NLMK, SAP Innovations Lab and NCIoT to launch a 3D employee positioning system for shop floors

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This system will prevent accidents at work, reduce safety risks, and improve operational efficiency.

NLMK Group—the largest steelmaker in Russia— SAP Innovation Lab and the National Centre of Internet of Things (NCIoT) have developed a pilot 3D positioning system for shop-floor employees. The system enables real-time tracking and analysis of equipment operating mode changes and employee positioning.

This new system is expected to enhance operational health and safety (OHS) by notifying about OHS risks and eliminating them in advance. The tracking information is
amassed in a database, to be analysed later. It is expected to transform human resource and contractor-management practices.

The system, which was being tried at a hot-dip galvanising line at NLMK Group’s Lipetsk site, is now being prepared for full-scale industrial operations. The pilot, which was developed in a record-low three months’ time, was implemented on a fully featured line, used for production of steel products for automotive, construction industries, and white goods manufacturing.

Elena Demyanova, NLMK Group vice president for IT, says in an official communique, “Employee positioning system is one of the first projects of NLMK-SAP Innovations Lab. This system is of current interest because not only does it help us analyse large quantities of data, but it also prevents accidents at work, reduces safety risks, and improves operational efficiency. I hope that in a short time we will move from the pilot to a full-scale roll out”.

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