A Finnish SME offering level 2 automation system for continuous casting machines to licensees

OFFER from Finland, reference: BOFI20191003001, valid from 30-10-2019 untill 04-11-2020

Business
  • Start date:
    30 oktober 2019 (2 weken geleden)
  • End date:
    4 november 2020
  • Summary:
    A Finnish SME offers level 2 automation system of slab and billet casting machines used in metalworking, automotive and building industries. The partners sought are casting industry companies, casting machine producers and automation service companies. The role of the partner sought is that of a licensee who also receives aftersales services.


  • Description:
    The Finnish SME is specialised in the level 2 automation system of slab and billet casting machine and is the owner of the software product. The management of the company has been studying, researching, and implementing this software for more than 15 years. In the process, it has collected information from users and operators in order to obtain data on its performance, strengths, and weaknesses relative to other systems, facilitating continuous improvement and development of the product. The product of slab and billet is used in metalworking, automotive and building industries.

    The SME operates internationally and the system has been installed on 5 machines (2 slab casters, 2 billet casters and 1 bloom caster) in the Middle East, and the customer feedback has been overwhelmingly positive; e.g. customers from one factory reported that the software led to a 50 % reduction in waste.

    The system is suitable for the following machines:
    1. Old machines that currently operate with a level 1 automation system can be upgraded to a level 2 system in addition to the existing level 1 automation system.
    2. New casting machines that do not have a level 2 automation system, or whose existing level 2 systems need improvement or upgrade.
    3. Machines with an old level 2 automation system, which cannot be upgraded and hence need to be replaced with the new system.
    4. Old casting machines that need to have new instrumentation installed.

    The company will offer a guarantee for the system and the software for 2 years after commissioning. In addition, the company offers system maintenance for the guarantee period.

    The company seeks from all over the world partners, who are looking for an affordable automation system, which offers accuracy and reliability, and which is competitive with many similar, more expensive systems. The expected partners can be:
    - Slab and billet continuous casting industry companies who have a need to renew their automation systems
    - Casting machine producers who do not provide level 2 automation systems
    - Automation service companies, who are willing to outsource the level 2 automation systems

    The Finnish SME is looking for a partner whose role is a licensee of the software receiving also aftersales services like guarantee and system maintenance.


Partner Sought
  • Type of Partnership Considered:
    License agreement
  • Technical Specification or Expertise Sought:

    The SME is looking for:
    - Slab and billet continuous casting industry companies who have a need to renew their automation systems
    - Casting machine producers who do not provide level 2 automation systems
    - Automation service companies whom willing to outsource the level 2 automation systems

    The role of the partner sought is a licensee of the software receiving also aftersales services like guarantee and system maintenance.

    SME 11-50,SME <10,>500 MNE,251-500,SME 51-250,>500

Organisation
  • Development stage:
    Already on the market
  • IPR Status:
    Copyright
  • Market keywords:
    Process control equipment and systems
    Numeric and computerised control of machine tools
    Other industrial automation
    Machine tools, other metal working equipment (excl. numeric control)
  • Technology keywords:
    Automation, Robotics Control Systems
    Computer Software
    Machine Tools
    Process automation
  • NACE keywords:
    Computer programming activities
    Computer consultancy activities
  • Advantages and Innovations:
    1. The system is equipped with an error correction algorithm and it compensates errors in total casting length. Therefore, the total length of the cast in this system and the actual length of the cast (slabs and billets length) are the same.
    2. Tracking and monitoring of the product and heat borders in the sequence (LSGO: Ladle Slide Gate Open; MIX: Mixture of two different steel grade; Scrap: Slab and Billet waste), which sends correct data to the cut length optimization, quality control and cooling models.
    3. Reduces the consumption of water and energy at the start and end of the casting sequence, by tracking all heat borders from the start to the end of the casting sequence and controlling the cooling valves.
    4. The system is able to update its settings based on laboratory analyses of the product, and will hence change and reprogram the entire strand planning, the length of the bars (slabs and billets) and the cut setting.
    5. In the cutting length optimization model, when a scrap is made within the strand, if permitted, the system can move the scrap to the head or tail of the slab or billet in order to minimize waste.
    6. The system contains a wide information storage capacity. Information and plotting charts for speed, cooling and quality control data are stored for a minimum of one month.
    7. It improves the quality of the slab and billet product.
    8. It minimizes the operator's tasks.
    9. The system allows production uniformity and standardization.
    10. The system provides the possibility to connect with other levels of automation.
    11. Monitors interruptions and produces graphs on events.
    12. The system suggests metallurgical speed and heat pacing speed.
    13. It identifies defect segments in the slabs and billets and conducts a qualitative evaluation of the slabs and billets.
    14. It calculates the cooling setpoints for different heat steel grades for all cooling loops according to speed.
    15. It provides an affordable high-performance system.
Client
  • Type and Size of Organisation:
    Industry SME <= 10
  • Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation
    Ja
  • Year Established:
    2015
  • Turnover:
    <1M
  • Country of origin:
    Finland
  • Languages spoken
    • English