SSAB and Shapeline measure Width and Edge Quality

Shapeline is happy to announce the delivery of a second Width and Edge Quality Measurement system to SSAB, the leading Swedish steel manufacturer. Both systems are used in the Oxelösund steel works in Sweden.

With the Shapeline systems, SSAB is able to control the cutting of the plates in the line. With the width and edge quality measurements the settings are verified and in this application SSAB is also using the measurement data to determine when to replace the edges of the shear.
Krister Granlund, Manager Sharing line at SSAB says: “We have worked with Shapeline on flatness for several years. Our co-operation to develop both our production and the Shapeline system is very close. Using the system to measure the width and quality of the edges is giving us the tool we need to quickly and accurately determine when we need to take action and hereby optimizing our cost of maintenance of the cutting device as well as improving our product.” He continues: “I expect that we will see more new applications coming from our co-operation soon.”

Shapeline CEO, Pär Kierkegaard, PhD, says: ”With SSAB we are since a long time exploring new applications for our technology. It develops both companies when we jointly can address the actual issues at their production lines and find solutions that will not only advance the production of SSAB but also give new business opportunities for Shapeline”

About SSAB
SSAB is a leading producer of high-strength steel sheet and steel plate. The group comprises four subsidiaries: SSAB Tunnplåt and SSAB Oxelösund are the steelworks businesses, Plannja is the processing company, and Tibnor is the groups trading arm. The group has a turnover of almost SEK 25 billion. The number of employees are 9400 in operations or offices in over 40 countries and a worldwide sales presence. SSAB is listed in the Stockholm Stock Exchange. As of July 2007, the Canadian company IPSCO Inc. is a part of SSAB. More information available at www.SSAB.com.

Shapeline and Böhler-Uddeholm continue long term relationship

Shapeline is happy to announce a system delivery to Böhler-Uddeholm. The system, being the second delivered to Böhler-Uddeholm Precision Strip AB in Munkfors, Sweden, will replace the system delivered in 1998 in the quality inspection line. With the new system performance is increased and even smaller deviations in flatness will be measured. The old system, still being in full working order, will be used for evaluation of new applications in the hardening line of the same plant.

Shapeline CEO, Pär Kierkegaard, PhD, says:”The system delivered in 1998 was one of our first systems put in real operational use. It is satisfying in itself that Shapeline maintains the trust of Böhler-Uddeholm and is invited to replace the old system with the latest Shapeline 500 equipment. That the almost 10 year old existing system still has a value to the customer and will be used for evaluation purposes makes me proud about how well our systems keeps bringing benefits over a long time.”

Mr. Jan Hellström, Head of Production Saw Steel at Böhler-Uddeholm Precision Strip says: “We are committed in delivering the best quality product possible, and the Shapeline equipment has become an important part of doing so.” He continues: “Our current system continues to deliver the information we require, but is getting close to end-of-life. By replacing it while it is still operational we make sure that our current use is undisturbed while we get a chance to evaluate possibilities to further improve our process by introducing measurements also on other locations in our line.”

About Böhler-Uddeholm
BÖHLER-UDDEHOLM AG is a leading international specialty steel and materials company and worldwide market leader in tool steel (High Performance Metals Division), bimetallic strips, cutting and creasing rules, rule die steel (Precision Strip Division), and blades for gas and steam turbines (Special Forgings Division); worldwide number 2 in highspeed steel (High Performance Metals Division) and worldwide number 3 in welding materials (Welding Consumables Division).
The Group is one of the largest corporations in Austria with production sites in Austria, Germany, Sweden, Brazil, Belgium, Turkey, USA and Mexico and heat treatment operations worldwide.
For more information please visit the Böhler-Uddeholm website, www.bohler-uddeholm.com.

Posco selects Shapeline for Flatness Measurements

Shapeline is happy to announce a break-through deal with the leading Korean steel manufacturer Posco. The first delivery is of a Shapeline Flex system for the Silicon steel strip mill at the Pohang Works, Korea, where it will be used for assurance of finished product.

The system to be delivered is a Double Line system, designed to measure flatness in an environment where vibrations of the steel strip can be present. This is the first such application in Korea.

Shapeline CEO, Pär Kierkegaard, PhD, says: ”It is great honor for us to be selected by Posco. We have very much the same view on what the requirements are on a high quality producer in the future, and that the Shapeline system is the right tool needed to meet them.”

Mr Y.W. Kwak, Team Leader Electrical & Instrument at Posco says: “Shapeline is the right partner for us. The company is competent and flexible and their product delivers the best performance in a cost efficient way.” He continues: “Using the systems of Shapeline, Posco will continue being on the forefront in producing high quality steel.”

About Posco
POSCO, founded in 1968, is Koreas largest integrated steelmaker. Headquartered in the southeastern port city of Pohang, South Korea, POSCO produced 30 million tons of crude steel products, and reported record sales of US$21.56 billion and net income of US$3.45 billion in 2006. As one of the worlds leading steel producers, POSCO manufactures and sells a line of steel products, including hot rolled and cold rolled products, plates, wire rods, flat rolled magnetic steel sheets and strips, electrical steel sheets and stainless steel products. POSCO is also rated A3/Moodys and A-/S&P, the highest credit ratings assigned to the worlds integrated steelmakers. www.posco.com.

Shapeline and Böhler-Uddeholm continue long term relationship

Shapeline is happy to announce a system delivery to Böhler-Uddeholm. The system, being the second delivered to Böhler-Uddeholm Precision Strip AB in Munkfors, Sweden, will replace the system delivered in 1998 in the quality inspection line. With the new system performance is increased and even smaller deviations in flatness will be measured. The old system, still being in full working order, will be used for evaluation of new applications in the hardening line of the same plant.

Shapeline CEO, Pär Kierkegaard, PhD, says:”The system delivered in 1998 was one of our first systems put in real operational use. It is satisfying in itself that Shapeline maintains the trust of Böhler-Uddeholm and is invited to replace the old system with the latest Shapeline 500 equipment. That the almost 10 year old existing system still has a value to the customer and will be used for evaluation purposes makes me proud about how well our systems keeps bringing benefits over a long time.”

Mr. Jan Hellström, Head of Production Saw Steel at Böhler-Uddeholm Precision Strip says: “We are committed in delivering the best quality product possible, and the Shapeline equipment has become an important part of doing so.” He continues: “Our current system continues to deliver the information we require, but is getting close to end-of-life. By replacing it while it is still operational we make sure that our current use is undisturbed while we get a chance to evaluate possibilities to further improve our process by introducing measurements also on other locations in our line.”

About Böhler-Uddeholm
BÖHLER-UDDEHOLM AG is a leading international specialty steel and materials company and worldwide market leader in tool steel (High Performance Metals Division), bimetallic strips, cutting and creasing rules, rule die steel (Precision Strip Division), and blades for gas and steam turbines (Special Forgings Division); worldwide number 2 in highspeed steel (High Performance Metals Division) and worldwide number 3 in welding materials (Welding Consumables Division).
The Group is one of the largest corporations in Austria with production sites in Austria, Germany, Sweden, Brazil, Belgium, Turkey, USA and Mexico and heat treatment operations worldwide.
For more information please visit the Böhler-Uddeholm website, www.bohler-uddeholm.com.

Higher creditibility for Shapeline

Shapeline´s financial risk has been improved to 0.05 %. Shapeline was a class-5 rated company before (best class rating), but the risk has been decreased even further. This shows that Shapeline is a solid company with a sound long-term financial stability.