Berlin, May 31, 2023 – At the Brazilian steel producer Villares Metals, the new production management software PSImetals 5.23 for the Multi Line Hot Rolling Mill went already live in November 2022. The PSI Metals’ long-term customer decided to replace their existing solution with PSImetals in order to improve quality control, harmonize the IT landscape and reduce operational failures.
PSI has collaborated with Villares Metals since 2009 for various implementations. This time, Villares decided to expand the PSImetals scope into the downstream areas to unify the Melt Shop MES and the Hot Rolling Area MES in the same software platform. The implemented software covers production and quality tracking, line scheduling, material tracking with level 1 integration and SAP integration.
To ensure the success of the project, a team of experts from PSI Metals Brazil supported the Brazilian steelmaker in their local Portuguese language, interacting with the key users to understand their needs and to configure PSImetals to fulfill their requirements.
“It was a very interesting experience,” says Mr. Carlos Tempesta, Digital Transformation Manager at Villares Metals and further adds: “The biggest achievement with the new solution was the possibility to have control and standardization of processes. PSI Metals experts are professionals with great knowledge about steelmaking processes, which made the work much easier and avoided many problems during the project. They contributed a lot by suggesting improvements that even we did not know how to execute.”
Villares Metals is part of the High Performance Metals Division of voestalpine Group, and is the largest Latin American producer of non-flat high-alloyed steels and Ni-based alloys, which, amongst other areas, are used by automotive and aerospace industries, and the energy sector.
The PSI Group develops its own software products for optimizing the flow of energy and materials for utilities (energy grids, energy trading, public transport) and industry (metals production, automotive, mechanical engineering, logistics). The industry-specific products, which are built from standard components, are sold both directly and via the cloud-based PSI App Store and can also be customized by customers and partners themselves. PSI was founded in 1969 and employs more than 2,200 people worldwide.