Siemens Completes Implementation of AIS SteelPlanner at Chinese Steel Mill

The implementation of AIS SteelPlanner MES-System for the 2150mm Hot Strip Mill of Rizhao Steel in China has been finished by Siemens Ltd., China in July 2009. AIS is a wholly owned subsidiary of PSI since 26 August 2009.

The AIS SteelPlanner MES-solution selected by Rizhao Steel covers the entire business process starting from order entry to dispatch of finished products. On the planning side, the system covers production and quality planning as well as production scheduling. The acquired actual production data is further used for production, quality control, and planned versus actual comparison.

The combination of the strong local presence of Siemens Ltd., China with the expertise of AIS in MES solutions for the steel industry was a decisive factor in the selection process from Rizhao. Mr. Chen Tong, Leading Engineer of Quality department says: "With this system's quality planning and comparison mechanism base on configurable rules, we can define flexible rules according to changing market requirements, thus significantly reduce operators' workload, speed up the process and ensure the accuracy against manual operation at the same time."

The MES-System also provides fast and reliable information of order status, material consumption and output, and accurate information about stocks, to support enterprise information management with existing ERP and Logistics systems. Mr. Ji Shengfeng, Manager of IT department says: "The solution merges into our current production information systems smoothly and adapts to our local specific business much faster and better than our expectation."

PSI and AIS form the worldwide market leader in the area of Business & Manufacturing Planning, Manufacturing Execution, Material Logistics and Energy Management for the metals industry. Since many years, the customers place trust in PSI and AIS to deliver added value user friendly solutions that can be integrated easily and customised to specific requirements.

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