SSAB RUUKKI

Global leadership in value-added high-strength steels


Background

SSAB is a highly-specialized global steel company driven by close customer relationships. SSAB develops high-strength steels and provides services for better performance and sustainability.

The company is a leading producer on the global market for Advanced High-Strength Steels (AHSS) and Quenched & Tempered Steels (Q&T), strip, plate and tubular products, as well as construction solutions. SSAB’s steels and services help to make end products lighter and increase their strength and lifespan.

SSAB has a cost-efficient and flexible production system. SSAB’s production plants in Sweden, Finland and the US have an annual steel production capacity of 8.8 million tonnes. The company also has capacity to process and finish various steel products in China, Brazil and many other countries. In Sweden and Finland, production is integrated into a blast furnace process. In the US, electric arc furnaces are used for a scrap-based production process.


Solutions

The planning solution developed at Ruukki in Raahe, Finland, is an implementation of the Quintiq metal scheduler and takes into consideration customer-specific constraints, logic and algorithms. Material reservation is supported by a highly interactive form, which is available in the industry solution and supplemented with Ruukki-specific rules to locate suitable slabs efficiently. The Logic Factory is providing Application Management services on a daily basis in order to support this implementation, and make sure it is ready for future usage.


Benefits

With Quintiq, Ruukki Raahe has reported the following improvements:

  • Decreased planned stock slabs by 15 to 20 percent, freeing up capacity for last-minute orders
  • Improved casting efficiency by over 10 percent

Thanks to Quintiq, our way of working has been developed considerably. Now it is possible to respond to the continuously changing requirements of process and customers.

Jaakko KoistinenIT System Designer, SSAB Ruukki