Tinplate lines


Efficient production of tinplate material

The SMS group offers innovative, technical solutions at all steps of tinplate production for the efficient processing of cold strip into packing material. All the necessary treatment facilities can be delivered from a single source, including mechanical and processing equipment, furnace technology, electrical and automation systems and production know-how. The electrolytic tinning lines are fitted with soluble anodes, which create significant economic, ecological and process-engineering advantages.

Line concepts

Tinplate annealing line

The annealing of the cleaned strip followed by reduction and surface treatment provides the material in the annealing line with the material and surface properties necessary for tinning and subsequent processing. The very thin material (up to 0.1mm) is processed on the lines at very high speeds (up to 750 m/min). The product range comprises all grades and also contains the qualities T2.5, T5 and DR 10, which cannot be produced by batch annealing. The strip cleaning section has efficient process components including spray and electrolytic cleaning cells. The radiant tube furnace is the heart of the plant and is recognized for its low resource consumption. Due to precise furnace control, the process follows the specified annealing curve exactly. Two 4-high skinpass mill stands are integrated for post-treatment. The first skinpass mill stand adjusts the mechanical-engineering characteristics of the strip by a thickness reduction. The second creates a defined strip surface structure.
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Electrolytic tinning line

Main data
The significant process steps in an electrolytic tinning line are cleaning, leveling, pickling, tinplating, remelting and passivating. All of these process steps must fulfill high requirements in order to guarantee the surface quality of the end material. SMS offers various innovative technologies for tinning lines, which increase the ecological and economic efficiency of the plant.
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Material flow

SMS group covers the whole production process
  • System supply of all plants with complete mechanical and process equipment, furnace technology, electrics and automation as well as production know-how
  • Auxiliary equipment like evaporators or anode casters also included
  • Various references for all plants
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Tinplate Continuous Annealing Line

High-speed production of very thin strips - 750 m/min process speed at 0.1 mm minimal thickness - Production of all grades...

Perfect tinning of all tinplate materials

Soluble anodesSaving costs for tin and line operation
Preconditioning cellProtection of electrolytes
Parallel anode arrangementUniform and precise strip coating
Anode monitoring systemSupervision of anode conditions
Online tin layer measurementClosed-loop control of the entire tinning process
Vertically adjustable reflow unitImproved tin adherence and surface quality
Evaporator for tinning processSaving of tin, electrolyte and rinse water
Anode casterPerfectly shaped tin anodes, no tin losses

Selected References



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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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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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® Condition Monitoring

Innovative condition monitoring in Level 1 software solution

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X-Pact® Edge Mask Control

Heavy edge over coating reduction

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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® Tension Leveler Model

Control of flatness with tension leveler

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X-Pact® Tinning Coating Control

Current control for electrolytic tinning lines

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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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Product quality analyzer (PQA)

Solution for smooth process flow and constant high quality

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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® Condition Advisor

The transparent plant

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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® 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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Plant technology
Strip Processing Lines
Maintenance service
Electrical and Automation Systems
Future-proof complete solutions from one source - Electrics and Automation
Innovative Solutions for Strip Processing Lines
Low-Voltage Frequency Converter
Efficient production of tinplate packaging material out of cold strip


SMSgroup Timmerbeul, Walter

Walter Timmerbeul

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

Phone : +49 211 881 5708
Fax : +49 211 881 775708

SMSgroup Genssler, Ronald

Ronald Genssler

SMS group GmbH
Service Processing Lines
Ohlerkirchweg 66
41069 Mönchengladbach

Phone : +49 2161 350 3570
Fax : +49 211 881-774162

SMSgroup Sachteleben, Claas

Claas Sachteleben

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

Phone : +49 211 881 5216
Fax : +49 211 881 775216