Jointly with its customer SSAB, SMS group has carried out a modernization project with digital support.
For its production location in Raahe, Finland, SSAB awarded an order to SMS group to supply new mill pinion drives for two finishing stands operating in the hot strip mill. These new mill pinion drives were to replace the old gear units, which had been in operation for many decades, and designed to meet the future planned capacity increase.
The gear units were replaced during a long-scheduled shutdown in July 2020. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, however, the project was accompanied by specific challenges that could be mastered by both partners applying the latest digital technology. In particular, digital communication media were used by SMS group for technical assistance before and during the replacement of the gear units. Without the option of digital assistance, the modernization project would have had to be postponed to a much later date.