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ArcelorMittal upgrades French steel plant with MES and accessories

June 19, 2023

ArcelorMittal Construction reported May 30 that it will modernize by deploying metal processing equipment from ABB at its cold-rolling mill in Contrisson, France. This equipment includes ABB Ability Manufacturing Operations Management for metals (MOM4Metals), Roll-Gap (RGC) and Automatic Gauge Control (AGC) solutions. The upgrade project is expected to be completed in 1Q24.

Based on precise data analytics, ABB MOM4metals is manufacturing execution system software (MES) software that improves information sharing, production planning, execution, reporting, asset monitoring and operational performance optimization. It’s designed for and used in various metal production processes from rolling mills to processing lines delivering benefits over generic industry-agnostic MES platforms. Likewise, ABB is also modernizing RGC and AGC technologies to reduce thickness deviations and off-gauge length.

“ABB is providing a combined MOM4Metals and RGC/AGC automation solution designed for metals processing to our modernization project at Contrisson,” says Frédéric Geoffroy, director of the process and automation department at ArcelorMittal Construction. “This stands out from standard automation and digital solutions and we’re pleased that our needs can be met by one supplier with whom we have a longstanding relationship at and beyond this site. ABB previously, successfully revamped the drive of the cold rolling mill.”

Frederik Esterhuizen, global business line manager for metals at ABB, adds that, “ArcelorMittal Construction has placed its trust in ABB’s know-how and solutions for cold mill applications. During our discussions with the customer, we used our metals expertise to refine our solution to meet their needs. ABB enables cold rolling mills to improve and maintain performance and meet quality requirements in terms of thickness tolerances, flatness and surface characteristics via precise process control and equipment lifecycle management.”

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