Siemens' new system to boost Qatar Steel output
The IDS, installed for the first time in the Middle East, is a unique technology which allows the entire drive system in a manufacturing chain to be seamlessly integrated
Technology giant Siemens announced that its new Integrated Drive System (IDS) at Qatar Steel’s Rolling Mill 1 will raise annual output by up to 3.7% and is expected to reduce troubleshooting time by up to 20%.
The IDS, installed for the first time in the Middle East, is a unique technology which allows the entire drive system in a manufacturing chain to be seamlessly integrated.
Ali Bin Hassan Al-Muraikhi, Qatar Steel's managing director and general manager said: "Boosting our output and reducing the maintenance and troubleshooting time are becoming increasingly important for us to improve our manufacturing operations. We are pleased to be the first company in the Middle East to implement this innovative Siemens technology, which is distinguished by its efficiency and reliability.
“Through using an integrated drive system to streamline our rolling mills operations, we look forward to improving our performance and realising the required efficiency, in terms of operations and productivity.”
Bernhard Niessing, senior executive vice president, process industries and drives, Siemens Middle East, said: “This is a landmark installation for the Middle East’s manufacturing sector. An Integrated Drive System is capable of significantly transforming the productivity of manufacturing facilities, and we are proud that Qatar Steel is the first company in the Middle East to use this technology.”
The productivity gains are mainly due to a marked reduction in maintenance shutdown time and complexity, as the IDS allows for flexible maintenance cycles.
A reduction in troubleshooting time by up to 20% also means that potential problems are diagnosed faster, and major maintenance cycles can be better planned for, the company claims.
Moreover, the plant-wide standardisation of Siemens machinery means that there is less downtime as parts are readily available. All these factors will lead to a faster time to market for Qatar Steel.