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Metal and Foundry

Safety upgrade for stainless steel rolling mill (15/04/2014)
Article image A safety PLC from ABB has provided the platform for Sandvik Materials Technology to add zoned safety guarding to a cold rolling mill at its Sandviken plant in Sweden. The mill has been upgraded a number of times throughout its life – including recent changes that added servomotors, and new machine control using ABB's standard AC500 PLC and touchscreen operator interface panels.
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Gearbox stands up to steel production environment (14/08/2013)
Article image The harsh environments encountered in the steel industry place huge technical demands on plant and machinery used here. Watt Drive (part of the WEG Group) helical bevel gearboxes are being used in a new straightening unit at steel producer ArcelorMittal’s plant in Belval, Luxembourg.
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Drives eliminate production stoppages for circlip maker (29/07/2013)
Article image Variable speed drives have helped a manufacturer of circlips to cut production stoppages – from typically three a week to none – as well as saving £11,000 a year in energy costs.
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Steel maker set to save on pumping energy costs 14/08/2012
A specialist UK-based steel manufacturer looks set to save around £68,000 a year on energy costs of its pumping applications following the installation of five industrial drives. Full Story...

AC drives help modernise hot rolling finishing mill 15/05/2012
The existing DC main drives of a hot rolling finishing mill at Aperam's stainless steel plant in Châtelet, Belgium are to be replaced with more powerful AC systems supplied by Siemens, as part of a project of modernisation plans within Aperam's Leadership Journey to reduce costs and improve profitability. Full Story...

Legacy system upgraded to support future manufacture 17/01/2012
A batch control system at the Alloa glassworks in Scotland, owned by Owens of Illinois has been upgraded by Boulting Electrical Systems. Full Story...

AC drives supplied to aluminium refinery 07/12/2011
Vacon has delivered over 300 variable-speed AC drives with a total power of 58 megawatts to Indian-based AnRak Aluminium for use in a new aluminium refinery that is being built near the City of Visakhapatnam in India's southeastern state of Andhra Pradesh. Full Story...

Upgraded control systems help cut the cost of iron production 28/11/2011
Tata Steel’s Scunthorpe steel plant produces carbon steel by the basic oxygen method. The existing pressurised oxygen plant produced high pressure oxygen at 42 Bar for steel production, but the three operating blast furnaces only require an 11 Bar supply. Producing oxygen at 42 Bar and then reducing it to 11 Bar was not cost-effective which led the company to look for a more efficient solution. Full Story...

Technology transfer - seeing the light 24/10/2011
CEE looks at a quality-control technology which is being transferred from its traditional applications in pulp and paper to the metal industry. Full Story...

High efficiency motor/inverter package saves energy on furnace cooling system 02/08/2011
Engineering Steel Belgium (ESB) is saving €45,000 per annum on the operation of three cooling pumps on one of its electrical steel furnaces, since the installation of three WEG W22 132 kW, IE2 high efficiency motors, controlled by WEG CFW-09 variable speed drives. Full Story...

Wireless technologies improve efficiency and safety at crushing plants 05/07/2011
Antti Jaatinen, project manager of Minerals Processing Applications at Metso Automation, explains how automation and wireless technologies can provide benefits for customers involved in aggregates production. Full Story...

Making molten steel pouring more accurate 26/04/2011
TATA Steel in Scunthorpe produces a range of steel slab, billets, structural sections, rail and wire rod the focus at the plant is always on efficiencies, with close attention being paid to process improvement strategies in all areas of production. Full Story...

Yokogawa signs global partnership agreement with ANDRITZ 08/04/2011
Yokogawa Electric Corporation has been selected by Andritz as a global partner for the provision of process control systems, field instruments, and process analysers for their customers’ metal and pulp and paper plants. Full Story...