The tradition of CONTIROD® has been continued and can look back on a remarkable success story to this day. Constant advancement and adaptation to ever increasing demands on the final product have always been the driving force behind innovations. Hence, the development of separate drives for the individual mill stands marked a milestone in measuring and control technology. Aided by modern drive systems with frequency-controlled motors it was possible to significantly reduce electrical energy consumption. Advancement of the shaft melting furnace by optimizing the furnace vessel shape, using an innovative cathode charging method and a complex individual burner control system led to a sustainable improvement in process stability.
Currently, the CONTIROD® process is climbing the next rung on the evolutionary ladder thanks to specifically developed digitalization solutions. Digitalization enables targeted process monitoring and preventive maintenance. Thus, networking with customers worldwide has become much easier, and remote service overcomes large distances.
The CONTIROD® success story with its unique selling point, the Hazelett twin-belt caster, is being continued even 50 years after its creation. Vast experience gained over a period of half a century as well as current developments such as 3D printing, digitalization and global remote support are the pillars on the basis of which CONTIROD® is being carried into the future.