Purdue Northwest’s Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization Consortium (SMSVC) officially gained another international steel manufacturer in January 2019, as Tata Steel Nederland BV, based in Velsen-Noord, the Netherlands, was accepted for membership.
SMSVC and CIVS Director Dr. Chenn Zhou welcomed the new addition, observing that “Tata Steel Nederland’s focus on health and safety in steelmaking operations, including its construction of a dedicated Safety Centre and investment in simulation technologies for innovative product development, mesh very well with SMSVC and CIVS strengths. We greatly look forward to creating successful collaborations with Tata Steel Nederland through shared Consortium interests.”
Tata Steel Nederland representatives see in SMSVC membership opportunities for TSN to get a better understanding of the iron and steelmaking processes by the methodology developed by the SMSVC. The computational tools providing high-resolution modelling and visualization do increase the competitiveness in resolving various issues and problems in the operation of iron and steelmaking processes and provide solutions to meet future manufacturing requirements.
Hans van der Weijde, Programme Director, said of the new partnership, “In addition to traditional tools, simulation is becoming more and more an integrated part of any development in iron and steelmaking. This partnership will enhance the development and usage of advanced simulation techniques for the production of high-value, high-grade steel for automotive and other markets.”
Tata Steel Nederland ( https://www.tatasteel.nl/) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Steel Europe with Tata Steel Limited the ultimate parent company. Tata Steel Europe is one of Europe’s leading steel producers, with steelmaking in the Netherlands and the UK, and manufacturing plants across Europe. The company supplies high-quality steel products to the most demanding markets, including construction and infrastructure, automotive, packaging and engineering. Tata Steel works with customers to develop new steel products which give them a competitive edge.
The Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization Consortium (SMSVC) is an industry-led, self-sustained consortium that was launched in 2016 through a US Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) initiative aimed at establishing new or strengthening existing industry-driven consortia to promote advanced manufacturing. The SMSVC is housed at Purdue University Northwest’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) and encompasses steel producers, raw materials and energy/utility suppliers, and steel users.