Düsseldorf, February 12, 2015

New press concept with reduced energy consumption

Beisteel Group from China orders JCO® pipe forming press for 18-m pipes from SMS Meer

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JCO® pipe forming press is equipped with a variable-speed pump (VSP) control system.

Beisteel Group from Haicheng, Liaoning Province, China, has placed an order with SMS Meer (www.sms-meer.com) for the supply of a JCO® pipe forming press for its plant in Yingkou, Liaoning Province. With this machine, the company will be able to expand its product spectrum to include longitudinally welded large-diameter pipes (LSAW) with a length of up to 18 meters. The annual capacity of the plant is approx. 250,000 tons.

The JCO® pipe forming press produces the up to 18 meters long, longitudinally welded pipes in wall thicknesses up to 65 millimeters and steel grades up to X100. The pipe diameters range from 16 to 64 inches.

For the company the new machine offers the advantage that the JCO® forming process can be quickly changed to other pipe dimensions. This allows even small lot sizes to be produced cost-efficiently.

The new modular frame design will be used on this press for the first time enabling overall height and foundation depth to be minimized and flexible press lengths to be created. The press is equipped with a variable-speed pump (VSP) control system that permits an efficient hydraulic system with pressures up to 450 bar. As a result, the energy consumption is reduced by 30 percent compared with a conventional hydraulic system.

The SHAPE automation system developed by SMS Meer performs the fully automatic control of the forming process and thus enables consistently high pipe qualities to be produced, despite differing starting material properties.

The press is scheduled to go into production in the fourth quarter of 2016.


SMS Siemag AG and SMS Meer GmbH are both companies of SMS group which, under the roof of SMS Holding GmbH, consists of a group of companies internationally active in plant construction and mechanical engineering for the steel and nonferrous metals industry.


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