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Continuous casting for flat products

Casting
High-productivity plants and innovative technologies

For more than 50 years, we stand for productivity and quality. Being a frontrunner in continuous casting, SMS group today offers the world’s widest portfolio of continuous casting plants meeting the respective demands of the market as well as the customers' requirements. The great numbers of continuous casters which we have already successfully commissioned, or will be commissioning are eloquent proof of this successful and trustworthy cooperation with our customers.

Concepts

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Broad portfolio

Technological leadership - powerful results

Today, some 95% of steel is produced by continuous casting. As a frontrunner in this technology, SMS group offers the world's widest portfolio of continuous casting plants for carbon and stainless steel slabs. That's how we meet market demands as well as your specific requirements. It also means that the thin, medium, thick and ultra thick slabs produced on our continuous casters form your ideal basis for superior steel products.

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Modernization

Our expertise

Our modernization specialists have many years of experience and in-depth know-how. That's why we are your best partner for modernizations.
We upgrade ageing plants precisely and efficiently to today's technology. We also modernize plants from other manufacturers. The spectrum ranges from small optimizations right up to extensive alterations. This is achieved by practice-proven and cost-effective new modules e. g. through adjustments to drive technology, electrics and automation.

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Belt casting technology®

Steel: vast potential as an innovative material

Nothing short of revolutionary, our Belt Casting Technology (BCT®) is a further leap towards near-net-shape casting. Depending on the BCT® caster type you choose, you can run different production rates and manufacture a large variety of product sizes. 
What makes BCT® casters so special is that they handle alloys previously not suitable for continuous casting.

Technology

Successful slab production Ultimate solutions

You can produce anything with our plants. This includes for example: blanks for state-of-the-art sheet metal auto parts; high-strength, lightweight construction steels that reduce vehicle weights; blanks for high-performance electronic components used in ultra-small engines; large tubes for transporting aggressive media such as oil and natural gas. The range stretches from ultra-low carbon deep-drawing steel to high-alloy, heat-resistant stainless steels.

Key factors

  • Superb product quality
  • High plant availability
  • Lower operation and maintenance costs
  • Easy operation as a result of full level of automation 
  • Full range of services
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HD mold

Slab quality control with HD mold

Knowing the temperature development within the mold is essential for understanding and optimizing the casting process. Now you can - with our HD mold. It provides the necessary data in high resolution as well as new insights into the processes inside the mold.
 

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HD LASr

Digital aligning assistant

HD LASr enables the precise aligning of the continuous caster – an important key for producing high-quality slabs.

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STEC-Roll®

Innovative strand guide roller

Strand guide rollers are crucial for manufacturing high-quality steel slabs. Ideal here is our STEC-Roll® solution. We have already installed it in several new plants. Plus, if you have axle rollers with rotating axles from other manufacturers and drive rollers with split bearings on your existing segment frames, it's easy to replace them with STEC-Roll®. No further changes are necessary.

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HD scan

Ultrasound scans inner quality

What already became an essential part of modern medicine years ago is now successfully applied by the SMS group for cast products: Inspection of the internal quality using ultrasound – this is HD scan. For evaluation of the ultrasound data, the SMS group has developed a software that provides significant results.

Selected References

Electrical and automation systems

HD mold

A look into the mold during solidification process

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X-Pact® Cast Optimizer

Optimized guidance of the complete casting process for highest yield and best quality

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X-Pact® Gap Control

Optimum segment gap in all situations

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X-Pact® Level Control

Precise mold level control with automatic adaption to process requirements

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X-Pact® Oscillation Control

Highly flexible and effective – for a perfect slab surface

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X-Pact® Solid Control

3D temperature control

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X-Pact® Tech Assist

To manage your techno-metallurgical parameters

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X-Pact® Width Control

Largest width changes, optimized for crack-sensitive grades

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Digital twin

Digital counterpart of a customer-specific plant

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Plug & Work

3D real-time simulation of technology prior to installation

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Product quality analyzer (PQA)

Solution for smooth process flow and constant high quality

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Remote service

Always at your side, quickly and dependably, worldwide

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Virtualization

Safeguarding plant lifetime

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X-Pact® Business Intelligence

Systematic analysis of data in an electronic form

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X-Pact® Drive

Low voltage frequency converter as integral part of X-Pact®

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X-Pact® Energy Advisor

Energy management for metallurgical plants and rolling mills

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X-Pact® MES 4.0

Production planning and scheduling for all production units in the plant

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X-Pact® Process Condition Analyzer (PCA)

The "transparent" plant

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X-Pact® Process Guidance

New standard for the future automatic control of complex plants

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X-Pact® Sense

Intelligent sensor system and camera-based solutions

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X-Pact® Vision Mobile Operation

Easy access on process results - Full information and control everywhere

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X-Pact® Vision Operation and Visualization

Innovative HMI and new control station

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Service

Coating technologies for casters

Coatings for longer service life. Extremely wear-resistant surfaces for a significant increase in production capacity.

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eDoc

Digital documentation: First step to a smart plant.

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Emergency support - Remote Service

For easy identification of defects and malfunctions and quick initiation of measures for fault elimination.

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Equipment check

Regular inspections and maintenance form the basis for safeguarding the efficiency of your equipment.

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For longer service life - Segment roller coatings

Longer service life of segments thanks to newly developed welding materials

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Genius CM

The Genius Condition Monitoring includes a modularly designed, permanent online monitoring system.

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Ladle turrets

Preventive maintenance for ladle turrets is the key to the productivity of today´s continuous casters.

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Long-term maintenance services

SMS group offers you the full range of services along the value chain, while you can focus entirely on your core competences.

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Long-term service agreement

As a reliable partner, we provide for a highly productive plant, which operates economically and serves the cycle times of the entire production process.

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Long-term service agreement with MMK

Cooperation between MMK and SMS group for top plant performance.

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Mold tracker

The Mold Tracker is a self-contained sensor unit that is attached to copper plates and continuously measures wear and operational data. The collected data are clearly visualized and support the optimization of maintenance and stocking.

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Safety Locator

Protect your most valuable asset - your employees - with the SMS group Safety Locator!

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Smart Maintenance

Digitalize your maintenance with SMS group!

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Videos

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HD LASr [mold] and HD LASr [segment] at workshop of Thyssenkrupp Steel Europe

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Informative views and prospects: HD scan

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X-CAST® Continuous Caster

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Preparation steps for the assembly of a STEC-Roll®

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Demonstration: the final assembly of a STEC-Roll® – Mounted without overlay welding

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STEC-Roll® - Convincing performance after 17 month of operation

Downloads

Plant technology
HD LASr aligning assistant
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HD mold
Energy Collector
STEC-Roll® - Good use of potential
Service
Segment roll coating
Maintenance service
Mobile caster monitoring service
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Electrical and Automation Systems
X-Pact® Width Control
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X-Pact® Level Control
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Motion Controller
Future-proof complete solutions from one source - Electrics and Automation
X-Pact® Oscillation Control - Best surface quality for your slabs
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X-Pact® Solid Control
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X-Pact® Cast Optimizer
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X-Pact® Gap Control
Always optimal segment gap
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X-Pact® Tech Assist - One central system for managing techno-metallurgical parameters
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Contact

SMSgroup Fischer, Lothar

Lothar Fischer

SMS group GmbH
Technical Sales Continuous Casters
Eduard-Schloemann-Straße 4
40237 Düsseldorf
Germany

Phone : +49 211 881 6187
Fax : +49 211 881 776187

SMSgroup Schaps, Lothar

Lothar Schaps

SMS group GmbH
Head of Sales Electrics/Automation Caster
Eduard-Schloemann-Straße 4
40237 Düsseldorf
Germany

Phone : +49 211 881 5803
Fax : +49 211 77 5803

SMSgroup Schallenberg, Stephan

Stephan Schallenberg

SMS group GmbH
Service Caster
Ohlerkirchweg 66
41069 Mönchengladbach
Germany

Phone : +49 2161 350 3516
Fax : +49 2161 350 1980