Thanks to the implementation of latest technological developments, the efficiency of the CONTIROD® system has been significantly increased. Key elements, such as the latest generation of the SMS shaft furnace with upgraded brickwork and newly developed nozzle mix burners, have played a crucial role in reducing energy consumption and ensuring stable working conditions. The utilization of 3D printing technology for the mixing elements in the new burners has improved the flame conditions. Additionally, the system now incorporates automatic flame monitoring along with the new burner technology. In addition to all this advantages in the standard configuration, the newly developed SMS nozzle-mix burner is hydrogen-ready! By embracing this innovation, the CONTIROD® system demonstrates its readiness to support sustainable practices in the industry.
The CONTIROD® process is the only CCR (Continuous Casting and Rolling) system that employs the twin-belt casting principle. This unique approach enables the production of a rectangular cast bar without bending during solidification, opens the possibility of using high amount of clean copper scrap.
The incorporation of high-pressure descaling in the finishing mill along with new high-pressure nozzle arrangements has an amazing effect in terms of the copper rod surface quality. Ones again, the CONTIROD® process redefine the benchmark for copper rod quality, setting new standards in the industry.
The new treatment facilities for emulsion and cleaner, coupled with inline measurement and precise dosing, offers the benefit of reduced manual intervention. This leads to cost savings for consumables and makes the process easier to handle while maintaining the constant quality.
The latest generation cooling line is equipped with two cooling media systems. In the first phase, when the hot rod is guided from the rolling mill into the closed cooling tube system, in comes into contact with the cleaner agent system. Once complete de-oxydation is achieved, the rod is cooled down by a pure water cooling. To minimize compressed air consumption, the air wiper system at the end of the cooling line features a new 3D printed nozzle design. The new system reaches impressive savings of up to 70% of compressed air, further enhancing the overall efficiency of the process.
All these efforts combined with the array of SMS group digital products such as Smart Alarm, SMS-Metrics, Material Tracking, AIXpert as well as Scale-to-entire-process-chain, share one common goal: harnessing the advantages of CONTIROD® for a greener world and sustainable future!
CONTIROD® is a registered trademark of Aurubis Belgium