ABB to automate steel mill in Sweden |

ABB to automate steel mill in Sweden

ABB to automate steel mill in Sweden
October 1, 2008 - ABB has received two orders from SSAB Tunnplåt for a combined value of over $18 million to expand production at the SSAB’s steel mill in Borlänge, Sweden.

ABB will supply electrical and automation equipment for a new downcoiler, a new exit coil conveyer line and inspection station for coils, as well as for a new roller table and laminar cooling section between the finishing mill and downcoilers. The downcoiler to be delivered is a repeat order of the unit delivered and commissioned earlier this year. ABB’s solutions will help SSAB expand production at the mill, as well as contribute to the development of new grades of high-strength steel.

The hot-rolling mill in Borlänge was originally built in 1961 for a maximum production capacity of 500,000 tons per year. The plant has been modernized over the years, enabling annual production to be increased to the present 2.8 million tons.

The new project is in line with SSAB’s strategy for the mill’s increased productivity and flexibility, and above all, being able to further develop and roll new qualities of high-strength steel.

ABB’s delivery includes control systems based on System 800xA, as well as drive systems ACS800 including motors and MNS switchgear. ABB is also responsible for engineering, commissioning and erection.

Both orders were won in a joint consortium with SMS Demag, Germany, who is delivering the mechanical machinery for the projects.

“SSAB’s choice of ABB and SMS Demag as suppliers, was due to a large extent on previous deliveries and that the customer preferred a repeat order of the downcoiler that was commissioned earlier this year,” says Michael Olofsson, sales pursuit responsible from ABB.

The exit coil conveyer line and inspection station will be delivered during the summer of 2010. The downcoiler will be put in service at the end of 2010 and the roller table/cooling section will be delivered during the summer of 2011.

SSAB is a global manufacturer of steel, specialized in high-strength and cold steel, with a leading position in the market segment. SSAB Tunnplåt had a turnover of approximately $2.2 billion in 2007 and has about 4,300 employees in Sweden. The primary production facilities are in Luleå (steel work and continuous casting) and Borlänge (hot rolling, cold rolling and coating lines).

ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs more than 115,000 people.
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