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Ternium Barranquilla Orders VCC® Line From SMS Group

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.

From left to right:
Filippo Verlezza, Area Sales Manager, SMS group.
Norberto Gonzales, Project Manager, Ternium.

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.

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EBROS system in operation. Shown is the welding stage.

Feralpi Group Orders Ebros Billet Welding System from SMS Group

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.

Filippo Verlezza, Area Sales Manager, SMS group S.p.A.; Vittorio Valotti, Rolling Mill Director Technical Department Feralpi Group, Lonato works; Nicola Redolfi, Sales Director, SMS group S.p.A.; and Maurizio Fusato, Plant Manager Feralpi Group, Lonato works.

From left to right: Filippo Verlezza, Area Sales Manager, SMS group S.p.A.; Vittorio Valotti, Rolling Mill Director Technical Department Feralpi Group, Lonato works; Nicola Redolfi, Sales Director, SMS group S.p.A.; and Maurizio Fusato, Plant Manager Feralpi Group, Lonato works.

SMS group is a group of companies internationally active in plant construction and mechanical engineering for the steel and nonferrous metals industry. It has some 14,000 employees who generate worldwide sales of about EUR 3 billion. The sole owner of the holding company SMS GmbH is the Familie Weiss Foundation.

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Nucor-Yamato Steel Selects SMS Group for Upgrade of The No. 2 Rolling Mill

From left to right: Austin Pitzer, Controller, Nucor-Yamato Steel; Waldemar Vogel, Sales Engineer, SMS group; Jason Ciepiela, Mill Maintenance Supervisor, NYS; Chris Ziegler, Roll Shop Supervisor, NYS; Thomas Maßmann, Vice President Section and Billet Mills, SMS group; Thad Solomon, Vice President and General Manager, NYS; Jim Shelton, Rolling Mill Manager, NYS; Mario Fabro, Long Product Sales Manager, SMS group and Dirk Köhler, E&A Process Engineer, SMS group.

From left to right: Austin Pitzer, Controller, NYS; Waldemar Vogel, Sales Engineer, SMS group; Jason Ciepiela, Mill Maintenance Supervisor, NYS; Chris Ziegler, Roll Shop Supervisor, NYS; Thomas Maßmann, Vice President Section and Billet Mills, SMS group; Thad Solomon, Vice President and General Manager, NYS; Jim Shelton, Rolling Mill Manager, NYS; Mario Fabro, Long Product Sales Manager, SMS group and Dirk Köhler, E&A Process Engineer, SMS group.

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.

SMS group is a group of companies internationally active in plant construction and mechanical engineering for the steel and nonferrous metals industry. It has some 14,000 employees who generate worldwide sales of about EUR 3 billion. The sole owner of the holding company SMS GmbH is the Familie Weiss Foundation.

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The new, two-high reversing blooming mill stand with shifting unit and tilter for Třinecké železárny.

Třinecké Železárny Awards Final Acceptance Certificate to SMS Group for New Blooming Mill Stand

Following the commissioning of its new blooming mill stand, the Czech steel company Třinecké železárny has awarded the final acceptance certificate (FAC) to SMS group.

The objectives of the upgrade were to maintain and ensure the operational reliability and plant availability, to create the necessary process stability and to improve quality, tolerances and yield. Due to the advanced age of the plant this upgrade was an essential investment into the future of Třinecké železárny.

Třinecké železárny Steel Mill

Třinecké železárny is part of the Moravia Steel Group and has a broad product portfolio: rails, wire rod, bar steel including SBQ, seamless tubes, and drawn steel.

The scope of the upgrade included a new ultra-rigid two-high reversing blooming mill stand with shifting unit and hook-type tilter. The blooming mill is used for the preshaping of intermediates – also of high-alloy steels – made from continuously cast material up to 525 millimeters in diameter and ingots up to a weight of 5.3 tons. Moreover, it is also providing the feedstock material for the existing rail, bar and wire rod production at Třinecké železárny, which shows the importance of this critical modernization project. Another core element of this order is the new hydraulic bloom shear with a shear force of around 1,000 tons. The shear is driven by an innovative and energy-efficient variable-speed pump (VSP).

SMS group is a group of companies internationally active in plant construction and mechanical engineering for the steel and nonferrous metals industry. It has some 14,000 employees who generate worldwide sales of about EUR 3 billion. The sole owner of the holding company SMS GmbH is the Familie Weiss Foundation.

Source: SMS Group


JFE Chita Works Orders Second Premium Threading Machine from SMS Group

SMS group has received a new order from JFE Steel Corporation, Chita works, Chukyo Industrial Zone, Japan, for a premium threading machine.

This new machine, which will be JFE´s second threading machine from SMS group, will enable the producer of premium threads to expand its production capacities.

The threading machine of type TCG 43/4 is able to thread pipes in the diameter range from 139.7 to 406.4 millimeters with wall thick­nesses from 7.0 to 50.8 millimeters and lengths of up to 15 meters.

JFE Steel Corporation, Chita Works.  Threading machine with rotating pipe supplied by SMS group

Type TCG threading machine with rotating pipe supplied by SMS group to JFE Chita Works.

The machine operates according to the “stationary tool – rotating pipe” principle. With this method it can cut standardized inside and outside threads as well as all premium threads.

Thanks to latest FMEA (Failure Mode and Effects Analysis) technology and temperature control, the machine has an outstanding stability and produces threads of highest quality. The powerful drive achieves excellent acceleration and deceleration rates, resulting in a high output of premium threads and of high performance chromium grades. The pipe threads comply with the production standards for all API 5CT steel grades, JFE grades and other international standards.

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The SMS HSD® system in operation at Luoyuan Minguang, near Fuzhou Wuhang.

Fuzhou Wuhang Steel Orders TMbaR Mill from SMS Group

Fuzhou Wuhang, China, has placed an order with SMS group to upgrade its existing mill with the TMbaR technology for thermomechanical rolling of rebar. This is the third order for a TMbaR mill in China within one year, right after Yancheng Lianxin Steel and Laigang Yongfeng Steel placed their orders.

Fuzhou Wuhang, located in the Changle District of Fuzhou, focuses on the economic and efficient production of structural steel products. It has an annual capacity of about two million tons.

The new line will be designed for an annual production of 700,000 tons of rebar in diameters ranging between 10 and 18 millimeters at a maximum rolling speed of 45 meters per second and the possibility to produce rounds in the 14 to 20 millimeter range. SMS group will supply all key equipment including the electrics and the automation package. The plant is scheduled to be started up by mid 2019.

Fuzhou Wuhang chose SMS group´s TMbaR technology in order to be able to respond to the ever increasing quality requirements in the market while cutting production costs. Technological highlights of the equipment to be supplied are the well proven loop technology which allows achieving an ideal temperature across the feeder section within an optimized mill bay length, and SMS group´s MEERdrive® finishing blocks. The single drive concept of these blocks provides utmost technological and economic benefits over other drive concepts in terms of overall processing costs. The robust cartridge-type design makes for consistently high performance with minimized maintenance requirements. The equipment has been specially designed for long rolling campaigns under the high rolling load demanded by the TMbaR process. In combination with the state-of-the-art High Speed Delivery (HSD®) system, the TMbaR technology offers exceptional technological and economical benefits which have convinced Fuzhou Wuhang to place this order with SMS group.

By putting its trust in the long-standing experience of SMS group and in the advanced TMbaR technology, Fuzhou Wuhang is expanding the cooperation between Wuhang and SMS group and will be able to respond better and faster to market demands, achieve improved material properties and save on alloys and operating costs.

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