Modernization of metallurgy in Eastern Kazakhstan

Heavy industry is being automated and digitized. Metallurgical giants of the Eastern Kazakhstan are introducing smart technologies as part of 13 automated production projects. Robotics will be involved in mining, and computers will monitor the work safety at blast furnace. In addition, 3D-printers in the Technical University in Ust-Kamenogorsk will begin to produce medical implants from titanium and tantalum. They intend to process metals with an accuracy of tenths of a micron with digital turning and milling machines.

AMANZHOL TURLYBEKULY, PHD STUDENT:

 - The peculiarity of this machine is that it is intended for laboratory and research work. The East Kazakhstan region is considered to be the metallurgical center of the country and therefore it intends to transfer the industry to digital format. At present, we are conducting tests on a 3D printer.

Modern equipment will increase production capacity. Engineers will still work at the plant. According to experts, machines will not replace humans but will speed up and optimize the production. A computer program choses the optimal operating mode of the miner at the Maleyevsky mine. It also indicates the location of the workers and informs the duty officer about emergency situations at the mine. The project is being tested.

ROBERT KUTS, WORKER, MALEYEVSKY MINE:

 - It is planned to launch the system in the first quarter of 2018, at this stage we can assess the work of the pilot site; the work is in full swing at the mining areas.

According to the President's instruction, large-scale digitalization will be carried out in the mining industry in the eastern Kazakhstan in the coming seven years. A regional road map 2025 was developed for this purpose.

MAKSAT MUSAPIRBEKOV, HEAD OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP, INDUSTRIAL AND INNOVATIVE DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, EAST KAZAKHSTAN REGION:

 - Mining enterprises of our region developed and approved road maps for 2017-2025 on technological modernization. 13 projects worth 15 billion tenge have been approved as part of these road maps.

Billions of investments will pay off in full according to the calculations of engineers-technologists. Computer-based workflow management systems at the Ust-Kamenogorsk metallurgical complex will reduce labor costs by 5%, production costs will be reduced by 11 billion tenge in five years.