After a successful predictive analytics initiative, Gerdau, a Brazilian steel manufacturer, announces a large-scale rollout of GE’s software and services across 11 of its steel plants in Brazil. The producer of long steel will use GE’s SmartSignal, historians, services and remote monitoring for more than 600 assets.
The remote monitoring will be done by the GE’s Industrial Performance and Reliability Center, based in Illinois.
“Gerdau is incorporating greater agility and autonomy in operational decisions via digitization. We are focused on creating value and and our partnership with GE will definitely provide important support for this challenge,” says Andre B. Gerdau Johannpeter, CEO of Gerdau.
The initial pilot for SmartSignal and remote monitoring included 50 assets and the company was able to “realize two catches of potential asset issues that could be addressed via early planned maintenance without impact to the business,” according to Gerdau. The savings from these early preventative action was the cost of the pilot.
“Businesses like Gerdau are thinking about cloud, Big Data, mobile, platforms and even talent differently, says Bill Ruh, ceo of GE Digital division. “Digitization and a focus on outcomes, facilitated by analytics, is a solution.”
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