This led us to think we could save ourselves the time and expense of sourcing and stocking spare parts. The Internet of Things is making it possible to record and analyse performance data about every part in our lines to accurately predict when it will break down. By printing our own custom parts on a just-in-time basis, we can reduce inventory and improve efficiency, while enhancing the steelmaking process with bespoke solutions.
After a year or so of providing such parts to our production plants, we decided to consider how we might design new parts that would improve the steelmaking process itself. We’re also exploring how we could use additive material to improve our products, such as reinforcing certain areas of steel sheet, to deliver levels of performance that have not been possible until now. I’m sure these projects will in turn lead us to explore other applications for additive manufacturing. We never stop learning!
I truly believe research is the key to most of society’s issues: disease, climate change, wellbeing, inequality, and so on. If I could be known for only one thing in my life, I’d like it to be for improving our steelmaking process to: minimise its impact on the environment as much as possible; improve the health and safety of my colleagues through the customisation of parts which ease their daily work; make cars safer through our steel products and enable the building of houses and schools in under-resourced communities. In other words, to make the world a better place.
In my opinion, all this only can be done if we trust in new technologies and research. This is why I love working in R&D. My colleagues and I engage with interesting companies all over the world and are at the cutting edge of very impressive technological developments. We are lucky to be riding the crest of a wave of technology and the work we are doing here makes me very proud. It also makes me feel I’m closer to being able to start “changing the world”, at least a little.
For me, a lover of science, research, change and challenge, this is my dream career. Every day counts, so being happy in what I do and doing it with passion is very important to me. I feel privileged to enjoy an exciting environment here at ArcelorMittal Global R&D, where every project and every day is different. By channeling my passions into work I really love, I believe I get better results; am more resilient in the face of adversity, and am fulfilled and happy in myself.
Since those early days in my dad’s garage, my family has supported me in chasing my dreams and have shared in my successes – and my failures too. So, when I achieve my ambition of changing the world, they will have done it with me.