Everguard.ai Enhances Safety at SeAH Changwon Special Steel Plant
Strategic Research Institute
Published on :
18 May, 2022, 5:42 am
South Korean special steel maker SeAH Changwon Integrated Special Steel & Everguard.ai are partnering to bring Everguard's Sentri360 platform and ecosystem to the SeAH CSS plant located in Changwon in South Korea, to continue increasing the company's safety measures. Sentri360, a proprietary Worker-Centric AI technology platform, uses artificial intelligence powered by sensor fusion to gather input and data from multiple sources to continuously assess the workplace and proactively protect workers from incidents and accidents. Combining computer vision, sensor fusion, edge computing, and wearables, Sentri360 is the first truly proactive solution dedicated to industrial sustainability.
The Changwon plant deployment will begin with targeted Sentri Zones deployed in areas of highest safety concern. Sentri Zones are conscious areas created by the Sentri360 platform that digitally encircles workers and equipment for ultimate protection while also empowering the worker. Implementation will focus on safety protocols already in place including personal protective equipment compliance, virtual fencing of restricted areas, crane-to-crane collision avoidance, crane-to-worker incident avoidance, dangerous cobble events, and SOS/fall detection. The three-year deployment plan will encompass the entire Changwon facility, which spans over 6.9 million square feet.
Everguard's Sentri360 platform and interface allow industrial environments to create and manage a proactive safety and productivity program. The technology-agnostic platform collects inputs from different advanced sensor technologies, allowing them to interact in ways not possible independently. Similar to how humans process information gathered by their senses, sensor data is fed into edge computers for real-time AI analysis and processing. Within seconds, an intelligent decision is made and the platform acts to immediately prevent incidents. Not only does Sentri360 make sensor technologies work together, it makes them work smarter together. The platform's cloud-based management portal allows access to workforce and safety analytics enabling a worker-centric workplace. A culture of safety that includes reinforcing positive behaviors is integral to the prevention of accidents and incidents. Sentri360’s portal includes a coaching module that provides a methodical approach to safety compliance, resulting in positive behavioral modification among workers.
The expansion of the Sentri360 platform at the Changwon plant follows the start of a successful facility wide deployment of the system at the SeAH Besteel plant located in Gunsan in Korea which began in 2021.
Traditionally the steel industry, like all others, has been limited to a reactive approach to safety, using lagging indicators to develop new protocols or take corrective actions. Advanced technologies such as AI, CV and sensor fusion allow leading companies like SeAH CSS to proactively eliminate injuries and accidents before they happen, alerting workers while also gathering data for coaching purposes.
SeAH CSS is the only company in Korea that produces stainless steel wire and rod, the premium special steel materials. SeAH CSS has secured a comprehensive product portfolio centering on value-added alloy materials comprised of stainless steel wires, rods, seamless steel pipes, tool steel, and forged items. Through the batch production system at its production base located in Changwon, SeAH CSS manufactures 1.2 million tonne of steel and 1 million tonne of products a year.