Constant reconfiguration of supply plans
Use case with Sidenor Group
Sidenor Group produces a variety of steel products (e.g., merchant bars, plates, wide rods and more). Their processes range from scrap purchasing and metal processing to packaging and delivering to customers. All orders and the corresponding processes are shared among six plants located in the Balkans and Cyprus.
In the project, it is represented by Sidenor Steel Industry S.A. which operates a manufacturing plant in Thessaloniki, Greece.
External and internal disruptions require reallocating the production to different production sites than originally planned. Currently, reconfiguration takes place manually and is based on expert knowledge and spreadsheet calculations. Moreover, decisions taken at the network level are not connected to the reconfiguration needed at the factory level.
The vision of the future process
Based on a secure data exchange using IDS/Gaia-X connectors and the Asset Administration Shell (AAS) concept, the resilience toolbox will guide the user through the steps for network reconfiguration by highlighting the differences with the current configuration status. The macroplanning optimiser uses data from the ERP system to reallocate the production among the facilities and update raw material supplies. In the microplanning optimisation tool, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) agent will compute the scheduling of Sidenor’s plant based on the output of the macroplanning optimisation tool and data from the ERP. The resulting schedule will be displayed to the user.
Involved project partners
- Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems & Automation (Greece)
- Netcompany-Intrasoft (Luxemburg)
- Sidenor Viomichaniki Chalyva Anonymi Etairia (Greece)