The growing flexibility in production, the ever-smaller batch sizes, and the increasingly expanding production mixes are requirements that apply nowadays to production processes in the steel industry. Alongside these factors, the continuing further development of automation technology is an essential prerequisite for staying competitive and supporting production staff with the latest automation solutions.
The Quicksetting module, which has been successfully in use for many years for ERW welded tube plants, was newly implemented in 2019. With the new implementation, it received an update using current software technology and a new, web-based user interface. At the same time, this new Quicksetting module was integrated into the X-Pact® brand family.
Combining the automation system with an intelligent database software creates the link between plant engineering, technological know-how, and operation. The X-Pact® Quicksetting system provides intelligent connectivity and systematic networking of knowledge and data and, in doing so, sets a new standard in plant automation.
SMS group has developed an innovative integrated solution for the shortest possible change-over times for ERW welded tube plants. The centerpiece of this solution is the X-Pact® Quicksetting system. It reduces change-over and setting times in welded tube plants and thus increases productivity. At the same time, product quality can be reproduced and continuously improved by means of database-supported plant settings. The system fulfills the current requirements for high flexibility in production with ever-smaller batch sizes and wider production mixes.
The X-Pact® Quicksetting stores the parameters and roll data for the product portfolio in a database. The data record can then be gradually supplemented to include the plant owner’s customized settings.
As part of X-Pact® Process Guidance, X-Pact® Quicksetting easily allows you to get the best out of your plant: The intuitive user interface of the intelligent, database-supported software is used by the operator to set the desired tube format and transfer it to the plant – the corresponding settings are then executed automatically. The settings can be easily stored to achieve reproducible results. In this way, tubes with the same parameters and quality can be reliably reproduced later.
What’s more, the system provides a platform and with it the possibility of running multiple licenses for welded tube plants on one physical server.