Robotized inspection system for high-temperature electric arc furnaces (EAF)

Robotized inspection system for high-temperature electric arc furnaces (EAF)

The purpose of the Robs4Steel demonstrator is to robotise the visual inspection in the refractory of the furnace after every tapping of liquid steel. This will allow operators to guide the robot around the furnace refractories remotely and assess them through the help of a heat resistant optical camera.

The solution

Robs4steel solution offers a simple way to teleoperate an industrial robot and monitor the progress of inspection tasks through an Augmented Reality application.


Robs4steel addresses human safety-related challenges in the steel industry, by proposing the automation of a demanding process that is currently performed by humans. The physical existence of human workers around the furnace currently is counted up to 10 times and with the Robs4steel system, this could be reduced down to 1. Moreover, the easy teleoperation of the robots increases their overall utilisation to more tasks.


The Robs4steel solution is an easy-to-use system for controlling remotely industrial robots that are operating in hazardous environments. In the system, this could be integrated with advanced vision sensors, various robotic platforms and different user interfaces (table, AR, VR).

Facts and figures

  • Technology Area:

    Robot Programming

  • End User:


  • Start Date - End Date:

    01/11/2021 - 31/08/2022

  • Duration:

    11 months

  • FSTP Funding:

    139 125,00 €

  • TRL Level at Start:


  • TRL Level at End:


  • Number of early adopters raised:


  • Project results
    The ROBS4STEEL demonstration proves that robots may be utilised in the steel sector to improve workplace safety and boost production efficiency.

    Konstantinos Smyrniotakis, Operational Excellence Manager SIDENOR GROUP

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