Melt Expert

Electrode-Control System

Melt Expert is a state-of-the-art electrode-control system that Primetals Technologies has designed to ensure optimal operation of electric arc furnaces. It retrieves production data from a variety of furnace-related components and continually analyzes this information in order to obtain a complete picture of the state and history of the melting process. Based on its findings, Melt Expert regulates the activity of the electric arc furnace, and changes set points and controller gains in reaction to the actual process conditions. Operators can inspect the overall melting process on a selection of interfaces—even current-generation smartphones are an option.

Melt Expert’s auto-adaptive algorithms make a significant contribution toward a reduction in furnace energy requirements. It increases melting efficiency and productivity with its automatic melting profiles and dynamic adjustment of production-process parameters. Another key benefit is the increase in both furnace reliability and operational safety. Of course, Melt Expert’s core objective is to safeguard process quality at the steelmaking stage so that any unexpected fluctuations that would influence the production facility’s end products can be ruled out. Since Melt Expert yields substantial energy savings, the system pays for itself within a nine-month time frame.

Main Benefits

  • State-of-the-art furnace control
  • Increased furnace reliability
  • Reduced energy consumption
  • Highly developed safety functions
  • Reduced need for maintenance
  • Integrated system health checks
  • Universally accessible interface
  • KPI and benchmark reporting