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Digitalization in Metals

Digitalization in metals, as in many other manufacturing industries, typically starts in the plant. The industrial internet of things provides huge opportunities for automation and efficiency gains, increase asset efficiency, and either enable higher quality, or lower cost of quality – or both. People and asset safety are another obvious improvement area.

Typically, in a next step, metal companies look into outbound & inbound logistics processes.

Digitalization of sales and procurement processes provide obviously faster, more efficient & less-error-prone processes, but also enable entirely new sales channels, customer groups, or suppliers. Would you have expected a global steel multi-national to sell direct? Times are a changing, and technology opens new doors.

But selling books is not like selling steel, and car factory is quite different to an integrated steel mill. Find below – as a starting point for your browsing the community – a few introductory blogs and papers to navigate the digital transformation topic from a metals point of view.

SAP Point of View White Paper: Digital Transformation in Metals

Digital technology provides huge opportunities for the metals industry – to transform business models, take business processes to the next level, and entirely change the working environment.

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Blog: Russia’s Largest Steel Company Bets Big On E-Commerce

Severstal is going digital full steam – also on the sales side. They have introduced a new online shop for metal products, and share their overall strategy for digital commerce in challenging times.

Read for more details,  but also check out the Bloomberg interview with Severstal executive to get the strategic drivers behind the decision to sell online. Most of the metals companies I talked to recently, fine-tune their digital sales channel – some with additional logistics services, or a multi-brand strategy.


Blog: Bringing Superior Value to Metals Companies with the Internet of Things

In the metals industry, the production process generates a huge amount of data. How to get from data to smarter, timely, context-rich decisions, and finally to superior value in a heterogenuous  manufacturing landscape.

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Blog: The Digital Guardian Angel

Steel mills are a dangerous place to be. The furnace is like an active volcano. Rail cars with liquid steel move through the plant. This blog takes a closer look at health and safety risks in steel mills – and how technology like the IoT and wearables are helping metals companies today to keep their workers save – includes wearables, IoT, 3D-positioning, EHS.. 

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Blog: The Circular Economy for Metals 

The circular economy is no longer a vision, but a strategic imperative for managing supply risk of scarce natural resources. Why it is a good business case, how to prepare for it – and most importantly for many metals producers : how to digitalize your inbound supply chain e.g. for scrap metal, and how to deal with the ambiguities of a recycling process.

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