Tenova signed a strategic agreement with BM S.p.A for robotics, with the aim to enhance steel plants’ performances and workers’ safety.
Castellanza, June 12, 2018 – Improvement of the safety level on the workplace and reduction of the length of the productive cycle: these are the primary objectives of the agreement for the implementation and sale of robotics solutions for steel plants, concluded between Tenova – a company of the Techint Group specialized in innovative solutions for the metals and mining industries – and Polytec Robotics – worldwide leader in robotics solutions for the metals industry, brand of BM S.p.A.
Thanks to the collaboration with Polytec Robotics, Tenova moves forward in the development of key technologies of the so-called “fourth industrial revolution”, with the goal to be leader in Industry 4.0 solutions for the metals industry.
Tenova – whose approach is characterized by high standards of innovation, reliability and safety – has found a valuable partner in Polytec Robotics. Thanks to its high technological standards, PolyTEN is a range of solutions that allow steelmakers to increase safety in the furnace area, combining improvements in productivity and cost reduction.
Within the PolyTEN collection, PolyEye Beesafe is a state-of-the-art anthropomorphic robot – part of Tenova technological platform called “No Man on the Floor” – which was designed to enable the full operation of the furnace without workers on the field. PolyEye Beesafe makes possible to view the inside of the furnace and conduct a thorough inspection to identify potential malfunctions and facilitate predictive maintenance interventions.
Thus, the advantages of the offered solutions concern operations: enhancement of the safety level for operators; improvement of working conditions; increase in production capacity and plant reliability; and optimization of production process activities.
The agreement between the two Italian companies – major players in the steel sector – enables Tenova to be present on the market with its own suite of robotics solutions, fully created by Polytec Robotics. With more than 130 installations in steel plants, rolling mills and pipe plants worldwide, Polytec Robotics has been able to develop in a few years a complete range of “smart” robotic islands. These can be installed in existing plants as well as in new ones, integrating and optimizing the entire productive process, so to make it more efficient and safer for operators.