Harsco Metals & Minerals

The sheet steel produced at ArcelorMittal’s Indiana Harbour East plant is used in the automotive industry for car parts. While ArcelorMittal employees scarf the steel slabs, Harsco provides the slab scarfing equipment, and provides maintenance under a service contract.

The Harsco system transmits data on each scarfed slab (including slab ID, scarfing operator ID, scarfing time of day, speed) directly to the customer’s slab tracking system, thereby allowing the slab life cycle to be monitored from inception to finished flat product. If a problem is detected by the ArcelorMittal quality inspection team, the system will determine whether the problem occured during scarfing or upstream during casting.

For ArcelorMittal, the result is a more cost-effective operation while meeting the required specification for product quality. The system was designed, tested and implemented by Harsco’s in-house flame technology team, based in Chicago.