Molds from SMS Concast for higher product quality
Empresa Siderúrgica Del Perú (Siderperú), a company of the Gerdau Group, has revamped its continuous casting machine in Chimbote, Peru, thereby significantly improving its production process. The new mold equipment supplied by SMS Concast, Switzerland, casts sections in 224 mm square format. The rectangular stirrer installed is the first of its kind worldwide and takes up far less space compared with conventional machine solutions. The machine was specially designed to fit into the very narrow space within the oscillator.
The scope of supply of SMS Concast includes mold support, mold casings, mold tubes with CONVEX®-Technology and a mold stirrer system for each of the four strands of the existing 7.8 m continuous casting machine.
To help Siderperú exploit the full potential of its plant, experts from SMS Concast also trained the customer’s personnel. They explained and showed how to operate the new molds and also how to manage the surrounding equipment so that the casting machine performs efficiently.
“With SMS Concast, we have won a new reliable business partner. We are now able to produce much better steel quality than before,” says Enrique Segundo Avila Saldana, Head of Siderperú’s Engineering Department. “We will definitely be continuing the partnership with SMS Concast.”
Two further projects to follow:
Siderperú has already signed two follow-up orders. SMS Concast will also supply new equipment to cast sections with 180 mm square and 130 mm square format. Both production lines will be equipped with the CONSEAL IV mold seal which allows extremely quick and safe operation.
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.