Metals - Controls & Automation
GE’s Power Conversion business offers advanced and reliable automation systems with accurate functions and technologies that take into account mechanical and site data, energy consumption, and plant productivity. GE's goal is to deliver a product that achieves the highest possible performance and quality. GE systems are based on more than one hundred years of experience as one of the leading suppliers to the metals industry. They reflect the competence gained through numerous projects successfully completed and serviced for our customers.
High Performance Controller
GE offers complete integrated control systems, from sensors and actuators up to production coordination. GE systems enable precise control, high availability and easy maintenance, with great benefits for end-users.
GE's High Performance controller pilots the automation process and technological controls, and the same controller is also used in most of our drives, compensation and large conversion systems, thus reducing spare parts and training requirements. The controller communicates easily with any third party products or equipment and fully complies with many international standards and protocols. The associated in-house tool kit provides a powerful suite of software tools for configuration, programming, debugging, monitoring, and maintaining the integrated systems, locally or remotely.
Human Machine Interface (HMI)
The Human Machine Interface (HMI) represents an important part of GE’s automation solution. Process information, permissive management, alarm/fault display, historical data trending, and logging provided through GE systems to operators enable tight control and monitoring of processes to ensure the highest possible quality and productivity.
GE’s technological controls systems for hot rolling mills, cold rolling mills, and processing lines include an extensive range of reliable standard modules, easily adaptable to any processes and mechanical needs, with the overriding goal to achieve performance and product quality objectives.
Supervisory Controls & Mathematical Models
GE's automation system for process management and optimization is based on servers configuration and software designed to meet customers’ requirements such as:
- Interface to the plant system
- Product data management and tracking
- Setup calculation
- Data collection and quality tracking for production and quality reports
GE provides advanced mathematical models for hot and cold rolling applications. Accurate models enable the supervisory system to optimize the process to reduce production times and raise product quality, yield, and throughput. As a result, energy savings may also be achieved. To optimize performance, adaptive learning functionality allows the basic models to be adjusted automatically for variations of material and installation behavior.
GE systems provide full simulation for digital sensors, absolute encoders, thickness, tension, speed, flatness, pulse generators, motor currents and so on, enabling validation of the complete automation system and a fully integrated factory test with the operators. These offer reduced commissioning time, facilitate a full training of customer personnel and provide the optimum quality of deliverables in all projects.
GE’s diagnostic systems are fully integrated within the drives and automation systems. Equipment status, process alarms, and process data can be viewed and analyzed using statistical packages to monitor both short-term and long-term trends. Customer, product, and system support is also provided worldwide through local service units backed by remote diagnostic facilities. Remote access is offered seven days a week to plant personnel. This remote system reduces support costs, improves diagnostics efficiency and reduces production stoppages.