The SMS ZEROFlame equipped with the Dual configuration seamlessly integrates the flexibility of dual-fuel technology with the benefits of flameless technology. It is the new best available technology of SMS group for the use of flameless operation in combination with lean gases. Thanks to its innovative design, the lean gas (BFG, BOFG, syngas, etc.) is burned by a special central lance in flame mode, while the rich gases (NG, COG, hydrogen) can be injected either in flame mode or in flameless mode. With this configuration, SMS customers can exploit all the energy coming from the lean gases and have all the exceptional performances of SMS ZEROFlame technology.
Multi-fuel capability increases flexibility, but combustion optimization is key
Tailor-made combustion system design and careful burner selection are a prerequisite for reducing the fuel consumption and carbon footprint of the reheating furnace. Combustion control systems play also a crucial role in this respect to optimize the fuel consumption in the reheating furnace area. SMS group’s level 1 automation system X-Pact® DigiMod Control and level 2 optimization system X-Pact® Prometheus are the tools that can guarantee the best performances in terms of stock heating quality and fuel saving.
The X-Pact® DigiMod Control integrates the modulating control of the combustion control zones with the digital control for each burner ensuring the right flame pattern and furnace thermal profile under various working condition.
The X-Pact® Prometheus functions as an online computational process model, providing real-time simulation of the stock's temperature profile. It compares this with the theoretical heating curve and automatically adjusts furnace temperature set points. This combustion optimization system aims to achieve the desired temperature profile and uniformity for any stock and steel grade with minimum fuel consumption, decarburization, and scale losses. X-Pact® Prometheus can adapt the heating curves based on the stock charging temperature optimizing the process also during the furnace mixed charge. X-Pact® Prometheus has complete reporting to trace the heating history of processed stock and advanced functionality for managing planned or unplanned mill stoppages.
Decarbonizing an entire rolling mill goes beyond reheating furnaces
Various reheating technologies are available to meet the political guidelines of the Paris Climate Agreement. SMS group, serving as an advisory consultant, considers all the plant peculiarities to define a tailor-made solution.
As the measures for CO2 reduction in rolling mills also go beyond the reheating furnaces, SMS group adopts a holistic consulting approach. In this regard, SMS group provides solutions that are tailored to the plants, processes, and individual emission sources.
Feel free to reach out to us and we will collaborate with you and our experts to develop tailor-made solutions that encompass the entire plant. Through an integrated and partnership-based approach, we aim to support your plant effectively and sustainably throughout its entire lifecycle.