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AMETEK Surface Vision System Helps Tenaris to Prevent Strip Breakages

Steel News - Published on Thu, 02 Jul 2020

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Ternium SA has reduced the frequency of damaging strip breakages thanks to a system provided by AMETEK Surface Vision, the leading provider of online surface inspection solutions. With steel mills operating at high speed, a breakage in the strip can cause serious and costly damage to equipment. Ternium wanted to find a way to minimize these breakages, safeguarding the mechanical integrity of the mill and ensuring maximum process continuity. AMETEK Surface Vision’s SmartView system was installed on the line to provide automated monitoring of surface quality issues on the coils passing through the mill, which has a rolling capacity of 6,000 tonnes a day.

The SmartView system combines cutting-edge software and rugged, proven hardware to deliver the most precise real-time detection and classification of material defects. Uniting the company’s powerful surface inspection and monitoring capabilities, synchronized high-resolution color camera technology is supported by powerful LED lighting arrays for the high-quality image capture of defects using multiple inspection angles. The defects responsible for the strip breakages were correctly detected and classified by the SmartView® system. However, since some steel defects are challenging by their nature, and could be misclassified or not classified at all, the defect classification task was critical for the results obtained.

With 17 sites across Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, and the United States, Ternium has plants covering the entire manufacturing process from iron ore extraction to the creation of high-value-added products. Its plant in Monterrey, Mexico, operates a pickling line tandem cold mill with five stands, six high. The plant is focused mainly on producing automotive products with high-quality requirements.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Thu, 02 Jul 2020
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