ABB to deliver complete automation and electrification solution for European tandem cold rolling mill

Substantial order is part of a major modernization that will help the leading metals producer to manufacture the steel products of the future

One of Europe’s best-in-class steel producers has chosen digital technology leader ABB to provide a complete automation and electrical package for the tandem cold rolling mill of their steel plant in based in Europe. The delivery will provide an integrated, turnkey solution for the site that will be easier to operate and manage from initial installation, and over the lifetime of the mill. The project started in the summer of 2019 with completion expected in December 2020.

ABB Ability™ System 800xA is part of the scope of this order which is set to improve reliability, strip quality, throughput and yield at the tandem cold rolling mill
ABB Ability™ System 800xA is part of the scope of this order which is set to improve reliability, strip quality, throughput and yield at the tandem cold rolling mill

The order includes a new ABB Ability™ System 800xA extended automation system with visualization and diagnostic solutions, AC 800 PEC programmable controllers; induction motors fed by ABB’s ACS6080 medium voltage (MV) drives, and related MV switchgears and transformers. In addition, ABB will provide a full range of services, including project management, engineering, commissioning, installation and site supervision. ABB will perform a comprehensive factory acceptance test (FAT) using digital twin simulations to ensure successful shutdown and post-commissioning ramp-up.

“This important project strengthens our relationship with one of Europe’s top steel producers,” said Bernd Sachweh, Head of ABB’s Metals business. “ABB has already completed several significant installations for this customer; our history of timely and successful project execution, expertise and comprehensive solution and service portfolio helped us to win this order.”

The complete electrical and automation upgrade is set to improve reliability, strip quality and increase the speed and torque of the tandem cold rolling mill drives, supporting improved strip throughput and yield, enabling the production of thinner, high strength alloys and other new steel products.

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

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 AbilityTM System 800xA and its extended automation concept has over 11,000 installations world-wide, in practically every industry, automating processes, controlling and monitoring electrical equipment, and reducing risk through high integrity safety systems. It is part of the ABB AbilityTM platform that enables customers to securely integrate and aggregate their data, combine with wider industry data, apply big data and predictive analytics, and generate insights that can help them drive performance and productivity improvements.

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