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Hilchenbach, September 27, 2018

ALUMINIUM 2018: X-Shape Flatness Measurement and Control

In addition to a constant strip thickness, the flatness of cold-rolled strip is the most important quality feature. Our technological control systems are designed to ensure strip flatness even under the most adverse conditions and at high rolling speeds of up to 3,000 m/min with close tolerances and across the entire strip width.

In the run-up to ALUMINIUM 2018, we have visited Patrick Siemann at his office in Hilchenbach and talked to him about the X-Shape Flatness Measurment and Control and its presentation at the upcoming trade fair:

Please briefly explain your task at SMS group

As the product-responsible person for the SMS group flatness measuring system “X-Shape”, my task is to make new innovations ready for series-production and integrate them into the current measuring system. At the same time, the focus is also on cost-effectiveness of the system and customer benefits. Currently we supply approx. 25 measuring systems a year. 

At the SMS group booth, you will be greeting the visitors in the “Technology Corner: X-Shape”. What can the customers expect from your booth?

It is important for the flatness measurement to be able to measure small forces in rough environments. Visitors of the X-Shape-Corner can experience how sensitive the flatness measuring system is first hand by getting “their thumb pressure” measured by a sensor that is installed beneath 10mm thick metal. Additionally, there is detailed information on the design and function of the measuring roll.

Which products will your trade fair appearance focus on?

The main focus is on the SMS group flatness measuring system „X-Shape“, which is based on the so-called BFI principle.

What do you think is the best part of your product and what advantages does the customer have?

The highlight of the product is the universal applicability in all cold mills. „One system for all requirements“. A further advantage is that the system consists of very few individual components, which is advantageous for the operation / the maintenance, but also for retrofitting the existing plants.