Converter steelmaking

Shaping the future – converter steelworks from SMS group

Efficient processes. Whether long, low-wear converter campaigns, low-maintenance or even maintenance-free components, perfect yet fast treatment results, quick converter changes - this is how our converters are built to last ... made to perform. Depending on the steel grade or process route in your steelworks, SMS group offers you BOF converters for carbon steel or AOD-L converters for stainless steel.

Alternatively, you can boost your productivity, flexibility, and product quality with a modernization from SMS group. That's because we not only supply you with top-quality mechanical, automation, and electrical components, but also apply special conversion expertise that ensures short downtimes to help you maintain your peace of mind.

BOF design concepts

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Future-oriented oxygen steelmaking

Maximum efficiency for you

Here is how our customized just-right solutions for your converter steelworks help you set new standards of performance. They help you achieve the perfect balance between the four factors that matter:

  • Problem solving
  • Innovation
  • Cost cutting
  • Productivity growth
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Future-oriented stainless steelmaking

Low production costs, high productivity

What's special about our process lines is that we tailor your plant to your conditions. Included in these considerations are availability of raw materials, infrastructure, and energy supply.

The upshot is that you can produce high-quality materials at low cost.

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Efficient, custom-engineered vacuum converters

Combination of AOD and VOD technology

We specially develop vacuum converters for producing stainless, acid-resistant, and heat-resistant steel grades as well as highly alloyed special steels, manganese, and chromium alloys, plus medium and low-carbon ferromanganese and ferrochrome.


Modernizations to boost your utilization rate

All replacements and revamps in your converter steelworks pursue this central goal: the capacity to produce more steel in the same time in your existing factory. Achieving this aim means your steelworks can supply the market with higher capacities - at lower cost.

This creates clear competitive advantages for you, especially in times of high demand. Yet, even when demand stagnates or falls, the cost benefit per ton gives you more flexibility and therefore more security that you can always supply the right market segments.

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Your benefits from manufacturing in our Hilchenbach workshop:

  • State-of-the-art workshop in Hilchenbach/Germany
  • Large number of powerful machines
  • High-capacity machine tools
  • Welding shop and equipment for preassembly of workpieces up to 450 t
  • Blanks exclusively from selected sub-suppliers
  • Stringent requirements of: degree of deformation, material cleanness → guaranteed mechanical properties
  • One of the few manufacturers worldwide capable of producing case-hardened or heat-treated gearwheels up to a diameter of 6,000 mm
  • Fully mechanical submerged-arc welding with 100% ultrasonically tested weld seams
  • Gears cut in numerically controlled hobbing machines
  • Gearboxes leave the SMS group workshop ready assembled with tooth contact pattern adjusted
  • More than 60 converter tilt drive references since 2002
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  • Maintenance-free lamellas
  • Thermal expansion in all directions
  • Easy retrofitting into existing converters
  • Continuously improved design over more than 47 years
  • Maximum specific metallurgical volume due to compact design

Selected References

Electrical and automation systems

AOD sidewall blowing

Valve stations for AOD side wall blowing

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Furnace switchgear

Long-life motorized vacuum furnace breaker

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Tilting drive

A drive system for controlled converter tilting

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X-Pact® AEReg

AEReg – Advanced electrode regulator

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X-Pact® Auto Tapping

Better process with automatic tapping

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X-Pact® Bottom Stirring

A system for homogenization in metal bath in BOF converter

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X-Pact® Gas Cleaning Assist

Energy-efficient automation for dedusting plants

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X-Pact® Gas Cleaning Control

Energy efficient suction control for primary dedusting systems

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X-Pact® Ladle Ident

Full automatic infrared all-in-one ladle recognition system

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X-Pact® Ladle Management

Integrated and automated ladle management

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X-Pact® Laser Off-Gas

Maintenance free and fast process gas measurement (CO & CO2 / O2)

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X-Pact® Leakage Detection

Water leakages detection for Submerged arc furnaces

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X-Pact® Process Optimizer (AOD)

For AOD converter - Process assistance systems for the complete process line

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X-Pact® Process Optimizer (BOF)

For BOF converter - Process assistance systems for the complete process line

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Product quality analyzer (PQA)

Solution for smooth process flow and constant high quality

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Safeguarding plant lifetime

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X-Pact® Business Intelligence

Systematic analysis of data in an electronic form

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X-Pact® Condition Advisor

The transparent plant

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X-Pact® Drive

Low voltage frequency converter as integral part of X-Pact®

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X-Pact® Energy Advisor

Energy management for metallurgical plants and rolling mills

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X-Pact® MES 4.0

Production planning and scheduling for all production units in the plant

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X-Pact® Process Guidance

New standard for the future automatic control of complex plants

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X-Pact® Vision Mobile Operation

Easy access on process results - Full information and control everywhere

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X-Pact® Vision Operation and Visualization

Innovative HMI and new control station

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Mehr Verlässlichkeit im Antriebsstrang dank Antriebstechnik der SMS group.

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Digitale Dokumentation: Der erste Schritt zur Digitalisierung

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Unterstützung im Notfall – Remote Service

Zur schnellen Identifikation von Defekten und Fehlfunktionen und umgehenden Einleitung von Maßnahmen, die Störungen beseitigen.

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Equipment Check

Regelmäßige Inspektionen und Wartungen sind Grundlage zur Sicherung der Anlageneffizienz.

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Langfristige Wartungsdienstleistungen

SMS group bietet Ihnen Service entlang der Wertschöpfungskette und Sie können sich ganz auf Ihre Kernkompetenzen konzentrieren.

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Langfristiger Servicevertrag mit MMK

Kooperation zwischen MMK und SMS group für erstklassige Anlagen-Performance.

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Safety Locator

Schützen Sie Ihr wertvollstes Kapital - Ihre Mitarbeiter – mit dem SMS group Safety Locator.

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Smart Maintenance

Digitalisieren Sie Ihre Instandhaltung mit SMS group.

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Das System für saubere Lanzen

Verbärungen an wassergekühlten Sauerstofflanzen sind problematisch. Diese Anhaftungen beschädigen die Lanze und beeinträchtigen die Düsenfunktion.

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Plant technology
Das neue X-MELT® Blasstahlwerk von Vizag Steel, Indien
Efficient vacuum converter for individual needs
Increased plant availiability - Quick coupling systems for all fluid connections in the steel meltshop
Clean Lance System
Equipment Check
Electrical and Automation Systems
Zukunftssichere Komplettlösungen aus einer Hand
BOF - Automatisierter Abstich
Energieeffiziente Gasreinigung
We transform…the world of service
Fullservice für Wartungsstillstände


SMSgroup Bader, Jan

Jan Bader

SMS group GmbH
General Manager Technical Sales Steelmaking
Eduard-Schloemann-Straße 4
40237 Düsseldorf

Telefon : +49 211 881 6638
Fax : +49 211 881 776638

SMSgroup Gerike, Uwe

Uwe Gerike

SMS group GmbH
Converters and Special Metallurgy
Eduard-Schloemann-Straße 4
40237 Düsseldorf

Telefon : +49 211 881 5856
Fax : +49 211 881 775856

SMSgroup Linden, Wolfgang

Wolfgang Linden

SMS group GmbH
Head of Electrics/Automation Steelmaking and Environmental Technology
Eduard-Schloemann-Str. 4
40237 Düsseldorf

Telefon : +49 211 881 6779
Fax : +49 211 881 77 6779