Stainless steel lines

Flat products

Powerful processes for stainless steel strips

Our plants have proved to be successful. They are specially designed for all stainless steel strip treatment stages. Included here are efficient furnace and descaling technology, sophisticated production models, and powerful green technology. That means low production costs, high energy efficiency, and outstanding environmental standards. Plus: here you get complete lines from one source with integrated electrical and automation systems.

Line concepts

Hot-strip annealing and pickling lines

Directly after hot-rolling, these lines anneal and pickle the strip before winding it into coils.
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Cold-strip-annealing and pickling lines

Next up is another annealing and pickling process for the cold-rolled strip under different conditions.
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Bright annealing lines

Here, the cold rolled strip is cleaned, annealed in an oxygen-free, inert atmosphere with a high hydrogen content, and post-treated in a skinpass mill and tension leveler.
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Furnace technology

High-speed, eco-friendly production – Worldwide, more than 25 Drever furnaces for stainless steel strip have been ordered since 2000.

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Cooling technology

Our Drever furnace offers you two different cooling methods for stainless steel . That ensures you achieve outstanding results with water cooling for hot-strip and mist cooling for cold-strip.

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Pickling technology

Our pickling process stands out for high surface quality at low energy and acid consumption. Sophisticated pickling and dosing models as well as electrolytic and turbulence pickling systems are also suited for saving resources.


X-Roll® laser welder

Fast, safe, and successful welding of challenging steel grades

Precise, fast and reliable. The X-Roll® laser welder from SMS group for continuous production of difficult-to-weld steel grades.

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ReferencesSince 2000

35 references for stainless steel strip processing lines since 2000

Electrical and Automation systems

Level 2 system

As a key to increasing the efficiency of modern processing lines

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Technological skin pass mill controls

Technological controls for inline skin pass mill

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X-Pact® Basic Automation

Innovative system with diagnostics for startup, devices, sequences, safety, and plant

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X-Pact® High Current

Switch mode power rectifier for electrolytic processing lines

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X-Pact® Line Drive Control

Innovative line drive control combined with optimal drive hardware

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X-Pact® Looper Control

Production rate optimization

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X-Pact® Pickling Model for Stainless Steel

Maximum productivity at minimum energy and acid consumption

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X-Shape Flatness Measurement and Control

Stand-alone measuring system for flatness control perfectly tailored to your process requirements.

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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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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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SMSgroup Timmerbeul, Walter

Walter Timmerbeul

SMS group GmbH
Vice President Electrics/Automation Processing Lines and Furnaces
Eduard-Schloemann-Straße 4
40237 Düsseldorf

Phone : +49 211 881 5708

SMSgroup Genssler, Ronald

Ronald Genssler

SMS group GmbH
Service Processing Lines
Ivo-Beucker-Straße 43
40237 Düsseldorf

Phone : +49 2161 350 3570

SMSgroup Jaenecke, Markus

Markus Jaenecke

SMS group GmbH
Technical Sales Processing Lines
Eduard-Schloemann-Straße 4
40237 Düsseldorf

Phone : +49 211 881 5218