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Nucor Orders SMS Continuous Caster for New Plate Mill Facility in Brandenburg in Kentucky

Steel News - Published on Tue, 12 Nov 2019

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Nucor Corporation has selected SMS group for the supply of a single-strand caster for ultra-wide and thick slabs. Designed for an annual capacity of 1.45 million tonnes, it will be a core element of the production chain of the Nucor’s new plate mill facility in Brandenburg in Kentucky USA. The caster will produce slabs of 8 to 12 inch (200 to 305 millimeter) thickness up to 124 inch (3,150 millimeter) width. Slab lengths vary from 104 to 600 inch (2,642 to 15,240 millimeter). To meet Nucor’s challenging project objectives, several special technological features will be incorporated into the new vertical bending caster. These include robotic applications on the casting platform and an HD mold with fiber optics and electromagnetic stirring. In addition, a customized roller apron, a quenching unit and a secondary cutting line will also be incorporated.

Various X-Pact technological packages like Process Guidance, Solid Control, Tech Assist with Liquid Core Reduction and Dynamic Soft Reduction®, integrated in the SMS Electric & Automation system will support the caster performance. An integration test with virtual 3D production and active participation by Nucor personnel will take place in the SMS test field.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 12 Nov 2019
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