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Global meet on steel in capital

Research and Development Centre for Iron and Steel (RDCIS) of Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) will host a three-day international conference on automation and information technology in iron and steel making (AITISM-2014), starting from Wednesday on its Ranchi premises.

R.K. Rathi, executive director in charge of RDCIS, said on Monday that the conference would be organised in association with Ranchi chapter of Computer Society of India, Indian Institute of Metals, Centre for Engineering and Technology and Mecon Limited.

“Quality of steel produced, delivery of products on time and competitive price are certain key issues the steel industry is currently focusing on. The aim is to achieve production of about 300 million tonnes (MT) of steel per annum by 2015, the share of SAIL being 50MT annually,” Rathi said at a news meet in his office.

Automation helps reduce production cost and sell steel at a competitive price, Rathi explained, adding that these conferences that were held every alternative year provided a platform for interaction and experience sharing amongst experts, technologists, consultants, academicians and equipment manufacturers from across the globe.

“Besides India, experts from Germany, Italy, US, Finland, Netherlands and China will attend the conference this time,” Rathi informed and added that Rajat Moona, director general of Centre for Development and Advanced Computing, Pune, would deliver the keynote address on indigenous solution for iron and steel industry on the inaugural day.

There will be 12 technical sessions in all where 71 papers will be presented.

A technical exhibition would also be organised at the conference venue where 31 premier equipment manufacturers would put up their products, Rathi added.

Asked on the outcome of such conferences, Rathi said that based on interactions in earlier meets, SAIL had researched further and applied wireless technology in steel smelting shops and coke-ovens in its plants.

“Applications technologies like cloud computing in steel industry may come up for discussion this time,” he added.

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