Russula Upgrades Bar Mill Automation & Drives
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Russula Upgrades Bar Mill Automation & Drives

Leading technology supplier Russula has upgraded the automation and drives of a bar mill that produces rebar, structural steel and SBQ grades. Customer’s

Leading technology supplier Russula has upgraded the automation and drives of a bar mill that produces rebar, structural steel and SBQ grades. Customer’s name was not mentioned. The objective of the upgrade was to replace legacy equipment with first line control software, hardware and drives. All the electrical and automation equipment from the roller table of the reheat furnace exit to the cooling bed was upgraded. ABB AC450 rolling mill controllers and ABB PEC for the divide shear were replaced with Rockwell 1756 ControlLogix controllers. New ABB DCS880 drives replaced the DCS600 drives for the rolling mill stands and two of the shears. Existing AC drives and MCCs were refurbished. Russula supplied the following electrical equipment and services:

1. ABB DCS880 drive lineup

2. Rockwell AB Contrologix controllers

3. GuardLogix safety PLC

4. Wonderware HMI

5. Local operation stations equipped with FLEX IO 5000 equipment

6. Main operator desk equipped with FLEX IO 5000 and touch screen panel

7. Iba cam added to existing data acquisition system

8. Ethernet communication

9. Installation and installation supervision

10. Commissioning

11. Training

12. Post-production support

The Factory Acceptance Test occurred in the Russula workshop in A Coruña, Spain in 2020. The Russula startup team consisted of a fusion of automation and rolling mill technology experts. Cold and hot commissioning took place as scheduled.

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