By Dr. Cameron Chai
Siemens VAI Metals Technologies has received an order to upgrade ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe’s casting-rolling mill located at Duisburg-Bruckhausen, Germany, with the latest fundamental technology and automation packages.
The visualization system of the Siemens Mold Expert for early breakout detection.
As part of the order, Siemens will deploy several advanced technological controls at the casting-rolling mill. The multi-million project is scheduled for completion in 2013 spring. However, the plant can use the LevCon closed-loop mold level control and mold expert breakout prevention from the end of the fiscal year of 2011.
Straightener and bender adjustment, improved DynaWidth control for the adjustable mold to modify slab width online, DynaFlex oscillator control to flexibly modify the oscillation parameters and automatic strand taper control segment adjustment will also be delivered by Siemens.
The latest basic automation system called Simatic PCS7 featuring a visualization system will also be deployed at the casting-roll mill. The technological controls and automation packages will be implemented at the mill with no extra down times, equipping the plant with a modern integrated automation solution.
At the casting-rolling mill, the liquid steel is converted into thin slabs having a width of 1,600 mm and a thickness range of 48-63 mm through the cast process. The slabs are then modified into strips having a thickness range of 1-12.7 mm by rolling process.
ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe also runs a hot wide strip mill at its Duisburg-Bruckhausen plant. Siemens is currently upgrading the hot strip rolling mill 1 to further expand the product mix and enhance product quality at the facility.