Rautaruukki ups production without interruption


Honeywell will supply an extensive automation solution to Finland-based Rautaruukki's Raahe Steel Works to improve operations. The plant's systems will be installed and implemented over the next three years, without any breaks in production. The first stage of the implementation is scheduled to take place in summer 2006.

An Experion process-knowledge system (PKS) will be installed to control the coke batteries and the related byproduct plant. The system comprises 13 redundant PMD controllers connected via Profibus. Additionally, the order includes fail-safe control safety systems for three waste-heat boilers.

"Honeywell's lifecycle management services cover an automation systems' entire lifecycle, starting from the project preplanning phase," says Timo Saarelainen, managing director of Honeywell Finland. "This is to ensure customers receive an automation solution that matches their specific needs and can adapt to varying requirements throughout the system's lifespan."

Rautaruukki is a member of the Ruukki Group that supplies components, systems, and turnkey solutions for the building and engineering industries. Its 12,000 employees staff operations in 23 countries.

— Richard Phelps, senior editor, Control Engineering

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