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Meet focus on making steel

If the country wants to achieve its ambitious target of producing 300 million tonnes (MT) of steel per annum by 2025 as envisaged in the national policy, application of automation and information technology in steel making is a must.

This was the observation of majority of the speakers at the inaugural session of a three-day international conference on automation and information technology in iron and steel making (AITISM-2014) at Ispat Bhavan auditorium in Ranchi on Wednesday.

Research and Development Centre for Iron and Steel (RDCIS) of Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) is hosting the event in association with Ranchi chapter of Computer Society of India, Indian Institute of Metals, Centre for Engineering and Technology and Mecon Limited.

According to the national steel policy, SAIL’s contribution in the total production of 300 MT will be 50 MT per year. In order to achieve that target, various means including automation and information technology are being explored through this meet.

“Automation and information technology is no more a fancy feature but a necessity in modern steel making,” said A K Tyagi, CMD, Mecon Limited, who was the chief guest.

Automation helps reduce production cost and sell steel at a competitive price, executive director in charge of RDCIS R.K. Rathi explained.

“Although the technology may not immediately reduce manpower requirement, but will surely discipline the entire thought process and help produce clean, compact and green steel,” said Anutosh Maitra, chief executive officer of Bokaro Steel Plant.