15 January 2018

NLMK-SAP Innovations Lab pilots 3D employee positioning system

NLMK-SAP Innovations Lab pilots 3D employee positioning system

NLMK-SAP Innovations Lab together with National Centre of Internet of Things (NCIT) have developed a pilot 3D positioning system for shop-floor employees of hot-dip galvanizing line No.1 at NLMK Group’s Lipetsk site.

The system enables real-time tracking and analysis of equipment operating mode changes and employee positioning. The tracking information, amassed in a database, is later analyzed to enhance Operational Health and Safety (OHS), Human Resource and contractor management practices. The system will notify about OHS risks and eliminate them in advance. At the moment, the system is being prepared for full-scale industrial operations.

The pilot system was developed in record-low 3 months. The new solution is based on SAP Cloud Platform, RTLS-UWB positioning system, 3D imaging technology and LoRaWan wireless communication technology. The project’s technology-development partner was NCIT. The pilot was developed on a fully featured line, used for production of steel products for automotive, construction industries, and white goods manufacturing.

Elena Demyanova, NLMK Group Vice President for IT, said: “Employee positioning system is one of the first projects of NLMK-SAP Innovations Lab. This system is of current interest because not only it helps us analyze large quantities of data but also it prevents accidents at work, reduces safety risks, and improves operational efficiency. I hope that in a short time we will move from the pilot to full-scale roll out”.

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About NLMK Group

NLMK Group is the largest steelmaker in Russia and one of the most efficient in the world.

NLMK Group’s steel products are used in various industries, from construction and machine building to the manufacturing of power-generation equipment and offshore windmills.

NLMK operates production facilities in Russia, Europe and the United States. The Company’s steel production capacity exceeds 17 million tonnes per year.

NLMK has the most competitive cash cost among global manufacturers and one of the highest profitability levels in the industry. In 9M 2017, the Company generated $7.25 billion in revenue and $1.87 billion in EBITDA. As of 30 September 2017, Net debt/EBITDA stood at 0.3х. The company has an investment grade credit rating from S&P and Fitch.

NLMK’s ordinary shares with a 16% free-float are traded on the Moscow Stock Exchange (ticker "NLMK") and its global depositary shares are traded on the London Stock Exchange (ticker "NLMK:LI"). The share capital of the Company is divided into 5,993,227,240 shares with a par value of RUB1. For more details on NLMK shareholder capital, please follow the link.

NLMK Group received the Steel Industry Leadership Award at the prestigious 2016 Platts Global Metals Awards held by S&P Global Platts, a leading international industry analytical periodical.

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