Virtuo® OptiScale - A digital tool that scans and analyses steel products passing through the reheating furnace to control the oxide scale growth and reduce scale loss
Oxide scale is both a product quality, a productivity and an environmental issue. Steelmakers spend time and money trying to achieve their desired surface quality and remove oxide scale from the furnace. Virtuo® OptiScale is an advanced new digital tool designed to achieve oxide scale efficiently and intelligently. Using lasers and infrared cameras, it scans the steel slab as it passes through the furnace and automatically adjusts furnace parameters to reduce oxide scale and prevent non-adherent oxide scaling. Even better, the software uses machine learning to continually evolve its understanding so that it can predict scale loss for all products being heated in the furnace. The modelling is automatically updated with the latest information from the furnace. With this technology, scale loss can be reduced by up to 30% and the related quality, cost, maintenance and environmental concerns are minimized.
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