Tata Steel Europe has commissioned FIMI to supply a high-performance levelling and cut to length line with an automated packaging system designed for high-strength strip steels. At the Maastricht Service Centre in Feijen in Netherlands, a subsidiary of Tata Steel Nederland, work has begun on the installation of a new state-of-the-art, high-performance levelling and cut to length line with automated packaging. With the commissioning of this new line, high-tensile coils will be able to be processed even faster and with greater accuracy. In addition, the line will be capable of handling particularly demanding challenges across a wide variety of products: for example, it will process coils weighing up to 40 tonnes and a yield strength of up to 1600 N per square mm, with the highest hardness levels available, in widths of up to 2150mm and thicknesses from 1.5-13mm, running up to 40 meters per minute.This is part of Tata Steel’s plans to prepare for increasing future demand for abrasion-resistant and high-strength premium steels, particularly in the markets for equipment in construction, mining and agriculture. Thanks to the new decoiling line, these steels can be processed quicker, more accurately, to a wider window and in a more sustainable way. The finished plates will be delivered to customers in Germany, Eastern Europe, the Benelux markets, the UK and to the Nordic region. The commissioning of the new decoiler, supplied by equipment maker FIMI, is scheduled for mid-2024. The end-products processed by the line will have high flatness levels of less than 3 mm per meter, to very tight dimensional tolerances (less than ± 2.5 mm up to 12,000 mm sheet length). The premium products processed at Feijen include the abrasion-resistant steel Valast 450, used in agricultural and construction equipment, tippers and trailers, ultra-high strength steels including Tata Steel’s Ympress range from USD 700-1100 and higher, and Boron-Manganese MnB5 steels for applications in farming equipment, for example.The high finished plate quality will be possible thanks to the power of the new line, but also by a number of automated features, which make the process more sustainable. The new line will be highly automated facilitating high productivity in a very safe manner. The automated functions and applications include: automated loading and threading, an automated robot destrapping unit and automated thickness and dimensional measurement.