Mechel takes first ever Shapeline system on Hot Rolling Mill into operation in Russia

The Russian Steel operator Mechel is the first customer to install the new Integrated Multi Measurement system that has been jointly developed by Shapeline and Mesacon Messelektronik GmbH. The system, specially designed for hot rolling mills, offers position and flatness-compensated thickness profiles. In addition, it offers flatness, width, speed, length, and temperature profiles from one single system. The completed installation of the system also marks the first commercial Shapeline installation in a Hot Rolling Mill.

The environment in a hot rolling mill is very demanding. Smoke, vapor, water and heat provide challenges for both correct measurements and for the long-time survival of the sensors. The sensors of the Shapeline system is mounted on the mechanics of the Mesacon C-Frames. Air-purges, heat shields and both active and passive cooling is used to ensure low maintenance, long life and trustworthy data.

“This is a very important installation for us”, says Pär Kierkegaard, PhD, CEO of Shapeline. “It marks three important events: The first commercial system in a Hot Rolling Mill, the first integrated with the Mesacon Thickness measurement system and also the fist installation in Russia!”

Mr. Sergey Ogorodnikov, Chiеf of Advanced Development department at Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant, Mechel, says: “To see information presented with such accuracy in this very challenging environment is very useful for us. Now we can use this data to improve and make our production more efficient. With the integrated system our knowledge of our product is already in this early phase of the production chain very detailed and the effect of changes and settings are very quickly determined.”

For more information about the product and how it can be used in your production, please do not hesitate to contact either company or their representative on your market.

About Mechel
Mechel is one of Russia’s leading mining and metals companies, uniting producers of coal, iron ore, nickel, steel, rolled products, and hardware. In 2004, Mechel had revenues of $3.64 billion (U.S. GAAP), net income of $1.34 billion and EBITDA of $907.7 million. The company webpage is