiftec will test and pilot its Aquila system, which uses a system similar to GPS to track the precise position of people, equipment and vehicles around factories in real time. The system reduces workplace accidents, enhances the efficiency of movement and integrated with Shiftec’s high-speed, long-range network solution can allow for remote control operation of equipment. This control solution is building on Shiftec’s Gemini system, which has already been proven in the film and television industry as well as defence.

The GBP 10 million program is being funded by Innovate UK through its Manufacturing Made Smarter Challenge, which is part of the government’s larger Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

Shiftec will trial the technology at partner companies in the metals, engineering and industrial sectors including LIBERTY’s Speciality Steels’ site in Stocksbridge and its Pipe Mill in Hartlepool. Also involved in the consortium are the Materials Processing Institute and TSC Simulation of Nottingham.

The technology falls under the umbrella category known as Industry 4.0, or the Fourth Industrial Revolution, whereby artificial intelligence is used to enhance the productivity of workplaces.

At LIBERTY Steel’s site in Stocksbridge, the project will examine technologies for semi-autonomous cranes, improved mill measurement capability for the monitoring of product during rolling, and collect 3D scan data to create a working digital twin of at least one of the mill stands. At Hartlepool, the system will improve the measurement of pipe shape during forming.

Shiftec, LIBERTY Engineering and LIBERTY Steel are all part of the GFG Alliance, the group of industrial businesses owned by Sanjeev Gupta and his family.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Wed, 16 Sep 2020
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