SMS Group to Supply Medium Section Mill to Duferco in Italy
SMS Group announced that Northern Italy’s Lombardy region’s Brescia city based Duferco Steel has placed an order with SMS group for a new medium section rolling mill. This flagship project at Duferco steel division in San Zeno Naviglio will focus on core components of digitalization and automation in production and logistics, and on sustainability. This new, ultra modern rolling mill to be installed in Italy will make Duferco one of the most important centers of steal beam production in Europe. With the new mill Duferco will be able to reach a yearly output of 1.5 million tonnes of long products. The project is scheduled to be implemented during a period of only two years, with commissioning planned for the end of 2022. Duferco Steel had announced this pact earlier on December 1 2020 and said “The total investment, facility and infrastructure included, will amount to 180 million Euro and, when fully operating, will create 150 job positions, not including those related to ancillary industries.”
SMS is going to supply the complete new medium section mill, including electrics and automation systems up to Level 2. The mill will be equipped with the latest generation of Compact Cartridge Stand tandem mill stands, featuring strengthened guide holders, a new chock design and the new Technological Control System TCS plus. The laser based PROgauge light section measuring device, including the SurfTec surface defect detection system, from SMS will enable Duferco to measure the sections inline and to detect and analyze surface defects that may occur during the rolling process. Moreover, a SMS DataFactory will be implemented, combining the information from the product tracking system with all available data in the plant, from the sensor level up to the higher level automation systems. In this way, a product genealogy will be created, which is the basis for digitalizing the complete production process and through the use of artificial intelligence will be setting new benchmarks in digitalization.
Thanks to the green Power Purchase Agreement signed by the Italian steel company, the whole power supply of the new rolling mill will be covered by renewable energy. On 8 May 2019, DXT Commodities SA, Duferdofin Nucor SpA and FERA Fabbrica Energie Rinnovabili Srl had announced the structuring of the first Corporate Wind Power Purchase Agreement in Italy. The electricity, amounting to approximately 200 million kWh, will be generated by a new wind farm that FERA is currently building in northern Italy and will be purchased through a 7 year fixed price PPA by DXT Commodities, who will also sell it to the steel mills of Duferdofin Nucor over the same period.