Conventional wire rod blocks have limitations. These blocks are only able to roll with fixed reduction ratios which always require the same rolling diameters within the block. With MEERdrive® SMS group has introduced as a pioneer an innovative drive concept for wire rod blocks that overcomes these limitations of conventional solutions. The clue: the concept is based on individual drives for each stand position.
The MEERdrive®PLUS block is a variant of MEERdrive® block, which allows conventional as well as thermomechanical rolling of all finishing sizes with tightest tolerances. Further “one family rolling” is also possible, since all roll/size changes will take place at this block. MEERdrive®PLUS blocks finish typical diameter ranges from 5.0 mm up to 26 mm with excellent tolerances at speeds of up to 120 m/s. Because of the large speed range in this block for rolling speeds between 10 m/s and 120 m/s, SMS group combines compact individual switch gears with individual motors.