Digitalization in the Linz cut shape facility 2 minutes spent reading

Digitalization in the Linz cut shape facility

Volkmar Held
As a freelance writer, Volkmar Held reports for voestalpine on topics that move people. The content of his stories ranges from archaeometallurgy to future technologies.

Digital process tracking at the Linz cut shape facility creates the preconditions for better production results.

Digitalization plays a major role in the cut shape facility of the voestalpine Steel & Service Center GmbH in Linz. New, mobile data acquisition devices make it significantly easier to track material through all processing stations. After each processing step, the employees digitally confirm the order before forwarding it.

Advantages of digital data acquisition

25 of the new devices will be used across all shifts. These devices offer the employees many advantages, for example, in production tracking and quality assurance. The fact that concrete information about the completion status of the orders can be provided on request is a major benefit in customer communication.

Digitalization in the palm of your hand: Employees use a mobile data acquisition device to document in real time the process progress on the slab cutting line. Process step completed. The handheld reader is used to enter the digital “check” in the accompanying list on the deburring machine.

Fast startup

Employees quickly and easily learned to use digital acquisition thanks to their everyday experience with modern technology, e.g. with smartphones. The acquisition device’s intuitive user interface helped users quickly come up to speed.

The farsighted installation of a comprehensive Wi-Fi system in the production halls has already provided the key technical prerequisite for digital process tracking.


When implementing digital systems, it is important to consider the necessary automation steps in production. The focus here is to use robots as much as possible for heavy physical work, e.g. for loading the deburring machine.

Volkmar Held