Siemens is providing operators of continuous casting plants with a new tool for automated quality control: the Simetal Quality Expert. The expert system compares quality-related process parameters with the actual values in production and such analyzes the quality of the products. It supports the plant operator with online alarm signals and a quality forecast. With the Quality Expert implemented, inspection and post-processing of the products become obsolete to a great extent. Material losses and handling activities are significantly reduced and at the same time form the basis for consistently higher product quality. This in turn lowers production costs. Because all relevant product and process data are automatically entered, evaluated and stored, the system also provides a basis for certification, for example according to the ISO 9001 standards.