Futuristic Forge: PT Krakatau Steel Mill Modernization

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PT Krakatau Steel in Indonesia has upgraded their hot strip mill with a new Electrics and Automation system from SMS group. This move strengthens their long-standing partnership and commitment to high-quality steel production using advanced technology.


PT Krakatau Steel, a cornerstone of Indonesia's steel industry, is taking a leap forward with its recent procurement of a cutting-edge Electrics and Automation system from SMS group for their hot strip mill no.1. This publicly listed, state-owned enterprise has been operating its plant in Cilegon, Banten, Indonesia, with a focus on innovation and quality.

The hot strip mill no.1, initially established by SMS group in 1983, has played a crucial role in PT Krakatau Steel's production line. Equipped with one roughing mill stand, six finishing mill stands, and two down-coilers, this mill has an impressive annual production capacity designed for 2.4 million metric tons.

This latest investment follows the successful commissioning of hot strip mill no. 2, also by SMS, which underscores the robust relationship between PT Krakatau Steel and SMS. It's a testament to the trust PT Krakatau Steel places in the avant-garde solutions offered by SMS.

The scope of the order is comprehensive, with SMS providing the X-Pact® electric and automation system that focuses on both level 1 and level 2 automation for the entire mill. The upgrade includes a modern main and auxiliary drive system, coupled with a low-voltage power distribution system specifically for the finishing mill. Operators at the mill will benefit from the X-Pact® Vision HMI, which features an advanced visualization concept and integrated faceplate technology for improved guidance and maintenance operations. Furthermore, sophisticated level 2 mathematical models will be integrated to elevate the quality of the steel products.

Bernhard Steenken, CSO of the APAC & MEA region at SMS group, lauded the partnership, emphasizing PT Krakatau Steel's dedication to technological progress and sustaining high standards in steel production. SMS group continues to be a pivotal partner in fulfilling these objectives.


PT Krakatau Steel's decision to upgrade their hot strip mill with SMS group's state-of-the-art Electrics and Automation system is a clear indication of their commitment to remain at the forefront of technological innovation in the steel industry. This strategic move is set to enhance the mill's productivity, ensuring that PT Krakatau Steel continues to meet the demands of high-quality steel production with efficiency and precision.

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