SMS group Press releases2019-03-25T04:24:48+00:00 /typo3conf/ext/bm_atomfeed/Resources/Public/Logo/smsgroup_logo.png <![CDATA[Daye Special Steel orders hydraulic open-die forging press from SMS group]]> 2019-03-22T15:24:43+00:00 2019-03-22T16:17:00+00:00 Chinese steel and forging company Daye Special Steel Co., Ltd., based in Huangshi City, Hubei, has awarded SMS group the contract for the engineering and delivery of a 50/60 MN, high-speed hydraulic open-die forging press. Once again, the customer is placing its confidence in forging press technology from SMS group: Daye has been using an SMX 800/16 MN radial forging machine, supplied by SMS group, since 2011.

The open-die forging press operates with a forging force of up to 50 MN and an upsetting force of 60 MN. Daye opted for the stable, four-column push-down press with moving crosshead. The high forging frequency of the press not only enables sophisticated materials requiring a narrow temperature range to be forged, it also reduces machining times. During planishing, the new press is capable of reaching a frequency of 103 strokes per minute. Daye Special Steel plans to use the new open-die press to forge a variety of products of high-temperature alloys and special steel.

This open-die forging press to be provided by SMS group to Daye Special Steel can be operated in fully automatic, semi-automatic, or manual mode. Daye Special Steel will be able to forge materials extremely precisely and energy-efficiently in program mode, using pass schedules that are precalculated with the ForgeBase® forging program. In addition, the press will feature a press control and visualization system, which was developed by SMS group and will allow Daye Special Steel to attain maximum reproducible product quality with a forging tolerance of around ±1 millimeter. For fast die changes the machine will be equipped with a forging die changing device.

The open-die forging press is to be installed in the Huangshi plant. Commissioning is scheduled for May 2020.

<![CDATA[ChangBao orders world’s most advanced seamless tube plant from SMS group]]> 2019-03-20T14:31:19+00:00 2019-03-20T15:24:00+00:00 Leading the way with quality and PQF® technology

Jiangsu ChangBao Precision Steel Tube Co., Ltd based in Changzhou in Jiangsu Province, China, has awarded SMS group the contract to supply a new, state-of-the-art PQF® (Premium Quality Finishing) seamless tube plant and related automation. Particular highlights of the scope of supply include various performance modules and a KR I 35/45 CNC groove dressing machine. This highly automated plant will enable ChangBao to meet the growing demand for precise, high-strength tubes on the local market.

The PQF® ordered will be used to produce tubes within a diameter range of up to 6 5/8 inches and wall thicknesses of between 4 and 20 millimeters. Its annual capacity is 300,000 tons of tubes. These are used in oil and gas production (OCTG tubes) and must satisfy very high quality and tolerance requirements in accordance with API standards.

With the BCO-type PQF® plant (Bilateral Change-Over), the stands are changed at both sides of the mill. The compact, easily accessible construction enhances the user-friendliness of the plant. The drive is simpler in design and is easier to service. In addition, the hydraulic capsules (hydraulic adjustment) are positively connected to the mill frame. This ensures the rolling forces are distributed symmetrically over the mill, resulting in a further significant improvement in wall thickness variations. This increases both the efficiency and flexibility of the mill.

The order also includes the full automation of the machinery and plant sections, as well as state-of-the-art laser technology for measuring the wall thicknesses downstream of the PQF® and the stretch reducing mill (SRM). What’s more, the CaliView® measuring system developed by SMS group allows for fast, inline calibration of all rolling mills, and so guarantees the perfect alignment of the mill line over a period of time. A networked, CNC-based groove dressing machine (KR) for high-precision machining of the SRM stands will also be supplied.

The use of LASUS® technology means the otherwise commonly applied radioactive isotope measuring technique can be replaced by a safe laser technology, which is extremely environmentally friendly to operate and ensures monitor control with the PQF®-SecControl-Technology® as well as front and tail end sharpening in real time with the FTS system.

Any yield losses are minimized using the latest modules in the CARTANEO technology system. The well-known functions CEC (Crop End Control for reducing thick ends), WTCA (Wall Thickness Control, Average), and WTCL (Wall Thickness Control, Local) have been significantly improved thanks to self-learning algorithms (Artificial Intelligence, or AI).

With this investment ChangBao is banking on ultra-modern, highly stable tube production. The lower material stress allows the product range to be extended to include even thinner-walled dimensions and higher-alloy steel grades. The high level of digitalization of all equipment was what convinced the customer to be well equipped for the future.

The new seamless tube plant is scheduled to be commissioned in the first quarter of 2020.

<![CDATA[SMS group to modernize gas cleaning systems at POSCO Gwangyang]]> 2019-03-07T10:37:58+00:00 2019-03-07T11:32:00+00:00 SMS group in cooperation with AERIX Co., Ltd., South Korea, has been commissioned to modernize the gas cleaning systems of the three BOF (Blast Oxygen Furnace) converters at the integrated steel mill of POSCO in Gwangyang, South Korea.

Within the scope of a production increase in the converter shop, the gas cleaning systems will be adapted to deal with the higher process gas volumes. Primary gas cleaning is performed by means of easy-to-maintain dry electrostatic precipitators (ESP) which will be extended accordingly.

This will enable the gas cleaning systems to treat higher process gas volumes while, at the same time, their cleaning capacity is improved. The gas cleaning systems will each be designed for a capacity rating of more than 108,000 Nm³ per hour (dry).

The scope of supply of SMS group comprises all basic engineering services and the supply of electrodes.

The first and second electrostatic precipitators have already been extended, and the completion certificate for the first stage was issued to SMS group immediately after successful commissioning. Extension of the third and last ESP is scheduled for the end of 2019.

POSCO (formerly Pohang Iron and Steel Company), a South Korean company based in Pohang, is the world's fourth largest steelmaker. At present, POSCO operates two integrated steel mills in Pohang and Gwangyang.

<![CDATA[Aceros Arequipa orders steel mill and continuous billet caster from SMS group]]> 2019-03-05T14:44:59+00:00 2019-03-05T15:18:00+00:00 Energy-efficient steel and billet production for Peru

Corporación Aceros Arequipa S.A. (CAASA), based in Arequipa, Peru, has awarded SMS group an order covering the supply of mechatronic equipment for a new steel mill and a billet caster with six strands for its Pisco site. The plant is designed for an annual capacity of 1,200,000 tons and will produce billets with sections of 130, 160 and 180 millimeters. Commissioning is scheduled for early 2020.

In terms of the steel mill, SMS group will supply a 120-ton AC electric arc furnace equipped with innovative technology to secure high productivity levels. A CONDOOR automated slag door will reduce downtimes and thus make the process more efficient. The CONSO injection system, in combination with the AEREG electrode controller, will permit over 180 tons of steel to be produced every hour in a steady and continuous process. SMS group’s scope of supply also includes a ladle furnace meeting all requirements with regard to the respective steel composition.

The steel mill will be equipped with a gas cleaning plant capable of processing over 2,200,000 cubic meters of process gas per hour, with the frustum exhaust hood from SMS group permitting the gases produced during furnace charging and tapping to be captured and extracted more effectively. The gas cleaning plant will comply with the strictest environmental regulations.

SMS Concast, an SMS group company, will supply a continuous billet caster with six strands. The caster will have a casting radius of nine meters and be equipped with the proven CONVEX® mold, a technology that is both widespread and well-established on the market. The special inside geometry of the mold allows for a greater transfer of heat across the whole mold, with a uniform degree of solidification in the corners. The efficient strand shell guidance in the mold with maximum symmetrical cooling not only increases the casting speed but, at the same time, improves the quality of the cast product. The CONFLOW tundish stopper is used to ensure a stable flow of steel and a reliable casting process. CONSTIR, an electromagnetic stirrer used as mold and final stirrer, ensures the required metallurgical quality. A new alternating oscillator allows for high flexibility and thus enhanced productivity.

A significant reduction in operating costs will be achieved thanks to the direct connection to the rolling mills. Depending on the desired quality, the billets can either be rolled directly or be taken to the rolling mill after they have slowly cooled down.

SMS group’s scope of supply includes basic and detail engineering, supply of all mechanical and electrical components, the entire electrical and automation system including an integrated process control system (level 2) which monitors the steel quality from the scrap yard to the billet storage area, as well as the supervision of erection and commissioning.

Aceros Arequipa manufactures long and flat steel products, including corrugated iron, wire rod, steel profiles, bars and tubes, as well as steel tools and components for the construction, civil engineering and mining industries. The company supplies the local market and exports to Columbia, Ecuador, and Bolivia.

The new plant will allow Aceros Arequipa to expand its presence on the local market and in South America and to offer higher-quality products.

<![CDATA[Nucor Marion operates the new SMS group walking beam furnace]]> 2019-02-28T13:10:56+00:00 2019-02-28T13:50:00+00:00 The most environment-friendly reheating furnace within the entire Nucor group

Nucor Steel Marion, Inc., based in Marion, Ohio, U.S.A., granted SMS group the Final Acceptance Certificate (FAC) of the supplied walking beam furnace shortly after successful commissioning. The reason for the quick acceptance by Nucor was the achievement of the guaranteed performance values, which were even exceeded by far. With this, Nucor operates the most energy-efficient furnace with the lowest emission values achieved within the Nucor Group. The NOx content of this furnace is close to 25 parts per million. The furnace is designed according to innovative pre-fabrication methods and features proprietary SMS ZEROFlame burners.

The furnace went in service to the existing bar mill, and is capable to deliver a 120 short tons per hour of hot billets at 2,255 degrees Fahrenheit (1,235 degrees Celsius), with less than 1.04 million British thermal units per ton. Scale loss saving has been also pretty remarkable, with a measurement of less than 0.5 percent in weight, compared with the 0.75 percent guaranteed: this represents a very solid performance and a significant cost saving for the process. “We are proud of the results achieved by this furnace. It represents the new industry benchmark in terms of reduced emissions in U.S.A. and in particular inside Nucor group” said Simone Zussino, Vice President Reheating Furnaces and Heat Treatments at SMS group S.p.A. This sentiment was shared by Nucor Marion management, congratulating the joint Nucor-SMS team for the results during the FAC signature.

<![CDATA[Dongfeng Forging orders 5,000-ton eccentric forging press from SMS group]]> 2019-02-27T14:26:33+00:00 2019-02-27T15:11:00+00:00 Dongfeng Forging Co., Ltd., part of the commercial vehicle manufacturer Dongfeng Motor Group, has placed an order with SMS group for the supply of an MP 5000 eccentric forging press with a forging force of 5,000 tons for its plant in Shiyan, Hubei Province, China. Founded in Shiyan in 1969, Dongfeng Forging Co., Ltd. operates a total of 26 forging lines at this site including, among others, a 12,000-ton wedge press supplied by SMS group.

Dongfeng Forging intends to use the new forging press to manufacture light-truck crankshafts with a maximum finished part weight of 21.5 kilograms. The new eccentric press will forge parts precisely, highly efficiently, and fully automatically with a nominal forging force of 50 MN. In addition to the press, the scope of supply includes process development services, sequence-controlled loading and unloading belt conveyors, an electrically operated automatic walking beam for parts handling, and an integrated die spraying system. Also, SMS group will supply a line control system for connecting other equipment units as, for example, the heating system.

The MP 5000 is one of SMS group’s advanced series of eccentric forging presses. Extremely large press windows in the FEM-optimized press housing offer a perfect automation capability and allow for easier changes of die and die holder.

SMS group is continuously working on the optimization of its plants and equipment. And this is why the MP series, too, was extensively redesigned. Numerous different improvements were made to reduce the labor and costs involved in maintenance and inspection work. This primarily includes the use of an almost maintenance-free, low-noise electrohydraulic coupling and brake. The hydraulic single ejectors in the table and ram can be individually operated for each forming station. In addition, the ram adjustment device that, in automatic mode, enables a ram adjustment of 0.1 millimeters between two strokes was improved on the drive side.

Commissioning of the new MP 5000 closed-die forging press is scheduled for the second quarter of 2020.

<![CDATA[Daye Special Steel to utilize pin-type bottom electrode from SMS group in electric arc furnace]]> 2019-02-22T09:59:19+00:00 2019-02-22T10:51:00+00:00 Reduced operating costs and increased productivity

Daye Special Steel Co. Ltd., China, has awarded SMS group the contract to upgrade a 75-ton direct-current electric arc furnace (DC EAF) at its plant in Xinyegang, China.

Commissioning is scheduled for 2019.

As part of the upgrade the existing furnace will be scanned in 3D and the bottom part of the electric arc furnace vessel modified.

SMS group is supplying two new pin-type bottom electrodes and a high-current system with optimized arrangement to reduce deflection of the electric arc. Also the installation and commissioning will be supervised by SMS group.

The upgrade is aimed at reducing operating costs and increasing productivity. The pin-type bottom electrode requires no maintenance, and the condition of the electrode is continually monitored by thermocouples. The needle-shaped electrode boasts a long service life, and the optimized arrangement of the bus bar system means the refractory lining lasts longer. Thanks to the easy connection of the bus bar system, the furnace vessel can be changed in just a short period of time. For the lining, expensive conductive bricks have been replaced with cost-effective ramming mix. Safe working conditions for the operating crew are guaranteed as the bottom electrode is cooled with air and not water.

The DC EAF technology from SMS group offers a host of benefits: less power network interference, lower noise level, reduced electrode and refractory material consumption, and lower energy input.

The direct-current electric arc furnace generates a strong stirring motion in the steel bath, improving not only the temperature and homogenization but also the quality of the tapped liquid steel.

<![CDATA[Changes in the management of SMS group GmbH]]> 2019-02-21T11:10:13+00:00 2019-02-21T12:07:00+00:00 SMS group GmbH, world market leader in metallurgical plant construction, has expanded its management team

•     Prof. Dr. Hans Ferkel will become Chief Technology Officer

•     Michael Rzepczyk will become Chief Operating Officer

•     Dr. Guido Kleinschmidt will leave the Management Board 

This expansion implements a clear functional organization of the Management Board with focus on innovative products, efficient order execution and digital processes.

Prof. Dr. Hans Ferkel currently serves as Head of Technology and Innovation at thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG. Previously, he held senior management R&D positions at Volkswagen. Prof. Dr. Ferkel will begin his work as Chief Technology Officer at the earliest possible date.

As of March 1, 2019, Michael Rzepczyk will take on the role of Chief Operating Officer of SMS group GmbH. Mr. Rzepczyk currently serves as Executive Vice President of the Business Unit Metallurgy and is mainly responsible for the execution of major projects.

Next to Prof. Dr. Hans Ferkel and Michael Rzepczyk the five-member management team consists of Torsten Heising (Finance) and Prof. Dr. Katja Windt (Digitalization) headed by long-standing chairman Burkhard Dahmen.

“I am delighted to welcome Prof. Dr. Ferkel and Mr. Rzepczyk to our management team. They are experienced industry experts and will support SMS in further expanding its market leadership in metallurgical plant construction”, said CEO Burkhard Dahmen. “The Management Board is now perfectly positioned to implement our growth strategy and to remain a key partner for our most sophisticated customers.”

On February 28, 2019, Dr. Guido Kleinschmidt will leave the Management Board at his own request. He will take up a new role outside the SMS group GmbH.

"We would like to thank Dr. Kleinschmidt for his successful work. His professional competence has earned him a strong reputation both within our company and with our business partners. We wish him all the best, health and personal well-being in the future”, said CEO Burkhard Dahmen.

<![CDATA[Arlenico starts production of quality wire rod with MEERdrive<sup>®</sup><sup>PLUS</sup> block from SMS group]]> 2019-02-20T13:04:43+00:00 2019-02-20T13:56:00+00:00 Successful integration into existing equipment

Arlenico, a special quality wire rod producer located near Lecco Lake, put the new four-stand MEERdrive®PLUS sizing block supplied by SMS group into operation in the existing Caleotto wire rod line. Arlenico is now able to serve the market with products of much tighter tolerances than produced ever before. Thanks to the technologies supplied by SMS group, including a high-tech water cooling line of the latest design and the level 2 automation system, the company can now also apply thermomechanical rolling.

In december, Arlenico officially issued the preliminary acceptance certificate, followed by performance tests on the production of wire rod in diameters from 5.5 up to 27 millimeters in several steel grades at the maximum speed of 115 meters per second, and at low temperature of 750 °C during the following months. Since the first rolling trials, the tolerances as low as 0.05 millimeters and 50 percent ovality have been fully met on 5.5 millimeter diameter product.

MEERdrive®PLUS is a variant of the MEERdrive® technology, a revolutionary drive concept for modern wire rod production. It uses individual drives with small low-voltage motors for each stand. Since

all finished sizes are rolled in the MEERdrive®PLUS block, it is possible to realize “one-family rolling” in the rolling mill reducing the otherwise required mill downtimes for size and ring changing.

<![CDATA[SMS group supplies high-performance Compact Cold Mill to Marcegaglia]]> 2019-02-13T14:03:07+00:00 2019-02-13T14:55:00+00:00 Digital assistance system improves yield

Marcegaglia Ravenna S.p.A. has contracted SMS group for the complete supply of a two-stand reversing cold mill of CCM® (Compact Cold Mill) design. Marcegaglia’s headquarters is located in Gazoldo degli Ippoliti, in the Mantua province in North Italy.

The new CCM® will be implemented at the Ravenna facility where Marcegaglia produces cold rolled carbon steel sheets and strips for a wide range of industrial applications. As a high-performance mill, it is designed to process a comprehensive material mix, including high-carbon and duplex steels, chrome-manganese alloyed steels, and silicon steels. The annual capacity is about 550,000 tons.

Depending on the product mix, it rolls strips with widths of between 750 and 1,570 millimeters and entry thicknesses ranging between 0.60 and 5.00 millimeters. The minimal achievable final thickness is 0.23 millimeters.

The CCM® will be equipped with one pay-off and two reversing reels. Both rolling stands will be realized in four-high design. It will be possi­ble to operate the mill with work roll sets of two different diameters. Excellent strip quality, high productivity and efficient rolling operations are provided by proven SMS group rolling technologies, like e.g. the CVC®plus (Continuously Variable Crown) roll shifting technology, which, in combination with work roll bending, ensures a wide flatness setting range. One dry strip system per stand will be provided to remove surplus emulsion from the strip surface. The plant will be equipped with the X-Shape flatness measuring and control system, which, together with multizone cooling, ensures optimal flatness results of the finished strip.

The CCM® will be operated with the X-Pact® automation package, which provides a consistent and complete system solution for the high-performance control concepts and strategies implemented by SMS group.

In addition to the features aimed at optimizing plant efficiency, the TRC® (Total Roll Gap Control) assistance system developed by SMS group is going to be applied for automatic and stabilized strip threading into the pre-set optimized roll gap. The assistance system makes for stable rolling right from the strip head end, increasing the material yield as a result of reduced strip bulging at the head and tail ends. The very high automation level of the CCM® is an important step towards digitalization and adaptability to future requirements.

The new CCM® at Marcegaglia Ravenna S.p.A. is expected to start operation in April 2020.

<![CDATA[Ternium Barranquilla orders VCC<sup>®</sup> line from SMS group]]> 2019-02-11T14:32:43+00:00 2019-02-11T15:18:00+00:00 VCC® technology comes to Colombia

Ternium del Atlántico SAS, has placed an order with SMS group for the supply and installation of the VCC® technology (Vertical Compact Coiler) for its bar mill in Palmar de Varela, Barranquilla, Colombia.

SMS group’s VCC® is today’s state-of-the-art solution for producing compact and torsion-free coils, and is now increasingly in demand by rebar processors. The compact coil is a crucial step forward in improving the pack-up quality of the final product. These coils have preselected dimensions that, thanks to VCC®, remain consistent for all products processed on the same line. At the same time, the compact coil size is ideal for storage, transport and handling. This is particularly beneficial when coils are reworked next to construction sites, where there is a build-up of rebar stirrups and other concrete reinforcing structures, especially in metropolitan areas with many space constraints. These are the preconditions that convinced Ternium to integrate this VCC® technology into the existing bar mill.

Once in operation, the plant will produce rebars from eight to 16 millimeters in diameter at speeds of up to 35 meters per second. The output will be 120 tons per hour with a coil weight of up to three tons.

One of the most important features of VCC® is its method of coiling the bar directly in the vertical position. Plant operators can therefore eliminate the need for turning manipulators and at the same time reduce the process cycle time, as all coils are formed in the final position. The coils are ready to be stored immediately once coiling has been completed and the coils have cooled down.

This order sets the score to 20 VCC® units supplied by SMS group worldwide since 1998 and is another important achievement demonstrating again SMS group’s expertise and position as a reliable and leading partner in the world of metals for plant supply, installation, startup and commissioning. The result is 543 facilities for wire rod, SBQ and special applications, bars and merchant products the company has supplied since 1950.

<![CDATA[Feralpi Group orders EBROS billet welding system from SMS group]]> 2019-02-05T12:48:38+00:00 2019-02-05T13:35:00+00:00 Endless rolling at Lonato wire rod mill

Feralpi Siderurgica S.p.A. has placed an order with SMS group for the supply and installation of the EBROS welding technology at its Lonato plant in Brescia, Italy.

The EBROS billet welding system is used to weld together the hot billets as they come out of the reheating furnace. This process makes ‘endless rolling’ possible, offering a considerable increase in productivity, material yield and plant utilization as well as guaranteeing a consistently high product quality.

Implementing EBROS in the existing wire rod mill, may increase Feralpi´s plant productivity by up to approximately eight percent. Furthermore, cobbles, and head and tail end cropping can be eliminated improving the product yield by at least three percent.

The latest system, which comes with an advanced transformer solution to yet better control the welding operations, includes an easier cleaning system, reduces maintenance and sparks and provides efficient deburring with a collecting bucket and a quick change system. A two-megawatt induction furnace supplied by SMS Elotherm, a company of the SMS group, will be included in the supply to ensure billet temperature equalization at the entry into stand No. 1 in order to keep the rolling temperatures within the correct range and enhance final product tolerances.

The machine will exploit the furnace capacity of 130 tons per hour and weld billets up to 150 millimeters square and 12 meters length to be rolled on the existing mill.

Commissioning of this plant is scheduled for the first quarter of 2020.

This latest order sets the score to ten EBROS units supplied by SMS group worldwide, and it further underlines SMS group´s expertise and position as a leading partner in the world of metals – having installed already 543 rolling mills for wire rod, SBQ and special applications, bars and merchant products since 1950.

<![CDATA[Zhejiang Huayuan Copper has successfully commissioned the copper-strip cold rolling mill supplied by SMS group]]> 2019-01-31T13:04:43+00:00 2019-01-31T13:53:00+00:00 Startup at record speed

On December 29, 2018, the new cold rolling mill for copper strip supplied by SMS group has successfully started operation at the Chinese producer Zhejiang Huayuan Copper Co., Ltd.. The realization of the mill, beginning with order intake and finishing with commissioning, was performed in record speed. 

For Zhejiang Huayuan Copper Co., Ltd., SMS realized a cold rolling mill for copper strip within a project duration of only 15 months. The state-of-the-art mill in six-high design featuring CVC®plus technology (Continuously Variable Crown) started operation on December 29, 2018 – this is already 34 days prior to the contracted due date. After the first strip was rolled to 1.2 millimeters final thickness at 1,050 millimeters strip width, further commissioning and the optimization of plant perfor­mance is proceeding efficiently, enabling Zhejiang Huayuan Copper Co., Ltd. to produce the complete product range with strip widths of up to 1,350 millimeters and a minimum final gauge of 0.15 millimeters before long.

Zhejiang Huayuan was very pleased with the performance of SMS group and regards it a confirmation of the decision to select SMS group as single-source supplier. Beside the engineering, the supply of mechanical components and the X-Pact® electrical and automation systems, the scope of supply also includes site services and commissioning. Primarily responsible for order execution is the Chinese SMS Siemag Technology Co., Ltd., a company of SMS group. Core components for the CVC®plus roll shifting technology being responsible for the quality of the products rolled and for the resource-saving rolling of the valuable copper material were supplied by SMS group from Germany.

The Chinese company located in Huayuan ranks among the leading providers of copper strip worldwide. Looking at the available strip width, it even takes the top position worldwide.

<![CDATA[Sichuan Liuhe Forging orders high-speed open-die forging press with innovative X-Forging Box radial forging tool from SMS group]]> 2019-01-31T13:30:01+00:00 2019-01-28T10:20:00+00:00 Sichuan Liuhe Forging Co., Ltd., based in Jiangyou in the province of Sichuan, China, has placed an order with SMS group to supply a high-speed, 50/55 MN open-die forging press. The press is of the two-column, push-down design and features a table shifter and die shifting unit. The open-die forging press operates with a press force of up to 50 MN and a maximum upsetting force of 55 MN. The press is suited for forging high-quality products with finished dimensions within the close tolerance range of ± 1 millimeters.

Sichuan Liuhe Forging is a specialist manufacturer of forged semi-finished products, reinforcing rings, shafts, parts for turbine blades, and supercritical components for gas turbines made of high-temperature, corrosion-resistant special steel and superalloys. The new press allows Sichuan Liuhe Forging to continue to offer a consistently high level of product quality to its customers in the aerospace industry and to operators of large-scale steam turbines.

“With this investment in the open-die forging press, developed and built by SMS group in Germany, we are raising our quality standards to an even higher level,” says Hong Yuchun, Vice-General Manager of Sichuan Liuhe Forging. “We are also pleased that the enhanced press control system will mean lower production costs for us.”

The order also includes an XFB (X-Forging Box) 650/50 MN, which is a newly developed radial forging tool for open-die forging presses. The XFB transforms the movement of the top tool in the open-die forging press into a radial movement of the four tools in the X-Forging Box. At the same time, the maximum permissible force of 50 MN is evenly distributed among the four tools. The maximum initial pass section is 650 millimeters. The X-Forging Box is capable of forging a wide range of high-quality round products with variable cross-sections. The use of the XFB enables Liuhe Forging to expand its product mix and quickly change between different types of products; no modifications to the tool chamber or to the hydraulic-electrical connections are required to install an XFB.

Commissioning of the 50/55 MN open-die forging press and 650/50 MN X-Forging Box is scheduled for Q4 2019.

<![CDATA[Hyundai Steel commissions new horizontal roller straightener from SMS group]]> 2019-01-24T14:50:16+00:00 2019-01-24T15:46:00+00:00 Improved quality for the automotive, shipbuilding and construction industries

Korean Hyundai Steel has awarded SMS group the Final Acceptance Certificate after successful commissioning of a new straightening machine for the medium section mill at its Incheon site, South Korea.

The new horizontal roller straightener replaces an existing straightener installed in 1995. With this new horizontal roller straightener from SMS group, Hyundai Steel is able to roll larger sheet piles and beams up to a web height of 450 millimeters. In addition to extending the product range, the straightener helps to improve the tolerances and quality of the sections. This straightener type impresses also with reduced maintenance and lower media consumption while maintaining a high level of process reliability.

<![CDATA[Stahlwerk Thüringen to upgrade section mill with new CCS<sup>®</sup> universal mill U1 from SMS group]]> 2019-01-24T13:36:07+00:00 2019-01-23T15:17:00+00:00 High flexibility and productivity through rebuild

Stahlwerk Thüringen GmbH, a company of Brazilian Grupo CSN, has awarded SMS group the order to supply a new CCS® (Compact Cartridge Stand) universal stand U1 for its section mill in Unterwellenborn, Germany.

The new CCS® stand is to replace the existing U1 stand in operation since 2002 as breakdown stand for the three-stand CCS® tandem group. This upgrade has become necessary as a result of the continuously growing range of sections produced, especially to include increasingly heavier and larger section sizes.

The new stand will be designed for a nominal rolling force of 6,000 kN horizontal and 4,000 kN vertical (maximal 9,400 kN and 6,800 kN respectively). It will come with stronger roll guides and optimized roll cooling.

The scope of the modernization also comprises the new supply of the Technological Control System (TCS) for the complete CCS® tandem group and adaptation of existing control systems. The TCS will be based on SMS group’s proven X-Pact® automation system. In addition to the upgrade of the hardware and the system software, the I/O level for the U1 will be newly set up. Last but not least, all screwdown systems will be controlled by a newly developed dynamic optimization system, which will directly result in optimized reversing times and higher productivity of the tandem group as a whole.

Commissioning is slated to take place in August 2019.

<![CDATA[Nucor-Yamato Steel selects SMS group for upgrade of the No. 2 Rolling Mill]]> 2019-01-23T14:23:36+00:00 2019-01-22T13:05:00+00:00 Project will expand production capabilities and enable new high-strength steel grades

Nucor-Yamato Steel Company (NYS) has selected SMS group for the replacement and upgrade of rolling equipment at their heavy section mill in Blytheville, Arkansas, USA. NYS is comprised of two rolling facilities commonly referred to as Mill 1 and Mill 2, capable of producing an annual capacity of 2.4 million tons of finished product. SMS group will upgrade Mill 2, which produces large wide flange and H-pile sections. The core of the upgrade is the substitution of the UR-E and UF stands with a modern tandem-reversing mill type CCS 1500.

“The upgrade will allow Nucor-Yamato to expand our production capabilities and include new high-strength steel grades,” said Thad Solomon, Vice President and General Manager of Nucor-Yamato Steel. “We are committed to growing our market leadership position in structural steel and this project advances that goal.”

Thomas Maßmann, Vice President Section and Billet Mills of SMS group said, “This project solidifies the excellent relationship between our two companies following the successful outcome on the earlier upgrade project SMS completed on Mill 1.”

SMS group will supply the mechanical equipment and the mill control automation. The start-up of the new tandem reversing mill is planned for the second half 2020.

<![CDATA[SMS group to supply 5,000-ton MT 5000 eccentric press to Musashi Europe]]> 2019-01-21T14:45:58+00:00 2019-01-21T15:26:00+00:00 Musashi Europe has placed an order with SMS group for the delivery of a 5,000-ton eccentric forging press, type MT 5000, for its plant in Bockenau, Germany. Commissioning of the new MT 5000 closed-die forging press is scheduled for Q4 2019. The new forging press will enable Musashi Europe to produce large rotationally-symmetric forgings for passenger cars and truck applications in a highly efficient production process. With the new eccentric forging press, which features a MEERtorque® servo drive, forging is precise, reliable and fully automatic.

The MT 5000 is one of the latest generation of eccentric presses from SMS group. The eccentric shaft and the flywheel are directly driven by dynamic torque motors. This type of drive separates the pure ram motion from the forging energy supply, and combines the advantages of servo presses with those of presses featuring a flywheel and conventional clutch-brake combination. This means the forging process is both highly energy-efficient and resource-friendly. The energy generated during the deceleration phase can be used for the re-acceleration of the flywheel.

Thanks to the reduced number of mechanical components, Musashi Europe benefits from considerably lower maintenance and inspection costs. What’s more, sections of the MT press casing can be easily opened to offer the best possible access. Furthermore, the utilities are supplied via a central energy column, which also provides particularly maintenance-friendly access.

The construction of the robust, FEM-optimized press housing is based on the proven split tie-rod design. Extremely large press windows offer perfect automation capability and allow for easier changes of the die and holder. To enable individual dies to be replaced, the MT 5000 is equipped with a die change arm, which is fitted to the press housing. The integrated die spraying system cleans, cools and dries the dies in precise doses, to achieve maximum forging quality and increase the service life of the dies.

Contact: Klaus Merkens (

<![CDATA[Nanjing Iron and Steel Group Co., Ltd. orders upgrade for continuous casting machine from SMS Concast]]> 2019-01-23T15:02:50+00:00 2019-01-17T16:09:00+00:00 China: Steel bloom caster modernization for greater production flexibility

Nanjing Iron and Steel Group Co., Ltd., a leading Chinese steel producer with approximately ten million tons of steel produced per annum, has awarded SMS Concast AG an order to upgrade the four strands of continuous caster CCM4 at its Nanjing plant No. 2. The targets of the project are to improve product quality and productivity and also to increase flexibility in the processing of a vast steel grade portfolio and to reach an annual production of more than 800,000 tons of blooms.

The four-strand continuous casting machine with nominal radius of 12 meters will cast two bloom section sizes, namely 250 x 300 and 320 x 420 millimeters. The product mix will include a large proportion of high-carbon grades like bearing and spring steels and the full range of steel grades to serve the automotive industry. This product portfolio will allow greater production flexibility and responsiveness to the market demand.

The casting machine will be equipped with the latest technological design to make this caster one of the most modern installations worldwide. Features, like dynamic mechanical soft reduction (DMSR) shall improve the inner quality of the blooms by means of soft and hard reduction modules designed to reach the necessary reduction ratios for an accurate control of core porosity and segregation.

The complete control of the soft/hard reduction (DMSR) system is delegated to the COOL real-time solidification model. This online simulation tool is a proprietary system developed by SMS Concast. It dynamically calculates the temperature profile along the entire strand and defines the roll gap and the reduction forces in the respective modules of the straightening unit. The spray cooling is also dynamically readjusted in accordance with the calculated cooling profile.

In addition to the DMSR system, the modernization project includes other technological and digital solutions such as CONFLOW tundish stopper mechanism for a precise control of the steel flow to the mold, INVEX® mold tube technology with the latest mold cooling features and a hydraulic tandem oscillation system allowing several oscillation parameters. The electromagnetic mold and final stirrers (CONSTIR M-EMS and F-EMS) together with the SMS Concast CONSTIR-MWS tool (modulated wave stirring) optimize stirring efficiency with an energy saving of 30 percent and more. The list of technological packages is rounded up by air-mist spray cooling and a bloom deburring technology. The installation of a robot-type slide gate manipulator will be also foreseen to increase safety and unmanned operation on the casting floor.

The electrical and automation system has the prime purpose of automatically controlling the operation of the caster (no-man casting). At the same time, the Level 2 computer system tracks and records all parameters relevant to bloom quality and provides a detailed cast report for each bloom. This preventive software module includes automatic sample cutting, slice by slice identification, computerized bloom tracking, a heat extraction mode, optimized residual length calculation and equipment life time recording.

In order to minimize shutdown times, particular attention was paid to project planning and delivery schedule in order to achieve quick implementation. The modernization is scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2019.

<![CDATA[Nanjing Iron and Steel upgrades electric arc furnace with injector technology from SMS group]]> 2019-03-18T12:06:16+00:00 2019-01-15T13:14:00+00:00 Lower operating costs – higher productivity

Nanjing Iron and Steel Co., Ltd., China, has placed an order with SMS group to supply new SMS group ConSo R6 injectors for the electric arc furnace No. 3 in Luhe, Nanjing. Erection and commissioning of the equipment are scheduled for 2019.

The main goal of the upgrade is to cope with the future reduction of hot metal by replacing it with scrap in the charge. For this purpose, efficient injector technology is required. Furthermore, the upgrade will reduce operating costs and increase productivity.

The injector design was developed using computational fluid dynamics (CFD). The new lightweight construction, ten percent lighter than previous version, is particularly easy to maintain.

The SMS group ConSo R6 water-cooled copper boxes in monoblock design are not susceptible to cracking and effectively prevent water leakage. The integrated flashback detection system allows continuous monitoring of the ConSo R6 injector. The injector, which can be operated in burner or oxygen injector mode, additionally provides for automatic management of the melting profiles, ensuring excellent efficiency.

The SMS group scope of supply includes three ConSo R6 injectors, water-cooled copper boxes, the respective valve stations, an integrated flashback detection system as well as supervision of the erection and commissioning activities.