AIC to upgrade Gerdau Longs Rolling Mill in Uruguay
Latin American steel maker Gerdau has awarded automation equipment supplier Automazioni industrial! Capitanio upgrade of Laisa plant in Uruguay. The upgrade at Gerdau’s Laisa site in Uruguay will be completed by AIC team in order to guarantee the highest production requirements set by the customer. The automation and DC Drives revamping will focus on improving obsolete reliance drives for the rolling mill to ABB DCS880. Moreover, the new cabinets will replace the existing ones using the same current connection.
For this project, AIC will supply
1. ABB DCS880 DC Drives;
2. PLC software development based on Rockwell Control Logix 5580;
3. Engineering and electrical drawings;
4. HMI control system modifications;
5. Equipment tests, supervision to erection, commissioning, training and production assistance
Exploiting the DCS-NET (Automax) network already installed, the digital signals and analogues between the current drives and the PLC Logix will be managed by a remote control. This flexible solution will be designed to keep connected to operations, improve productivity and ultimately deliver a cost-effective solution.
Gerdau Laisa has a production capacity of 70,000 tonnes of crude steel and 60,000 tonnes of rolled steel. It produces continuous casting billets, rebars, round bars, square bars, flat bars, equal sided angles and wire rod