Publications on ESSA Project

 25th  March 2020

Journal of Metallic Materials 2019, 71 (4), p. 2–11 2

DOI: 10.32730/imz.2657-747.19.4.1

EUROPEAN PROJECT ‘BLUEPRINT “NEW SKILLS AGENDA STEEL”: INDUSTRY-DRIVEN SUSTAINABLE EUROPEAN STEEL SKILLS AGENDA AND STRATEGY (ESSA)’ – THE FIRST YEAR OF IMPLEMENTATION

Corresponding Author:

Wojciech SZULC, Józef PADUCH, Adam ZIELIŃSKI, Marcin DOLEŻYCH

Łukasiewicz Research Network – Institute of Ferrous Metallurgy

The article presents the general characteristics of the European project implemented by an international consortium, which includes the Łukasiewicz Research Network – Institute of Ferrous Metallurgy. The project concerns the preparation and improvement of personnel for the steel sector in the face of the rapidly approaching industrial revolution 4.0: WORK 4.0 for STEEL 4.0. The article presents the first results of the project obtained in 2019, highlighting the Institute’s contribution. The four-year project (completed in December 2022) integrates the efforts in this area of a broad European consortium, consisting of 24 partners from 10 countries and 14 associated partners from 8 countries, in the ERASMUS + programme.

Keywords: steel sector, skills, Industry 4.0, blueprint

 

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 21st February 2020

The Challenge of Digitalization in the Steel Sector

Teresa Annunziata Branca, Barbara Fornai, Valentina Colla, Maria Maddalena Murri, Eliana Streppa  and Antonius Johannes Schröder 

Abstract: Digitalization represents a paramount process started some decades ago, but which received a strong acceleration by Industry 4.0 and now directly impacts all the process and manufacturing sectors. It is expected to allow the European industry to increase its production efficency and its sustainability. In particular, in the energy-intensive industries, such as the steel industry, digitalization concerns the application of the related technologies to the production processes, focusing on two main often overlapping directions: Advanced tools for the optimization of the production chain and specific technologies for low-carbon and sustainable production. Furthermore, the rapid evolution of the technologies in the steel sector require the continuous update of the skills of the industrial workforce. The present review paper, resulting from a recent study developed inside a Blueprint European project, introduces the context of digitalization and some important definitions in both the European industry and the European iron and steel sector. The current technological transformation is depicted, and the main developments funded by European Research Programs are analyzed.
Moreover, the impact of digitalization on the steel industry workforce are considered together with the foreseen economic developments.

Keywords: digitalization; digital technologies; digital transformation; steel industry; digital skills

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Co-funded by the Erasmus + Programme of the European Union
Agreement Number: 2018-3059/001-001
Project Number: 600886-EPP-1-2018-1-DE-EPPKA2-SSA-B
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