Shortly after the completion of the SteelPlanner project on the hot end area of Ternium Sidor’s site in Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela, Ternium Sidor has decided to roll out the AIS SteelPlanner solution to its entire facilities for the flat steel product division.
The hot end project, successfully commissioned in 2006, allows Sidor to improve their control of the planning and scheduling of the 3 continuous casters and the hot strip mill. Amongst others, the following benefits have been achieved:
• Generation of the schedule up to 4 times faster
• Better management of the slab transit time at the reheating furnace
• Inventory reduction by up to 60% for non-assigned slabs
• Improvement of schedule length by up to 11%
The new project, started in Q1 2007, will roll out the complete SteelPlanner Advanced Planning and Scheduling solution for the optimization of the supply chain of the entire site. With these projects, Ternium Sidor will optimize both the capacity/flow planning levels and detailed scheduling levels starting from the continuous caster all the way down to the tin plate and packing line with one single solution line: SteelPlanner®.
“We decided to continue the implementation of the AIS SteelPlanner modules in Ternium Sidor’s cold lines because of two main reasons: The excellent results that we have achieved with the Hot End Solution project and the flexibility on the configuration of the solutions of AIS to fit with our optimization philosophy to solve the plant’s flows and facilities scheduling, which starts with a long term macro solution (flow plan), follows through to a desegregated mid-term solution (detailed flow plan / master scheduling), and finishes with a short term detailed solution (short term scheduling). With this new project, Cold End Solution, we hope to improve the scheduling synchronization of the three flat products plants of Ternium Sidor: the cold strip mill, the hot strip mill and steelmaking. At the same time achieving such benefits as optimizing resources, maximizing facilities productivity, minimizing costs, and upgrading customer fulfilment”, says Juan Iocco, Sidor Logistics Director.
This second phase of the project is composed of several sub-modules releases that will go live starting mid 2007 till mid 2008.