Sandvik Materials Technology orders an in-line Shapeline 500 Flatness Measurement System

Sandvik Materials Technology, Sweden, maintains its high demands in flatness control and orders an in-line Shapeline 500 Flatness Measurement System

Sandvik Materials Technology, Sandviken, Sweden, will during the spring 2015 install a Shapeline 500 Flatness Measurement System, replacing an old Shapeline system. The new generation of Shapeline 500 systems has a completely new, advanced software, as well as improved hardware.

Sandvik Materials Technology produces advanced stainless steels, special alloys and other high-performance materials. Their precision strip steel, including an extensive range of steel grades, has high strength and hardness requirement which leads to high demands on the flatness control. The new Shapeline 500 system will be installed in place of the old one, providing increased efficiency in the flatness quality control.

About Shapeline – Shapeline develops, markets and implements high-tech in-line measurement systems for flatness measurements on plate and strip products within the global steel and metals industry. The systems supplied create big values for the users by offering new possibilities to efficiently control the processes and products. Shapeline has today a globally leading position within their market niche. The company is based in Linköping, Sweden.

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Meet Shapeline at ALUMINIUM 2014

aluminium-2014-logoShapeline will be one of the exhibitors at the ALUMINIUM expo in Düsseldorf, Germany. In particular, we will present our new, high-performance flatness measurement system, designed to detect small defects at high line speeds. For instance, it meets the requirements from the new automotive lines.

We hope to see many of you, our valued customers and contacts, during the trade fair on the 7-9 October. You will find us in stand 12D42.

Best regards,
The Shapeline Team

About Aluminium – The international fair is among the most important events in the global aluminum industry. This year more than 1,100 exhibitors from over 100 countries and 25,000 trade visitors are expected. Find out more at aluminium-messe.com.

Usiminas reduces plate processing by flatness measurement

Usiminas Ipatinga, Brazil installed a new processing line for heavy plates in 2010. The line consists of one plate quenching line, two shearing lines and one leveling line. There are three plate flatness measurement systems from the Swedish company Shapeline, one in each shearing line and one in the leveling line. Since the start-up of the lines, Usiminas has systematically improved the production process to improve plate flatness and reduce plate handling and leveling.

After quenching and shearing, the flatness of each plate is measured and checked against the norm valid for the individual plate. If the plate flatness is out-of-specification, the plate is forwarded to the leveling line for flattening. The third Flatness Gauge is located directly down-stream from the plate Leveler and is used for two purposes; to guide the operators on the leveling process and to check plate flatness after leveling. Since the plate flatness is checked after each leveling pass, no unnecessary leveling passes are necessary.

A small percentage of the plates do not pass the measurement after leveling. These plates are again heat-treated and then again leveled. If they still do not fulfil the norms, they are sent back to the melt-shop.

Benefits

Since the start-up of the line, the flatness data has been used to systematically improve the heat-treatment and quenching of the plates. Especially the water quench has been adjusted to reach an even cooling profile. This has improved flatness. The result of this work is a gradual improvement of plate flatness after quenching but also uniformity of the plate mechanical properties. This has reduced the need for leveling to only 20 % of the plates. In addition, the number of leveling passes has been reduced from seven to normally 1-3 passes. Since the overall plate flatness is so high, only 0.07 % of the plates now need to be scrapped due to flatness.

 Usiminas FlowchartThis figure shows a schematic diagram of Usiminas production flow. SL indicates the Shapeline flatness measurement systems. The dashed lines show data feedback for process control and adjustments.

The other benefits include documentation of plate flatness for each plate and a better understanding of end-customers’ needs based on traceable measurement data.

“These results would never have been reached without a systematic, reliable and precise flatness measurement” says Wilson Moreira de Souza, Technical project coordinator and continues: “These systems have been a good investment since they have paid-back many times and also give us confidence in what we deliver to our customers”.

About Shapeline – Shapeline develops, markets and implements high-tech in-line systems for flatness measurements on plate and strip products within the global steel and metals industry. Our systems create value for our customers by offering new possibilities to efficiently improve the processes and control the quality of the products. Shapeline has brought its flatness measurement technology to a leading position within this specialized market. The company is based in Linköping, Sweden. For more information about the company, products and applications, please, go to www.shapeline.com.

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Baosteel, Shanghai, China, successfully starts up a Shapeline system

Baosteel, Shanghai,China, successfully starts up a Shapeline system at their new Heat Treatment line in  their 2050 mm Hot strip mill.

Baosteel, China has successfully started up a Shapeline flatness measurement system at the new Heat Treatment Line for  the 2050 mm Hot Strip mill at Baoshan Iron & Steel Co, Shanghai, P R China. The system was put into operation on Feb. 25, 2014.

Shapeline’s laser based system measures flatness and shape on 2,050 mm wide plates on-line with very high precision. The flatness system has been used to tune the Heat Treatment Line during the start-up, as well as connected to the Andritz Sundwig plate leveler in the line for control of the flatness correction.

Mr. Liu Tao, Process Engineer at the Heat Treatment Line, says; – “The Shapeline system is really helpful and convenient for both the commissioning and during operation. It lets us make the decision based on customer’s request in real time.”

“The successful start-up at Baosteel is a major event for us at Shapeline in China”, says Magnus Titus, President, Shapeline, “There is a strong drive in China towards developing high valued steel products for the global market, and this installation is therefore very important reference in this aspect.”

Shapeline operates today in China from a Sales and Service office in Beijing to serve the Chinese market in the best way.

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Jiangyin Xingcheng Special Steel, China, starts up a Shapeline flatness system for their new plate mill

The steel producer Jiangyin Xingcheng Special Steel (JYXC), Jiang Yin, China, has successfully started up a Shapeline Flex flatness measurement system at their new production line for quenched and tempered heavy steel plates.

The laser based system is designed to measure flatness on the steel plates directly on-line with high precision. The system installed will be used for controlling the final leveling of the plates after the quenching and tempering as well as for quality control.

Dr. Gu Hongwei, JYXC HTL process specialist says: “Both the Operator and Engineer get faster real time information on the plate flatness during levelling passes and when completed, can adjust the levelling process parameters and levelling passes accordingly. It enables us to easily reduce the levelling time, as well as the risk of missing an error. Our customers are more satisfied with our products now.”

“The successful start-up at Jiangyin Xingcheng Special Steel is a very important step for Shapeline in China” says Magnus Titus, President, Shapeline, “The Chinese steel and metals industry is the biggest in the world, and in rapid development towards more advanced products. Shapeline has now a very good partner in this field, and we are looking forward to a very good cooperation.”

The Shapeline Flex flatness measurement system at Jiangyin Xingcheng Special Steel is the first Shapeline system dedicated for quenched and tempered heavy plates in China, and will as such serve as a very good and inspiring reference.

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Shapeline streamlines production at Hindalco

The Indian aluminum producer Hindalco Industries has successfully started up a Shapeline Flex flatness measurement system at their plant in Renukoot, India. The installation of the system was completed during the summer 2013 and the system is now in full production.

The laser based flatness system is designed to measure aluminum sheets on-line with high precision at one of the plant’s high-speed cut-to-length facilities. The system will be used for final flatness quality control of their thin aluminum sheets. Specifically, coil-set is measured which enables Hindalco to adjust the line to reduce this.

Mr Pramodji Koparde, General Manager at Quality and Fabrication says: “The new Shapeline gauge gives us a unique possibility to guarantee that our material fulfills the clients flatness requirements. Since flatness is also documented, we can follow-up and improve the production process. For example we are able to adjust the leveler based on the flatness data and thus improve product quality.”

Shapeline President, Magnus Titus adds: “We are pleased to have Hindalco as our first customer in India. We believe that India will be an important market for Shapeline in the future and to have Hindalco as our first reference will be a good foundation for further expansion.”

About Hindalco, Renukoot – Hindalco, at Renukoot, operates across the aluminium value chain from bauxite mining, alumina refining, aluminium smelting to downstream rolling and extrusions. The integrated facility houses a 700,000 tpa alumina refinery and a 345,000 tpa aluminium smelter along with facilities for production of semi-fabricated products namely conductor redraw rods, sheet and extrusions.

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Ruukki Metals, Raahe works, Finland, starts up a Shapeline flatness system

The Finnish steel producer Ruukki Metals has installed a Shapeline flatness measurement system in one of the heavy plate production lines at the Ruukki Metals, Raahe works.

The laser based flatness system is designed to measure up to 4 m wide plates on-line with high precision and has an integrated Laser Doppler sensor for speed and plate length measurements. The installation of the system was done during two days in June 2013, and is now in full production.

The system will be used for final quality control of the plates as well as for process control of the quenching and leveling processes. The Shapeline software supports the operators’ decision in making in the “Virtual shearing” function, quality evaluation based on the expected final format of the plates, and an efficient database handling of measurement data through our ShapeAccess software.

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First Shapeline system at Material Sciences, USA

Linköping Sweden, November 17, 2013 –   Material Sciences Corporation, has successfully installed a Shapeline Flex flatness measurement system at their plant in Walbridge, OH.

The laser based system is used for measuring flatness of steel strips in the plant’s galvanizing line. The key benefit for Material Sciences is that they can optimize energy usage and reduce the risk for electrode damage in the electrical galvanizing process by measuring the flatness of the steel strips. Thus optimum coating and process conditions can be achieved.

The system started up in September 2013 and is the first Shapeline system installed in a Material Sciences plant.

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Shapeline, AB Announces Sale of Flex Measurement System to Arcelor Mittal Canada.

Arcelor Mittal (Dofasco), Ontario, one of Canada’s leading suppliers of high quality flat rolled steels, has ordered a Shapeline Flex flatness measurement system for the Continuous Hot Dip Galvanizing Line at the Hamilton facility.

The Hamilton facility will implement the Shapeline Flex system to improve the tuning of the production line as well as for quality control before the painting process. Shapeline’s flexible concept enables the system to be installed in the existing production line during a normal shutdown, and without any line modifications. Start-up of the system is planned for the fall 2013 and will be the sixth Shapeline system supplied and installed at Arcelor Mittal plants around the world.

About Shapeline – Shapeline develops, markets and implements high-tech in-line systems for flatness measurements on plate and strip products within the global steel and metals industry. Our systems create value for our customers by offering new possibilities to efficiently improve the processes and control the quality of the products. Shapeline has brought its flatness measurement technology to a leading position within this specialized market. The company is based in Linköping, Sweden.

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Baosteel Baoshan, Shanghai, China, orders a Shapeline flatness system

Baosteel, China has placed an order for a Shapeline flatness measurement system to be installed at the high strength steel plate mill at Baoshan Iron & Steel Co, Shanghai, P R China.

The laser based flatness system is designed to measure up to 2,0 m wide plates on-line with high precision.

Shapeline, the Swedish-based supplier of laser flatness measurement systems to the global steel and metals industry, opened a Sales and Service office in Beijing, China, during last year. “The order from from Baosteel is a strong sign that Shapeline can contribute to the Chinese steel industry”, says Magnus Titus, President, Shapeline, “There is a strong drive in China towards developing high valued steel products for the global market, where we have the right products and knowledge.”

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