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CELSA Group™ receives the ABB award for best practice in digitization for the I-SCRAP project

Barcelona, november 26, 2019

  • I-SCRAP, a system of classification of raw materials using artificial vision, has won in the category of best practice in digitization applied to large companies
  • The Group foresees that the project will bring a significant improvement in the efficiency, accuracy, and agility of the raw material classification process, as well as improved environmental performance
  • The ABB award for best practice in digitalization is added to the Factories of the Future Awards that I-SCRAP received last April, thus consolidating itself as a reference project in innovation

CELSA Group™, Spain’s leading steel group and Europe’s second-largest manufacturer of long steel products, has received the ABB award for best practice in digitization in the large company category. Specifically, the steel multinational has won thanks to its innovation project I-SCRAP, based on the development of an online classification model of the raw material from an artificial vision system.

Oscar Cubiñá, Melt Shop Head of CELSA Barcelona, and Anna Casals, Head of Innovation of CELSA Group™, received the award at a ceremony held at the Casa Encendida in Madrid, in which Fernando de Pablo, General Secretary of Digital Administration; Manuel Giménez Rasero, Regional Minister of Economy, Employment and Competitiveness of the Community of Madrid, Marc Gómez, President and CEO of ABB in Spain and Portugal, and Juan Alfaro, Secretary-General of the Club for Excellence in Sustainability, also took part.

“I-SCRAP is an innovation project within the framework of CELSA Group™’s commitment to Industry 4.0 and sustainable development as engines of growth and achievement of our objectives. As a result of this commitment, the Group has consolidated itself as the first recycler in Spain and the second in Europe”, explains Oscar Cubiñá.

For her part, Anna Casals adds: “This is an innovation whose effectiveness has already been proven in our Barcelona facilities and which will bring us a significant improvement in the agility, precision, and efficiency of the raw material classification process, as well as a better environmental performance of the loading and unloading activities”.

I-SCRAP is an innovation based on an artificial vision system using cameras and image recognition software. The correct classification of the raw material during the moment of purchase has a direct impact on cost and profitability, also improving the quality of the final product, which has a direct impact on customer confidence and satisfaction. The potential of this initiative allowed CELSA Group™ to also be recognized with one of the Factories of the Future Awards, given last April, in the category of ‘Technological Innovation for the Factory of the Future’.

The ABB awards aim to recognize projects based on the digital environment or the application of digital enablers that contribute or have the potential to contribute substantially to the development of business competitiveness and the economy of our country, as well as to the transition from society to the digital environment.

For more information:
Javier Gonzalez –
93 419 06 30 / 637 038 698

Carlos Álvaro –
915 64 07 25 / 638 728 306

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