Benxi Grants FAC to SMS for Hot Strip Mill Modernization
Benxi Iron & Steel of China has issued the Final Acceptance Certificate to SMS group for the successful modernization of their 1,700 millimetre No 1 hot strip
Benxi Iron & Steel of China has issued the Final Acceptance Certificate to SMS group for the successful modernization of their 1,700 millimetre No 1 hot strip mill. The objective of this project was to bring the mill’s production capacity and the production range by adding high-strength steels, up to the requirements of the hot-strip market. As a key part of the modernization, three CVCplus, Continuously Variable Crown, work-roll bending and shifting systems have been installed in the finishing stands F2 to F4, complete with the associated valve technology. These systems enhance the geometrical tolerances of the hot strip. The optimization measures performed on the rolling stands F2 to F4 comprised not only the mill stands themselves but also the inter-stand areas. Improved guides and new work-roll cooling systems have been installed on the entry sides of all three stands. The innovative roll gap lubrication system, in combination with the optimized roll-gap cooling system, reduces the mechanical stresses (forces and torques) acting on the rolling stands, prolonging the roll lives as a result. Thanks to the resulting boost in performance capacity of the finishing stands F2 to F4, the mill can now also produce strip in high-strength grades.
Further, the back-up roll balancing systems in the finishing stands F1 to F7 have been upgraded by replacing the emulsion-based balancing hydraulics with oil hydraulics. This measure involved the replacement of the cylinders and the complete control system, including the connecting pipes and the piping within the stands. In addition, in stands F1 and F5 to F7, the work-roll locking systems on the operator side have been replaced by a reinforced design.