Mechel BMK Starts Installation of New Wire Drawing Equipment
Mechel Group’s Beloretsk Metallurgical Plant has started assembling the second batch of new drawing machines for the production of steel wire. In June, the first 4 mills were launched at the plant. In total, it is planned to install 12 machines under the project for the modernization of steel wire and rope production. The cost of four new units manufactured by the Italian company Mario Frigerio SpA amounted to about 220 million rubles. The launch is scheduled for the 4th quarter of this year. The machines are installed in the alloy wire workshop of BMK. At the same time, work is underway to build a new closed circulating water supply cycle for this equipment.
The new drawing mills are equipped with scale breakers and belt grinding devices for mechanical cleaning of the wire rod surface (wire blanks) from scale instead of the chemical acid pickling method. Thanks to single-flow drawing with quality cooling, the new machines can ensure necessary pliability and even spreading of mechanical properties lengthwise, rule out kinks and damage to wire surface while drawing. Each bench’s annual capacity is 13,000 tonnes of wire used to produce rope and spring wire.
It is planned to use the machines to produce high-quality wire, from which products for construction, mechanical engineering, etc. will be produced in the future.
The project is being implemented with the support of the RF Industry Development Fund. It is designed until 2023 and is aimed at increasing the efficiency of the steel wire and rope production of BMK, improving the quality of products, as well as solving an environmental problem.