SMS Meer, Germany, has acquired shares held by the Austrian measurement technology company TBK in Graz. “We have been working closely with TBK since 2004,” says Dr. Joachim Schönbeck, President and CEO of SMS Meer. “Together we will be able to offer our customers tailor-made solutions for dimension control and surface analysis of rolled products in future.”
TBK Automatisierung und Messtechnik GmbH has been developing measurement technology solutions for the steel industry since 1989, in particular laser measuring systems using the light section method. Compared with conventional systems, this technology ensures much higher attention to detail and much higher accuracy in the measurement of bar cross-sections. These measuring instruments are therefore ideally suited for monitor control in conjunction with hydraulically adjustable mill stands. The TBK product range includes measuring instruments for identifying and qualifying hot and cold-rolled products. Different scanner sizes cover applications from wire-rod and bar production through to heavy beam mills.
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.