Seamless tube plants

Tube and pipe making
Future-oriented plant designs

Wherever you look, seamless steel tubes are an integral part of modern life. Today, the oil and gas industry, the construction and mechanical engineering industries, and automotive manufacturers demand ever better tubes made of higher steel grades, with closer tolerances and new dimensions.

Ever since the Mannesmann brothers' radical invention in 1885, SMS group has continuously improved the seamless tube production process. That has put us one step ahead of current and future requirements of the pipe and tube market. Take for example our PQF® (Premium Quality Finishing) process and its innovative technology packages. This innovative power proves we offer you competitive solutions for seamless tubes.

Seamless tube plant process

The right solution for all process stages

Piercing, elongating, and finish-rolling - these are the key stages in seamless tube production. SMS group has the right machines for every stage, and covers the whole range of processes.

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Starting Material

Steel billets of various dimensions and grades, continuously cast or rolled

  • Billet preparation
  • Billet saws
  • Furnace technology 
  • Billet centering
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Piercing

from the billet to the hollow

  • Cross-rolling mills (cone type and Barrel type piercing)
  • Billet descaling
  • 3-roll piercing mill
  • Hollow inside deoxidation
  • Cooling and quick-change systems for piercing tools
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Elongating / expanding

from the hollow to the shell

  • PQF® / MPM mill
  • CPE/TPE mill / Push bench technology 
  • Assel mill
  • Plug mill
  • Hot pilger mill
  • Elongator
  • Rotary Expander
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Finish rolling

from the shell to the tube

  • Reheating furnace (gas fired/induction)
  • High pressure water descaling unit 
  • Sizing mill
  • Stretch-reducing mill
  • FPS adjustable rolling stands
  • Tube layer saws
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Finishing line

From the rolling mill to the dispatch area

  • Groove dressing machines for PQF® catridges
  • Stretch-reducing and sizing mill stands
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Products

Seamless tubes of various dimensions

  • Diameters: 
    21.3 mm to 720 mm 
  • Wall thicknesses:
    2 mm to 120 mm

Technology


PQF® - PREMIUM QUALITY FINISHING

Advanced mandrel mill technology for premium quality finishing

Whether it's high-alloy steels or particularly thin-walled precision tubes - with our PQF® (Premium Quality Finishing) technology, you can produce even the highest-grade products efficiently and reliably. You also use less material to generate better output than with conventional solutions. That ensures tool cost plus energy savings due to the low reheating required during the rolling process.

Typical size ranges / deformation steps of PQF® mills
Plant dimension 7"9 5/8" / 10 3/4"16" / 20"
Billet Diameter [mm] 210 200 - 280210 - 360 / 450
Diameter range Finished tube [mm] 48,3 - 177,8 42,4 - 244,5  (273,1)177,8 - 406,4 / 508
Wall thickness [mm] 3,2 - 223,6 - 255,6 - 40
Production
capacity [tons / year]
> 200.000  > 300.000> 400.000

Your benefits from the PQF® process at a glance

  • You can roll higher-alloyed steel grades
  • Temperature distribution in the shell is more uniform after the
    elongation rolling process
  • Reduced "finning" at the shell end for lower crop end losses
  • Closer wall thickness tolerances
  • Higher tube quality
  • Lower manufacturing costs
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Technical highlights

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Furnace technology for seamless tube plants

Experienced specialists in tube rolling, re-heating, and heat treatment

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BCM - Billet centering machines

Optimized rolling process with centered piercing

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PQSC® Technology

Better plug material and less thermal load

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INCOAT®

Innovative scale protection in seamless tubes

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CALIVIEW®

An all-new measuring principle

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Lasus® measuring system

Precise measurements for high quality all round

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Carta® technology system

Computer-aided rolling technology - seamless integration, all-round innovation

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Groove dressing machine

Latest-generation roll dressing machines

Selected References



Electrical and automation systems

Integrating the latest technologies and automation processes

There is a huge demand for the automation of complete seamless tube lines and integrated individual machines, another SMS group specialty.
So, whatever you want, from individual sensors, through drive and control technology, right up to planning and implementation of computer-aided information and control systems: SMS group supplies complete solutions.

You name it - from project planning to system implementation, we devise customized solutions and apply cutting-edge technology to meet your specific requirements.

Included here are:

  • Condition monitoring
  • CARTA® manufacturing executing systems (MES)
  • Radio frequency identification (RFID) tool identification and tracking system 
  • Pipe and material tracking
  • Wireless network (WLAN) design for complete industrial plants
  • Mobile panels for remote machine control
  • Quality assurance system (QAS)

Using plant simulations, we thoroughly test the capabilities and functionalities of complex industrial plants as early as the project planning and engineering stages. Then we apply the findings to perfect the structure and control strategies of our plants.

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Service

Emergency Support

Remote service

Remote access to the machine control system for fault analysis is possible only after authentication by the customer. Direct analysis and evaluation of the operating parameters are performed online by the SMS Service employees. They can easily identify defects and malfunctions and initiate measures for fault elimination. Remote access also allows the system software to be updated. Naturally, the installation of the necessary hardware and software for the remote access is already included in the remote service.

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Our services

  • Installation of software and hardware
  • Identification of faults, defects and malfunctions 
  • System update and fault elimination per remote access
  • In case of plant failure competent assistance by experts

Your benefits

  • Shorter reaction times
  • Rapid identification of necessary maintenance and repair measures
  • Reduction of maintenance costs

Downloads

VALLOUREC & SUMITOMO TUBOS DO BRASIL: PQF® seamless tube plant
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KR CNC Groove Dressing Machine
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INCOAT®
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CaliView®
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PQSC® technology
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Lasus®
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Carta®
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PQF® technology
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Contact

SMSgroup Wilms, Michael

Michael Wilms

SMS group GmbH
Head of Seamless Tube Plants
Ohlerkirchweg 66
41069 Mönchengladbach
Germany

Phone : +49 2161 350 1842

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