iba AG (IBA), founded in 1984, is an owner-managed, medium-sized company with approx. 75 employees located in Bavaria/Germany. iba AG is specialized in the development of high quality systems for data acquisition and data analysis, signal processing and automation providing a holistic view on various processes. The technology chain extends from hardware with a broad connectivity to various automation system and field busses for fast data acquisition to methods for automatic information retrieval including machine vision applications. iba AG is one of the leading suppliers of these technologies for the steel industry worldwide. In the last years iba AG carried out several steel related national research projects in the field of machine learning, material tracking and data synchronisation, offline situation detection in massive data storages. Many of these mentioned procedures are real time running.