In 2021, the demand for primary aluminium reached an estimated 68.7 million tonnes, which is an increase of 8% compared to 20201. This growth is part of a larger trend, as world aluminium demand has grown at an average annual rate of 5% between 2012 and 20212.

Aluminium smelters must adopt Industry 4.0 to meet demand. The transition to smart manufacturing can be challenging due to complex operations and critical equipment, but integrating advanced technologies and digital solutions can improve efficiency and productivity.

WSP’s Advanced Development Environment (ADE) helps aluminium smelters transition to advance manufacturing. It provides a comprehensive range of functions for developing, testing, and maintaining automation systems, integrating control, visualisation and communication to improve industrial process efficiency.

Mileidy Hernandez, CPI in Automated Systems - Industrial Computing at WSP in Canada, reports.