The conditions inside the mold determine the quality of the continuously cast semi-finished copper products. SMS group has significantly enhanced the design both of continuous and semi-continuous vertical casters to enhance quality and make maintenance easier.
Vertical continuous and semi-continuous casters are in use worldwide to produce semi-finished products made of copper and copper alloys. Such semis are further processed into profiles in extrusion plants or into strips and foils in rolling mills. Typical fields of application are the electronics industry, seamless pipes in water lines and heat exchangers, the automotive industry and the plumbing trade.
Continuous casting plants for copper and copper alloys fulfill the following tasks: melting of the charge material followed by exact control of the temperature and the molten metal, controlled solidification inside a water-cooled mold to achieve the desired cast section and controlled withdrawal of the solidified strand. The cast strand is cut to the desired length either in the casting line or after having been removed from the line, depending on whether the caster operates continuously or semi-continuously.