ABB to supply ArcSave electromagnetic stirring solution to advanced special steel plant in Austria

ABB ArcSave® patented technology to save time, energy and materials while improving yield at new voestalpine BÖHLER Edelstahl special steel plant in Kapfenberg, Austria

ABB’s ArcSave electromagnetic stirrer will be delivered in March 2020 and installed on an energy-efficient, 55-ton electric arc furnace (EAF) at the new voestalpine BÖHLER Edelstahl steel plant in Kapfenberg, Austria, helping optimize annual output of 205,000 tons of high-performance steels from mid-2021.

Requiring no contact with the bottom of the EAF, ArcSave enhances stirring during the melting of large scrap items, reducing stratification via forced convection. This improves EAF operation by homogenizing temperature distribution and chemical composition, while speeding scrap and ferroalloy melting compared with natural convection alone.

ArcSave, with its patented technology also contributes to lowering environmental impact by reducing electricity usage, process additions such as alloys and lime, and consumables such as electrodes.

“We created ArcSave to help manufacturers improve productivity while also prioritizing safety, energy
efficiency and product quality,” says Anders Lehman, Vice President of ABB Metallurgy Products. “As the
leading provider of electromagnetic stirring solutions, we are extremely proud to supply one of the world’s most advanced special steel plants.”

Plant construction group SMS, which is responsible for the engineering, process technology and start-up of the fully automated melting system, specified ArcSave at the core of the Kapfenberg plant, which unites cost- and energy-efficiency with a high degree of automation and digitalization.

ArcSave’s advanced, efficient technology aligns perfectly with voestalpine’s ambition to be at the cutting edge of specialist steel production.

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SMS Group is a group of companies internationally active in plant construction and mechanical engineering for the steel and nonferrous metals industry. It has some 13,500 employees who generate worldwide sales of more than EUR 3 billion. The sole owner of the holding company SMS GmbH is the Familie Weiss Foundation.

ABB is a trusted partner and leading supplier to the metals industry, offering a complete range of products, services and end-to-end solutions that improve productivity, quality, safety and cost-efficiency in iron, steel, aluminium and other metals production processes. With over a century of experience, ABB’s offerings are expertly tailored and highly process-specific, serving the entire industry from material yard and primary manufacturing to casting, rolling and processing lines. Across the whole metals value chain ABB demonstrates a commitment to optimizing operations with high performance products and digital solutions.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader with a comprehensive offering for digital industries. With a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB is today a leader in digital industries with four customer-focused, globally leading businesses: Electrification, Industrial Automation, Motion, and Robotics & Discrete Automation, supported by its common ABB Ability™ digital platform. ABB’s market leading Power Grids business will be divested to Hitachi in 2020. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees. 


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