Metso Corporate Newsroom News 2023 Metso launches updated Optimus[TM] Pellet optimizer for running traveling grate pelletizing plants at maximum profitability
Product news December 5, 2023

Metso launches updated Optimus[TM] Pellet optimizer for running traveling grate pelletizing plants at maximum profitability

Metso Corporation’s press release on December 5, 2023, at 09:00 a.m. EET

Metso is introducing a new version of the OptimusTM Pellet optimizer to further strengthen its digital offering for traveling grate iron ore pelletizing plants. OptimusTM Pellet optimizer is a digital optimizer system which runs the pellet plants at maximum profitability full automatically. The upgrade contains new embedded process intelligence that can assist plant operators make smart situational operating decisions and implement them decisions with modern advanced process control methods.

The OptimusTM Pellet optimizer leverages a highly detailed thermodynamic grate model, which is now backed by operational data. It can control basically all the relevant parts of the process, including gas fans and dampers, and indurating temperature profile, thus ensuring that the processes run at the desired operating range. Moreover, it issues advice and warnings to operators to reveal important information about process bottlenecks that may otherwise go unnoticed.

“As an advanced process control and expert system, the OptimusTM Pellet optimizer runs the pellet indurating plant automatically in the situationally best way to optimize the performance and thus the profitability of plant operation. It finds the optimal plant operating point and pursues it with advanced state-of-the-art control methods to ensure operational stability, optimal plant operation and efficiency. Our pellet plant process expertise forms the core of this unique optimizer. This functionality has been upgraded to increase the operational benefits even further,” shares Robert Schiemann, Senior R&D Manager, Ferrous and Heat Transfer at Metso.

OptimusTM Pellet is part of Metso’s exhaustive suite of digital pellet plant solutions for iron ore pelletizing plants that help improve process performance, production capacity and product quality, as well as reduce energy consumption, the environmental impact, and operation and maintenance costs. These solutions include VisioPellet, Pallet Car Condition Monitoring System and Training simulator, among others.

More information about OptimusTM Pellet optimizer is available on our website.

For further information, please contact:

Robert Schiemann, Sr. R&D Manager, Ferrous & Heat Transfer, Metso, tel. +49 172 689 7399, email: robert.schiemann(at)

Helena Marjaranta, Vice President, Communications and Brand, Metso, tel. +358 20 484 3212, email: helena.marjaranta(at)

Metso is a frontrunner in providing sustainable technologies, end-to-end solutions and services for the aggregates, minerals processing and metals refining industries globally. By helping our customers increase their productivity, improve their energy and water efficiency and environmental performance with our process and product expertise, we are the partner for positive change.

Headquartered in Espoo, Finland, Metso employs over 16,000 people in close to 50 countries and sales for 2022 were about EUR 5.3 billion. The company is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.,

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