Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) announced last week that it has chosen to work with EtaPRO LLC to enhance the thermal performance of its various aluminium production plants.
Alba will use the EtaPRO system to establish a digital dashboard that measures the plant’s performance and degradation. The digital Industry 4.0 and artificial intelligence will be used to help boost the asset reliability of Alba’s various plants.
Alba’s Chief Executive Officer Ali Al Baqali said in a press release that digital transformation is a major goal for the firm.
“We believe that Digital Transformation is a discipline rather than a project. As part of our Industry 4.0 revolution, we identified the need to have an online Performance Management System (PMS), based on an industry-leading digital solution utilizing Artificial Intelligence (AI), which would provide us with the flexibility to host the PMS in the cloud.”
“We are excited to partner with EtaPRO LLC as we carve our way to meet our Company’s objectives in terms of efficiency and optimization,” he continued.
EtaPRO Chief Operating Officer Richard DesJardins described the advantages his firm brings to the table for Alba.
“Digital Transformation, coupled with process knowledge, enables organizations to innovate new ways to manage and transform their business. As a market leader in Asset Performance and Condition Monitoring technology with three decades of global experience, EtaPRO is pleased to support Alba and the Kingdom of Bahrain in reaching their ambitious Industry 4.0 goals.”
Alba is one of the largest industrial companies in the Middle East and is the world’s biggest aluminium smelter outside the People’s Republic of China. Originally incorporated in 1968, the company is based in Bahrain and 84% of its total workforce are Bahraini nationals. It began operations in 1971 with a 120,000 metric ton annual capacity. Modernization bumped the output up to 450,000 metric tons in 1992. In the spring of 2005, Alba opened Line 5, raising output by 860,000 metric tons per year. In 2020 Alba’s smelter produced 1,548,500 metric tons of primary aluminium.