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The Morse project (Model-based optimisation for efficient use of resources and energy) will improve the products, business operations and competitiveness, as well as the energy and raw material efficiency, of the European steel industry. It brings together software houses, researchers developing models and steel factories for developing software tools that will be used to reform, accelerate and manage heavy production processes.
Morse’s main objective is to develop more advanced tools to improve steel quality and the management of complex processes. New ways of managing the entire production chain, lowering the consumption of energy and raw materials in particular, and reducing yield losses are being sought for the industry. A special development target is model-based software tools, which are being tested in close cooperation with various steel mills in Europe.
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The vision of Morse is to develop and apply control software solutions for integrated optimisation of the entire chain of production processes, to minimise the use of resources for producing high quality products with maximum yield.
The mission of the Morse project is to develop model-based, predictive raw material and energy optimisation tools for the whole process route. This approach will be demonstrated in steel industry, to increase yield and product quality in production of high-strength carbon steels, stainless steels and cast steels.
The Morse project aims to further develop and to integrate a set of software tools that have partly already been validated in different process steps in steel industries. With the enhanced Morse tools companies of the process industry will be enabled to optimise the use of raw materials and energy by coordinated prediction and control of resource input and product quality along the entire process route from raw material and energy intake to customer delivery.
We divided our main objective into specific objectives as follows
The project is organised into seven work packages presented in figure below. Morse project starts with a six-month requirement and specification phase (WP1), which acts as a preliminary work for implementation and use case preparations. The development and implementation is performed in three WPs which are divided into process specific model development (WP2), process route optimisation actions (WP3) and application development (WP4) that integrates and take care of practical implementation in the system level. In the verification phase (WP5), the developed technology is tested and validated in three different industrial environments to prove the suitability and transferability of the developed technology.
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd (VTT), is a state owned and controlled non-profit limited liability company established by law. As an impartial non-profit Research and Technology Organisation (RTO) and with the national mandate and mission to support economic competitiveness, societal development and innovation, VTT carries out research and innovation activities for the needs of industry and knowledge-based society.
SSAB is a highly specialized, global steel company. The company is a leading producer on the global market for Advanced High Strength Steels (AHSS) and Quenched & Tempered Steels (Q&T), strip, plate and tubular products, as well as construction solutions.
Outokumpu is a global leader in stainless steel. Stainless steel is an ideal material to create lasting solutions in demanding applications from cutlery to bridges, energy to medical equipment. Stainless steel as material is 100% recyclable, corrosion-resistant, maintenance-free, durable and hygienic. Outokumpu has been instrumental in developing the stainless steel industry into what it is today.
Maschinenfabrik Liezen und Gießerei GmbH (MFL) manufactures steel castings for rail traffic industry, environmental technology, construction industry and automotive industry. Numerous certifications, approvals as well as manufacturer-related product qualifications are their trademark. In their electric arc furnaces MFL produces the melts for low-alloyed steel castings, cryogenic steel castings, quenched and tempered steel castings, heat resistant castings and wear resistant castings.
BFI, VDEh-Betriebsforschungsinstitut GmbH, is one of Europe's leading private-sector institutes for applied research and development in the field of steel technology and connected branches. BFI is a non-profit, limited liability company for which Steel Institute VDEh is the only shareholder. The main object of institute’s work is the cross-process optimisation of steel production under resource efficiency, product quality, economic and environmental aspects.
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CYBERNETICA AS is a research intensive SME located in Trondheim, Norway. Cybernetica develops, implements and maintains specialized solutions for model-based control, supervision and optimization of selected industrial processes. Cybernetica’s main products are systems for model-based control and optimization of industrial processes.
GRIPS Industrial IT Solutions GmbH is an SME and develops innovative solutions for process automation and optimization for the steel, foundry and automotive industries using latest technologies in software development. The company was founded 1998 as subsidiary of GRIPS Software.
IDENER is a private research SME located in La Rinconada (Seville, Spain). The company develops computational science tools aimed to the optimal design and operation of complex systems in the areas of chemical and biochemical processing, integrated logistics, business intelligence, manufacturing, defense and aerospace. Specifically, the company is specialised in the development and implementation of mathematical optimisation engines, which are integrated in deployable tools in combination with the other units of the company (mathematical modelling, software development and advanced control) and also jointly with other project partners.
Key public deliverables are:
D1.2 System requirements specification (SRS)
February 2018 (pdf - 1.87 MB)
D1.3 List of generic KPIs to assess the system functionality and benchmarks for system validation on use cases
March 2018 (pdf - 1.13 MB)
D2.1 Layout of process models
June 2018 (pdf - 2.78 MB)
D6.1 Project website
November 2017 (pdf - 1.03MB)
D6.2 Dissemination plan
January 2018 (pdf - 711 KB)
D6.3 Communication plan
March 2018 (pdf - 1.40 MB)
D6.4 Initial exploitation plan
March 2019 (pdf - 557 KB)
D7.1 Setting up project content management system
November 2017 (pdf - 499 KB)
Publications within the project
Backman, J., Kyllönen, V., & Helaakoski, H. (2019). Methods and Tools of Improving Steel Manufacturing Processes: Current State and Future Methods. IFAC-PapersOnLine, 52(13), 1174-1179
Communication actions or other presentations
Helaakoski, H., Ollila, S., Wasbø, S. O., Rotevatn, T., Moreira, S., Schlautmann, M., & Backman, J. (2019). Model-Based Optimisation for Efficient Use of Resources and Energy. In METEC & 4th European Steel Technology and Application Days 2019.
Other publications of the consortium related to the project
Kanninen, K., Lilja, J. Cost optimisation system for an integrated steel mill. Stahl und Eisen (2017). Issue no 6. Page 75-78
Tamminen S., Tiensuu H., Ferreira E., Helaakoski H., Kyllönen V., Jokisaari J. and Puukko E. (2018) From Measurements to Knowledge - Online Quality Monitoring and Smart Manufacturing. In: Perner P. (eds) Advances in Data Mining. Applications and Theoretical Aspects. ICDM 2018. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 10933. Springer, Cham.
Tamminen, S., Ferreira, E., Tiensuu, H., Helaakoski, H., Kyllönen, V., Jokisaari, J., ... & Röning, J. (2019). An online quality monitoring tool for information acquisition and sharing in manufacturing: requirements and solutions for the steel industry. International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering, 33(3), 291-313.
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Dr. Heli Helaakoski
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd (Finland)