Ruukki Increases Productivity with Quintiq

August 22, 2006 | 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
Ruukki in Raahe, Finland has implemented Quintiq and through this has been able to increase its productivity and reduce inventory. As commented by Pasi Rajala, a Development Engineer at Ruukki:

"Planning support has been improved dramatically and we are now in a position to be able to measure the production impacts. Although not every bit of improvement can be attributed to Quintiq, it's clear to us that the amount of planned stock slabs went down by 15 to 20 percent, making room for more casting on order. Casting efficiency has also been increased. The average length of strands also went up from approximately 3.5 ladles per strand to over four."

One central feature of the production process at Ruukki's production facility in Raahe is the continuous casting of slabs for heavy plate and strip products.

Three casters are available, producing approximately 8500 tons per day, fed from two mixers. After mixing and before casting, metallurgical treatment is provided by a desulphurization station, three converters, a stirring station for composition and temperature adjustment, a ladle furnace and a vacuum degasser.

About Quintiq
Quintiq provides advanced planning, scheduling and supply chain management solutions. The fast-growing Dutch company, established in 1997, offers software for planning, optimizing and automating complex business processes throughout the enterprise. Deloitte has recognized Quintiq as being one of the fastest growing technology companies in Europe, and Gartner has acknowledged Quintiq for its innovative products and market presence. The company's HQ is in 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands and it has subsidiaries in Germany, UK and the USA.