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Nucor Refines Steel Recycling Using NI LabVIEW and National Instruments Hardware

Using hardware and software from NI, Nucor developed a variety of automation systems that have greatly reduced the amount of electricity used and eliminated potential safety issues at its Marion, Ohio facility.

"By programming with LabVIEW and PACs versus programming with PLCs and ladder logic, we have seen a ten-fold increase in efficiency and drastically reduced the costs of facility automation. "

- Dave Brandt, Nucor Corp

The Challenge:
Developing an automation system for a steel recycling facility that reduces the amount of energy consumed to comply with statewide energy regulations while improving the safety and efficiency of the plant.

The Solution:
Using National Instruments programmable automation controllers (PACs) and the NI LabVIEW graphical programming environment to develop plant automation solutions to accurately measure the amount of energy required to recycle steel and improve facility safety.

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