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  • VELCO celebrates 50 years

    PRESS RELEASE For 50 years VELCO GmbH/Germany has been building a solid reputation as a reliable partner of the foundry, steel and refractory industries. The company was established in 1971 by Kurt Wolf, father of today’s owner Christian Wolf, in the city of Velbert located at the border of the Ruhr industrial area. Velbert was […]

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  • Dragon Steel Corporation grants FAC to SMS Concast for the modernization of their six-strand billet caster

    PRESS RELEASE Technology and automation upgrade for highest steel qualities Dragon Steel Corporation grants FAC to SMS Concast for the modernization of their six-strand billet caster Dragon Steel Corporation, Ltd., a subsidiary of China Steel Corporation located in Taichung, Taiwan, has granted SMS Concast, a company of SMS group (www.sms-group.com), the final acceptance certificate (FAC) […]

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  • CHEMICAL ENERGY PACKAGE COMMISSIONED AT US STEEL FAIRFIELD, USA

    PRESS RELEASE MORE srl (Gemona del Friuli, Italy) has successfully commissioned the Chemical Energy Package in the new 170 ton electric arc furnace of US Steel Fairfield (AL, USA). When up and running at full capacity, the furnace will be able to produce 1.6 million tons of steel per year. MORE has supplied the complete […]

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  • Remote digitalization of the stand drives at Capitol Steel in the Philippines. Real value through virtual implementation.

    PRESS RELEASE Overcoming the existing global constraints, the AIC team continues to search for flexible solutions to meet the needs of the customers around the world. As a result, Capitol Steel contracted AIC to update and digitalize the existing stand drives in the Philippines from our workshop in Torbole Casaglia (BS), Italy. The scope of […]

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  • Metalloinvest awards Tenova with a contract to increase the productivity of HBI-1 Plant at Lebedinsky GOK

    PRESS RELEASE Castellanza, November 18, 2020 – Metalloinvest, a leading global iron ore and HBI producer and supplier, and one of the regional producers of high-quality steel, has launched the modernization of the hot briquetted iron module No.1 (HBI-1) at the Lebedinsky mining and processing plant, signing a contract with Tenova, a leading company specialized […]

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  • ABB Flow Control Mold to improve quality, control and productivity at new US plate steel mill

    PRESS RELEASE Latest electromagnetic stirring and braking technology will help Nucor Steel Brandenburg produce cleaner steel faster, with reduced maintenance and at lower cost ABB has been selected to supply its Flow Control Mold (FC Mold) electromagnetic stirring and braking solution for one of the world’s widest thick slab continuous casters at the new Nucor […]

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  • SMS group to deliver one of the world’s largest continuous slab casters as well as heating and heat treatment facilities to Nucor

    PRESS RELEASE Nucor breaks ground to celebrate the official start of construction of the new heavy-plate production plant On October 23, 2020, Nucor Corporation held the groundbreaking ceremony for the new plant at its Brandenburg site in Kentucky, U.S. For this project, SMS group is supplying a single-strand caster for ultra-wide and ultra-thick slabs. It […]

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  • Guangdong Shaoguan Iron & Steel Co. commissioned its brand new combined wire rod and BIC line including KOCKS 3-roll technology

    PRESS RELEASE The Chinese iron and steel producer Guangdong Shaoguan Iron and Steel Group Company Ltd. has successful commissioned its brand new combined wire rod and BIC line incorporating a RSB® 300++/4 in 5.0 design of Friedrich KOCKS GmbH & Co KG, Germany. The RSB® 300++/4 operates as finishing unit for the production of BIC […]

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  • KOCKS RSB® 5.0 successful commissioned at Xiangtan’s SBQ mill #3

    PRESS RELEASE The Chinese special steel producer Hunan Valin Xiangtan Iron & Steel Co. Ltd. has started up its completely new SBQ mill #3. The core piece of this new rolling mill is a 3-roll Reducing & Sizing Block [RSB®] in 5.0 design supplied by Friedrich KOCKS GmbH & Co KG, Germany. The RSB® 5.0 […]

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  • Henan Jiyuan I&S rolled the 1st bar on KOCKS 3-roll RSB® 5.0

    PRESS RELEASE The Chinese special steel producer Henan Jiyuan Iron & Steel Co. Ltd. commissioned successfully its new special bar quality (SBQ) rolling mill with a Reducing & Sizing Block (RSB®) 300++/4 in 5.0 design from Friedrich KOCKS GmbH & Co KG, Germany. The new RSB® 5.0 is designed for thermomechanical rolling and finishes most […]

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  • Rolling mill upgrade at Acciaierie di Sicilia in Catania, Italy

    PRESS RELEASE Following the successful installation of six new roughing stands and the renovation of the automation system in 2019, Acciaierie di Sicilia (Alfa Acciai Group) chose ATS Mechatronics to supply and integrate two tying machines (TMB 400) and AIC to upgrade electrical and automation (E&A) system of cooling bed exit and bundle forming areas […]

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  • Successful commissioning of the rolling mill at CHS Chicago Heights Steel in Chicago Heights (IL), USA

    PRESS RELEASE Automazioni Industriali Capitanio successfully supplied and commissioned the process automation solution for the rolling mill of CHS Chicago Heights Steel in Chicago Heights (IL), USA. The project included the automation system and equipment for the revamping of the rolling mill, starting rougher group and going through the takeout of the bar on the […]

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  • AIC will upgrade rolling mill in the USA

    PRESS RELEASE AIC has received a new contract to perform the automation upgrade of a complete bar and wire rod mill in the USA for a major rebar and coil manufacturer. The project aims to reach the following targets: Automation reliability Improve diagnostics on automation Have a new open system that allows for modifications/ adjustments […]

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  • AIC upgrades DC drives at El Garhy Steel in Egypt

    PRESS RELEASE Following projects in 2010 and 2011, based on the partnership since the 90s, El Garhy Steel contracted AIC to upgrade DC drives for the rolling mill in Egypt. Successful collaborations in the past have contributed not only to the mutual growth, but also the development of personal relationships based on trust, dedication and […]

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  • AIC upgrades the SH100 Peeling machine control system at Acciaierie Valbruna

    PRESS RELEASE Automazioni Industriali Capitanio (AIC) successfully commissioned the extension of the SH100 Peeling machine control system at Acciaierie Valbruna in Vicenza (BS), Italy. The control panel (Fig.1) for the new Bueltmann SH100 peeling machine (including the switchboard, Sinamics S120 multidrive system with SLM regenerative DC Bus, S7-400 PLC, safety system, etc.) was supplied and […]

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  • AUMUND Beijing: Eight SCHADE Semi-Portal Reclaimers for Zhongtian Steel Works in China

    PRESS RELEASE Synergies within the AUMUND Group of companies consistently lead to successful outcomes. SCHADE Lagertechnik GmbH, based in Gelsenkirchen in Germany, is a member of the AUMUND Group and an international specialist in the sales, engineering and supply of Stackers and Reclaimers for bulk materials stockyards and blending beds. Local sales activities for SCHADE […]

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  • 130 years of Pfeiffer Vacuum

    PRESS RELEASE 130 years of Pfeiffer Vacuum Pfeiffer Vacuum has been shaping the vacuum industry since 1890 Vacuum technology is indispensable for many areas of life Asslar, Germany, July 3, 2020. Pfeiffer Vacuum has been setting standards in vacuum technology for 130 years. Science and industry have benefited equally from the numerous innovations developed and […]

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  • JSW optimizes slab yard utilization with SMS digital’s Warehouse Management System

    PRESS RELEASE Efficient digital optimization of planned storage capacities enables higher production JSW optimizes slab yard utilization with SMS digital’s Warehouse Management System SMS digital, the digital subsidiary of SMS group, has been awarded with the implementation of a new highly automated slab yard management system for JSW Steel Ltd. located in Dolvi, India. The […]

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  • Pfeiffer Vacuum expands the HiLobe line of intelligent high-performance Roots pumps

    PRESS RELEASE Pfeiffer Vacuum expands the HiLobe line of intelligent high-performance Roots pumps Diverse applications in the low and medium vacuum range Large variety of Roots pumping stations Wide nominal pumping speed range up to 6,200 m³/h Asslar, Germany, September 30, 2020. Pfeiffer Vacuum, one of the world's leading providers of vacuum technology, has expanded […]

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  • Modernization boosts coiled rod output at Alfa Acciai

    PRESS RELEASE Danieli project is the first to spool two coils simultaneously from twin split rolling mills Danieli completed a successful modernization of the spooler line for Bar Mill #2 at Alfa Acciai, Brescia, Italy, implementing for the first-time simultaneous coiling of small-diameter rods by two coilers as part of a single line. The upgrade […]

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  • NISCO rolled the first bar on KOCKS biggest 3-roll RSB® 5.0

    PRESS RELEASE The Chinese company Nanjing Iron & Steel Co Ltd. (NISCO) has successful modernized its 800.000t/a medium bar mill incorporating a Reducing & Sizing Block (RSB®) 500++/4 in 5.0 design by Friedrich KOCKS GmbH & Co KG. The RSB® 500++/4, which is so far the biggest KOCKS 3-roll Reducing & Sizing block, operates as […]

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  • ELECTRODES CONSUMPTION REDUCTION AT GERDAU CORSA PLANTA TULTITLAN WITH SMARTEC

    PRESS RELEASE GERDAU CORSA PLANTA TULTITLAN (Mexico) has achieved a 10% reduction in electrode consumption in their 60t electric arc furnace thanks to SMARTEC technology. The SMARTEC is an advanced cooling electrode system supplied by MORE Srl (Italy) which regulates air/water flow dynamically through the electrode cooling rings. It consists of a valve stand and […]

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  • Leybold offers a dry claw pump, CLAWVAC, for robust rough vacuum applications

    PRESS RELEASE Cologne, October 2020 – Especially for rough industrial processes Leybold introduces the uncomplicated, dry rough vacuum CLAWVAC pump. Besides food processing, packaging and environmental technology applications, it is suitable for drying and sterilization processes. The pump, which is offered in three pumping speed classes, is specially designed for continuous operation at every working […]

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  • AIC upgrades the SH100 Peeling machine control system at Acciaierie Valbruna

    PRESS RELEASE AIC upgrades the SH100 Peeling machine control system at Acciaierie Valbruna Automazioni Industriali Capitanio (AIC) successfully commissioned the extension of the SH100 Peeling machine control system at Acciaierie Valbruna in Vicenza (BS), Italy. The control panel (Fig.1) for the new Bueltmann SH100 peeling machine (including the switchboard, Sinamics S120 multidrive system with SLM […]

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  • Midrex and AMI to offer DRI-based steelmakers complete process optimization solutions

    PRESS RELEASE Charlotte, North Carolina, USA and Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico, September 10, 2020 – Midrex Technologies, Inc. and AMI Automation have entered into a strategic agreement to provide steelmakers worldwide with a new approach to process optimization for DRI-based integrated EAF steel mills. The alliance offers steelmakers a comprehensive way to use Midrex’s and AMI’s […]

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  • Microsoft and Tenova Strengthen their Partnership to Innovate the Metals Industry

    PRESS RELEASE Microsoft and Tenova renew their collaboration with the aim of guiding companies of the metals industry in their digital transformation journeys. ORI Martin and Tenaris are among the companies that have already benefited from this partnership, thanks to technologies that enable better data management. Castellanza, September 07, 2020 – Microsoft and Tenova, a […]

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  • HARSCO RELEASES 2019-2020 ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL & GOVERNANCE REPORT

    PRESS RELEASE Key milestones achieved in the execution of the Company’s strategy to transform into global, single thesis environment services business - more than 80% of company revenues now derived from environmental solutions, compared to about 60-percent three years ago Report establishes ESG goals across our program’s four focus areas and discloses ESG performance data […]

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  • New robotic tagging application project for the wire rod rolling mill in Italy

    PRESS RELEASE Alfa Acciai awarded the contract to Automazioni Industriali Capitanio (AIC) to supply and install two robotic tagging applications for the wire rod rolling mill in Brescia (BS), Italy. The solution aims to increase identification and traceability of materials, simplify routine operations, improve working conditions & safety level of operators. The scope of supply […]

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  • Acciaierie Valbruna contracts Automazioni Industriali Capitanio to upgrade the SH100 Peeling machine control system.

    PRESS RELEASE At the beginning of 2020, AIC supplied and commissioned the control panel for the new Bueltmann SH100 peeling machine (Fig.1). The scope of supply was based on the complete revamping of the machine, including the switchboard, Sinamics S120 multidrive system with SLM regenerative DC Bus, S7-400 PLC, safety system, etc. As a result […]

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  • Measuring the steel level in continuous casting

    PRESS RELEASE Radiometric based mould level measurement is the dominating technology for measuring the steel level in continuous casting. This technology has been available for more than 50 years and now with more than six thousand systems deployed. Herein we discuss performance, statistical variation, influencing factors, source selection, and that recent development has brought the […]

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  • ATS Mechatronics supplies four bundle retaining jaws to a special bar quality (SBQ) mill in Spain

    PRESS RELEASE ATS Mechatronics supplies four bundle retaining jaws (bundle forming) to the European mechanical supplier with the final destination at a special bar quality (SBQ) mill in Spain. ATS Mechatronics has more than 25 years of experience in supplying tying machines for round bundles, hexagonal and square stacks. In these years ATS supplied more […]

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  • Rolling Mill Yield Improvement Project at African Foundries Ltd.

    PRESS RELEASE Yield improvement is a crucial issue for any steel plant. In order to maximize profit and reduce costs, the best approach to yield improvement is to identify areas of yield loss that can be effectively regained within the limit of available resources. The optimization of the rolling mill at African Foundries Ltd. in […]

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  • Final Acceptance Test for the rolling mill upgrade project in Chicago Heights, IL, USA

    PRESS RELEASE Final Acceptance Test for the rolling mill upgrade project in Chicago Heights, IL, USA Automazioni Industriali Capitanio has passed the remote Final Acceptance Test for the rolling mill upgrade at CHS Chicago Heights Steel in Chicago Heights (IL), USA. This project includes the automation equipment for the revamping of the Rolling Mill, starting […]

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  • BSE announces new Managing Director

    PRESS RELEASE We are very pleased to welcome Sebastian Baumgartner into our Executive Management team. Sebastian has been part of the Badische family for almost 20 years. As of today, he will be joining the team of Managing Directors, already consisting of Andreas Volkert and Florian Glück.  Besides other tasks, he will still oversee the […]

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  • Pfeiffer Vacuum introduces OmniStar® and ThermoStar® next generation gas analyzers

    PRESS RELEASE Quantitative and qualitative analysis of gases at atmospheric pressure Easy operation with new software Compact design and low detection limit Asslar, Germany, June 29, 2020. OmniStar and ThermoStar GSD 350 are compact, portable benchtop analyzers for analyzing gases at atmospheric pressure. They are particularly used for applications in chemical processes, in the semiconductor […]

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  • Systems Spray-Cooled receives an order to upgrade Optimus Steel EAF

    PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release, July 2020 Nashville, TN -- Optimus Steel has placed an order for a furnace upgrade solution with Systems Spray-Cooled of The Systems Group.  The 4th quarter 2020 turn-key project includes a new Spray-Cooled™ Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) Roof, a new Spray-Cooled™ Elbow, the accompanying equipment that will replace its existing […]

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  • Change in Management of Tenova LOI Thermprocess

    PRESS RELEASE Essen, July 1, 2020 – Tenova LOI Thermprocess, leading global company in the field of heat treatment plants based in Essen, is undergoing a change in its management organization. At the end of June 2020, Mr. Erik Míček, Managing Director of LOI Thermprocess GmbH since 2010, left the company. After almost three decades […]

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  • NUCOR ORDERS MORE CHEMICAL ENERGY PACKAGE FOR NEW PLATE STEEL MILL COMPLEX

    PRESS RELEASE MORE has been selected to supply the chemical energy package for Nucor Corporation's new greenfield plate steel mill complex in Brandenburg, Kentucky, USA. The facility will be capable of producing 1.2 million net tons per year of steel plate products. The state-of-the-art chemical energy package will be utilized in the new Danieli Electric […]

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  • Pomini Tenova Completed the Installation of its Eighteenth Roll Grinder in Vietnam

    PRESS RELEASE Castellanza, June 24, 2020 – In April 2020, Pomini Tenova, worldwide leader in production of roll grinders, completed the installation of three roll grinders for Hoa Phat Group, one of the largest manufacturers of construction steels, coated steels and steel pipes in Vietnam. With this commissioning, the number of machines supplied and successfully […]

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  • Special steel for high-performance tools in the oil and gas industry

    PRESS RELEASE One of the most important things needed when developing new oil and gas fields are tools which reliably work in great depths under the sea. The problem is that these tools are subjected to rock formations of varying hardness and aggressive media, necessitating special high strength steels which also exhibit a high corrosion […]

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  • Clever design of R-taso’s industrial walkway solutions significantly reduces their carbon footprint

    PRESS RELEASE June 16th, 2020 – RAAHE, FINLAND – A specialist in design and manufacture of industrial walkway solutions, R-taso has calculated the carbon footprint of the company’s production. The majority of the Raahe-based, family-owned company’s production footprint results from the use of steel as the main raw material. Thanks to clever design, the amount […]

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  • Tenova-ORI Martin Partnership: The Steel Plant Restarts thanks to Digital Technologies

    PRESS RELEASE Castellanza, June 18, 2020 – A long-standing collaboration centered on innovation and sustainability gains momentum through the ambitious Lighthouse Plant “Acciaio_4.0”. ORI Martin – one of the main European integrated steel groups for high-quality steel – and Tenova – a Techint Group company specialized in innovative solutions for the metals and mining industries […]

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  • The ASM 306 S helium and hydrogen sniffer leak detector for easy and accurate full-time sniffing operations

    PRESS RELEASE The ASM 306 S helium and hydrogen sniffer leak detector for easy and accurate full-time sniffing operations • Ultra-fast and accurate helium and hydrogen sniffer leak detector • Designed for continuous use on production lines requiring high performance and rugged, reliable operation • Features an ergonomic, high-flow sniffer probe Asslar, Germany, May 28, […]

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  • Systems Spray-Cooled receives order from Steel Dynamics, Inc.

    PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release, June 2020 Nashville, TN -- Systems Spray-Cooled has received an order from Steel Dynamics, Inc. for Spray-Cooled™ equipment at their new mill in Sinton, TX currently under construction.   The 2021 project includes equipment for their (2) Electric Arc Furnaces.  The Spray-Cooled™ equipment will cover 100% of SDI’s furnace cooling needs […]

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  • MMK and SMS group managed to implement targeted commissioning despite extremely difficult conditions

    PRESS RELEASE In 2018, Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works (MMK), Russia, has awarded an order to SMS group (www.sms-group.com) covering the extensive modernization of the finishing mill mechanical equipment and the fundamental revamp of the electrical and automation system of hot strip mill 2500 at the Magnitogorsk site. The modernization of the hot strip mill, […]

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  • Assessment Hub app asks all the risky questions

    PRESS RELEASE Rockwell Automation has released a new app that will help operations managers, plant floor managers and IT/OT professionals gauge levels of operational risk within their connected infrastructures. The Assessment Hub app covers networks, automation assets and cybersecurity and has been developed to help ensure that managers are more aware of the increased level […]

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  • Shougang places another major order with Tenova LOI Thermprocess

    PRESS RELEASE Essen, June 4, 2020 – In December 2019, the Chinese company Shougang Qian’an Electrical Vehicle Steel Co., Ltd. signed another major order with Tenova LOI Thermprocess, a leading global company in the field of heat treatment plants based in Essen. The order includes the heat treatment portion (furnace system) for two annealing and […]

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  • THE WORLD’S LARGEST BEAM BLANK EVER PRODUCED

    PRESS RELEASE Masteel, in Anhui province, China, was the first steelmaker to produce the BB7 beam-blank section, 1,300 mm wide, with 510 mm tall flanges and 140 mm web, weighing almost 2.7 ton/m. Following its December start-up, and after a two-month break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the caster reached the maximum productivity of 97 […]

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  • The major bar producer in India chooses AIC India and its Rolling Mill Automation & Control System (RACS) for the rolling mill modernization.

    PRESS RELEASE One of the leading steel producers in the Indian market contracted AIC to upgrade their existing control system with an aim to improve productivity & yield of the rolling mill by improving the operational stability and consistency of their shear control systems. The following objectives were achieved: - Improved cut to cut accuracies […]

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  • AIC completed the coil-handling upgrade at Feralpi Siderurgica

    PRESS RELEASE Automazioni Industriali Capitanio (AIC) completed the coil-handling modernization of the Wire Rod Rolling Mill at Feralpi Siderurgica in Lonato (BS), Italy. Besides a complete revamping of the wire rod finishing area with electrical and automation (E&A) supply from laying head exit to coil management, AIC has covered the modernization and installation of a […]

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