Aluminium International Today Issue
Jan/Feb 2020

Jan/Feb 2020

How safe is your plant?

Safety is always a top priority across the aluminium manufacturing industry. Companies are praised for their high standards and we are regularly made aware of milestones reached, while lengthy working times without LTI’s are celebrated.

But as we move towards a digital value chain, are we aware of the increasing need to protect plants and workers from online and cyber threats?

Statistics released at the end of last year suggest that the average cost of a data breach in 2020 is now expected to exceed $150 million. It’s likely this is as a result of there now being more than 200 billion connected devices on our single planet.

Over the last three years and while working to develop the Future Aluminium Forum, I’ve noticed a significant difference in the sector’s approach to adopting digital technologies.

There is the understanding that certain solutions can aid production rates and create a more automated workforce, but there is also the need for education in how to customise these applications and ensure all employees are trained in the event of a data breach.

Find out more about how you can prepare your company in the cyber resilience feature on page 6.

This issue also includes a look at robotisation in the casthouse, rolling equipment technologies, sustainable efforts and there is another look at more ‘Women in Aluminium’. Enjoy!

Front cover courtesy of Claudius Peters

Issue Highlights

LEADER

NEWS

CYBER SECURITY
Towards cyber resilience in aluminium manufacturing

PRIMARY
Robotisation implementation in the anode rodding shop
Celebrating aluminium
Digital transformation journey

MINING
The CERA Project

ROLLING
Colourful collaboration
Rolling Mills: 30 years in the USA

ARCHITECTURE
So, you want to build something?

AUTOMOTIVE
The new international standard for automotive lightweighting

INDUSTRY 4.0
How to realise the promises of Industry 4.0

SUSTAINABILITY
Focus on : Slug manufacturing
What are the main value drivers of aluminium in Kazakhstan?

DIE MONITORING
Schuler’s system for die monitoring
Improving productivity and efficiency in die casting

WOMEN IN ALUMINIUM
Aludium’s women in aluminium