VDEh-Betriebsforschungsinstitut GmbH (BFI) is one important private-sector institutes for applied research and development in the field of steel technology and related branches with a staff of 105 people. BFI is a non-profit, limited liability company in which the Steel Institute VDEh is the only shareholder. The involved department is on the one hand specialised in the development of technological quality assurance systems (methods + software) and on the other hand very experienced in all kinds of data handling and data evaluation (database construction, material tracking, data mining technologies, machine vision analyses etc.). This department will coordinate the project and will contribute to several tasks.