Opening up new markets by extending the applicability of flat wire products addresses the need to increase the remaining forming capacity of high-strength semi-finished steel products. Reducing the deformation required for the given straightening result by means of intelligent self-correcting straighteners represents a promising approach. Self-correction minimizes the load on the semi-finished steel product during straightening so that the residual stresses locally present in the flat wire are compensated "as required". At the same time, overcompensation due to unnecessary alternating bending processes is avoided. The forming capacity available for the actual forming process, in particular for high-strength steel materials, can be significantly increased in this way. The simultaneous transfer of data recorded during the straightening process, such as material thickness variation, to downstream processes and thus the networking of all machines used in the manufacture of the final component leads to an improvement in component quality and a significant increase in the productivity of the manufacturing process. Furthermore, the automated process can reduce the need for manual corrective interventions during operation, but also during setup. Consequently, both safe operation with lower scrap under the condition of high quality requirements for form and dimensional accuracy and a lower time expenditure for the setup process can be ensured.