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celano GmbH is participant at the ecoMetals-Initiative

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Rising energy costs, the climat warming as well as draining natural ressources have pushed the topic of energy efficiency onto the international agenda. Celano GmbH is participant of the ecoMetals-Initiative, whose goal it is to shape a better future.

 

Today, furnace operators are confronted with the problem of a bigger spread in materials and increasing quality standards while working with much smaller lot sizes. In addition stricter environment regulations as well as higher energy costs intensify the situation. The old concepts are pushed to their limits. This apply in particular while working with changing thermal properties, such as different dimensions of the material, downtimes and empty furnace spaces.

In contrary to old approaches, which only observe single elements in the furnace (e.g. critical material), celano GmbH has developed a new three step procedure which observes the whole material inside the furnace, thus optimizing the way of driving while abstaining from the usual simplifications (e.g. Sollwert­gruppen).

 

 

 

This development was supportet by the science project EP090653 of the “Zentralen Innovationsprogramm Mittelstand”(„Gefördert vom Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Technologie aufgrund eines Beschlusses des Deutschen Bundestages“).To ensure online compatibility despite the complexity of the programm and the needed computing power, the whole software has been designed with a parallel processing approach. Furthermore, a flexible evolutionary algorithm – also using parallel processing - was implemented to reach the varying optimization goals.

 

 

 


Energy savings and improvement of product quality will be achieved by this innovative furnace control system. According to higher dynamics and quicker reaction times of the new model, those improvements apply especially for frequently changing material allocation and downtimes.