Ministry of Steel

Ministry of Steel coordinates policies for and facilitates the growth and development of the iron and steel industries. They have nominated MECON to represent their ministry in the Smart India Hackathon 2017. They have identified 31 problem statements for this initiative.
Total Submissions : 3

Steel plants are facing challenges in efficient energy monitoring for cost reduction. The present days solution employs SCADA systems which heavily depends on different independent heterogeneous automation systems. The typical interfacing issues includes MS COM/DCOM based OPC technology at application level. The energy parameters which requires to be displayed on real time basis puts another challenges for data communication. The traditional approach for data communication requires physical interconnection of heterogeneous automation systems by adding redundant hardware like firewalls, routers, gateways PCs. This in turn also leads to increased vulnerability towards it security of critical plant process.

A proposal other than MS COM/DCOM which will not rely on complex OS level setting, can ease out interfacing issues. An alternative mechanism for data communication on real time basis is required.

Sample data required: No

Total Submissions : 8

MECON is carring out the pelletizing plant design and the process happens in five stages. Drying m (40 Deg C to 100 Deg C), Preheating (100 Deg C to 1000 Deg C), Firing (1000 Deg C to 1300 Deg C), Recuperation (1300 Deg C to 1000 Deg C) Cooling (1000 Deg C to 100 Deg C).

These steps are carried output on a straight grate machine or a grate kiln and cooler machine. So the moving parts of these equipment are very critical in nature since they are continuously subjected to cyclic variation of temperature. MECON face major problem in selecting the most suitable material for some of the critical components like pallet cars, which are subjected to varying temperature cycles from 40 Deg C to 1300 Deg C and to 100 Deg and to 40 Deg C. As these equipment’s keep rotating, the equipment’s are subjected to this cyclic variation. This temperature ranges vary based on the input raw material characteristics and also the type of fuel used.
If an app can be developed, where in large data base of material is listed in the library or can access any central server having this data and can instantly suggest the material available based on the raw material characteristics, this would be a major help in developing equipment indigenously.

Sample data required: No

Total Submissions : 4

The control of the angle of Pelletizing disc in an Iron ore Pellet plant is presently done by the operator in the field by visual inspection and lot of manual intervention is involved making the process highly in-efficient. The oversize and green balls that are formed and conveyed to conveyors need to be re-circulated leading to increase in re-circulation load.

A simulation software can be developed which will control the various parameters by taking feedback during the actual ball formation process (Size, Degree of Compaction etc.) on the pelletizing disc to minimize formation of green balls . Simulator should be able to detect the ball dia as it is formed, the %age of qualified pellets formed in the acceptable range ie., 9 to 18mm dia for segregation. Various parameters to be considered are:

  1. Disc inclination
  2. Disc speed
  3. Moisture in the feed mixed material
  4. Granulation of the input material
  5. Quantity of feed material Etc.

Sample data required: No

Total Submissions : 10

An integrated steel plant project is spread out in a vast area, where simultaneous and parallel activities are going on in various locations. The resources in terms of Manpower, Engineers, Machinery etc. need to be deployed judiciously for most effective use. The project coordinator usually calls for a meeting on a daily basis for communicating deployment and plan of action.
As an example, presently if say a 300 T crawler crane need to be shifted from point A to point B, the requirement of this shift location itself will be known to the coordinator in a couple of days. Then communication of this requirement to the crane operator through his controlling agency takes another day. Effective implementation takes another day. All this time can be saved by real time data availability and communication through a mobile app with real-time satellites imagery of the project site area available to the project coordinator.

We need to have a mobile app using advanced satellite imagery technology that will generate real time status to the project coordinator and give the status of resource deployment to enable him to take quick and effective decisions.

Sample data required: No

Total Submissions : 4

In Blast Furnace & SMS area of Steel Plant, Hot metal and Liquid steel are carried in 100T/150T ladles and there is no mechanism to track the ladles. Automatic positioning tracking of Hot ladles will be very useful and it will improve the productivity and quality of the steel. The Approx. external temperature of ladle is maximum upto 400deg. C. A Software using simulation is sought.

Sample data required: No

Total Submissions : 3

In Steel Plant, Steel is produced in LD converters and identified by heat number. The heat is cast in continuous casting machines and heat number is punched/written with thermal chalk. There is no automatic reading/detection of heat nos. The heat number is further lost in the rolling mills furnaces where the blooms/billets are charged into the furnace and heated to a temperature of approx. 1000 deg. C. These red hot blooms are rolled in Rolling Mill. During the process the heat number identity is lost. The tracking of heat number is very important for reducing the mix-up of steel grades/heats. A Software using simulation is sought.

Sample data required: No

Total Submissions : 23

Dispatch documents along with details of loaded wagons are generated online and submitted to railway in hard copy for railway to generate Railway Receipt (RR). RR information generated through computer system by Railway is provided to Bhilai Steel Plant  in hard copy leading to manual data entry and delay in processing. A computerized solution for the same is sought.

Sample data required: No

Total Submissions : 4

Test Certificate of finished goods in Steel Plant are generated for a sampled lot of products. The products are procured by Purchaser and Purchaser in turn sell the products in separate lot to multiple customers and copies of the Test Certificate are given to each customer which may leads to  commercial misuse.  Solution like online validation of such transfer certificate is sought.

Sample data required: No

 

Total Submissions : 11

Solar panel to be installed at all existing and upcoming high rise commercial, educational, corporate buildings throughout the country for electricity/energy conversion. The progress to be monitored centrally by computer.

It can be assumed that central server contains details of all building including roof top area of a particular locality. Mobile apps shall have the provision of capturing the area of a roof covered by solar panels in a building. Data once captured by the application shall be transmitted to the central server. Mobile apps shall also be able to give the percentage area of roof top covered by solar panel using data of central server of that locality.

Sample data required: No

Total Submissions : 12

MECON is an engineering consultancy organisation under Ministry of Steel, GoI.  As part of our everyday work, we manage various projects for our clients. There is no mobile based application for project management and monitoring which can have following features:

  • Should be compatible with IOS, Windows and android platforms.
  • Should have user friendly graphical user interface
  • Should display the critical milestones of the project
  • Should send mobile alerts whenever a milestone date is approaching and warn in case it has already failed
  • Should provide controlled access to the projects
  • Should display data in graphical/ chart forms
  • Should display real time S-curves to show project progress
  • Should monitor actual progress against scheduled progress
  • Customizable to add new project

Sample data required: No

 

Total Submissions : 16

MECON is an engineering consultancy organisation under Ministry of Steel, GoI. As part of our everyday work, MECON creates, receives & transmits numerous documents. As these documents are our most valuable asset, MECON would like to preserve documents in a systematic manner for use in future projects.

Hence, a smart web application based Electronic Document Management System is required. The software must have the following features as a minimum:

  • Store, segregate and index the documents in a database on a central server, Search facility using keywords.
  • Auto-generate a unique number which may be used to locate, know the present status/ version, trace the work flow of the document.
  • Auto generate the document index pertaining to a certain project, Controlled access to documents
  • Provision for flow of documents for purpose of assignment to multiple users. May have features of attaching a file, approval, comment, rejection, remarks etc. The user who receives any assignment, should receive a notification/ flash message etc.
  • Web access to vendors for submitting and knowing status for their submitted documents

Secure distribution of documents, Scalable to increased no. of users.

Sample data required: No

Total Submissions : 3

At SAIL-RSP, when different sites are browsed on internet for example a banking site, the hackers replace the original site with a similar looking site and we enter our user id and password which gets compromised. A solution is sought for the same.

Sample data required: No

 

Total Submissions : 2

We SAIL-RSP, gets lot of emails with lot of offers like winning a lottery/prize and they ask us to send our details. Now a day’s viruses are sent as attachments and once clicked on these attachment, PC gets compromised and in some cases, files in the PC gets encrypted. Files can only be decrypted by paying a ransom to hacker and hence called ransomware. A solution is sought for the same.

Sample data required: No

Total Submissions : 3

Mailing servers of ISP Burnpur, are required to send and accept emails and in the process server accepts spam mails. This problem of spamming can be reduced by applying some spam filters in mailing servers. But the spam filters can be applied only after knowing the spam sources. However, it is also not possible to know the entire spam sources in advance. Solution of the problem is sought so that spams can be blocked or filtered before arriving to user’s mailboxes.

Sample data required: No

Total Submissions : 2

If somehow email-id’s are compromised, the hackers copy our identity and use our email ID to send junks mails to different domains worldwide. It appears in outside world as if our domain is sending these junk/spam mails and thus our IP’s becomes blacklisted. A solution is sought for the same.

Sample data required: No

Total Submissions : 6

HSCL official website www.hscl.co.in was being hacked couple of times in past few years. For avoiding such incident some site locking features introduced which had resulted in decrease of such problem. However a solutions to this is total protection of the website.

Sample data required: No

Total Submissions : 2

Problems may likely to come in course of the same which require to be rectified beforehand to counter it at the right moment without loosing much time. A mobile apps which will work as aid for conversion from IPv4 to IPv6 system like generation of IPv6 address from IPv4 address, giving IPv6 gateway address etc.

Sample data required: No

Total Submissions : 2

Bank reconciliation in ISP Burnpur involves comparing a bank statement to internal accounting records in order to explain differences between the two and examine discrepancies. But manual cash reconciliations are tedious, costly, labour intensive and error-prone. While automation is an obvious conclusion, it is not a simple one. The key to successfully automating the bank reconciliation process involves facilitating communication between multiple diverse systems (with various banking systems to our accounting system). All banking systems follow their own formats to generate bank statements of the customer. In absence of any common bank statement formats, it is a problem to develop an automated bank reconciliation system that would do 100% of automatic bank reconciliation process.A solution to the problem is sought.

Sample data required: No

Total Submissions : 5

A software program that will calculate the surface area, volume, and tare weight and gross weight of a given geometric shape and also is able to give the shape as an output in a 3D AutoCAD compatible format.

The inputs in the front end software could be in the form of dimensions, bulk density, plate density, angle of repose etc. The output shape of say a steel bunker should also include the stiffeners the spacing & sizes of which are given as input in the front end page.

Sample data required: No

Total Submissions : 1

Majority of the clients  demand drawings in  AutoCAD  or  pdf  format , after  successful  completion  of  the   each  project . For successive  Expansion  of  the  Projects, there are chances that expansion projects may be carried out using  same   drawings , which are obtained from  MECON during initial stages . Though, there is MECON’s “copy right “clause printed on each of MECON’s drawings, still MECON is not in a position to curb this unethical practice, which is a big financial burden on MECON.

Some system / app development may be thought off in the upcoming Smart India Hackathon 2017 to prevent conversion of pdf or tiff format to editable format.

Sample data required: No

Total Submissions : 12

Monitoring agency has the responsibility of ensuring manpower deployment by contactors. However tracking of manpower actually deployed by the contractors in a industrial / residential/ government project becomes very difficult in absence of a proper monitoring system and mainly one has to depend on contractor’s manpower reports, which may not be factual or accurate.

Hence it is necessary to have a system for counting / tracking of manpower actually deployed by the contractors in a project, with provision of categorized deployment reports like – skilled / semi-skilled / unskilled / helpers, etc. Additional employment information like permanent / contract / casual will also be helpful for making labour payments.

Sample data required: No