Prevas helps Ovako to reduce energy consumption

| Source: Prevas AB
Prevas has received an order from Ovako in Imatra, Finland. The order relates to
a new FOCS G7 installation for the control and optimization of a reheating
furnace. The system will be ready for delivery in 2015.
Ovako is a leading European producer of engineering steel for customers in the
bearing, transportation and manufacturing industries. The production is based on
recycled steel and includes steel in the form of bars, tubes, rings and pre
-components. Prevas FOCS G7 (Furnace Optimization Control System) product will
reduce the energy consumption in the furnace and is an investment in line with
Ovako’s continuous work to streamline and optimize its production.

“We see the potential for improvement with the forthcoming new system, ensuring
better quality results and reduced energy consumption in the furnace and,
thereby, a positive environmental effect as well," says Pekka Karvonen,
production manager at Ovako Imatra.

Manufacturing of steel products is energy intensive. The production comprises
several thermal process steps in order to achieve the desired qualities. An
efficient way of controlling the furnaces is required in order to optimize
productivity, quality and energy consumption. Prevas has developed the software
FOCS, which performs this process of optimization, together with the trade
associations Jernkontoret (Swedish Steel Producers´ Association) and
Metallurgical Research Institute AB (Swerea Mefos, of which Prevas is also a
member). FOCS is a control system that leads the way on the furnace control

“We are very happy for the order which emphasizes that our offering of
specialist expertise in furnace optimization and the FOCS product responds well
to the demands set by our customers. Investments of this type are highly
relevant to customers who manufacture advanced steel products, and who see
rising energy costs and increased global competition," says Johan Bäckman,
Business Unit Manager at Prevas.
More information and follow-up

Johan Bäckman, Business Unit Manager, Industrial systems, Prevas
Tel: +46 (0)21-360 19 35, E-mail:
Christer Ramebäck, Business Area Manager, Industrial systems, Prevas
Tel: +46 (0)31-725 18 88, E-mail:

Pekka Karvonen, Production Manager Ovako Imatra Oy
Tel: +358 5 6802312, E-mail:
About Prevas
With cutting edge expertise in embedded systems and industrial IT, Prevas
contributes by providing innovative solutions that create growth. Prevas was
founded in 1985, and the company is the main supplier and development partner to
leading companies in industries such as life science, telecommunications,
vehicle, defense, energy and engineering. Offices are located in Sweden,
Denmark, Norway and India. The company has approximately 600 employees. Prevas
has been listed on the NASDAQ OMX Nordic Exchange in Stockholm since 1998.
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