March 2014
Sohar, Oman

Oman Aluminum Rolling Company (OARC) awarded Visual8 and its new partner, KEOPS Technologies, a contract to develop a complete MES system for its new aluminium rolling mill in Sohar, Oman.

In order to manage production and business operations at their plant, OARC commissioned Visual8, a leader in Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS)solutions, and KEOPS Technologies, the world’s leading provider of MES systems serving the aluminium industry, to design and build the first completely integrated MES-APS solution specifically for rolling mill operations.

KEOPS and Visual8 formed a partnership with the intent to deliver an integrated MES-APS solution covering the plant’s entire operations from hot metal reception, continuous casting, cold rolling, annealing, and slitting, to finished product shipments.

The integrated MES-APS solution is based on the KEOPS Rolling Mill Framework© and Visual8’s Advanced Planning and Scheduling suite for the metals industry. The core MES manages: management of molten metal, casting, rolling, grinding, annealing and packaging, with full integration into SCADA, ERP and LIMS systems. The APS solution provides, forecasting, capacity planning, work order management, production scheduling, optimized order marriages, dynamic stocking points, shipping and supplies management, and activity-based cost accounting.

Visual8’s APS applications have been successfully implemented in well-known companies such as Novelis, Timken and ArcelorMittal, leveraging years of metals experience and manufacturing best practices. Together, Visual8’s and KEOPS’s engineers have commissioned and are currently supporting this world-class integrated MES-APS solution, providing critical guidance to operations as OARC ramps up to their full production of 140,000 tonnes per annum.

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