Modernization expertise
available from your systems supplier

As a global machine and plant supplier for the steel and non-ferrous metals industry, we are not only experts for new plants, but also your best partner for revamps. That's because our modernization specialists draw on both longstanding experience and profound know-how.

This gives us the background to precisely and efficiently upgrade ageing plants to today's technology. Included is even machinery from other manufacturers. What's impressive here is that, over the past 15 years, our experts have performed some 500 revamps worldwide. Some of these plants were more than 50 years old. Here, the spectrum ranged from small optimizations achieved with practice-proven and cost-effective new modules through adjustments to drive technology, electrics, and automation, right up to extensive alterations.

Yet that also applies to all these jobs: We custom-design each revamp to your specific requirements and always use state-of-the-art technology. It's another plus that forward-looking, detailed planning goes into every project. Right from the get-go, you know for certain your plant is going to achieve the improvements and competitive boost you want.

Your benefits from modernization

  • Higher productivity / yield
  • Superior product quality
  • Larger product range
  • More flexible production, including profitable manufacturing of small batch sizes
  • Shorter downtimes
  • Longer maintenance intervals
  • Compliance with modern eco-standards, plus energy and resource savings
  • Lower operating costs
  • Better value creation and competitiveness
As good as new

The modernization film

The four success factors

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We perform a complete, on-site analysis of your plant status and formulate the modernization goals.

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We develop a modernization strategy to ensure the shortest downtimes. We perform a feasibility study using virtual reality simulations.

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We prepare everything before the switchover, using e.g. listening mode for E&A, or pre-assembly of plant modules adjacent to ongoing production.

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We apply innovative SMS technologies and quality components from our own production.



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SMSgroup Burg, Jochen

Jochen Burg

SMS group GmbH
Executive Vice President Technical Service
Ohlerkirchweg 66
41069 Mönchengladbach

Phone : +49 2161 350 2880