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Arctic Cluster Team (ACT) hereby invite clusters, companies and R&D institutes to engage in solving the Celsa Challenge.

ACT aims to be a driving force for sustainable transition of Norway. The cluster has more than 80 members representing the process industry value chain and strategic trans-sectorial partners. Our goals includes zero emissions, zero waste, and substantial industrial growth within green value chains such as battery, hydrogen, CCUS and bio-economy. The cluster is one of the leading industrial hubs in Norway, and part of the national program Norwegian Innovation Clusters

Who are Celsa Nordic?

Celsa Nordic is a core member of ACT, and a leading manufacturer of reinforcing steel in the Nordic region. The production site is located in Mo I Rana, and it is based on scrap metal recycling, approx. 700,000 tons each year. This corresponds to approx. 2 Eiffel Tower a week. Celsa Nordic is Norway’s largest recycling company with a high environmental profile. Their collaboration with several different companies provides the largest sustainable and climate-efficient reinforcing steel available in the market. Now they need your help to find a more efficient solution to a bottleneck in their industrial work.

What is the Celsa Challenge?

The problem is presented thoroughly in the video below, but the background to the case is mainly that in today’s production a man-made crane is used that lifts bundles with H16 Reinforcing Iron. During the production of rebar, a bottleneck arises when loading and transporting the finished product out of the production hall. Today, this is done by lifting finished bundles of rebar from the production line to load carriers with a magnetic crane, which is controlled manually. Then there are two possible actions:

  1. The load is transported to the warehouse, where the bundles are again loaded manually to the correct storage location. When ordering and deliveries to the customer, it must again be loaded from storage to load carriers, through a manual magnetic crane.
  2. The cargo is prepared and sent directly to the customer in the production hall. This presupposes that you know where the material is to be sent, and the requirements from the customer for the delivery. Then the bundles are laid with wood litter between each other, so that it can be loaded on board ships.

The first outcome is the most inefficient and resource-intensive, as it requires many stages of manual and inefficient loading. According to the problem owner, there is also great potential for improvement in the process of loading directly to the customer. The problem is a consequence of increased production, and at most one bundle is produced every 20 seconds. The bundles are between 6-18 meters, and 1-3 tons per bundle.

How can you help us?

The goal of this case is to find a more efficient method of evacuating the material from production to the warehouse, and finally, a finished delivery to the customer. We appreciate if you take a look at the movie below. Maybe you’re sitting on the solution to our challenge, or maybe you know someone who does? Then we want to hear from you.

You can register here