Outokumpu, one of Europe’s largest producers of stainless steel, has signed a deal with ANYbotics, a supplier of four-legged robots.
ANYbotics will provide its autonomous robotic inspection solution ANYmal to automate routine inspection at Outokumpu sites in Europe.
Outokumpu and ANYbotics formally announced the partnership ahead of the Green Steel World Conference.
Adopting this innovative technology at three different sites in Finland, Germany, and Sweden supports Outokumpu in its goals of continuously improving safety, productivity, and sustainability.
First time in the steel sector, legged inspection robots will be operationally deployed for improving and digitizing facility health monitoring and reducing unnecessary worker exposure to adverse environments.
The solution is made available on a robotics-as-a-service (RaaS) basis, and Outokumpu is planning expansion after the initial deployments.
ANYmal is an autonomous, robotic end-to-end inspection solution that continuously monitors plant health and equipment. As a “ready-to-go” solution, ANYmal enables customers to automate inspections and add value immediately.
Through frequent automated visual, acoustic, and thermal inspections, ANYmal monitors assets and equipment and detects anomalies at an early stage.
This assists Outokumpu in pursuing three goals: Increasing safety by reducing employee exposure to hazardous substances and environments, optimizing production through preventive maintenance, and decreasing environmental impact.
By driving and sustaining the momentum of the ANYmal robotic inspection solution in the steel sector, Outokumpu continues strengthening its position as a global leader and innovation driver in stainless steel.
Together with its customers and innovations like ANYmal, Outokumpu continues to drive society forward by setting new standards for sustainable stainless steel.