SMS Group has successfully upgraded the existing automation system at ArcelorMittal’s hot-rolling unit in Tubarao, Brazil.
The unit, which had been in operation for twenty years had been retrofitted by another supplier where extensive preparation and close collaboration between the parties involved made it possible to upgrade during regular annual shutdowns without the need for separate downtime.
The new automation system was raised to a new technological level using X-Pact® Embedded controllers and a high-speed EtherCAT I / O system. The latest electrical engineering technology included X-Pact® Automation, ensuring digital readiness, essential to making production units and automation systems ready for digitization with minimal effort.
After commissioning, the production team was supported by SMS Group technical experts and trained on the X-Pact® system. The first panel was also produced successfully and on time after the factory was closed for eleven days.
Despite significant supply chain problems during the pandemic, the project team could complete the project on schedule. One of the fundamental success factors was undoubtedly the trust in the collaboration between the ArcelorMittal teams, SMS Group Brazil and SMS Group Germany.
The SMS Group is known worldwide for its future-oriented technologies and outstanding service to the metals industry. The company applies its 150 years of experience and digital expertise to provide innovative products and processes to the industry.