Digitalized in-line monitoring of surface defects, oxides, and impurities on rolling ingots, strip, and wire

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Coordinator Swerim AB - Avdelningen för Värmning och Bearbetningsteknik (VB)
Funding from Vinnova SEK 600 000
Project duration August 2019 - December 2019
Status Ongoing
Venture Strategic innovation programme for process industrial IT and automation – PiiA
Call Digitization of industrial value chains

Purpose and goal

The project is a feasibility study and will investigate the conditions for in-line detection and characterizing of surface defects along the process chain for stainless steel wire and strip using a number of selected measurement techniques and measurement strategies. The goal is to create knowledge and data to, in a subsequent full-scale project, develop and install selected sensors and measurement strategies, connect the process to a digital platform to collect, store and analyze data in real time and apply machine learning algorithms aiming at autonomous control of the process.

Expected results and effects

The goal is to have an answer on, whether selected sensors and measurement strategies will work in the targeted measurement points, with sufficient performance, limitations and conditions to be met, and costs associated with the introduction of current solutions. The result will be the basis for planning and deciding on a full-scale continuation project. Finally, the project will provide greater insight into what digitalization of the process to the aforementioned scope means and thus increase the ability to utilize technology and solutions in future projects.

Planned approach and implementation

The project is divided into 6 work packages: WP 1 - Project management, administration and dissemination of results WP 2 - Defining measurement points, sensor solutions and measurement strategies Job description: WP 3 - SOTA analysis for selected sensors and measurement strategies within current measurement cases WP 4 - Laboratory tests for selected sensors and measurement strategies WP 5 - Analysis of conditions for connecting selected parts of the processes to Swerim´s digital platform for each project partner WP 6 - Quantification of the project´s potential value creation

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