MMK develops its first programme-controlled RPA robot

Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (MMK) Group has developed its first programme-controlled robot capable of executing the functions of an employee working on a computer.

The robot was created by MMK Infoservice’s (part of MMK Group) Centre for RPA and Innovation based on innovative RPA (Robotic Process Automation) technology.

The robot, which has already been commissioned, was developed to promote efficient cooperation between MMK’s commercial department and suppliers of metal scrap. It processes incoming emails from suppliers, searches Russian Railways databases to check the status of freight cars being dispatched to MMK, updates the commercial department on the results of these checks and drafts reports about specialised services at MMK. The programme carries out these operations quickly and successfully, avoiding problems associated with human error.

The key task for MMK Infoservice’s Centre for RPA and Innovation is to design and launch programme-controlled robots capable of performing routine business operations. This will give MMK’s specialists more time to solve complex tasks requiring creativity and expertise.

One of the Centre’s priorities is to further increase the efficiency of MMK by adopting programme-controlled robots and engaging employees in robotisation. Global experience in the robotisation of business processes using RPA technology has demonstrated its effectiveness in the digital transformation of businesses, which is the basis of the Industry 4.0 concept – a key area of MMK’s strategic development.

In order to ensure large-scale use of RPA technology, in September 2018, together with PwC, MMK Group launched a project aimed at assessing the mill’s business processes.

About MMK

MMK is one of the world's largest steel producers and a leading Russian metals company. The company's operations in Russia include a large steel-producing complex encompassing the entire production chain, from the preparation of iron ore to downstream processing of rolled steel. MMK turns out a broad range of steel products with a predominant share of high-value-added products. In 2017, the company produced 12.9 million tonnes of crude steel and 11.6 million tonnes of commercial steel products. MMK Group had sales in 2017 of USD 7,546 million and EBITDA of USD 2,032 million.