Microsoft and Tenova strengthen their partnership to innovate the metals industry
by Hans Diederichs
Microsoft and Tenova, a Techint Group company specialized in innovative solutions for the metals and mining industries, strengthen their partnership for Industry 4.0. Leveraging on the Microsoft Azure platform and Tenova's innovative solutions for the steel industry, the two companies aim to lead the digital transformation of the sector, which plays a key role in the global economic growth, manufacturing products for a total value of $2,500 billion each year and employing more than 6 million people worldwide1 .
The goal of this renewed partnership is to provide Italian companies in the metals industry with industrial solutions based on Artificial Intelligence technology, in order to give value to the large amount of data coming from industrial plants, with the goal to monitor their operations and performances, as well as guaranteeing the quality of the final product. This collaboration is grounded on three main pillars: predictive monitoring and maintenance – which allow to establish the health status of plants, to modify production parameters to ensure high performance and minimize downtime; optimization of operations and internal process management – to improve productivity and scalability in a safe and sustainable way; collaboration and constant commitment to innovation between technology experts and plants operators (the so called "human factor") – capitalizing on the insights related to the use of the machinery thanks to sector-specific knowledge and expertise, so as to transform raw data into relevant information.
Several companies have already adopted Tenova's solutions enhanced by Microsoft technology, including ORI Martin – steel company based in Brescia specialized in the production of high quality steel, Tenova’s partner in the ambitious Lighthouse Plant "Acciaio_4.0". The aim is to transform the production site of Brescia into a Smart Factory thanks to the application of the enabling technologies of Industry 4.0., thus becoming a model of innovation within the sector, not only at national level. Tenaris, one of the world's largest manufacturers and suppliers of steel pipes and services to the global energy industry, also established a team of data scientists whose mission is to overcome industrial challenges and exploit digital solutions. Since then, Tenaris has initiated a great variety of use cases related to industrial processes, some of which in collaboration with Tenova and Microsoft, aware that the ability to process and interpret large amounts of real-time data plays a crucial role in supporting business continuity globally.
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