Copper tube linesCasting
Whether you want to produce anodes, wire rods, tubes, or semi-finished products - we supply all the equipment you need for copper plants. That includes integrated process technology. Working with us means you enjoy a partnership based on expertise and the assurance that all your components mesh perfectly.
The SMS group developed directube® to enable coppertube manufacturers to produce high-quality tubes on a highly efficient Basis. Our directube® system casts tube shells from copper cathodes on a horizontal continuous casting plant. Then a planetary rolling mill directly converts them into mother tubes. This short process route results in high efficiency and lower energy consumption. Plus, you can process the mother tubes on conventional drawing lines to the required final tube sizes.
Key elements of directube®:
- Furnace for melting copper cathodes and process scrap
- Multi-strand horizontal continuous shell caster
- Surface preparation unit for the shells
- Planetary mill (PSW) with in-line coiling for cross-rolling
We integrate a special mold technology in our horizontal continuous casting plants so you can efficiently cast small cross sections (near-net- shape casting). What this means for you is that you cast a thick-wall tube, directly roll it into a mother tube, then cold-draw the mother tube to the final tube size on conventional drawing machines.
This is the most economic route by far for small and medium production capacities.
However, not only a service partner for your plants and machines, SMS group is also there for your staff. Furthermore, You can enroll on standardized and individual training programs designed for you by our SMS TECademy. That ensures you strengthen your competence as a plant owner.
Whether you require one-off equipment checks, continuous condition monitoring, remote service, or regular plant inspections: our service experts will take care of it all. You can even outsource your complete maintenance operations to us. This ensures excellent plant availability plus best production results.
When the spare parts you need are no longer available or the new generation is not 100% compatible, you risk plant standstills. That's why SMS group constantly monitors the availability of all parts and, where necessary, offers modern alternatives - even for parts from third-party suppliers. This ensures competitiveness and full productivity over the entire life cycle of your plant.
Even plants "built to last" need to be critically examined from time to time, because markets and production processes are continuously evolving. Together with you, our service experts will find the best revamp options for your requirements. Once again bang up to date, your plants will then be ready to bolster your strong position on the market.