Steel ladle tracking software for ArcelorMittal
Software for tracking, visualizing status and managing steel ladles
The software developed by OHB Digital Services GmbH displays, documents and controls information on the status of the ladles, allocates batches and manages base data.
In connection with the planned modernization of the plant, software that can be flexibly adapted to changes was required. The new software replaces the outdated and static system and makes handling easier thanks to its intuitive operation and swifter access to all necessary modules. The software is used at a wide range of workstations: in ladle control, the converter control room, the continuous casting control room and crane operators.
The new system combines applications for steel ladle tracking and management which were previously separate and can be operated intuitively via a touchscreen or keyboard. Operation via touchscreen is a great advantage especially in the factory hall and the crane driver's cab for reasons of space and also because the keyboard and mouse can become dirty very quickly.
The dialog for steel ladle tracking enables a quick status overview, such as position or temperature, via a schematic representation of the ladles in the factory. Detailed information about the ladles can be retrieved with a click of the mouse or a touch of the finger. It is just as easy to record weights, document the position of the ladles and assign ladle covers.
The systematic representation of steel production can also be adapted to to allow for changes in the plant through the configuration of base data.
Using further dialogs, ladles and steel quantities can be checked, batches assigned and dispatched and base data updated. The dialogs are compiled for each user group depending on their rights. The underlying security concept immediately checks the credibility of the input. If the conditions stored in the system are violated, the current process and all details are reset and an error message issued. In addition, the system can enter all values via an emergency record.
The system was developed as a client / server application with .NET and WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation). The data is kept in an Oracle database. The real-time exchange of data is made possible through the use of Advanced Queuing.