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Master Internship Research & Development

Internship in IJmuiden, the Netherlands

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Required languages

English (Fluent)
Dutch (Fluent)

Work experience

0 to 1 years


Oct 30, 2019 10:59 PM

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Performance dashboard for Continuous Annealing Temperature Control

What's your job?

Over the past decade, Tata Steel R&D has developed its own software to monitor, predict and control steel strip temperatures in the continuous annealing and hot dip galvanising lines of Tata Steel Europe. As of 2019, the software, names OSCAR, has been successfully implemented in four production lines, with a fifth in progress and two more foreseen by 2021. Each of the four implementation has led to an increase in productivity and a decrease in energy consumption and rejected material fractions.

Since OSCAR uses models of the production lines to optimise their control, the accuracy of the models is key for the effective performance of the software. Model flaws that lead to production errors translate to significant costs in terms of lost productivity and/or, especially when summed over a year of production in four production lines. It is therefore vital that the performance of the software and the production lines is monitored on a systematic and regular basis, such that deteriorations can be identified and corrected in the earliest possible stage.

Details of the assignment

The primary goal is to develop a dashboard tool that can be used by the project leader and support engineers to monitor the performance of the production lines in general and OSCAR in particular. To this end, a number of Key Performance Indicators will have to be evaluated and displayed at a regular interval, such that they are available on at least a daily basis. The dashboard shall retain historical data so that decrease in performance can be adequately detected and reported. Finally, the dashboard shall offer the possibility to generate status reports of the OSCAR performance.

The first goal is to develop a beta version of the dashboard, which carries the required functionalities but does not need to be accessible to all end users. These functionalities include: data retrieving from external OSCAR servers, computation and visualisation of Key Performance Indicators, and report generation. Depending on the length of the internship, a full version can be developed, preferably in Delphi, which can be run as a standalone application by multiple users and can be easily maintained by the owner of the dashboard software.

Is this you?

  • This project would be best suited to Master Students with a technical background.
  • Although the OSCAR software is based on control engineering techniques and thermophysical models, the purpose of the dashboard is mostly managerial and the assignment is therefore also considered suitable for candidates with an background in business and management.
  • The assignment is designed for a 3-6 months duration.
  • Good communication skills and eager to learn.

What do we offer?

We offer you a paid internship with proper guidance. In consultation with you, we start with drawing up your assignment to make sure that it fits the requirements of your university. You can gain valuable experience within a large organization and Dutch only manufacturing industry. You can count on a no-nonsense and result-oriented organization, within which you can make a concrete contribution to the realisation of improvement objectives.

During your training period you can regularly participate in events such as student tours and lunch lectures. We also offer the possibility to make use of our Library Services. When you are in your final Master of Bachelor internship, you can temporarily become part of our internal Association for young professionals "The Magnet".

What's your department?

Tata Steel Global Research & Development (R&D) is a multi-site business employing around 750  employees within its five core technology centres: IJmuiden in the Netherlands; Rotherham, Teesside and Warwick in the United Kingdom and Jamshedphur in India. The department combines top class innovation with cutting edge technology in order to deliver ‘steel solutions’ in a constantly changing world. We use the best technologies to continuously improve the quality and performance of our steel products. Moreover, we work in close cooperation with leading research institutes and universities around the world as well as with key customers in the automotive, transport, packaging and construction areas.

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Tata Steel produceert, bewerkt en distribueert hoogwaardig staal voor producten die het leven vergemakkelijken. Onze missie: bouwen van het toonaangevende Europese staalbedrijf dat duurzaam is in alle opzichten. Wij willen voorop lopen in wat we doen en werken daarbij actief samen met onze klanten, leveranciers en researchinstituten. We bieden behalve goede arbeidsvoorwaarden een technische productie-omgeving in een menselijke en sociale cultuur.

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80% men - 20% women
Average age is 40 years

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