One of our main challenges is process optimization as it involves dealing with multiple factors such as product and quality variability, yield management, production and consumables, and variability between operator shifts.
Our added value is based on reducing quality variability, and maximizing yield and profitability in complex processes. To achieve this, we rely on standardizing the process optimization strategy and on maximizing profitability with ABB Ability™ Advanced Process Control. For metals the solution uses Model Predictive Control (MPC) of multivariable models, analytics and performance optimization. It creates digital twins by predicting behavior over time using process data.
Acting as an "autopilot," the solution drives the process towards a more profitable operation through modeling and optimization techniques, reducing the need for operators to continuously monitor and modify processes throughout the day. ABB's remote access support and KPI tracking ensure that the benefits are maintained throughout the life cycle of the plant.
We also help our customers to systematically move towards self-optimizing processes through the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning, which predict optimal parameters based on materials, improving quality and throughput while reducing energy and consumables.
Lastly, how does the metals industry and ABB deal with the changes that are taking place in the supply chain as well as industry demand? How do you see the future of the metals sector in Spain?
Returning to the initial question, both we and our customers and suppliers must accelerate initiatives, solutions, and actions as much as possible in order to enable the 2030 Climate Target Plan set by the European Commission.
But we can't stop here. Climate change, decarbonization and ensuring a sustainable life on the planet mean that large projects and mega trends are already defining industries, strategies and aspiration levels with measurable dates and data for 2050.
In this sense, the metals industry in Spain has become fully aware of what the concept of sustainability, energy efficiency, and circular economy means (this sector being a clear pioneer of this), and is committed to facing the challenges that we, as a society in general, have ahead of us.
Green steel is the concept and the goal, not for the future, but for the present. Steel is an essential material in many sectors (automotive, construction, infrastructure...).
Relating the question to Spain, we are fortunate to have important metals producers with a high level of involvement and commitment to circular economy, sustainability, energy efficiency, digitalization, et cetera. Always offering its customers an excellent level of quality while adapting their production systems to the real and urgent needs of the planet.