Siemens VAI Metals Technologies received an order from ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG to install new process-optimization models in a continuous slab caster in the Beeckerwerth steelworks in Duisburg, Germany.
The process models will improve the quality of the cast slabs. The modernization of the slab caster is scheduled to be completed in the third quarter of 2011.
Process models, such as the Siemens cooling and cut-length optimization models, are the basis for the production of high-quality slabs.
In order to further improve the quality of its slabs, ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe is upgrading the cooling and cutting-plan optimization models for the 2-strand continuous slab caster SGA2 in its Beeckerwerth Works. Siemens VAI will develop and implement the required process-control system expansions. The dynamic Simetal Dynacs secondary cooling model is an important part of this plant modernization, and is designed to operate with air-mist cooling. The model includes a 3D temperature-profile calculation. The cut-length optimization model automatically generates settings for mold-width adjustments. The scope of supply also includes adapting the basic automation to the new process-optimization models.
Siemens VAI is responsible for the engineering and the manufacture of all components, and will carry out the complete integration tests, commissioning and customer training. The slab caster was originally supplied by a third-party, and has been in operation since 1980. The ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe oxygen steelmaking plant in Beeckerwerth produces high-quality input materials for high-tensile steel, vacuum-decarburized and interstitial-free (IF) steels, tinplate, thin-gauge sheets, tube strip and heavy plates.