Up to 40%
of the overall steel production costs are spent on energy according to the World Steel Association.
With the steel markets being highly competitive cost-efficiency is one of the top priorities for plant managers. And as energy costs can constitute up to 40 % of the overall costs, energy consumption has a huge potential for cost optimization. Think for example of utilities, or “W.A.G.E.S.” (water, air, gas, electricity, steam). Utility costs in the steelmaking industry are equal to more than 3% of a plant’s revenue in the United States, and more than 6% of revenue in Europe.
To improve the performance of a blast furnace, a converter or an electric arc furnace, various critical parameters have to be closely monitored. Having reliable and accurate measurements ensures a tighter process control and by that an optimized energy usage. Also critical is the optimal usage of argon, compressed air or steam. As they have a direct impact on the result of the process they also influence how much energy is used.
Level measurements in the blast furnace
Controlling annealing furnace gases
Electric arc furnace optimization
Acid density measurement in cold rolling mill
Endress+Hauser offers a complete range of process instrumentation as well as dedicated automation solutions and comprehensive services that support the entire life cycle of your steel plant. Thanks to over 60 years of industry experience in even the most challenging environments, employees can make valuable recommendations on how how best to combine smart measurement sensors to reduce energy consumption and save money.
of the costs for pressured air can be saved using our smart instrumentation and solutions.
does it take approximately for our steam monitoring solution to pay off thanks to reduced energy costs.
smart sensors integrated in 65 digital optimization projects.