Modernization contract: New electrical and automation systems to increase production and improve final product quality
SMS Siemag to upgrade 1,800-mm Steckel mill of Shandong Taishan
Shandong Taishan Steel Group Co. ,Ltd., China, awarded SMS Siemag, Germany, the order to upgrade the automation system of its 1,800-mm Steckel mill as part of a capacity increase. The scope of supply includes the worldwide proven CVC plus bending and bending and shifting system with Profile, Contour and Flatness Control (PCFC) systems to ensure good dimensional accuracy of the strip. Additionally, SMS Siemag will supply the patented Steckel loopers for optimal strip tension and mass flow control. With this modernization, project at its Laiwu location in the Chinese province of Shandong, Shandong Taishan intends to increase its production of hot wide strip and extend the product range towards higher grades.
At present, the capacity of the Steckel rolling mill is 600,000 typ. The revamping measures to be implemented by SMS Siemag will prepare the ground for the planned capacity increase to 1,800,000 tpy.
The Steckel mill is used to produce hot-rolled stainless and carbon steel strips for use in the automotive, shipbuilding and household appliances industries.
SMS Siemag will supply the X-Pact electrical and automation systems, including the control systems and process models, as well as key mechanical components. SMS Siemag will also be responsible for supervising the installation and commissioning. A new HMI system on the basis of SMS Siemag-developed control pulpits will enable an ergonomic operating process. The supply package will also include medium-voltage converter systems for the main drive of the new coiler No. 2. The existing laminar cooling section will be replaced by a new reinforced laminar cooling system with a higher specific water volume and optimized water distribution across the strip width.
The Shandong Taishan Steel Group operates several hot and cold rolling mills in China, which produce strip and sheet in stainless and carbon steel grades.
Heinrich Weiss turns 70
Dr. Heinrich Weiss, Chairman and CEO of the SMS group, will be 70 years old on June 5, 2012.
Heinrich Weiss, who grew up in the Siegerland region of Germany, belongs to the founding family of the company her been running in the fourth generation for 41 years. Following graduation as an engineer (1967), several years of practical work, and a period as CEO of a subsidiary, Heinrich Weiss in 1971 succeeded his father Bernhard as Chairman of SIEMAG Siegener Maschinenbau GmbH, Hilchenbach, Germany. Even then, the company ranked among Germany’s ‘’big five’’ rolling mill manufacturers, with annual sales totaling some EUR 70 million.
Managed by Heinrich Weiss, the company expanded through a number of mergers and takeovers in Germany and abroad, developing into today”s SMS group, a global leader in plant and machinery construction for the manufacture and processing of steel and nonferrous metals. There is a workforce of some 11,000 employees that generates sales of more than EUR 3 billion.
Heinrich Weiss is a member of the Administrative Board of Bombardier Inc., Montreal, Canada, and also sits on the Supervisory Boards of Deutsche Bahn AG, Berlin and Voith AG, Heidenheim, both in Germany.
He has also assumed extensive responsibilities in politics and in several associations. Currently he is Chairman of the External Economic Relations Advisory Board for the Federal Minister of Economics, Berlin, a member of the Asia-Pacific Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations, Berlin.
From 2008 to 2012, he acted as President of the German-Russian chamber of Commerce, and from 1982 to 1997 he was Chairman of the China Working Group of the Asia-Pacific Committee of German Business, Heinrich Weiss is considered one of the pioneers of Chinese-German business relations after the opening of the country in the late seventies. From 1983 to 1988, he served as Chairman of the Economic Committee of the CDU party, from 1983 to 1989 Vice President of the VDMA- German Engineering Federation, and from 1991 to 1992 he was President of the BDI-Federation of German Industry.
In 2001, Heinrich Weiss was awarded the title of Dr.-Ing. E.h.by RWTH Aachen University.