Tata Steel to install Shapeline system in UK

Tata Steel has placed an order for a flatness measurement system from Shapeline, Sweden, to be installed in the production line of its plate mill in Scunthorpe, UK.

The laser based system is capable of measuring 4.8 m wide plates on-line and has an integrated laser doppler sensor for speed and plate length measurements. Installation of the system is planned for the year-end 2011, with start-up early 2012.

The system will be used for quality control as well as to significantly reduce the number of leveling passes to increase the throughput in the production.

Shapeline AB is a Swedish based supplier of systems for flatness measurement within the global steel-/metals industry. The company started in 1999 and has today supplied over 60 flatness systems for productivity and quality optimization worldwide.

Nippon Steel Japan places order

The laser based platform system will measure flatness and shape in Nippon Steel’s 5.5 m- wide steel plate shearing line at the Oita plate mill. The start-up of the system is planned for the spring 2012 and will be the first Shapeline system installed at a Japanese mill. It follows the installation of three Shapeline platform systems at Nippon Steel’s Brazilian cooperation Usiminas during the last two years.

Shapeline AB is a Swedish based supplier of laser based systems for flatness measurement within the global steel-/metals industry. The company started in 1999 and has today supplied over 60 flatness systems for productivity and quality optimization worldwide.

Control with Shapeline gauge: Nippon Steel Oita works control novel leveller

A cooperation between Shapeline and Nippon Steel has resulted in a common project to install a flatness gauge in Nippon Steel No 1-line in Japan, Oita works.

The gauge will be installed after the novel Oita Plate Leveller (OPL), unique of its kind. The OPL works as a skin-pass mill for plates, with the rolling force controllable in 19 sectors across the plate width. The Shapeline system will provide data correlated to the position of these 19 sectors to control the leveller and improve plate flatness. A description of the OPL can be found in “Development of New Intelligent Plate Leveler at Oita Plate Mill” by Wakatsuki et. al., Proc. 10´th International Steel Rolling Conference, Beijing, Sep. 15-17 2010

Shapeline on METEC-11

You can meet us in Hall 4, booth 4F03. We will demonstrate a complete Shapeline system measuring on plates on a roller table. You may book a personal meeting and demonstration by contacting us.

Take the opportunity to meet Shapeline at AISTECH

We are in booth #986. Shapeline systems for measuring flatness and width in hot and cold environments on both plate and strip is becoming more or less industrial standard in North America and the rest of the world. With Lesman Instruments and other partners in the US system construction and service is largely made in the USA. Visit us on www.shapeline.com to get the latest information.

Shapeline and partners presents at Quality Days in India

The Quality Days where visited by a select and invited group of industry specialists and decision makers – held in Mumbai and New Delhi. The seminar program included analysis of world and local market as well as presentation of the participants’ views, products and experiences.

Shapeline was represented by Dr. Pär Kierkegaard, CEO. His presentation, and many of the following meetings, focused on flatness as an increasingly important parameter to report and control. In the current market situation it is not enough to have production capacity – you have to offer the customer something more than just a quantity of product. And if not to become a commodity only sold on price, the producer needs to deliver and document that his product is worth more than competition.

To find the “best-in-class” suppliers of the tools needed for excellent quality, a steel producer can not rely solely on a large line builder” says Dr. Kierkegaard. He continues: ”The best is often found among smaller companies, with shorter histories and smaller market presence. We at Shapeline are searching partnerships with companies in similar situations with complementary products so that we together can do what larger companies can – meaning both organizing events such as the Quality Days, but also technically working together and integrating our systems and solutions to larger entities”.

The success of these and previous Quality Days held in India, China and Russia have directly and indirectly created new business and new business opportunities on these markets for Shapeline and the partners. Quality Days will certainly be held again, when and where to be decided. Contact Shapeline or any of the other participating companies if you are interested in being invited when we come to your country..

Shapeline flatness measurement in China

The demands from user of high quality steel in China are putting increasing pressure of the manufacturers to improve control of their processes. Flatter, thinner and stronger grades are more and more required – and to produce and verify the material, advanced measurement systems are required.

The first Shapeline system have just been installed at a slitting line for high grade steel outside Shanghai, where a Shapeline 500 system for multi-strip measurements is now helping the producer to maintain the world leading role.

“High quality precision steel is a long time market for Shapeline“, says Dr. Pär Kierkegaard, CEO of Shapeline. “Our first installations date back more than 10 years when Uddeholm and Sandvik in Sweden acquired the very first Shapeline systems – which are still used in production. In China we expect a very quick development, not only on these products, but for other quality sensitive products such as Electrical Silicon Steel and Heavy Plates where we also have strong products.”

He continues: “It is easy to believe that China and Sweden are far away from each other, but that is no longer true in any sense. Steel users and producers have the same requirements here as in Europe – and through technical remote service combined with the fast and cheap travel alternatives, we offer customers here the same level of support as we do our customers in for instance Germany, Korea, Brazil, USA and all other markets where we have systems in operation.”

About Shapeline
The Shapeline solution for measuring the flatness and width of metallic products (plates and strip) is used from Korea to Brazil. Applications range from continuous casting to final plate and strip products. For more information please visit www.shapeline.com.

About Shapeline Multistrip
In the Shapeline Software there is a feature for measuring on several strips that run in parallel – which is the case in a slitting line. Every strip is measured and evaluated separately and data is stored for each strip individually. Other features for slitting, such as virtual slitting are also standard features of the software.

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 www.mechel.com.

Shapeline wins breakthrough contract from key Brazilian steel company

The leading Brazilian steel manufacturer, Usiminas has in hard competition selected to use Shapeline systems provided locally by Thermo Fisher Scientific to provide flatness measurements for its Plate Mill in Ipatinga, Brazil.

Lower production levels caused by the current downturn of the economy is an opportunity for Usiminas to improve its capability in producing high quality and competitive steel plate. After an extensive evaluation process, the company has now selected Shapeline to provide the measurement systems required to trim and operate the process of producing steel plates for the Brazilian and international markets. The initial order is for three complete systems with the highest possible requirements on performance and accuracy. The systems will be delivered to Usiminas by their long time business partner Thermo Fisher Scientific.

“Being our first implementation in Brazil and of such large size enables us at Shapeline to move against the trend and actually expand our business and international presence,” says Shapeline CEO, Pär Kierkegaard, PhD. “We have delivered to plate mills that are in the technological frontline for a considerable time. With this order we are now established as the global leader. Shapeline systems are now in operation from Korea in the East to Brazil and the USA in the West.”

About Usiminas
Usiminas is a large producer of steel in the Americas, with major steel mills in Brazil with a total capacity of 9.5 million metric tons of steel per year. The company accounts for 28 % of total steel output in Brazil. Usiminas produced in 2006, 8.8 million tons of raw steel and 7.9 million tons of rolled steel. The Usiminas homepage is www.usiminas.com.

About Thermo Fisher Scientific
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO) is the world leader in serving science community enabling customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. With 2008 revenues of $10.5 billion, they have approximately 34,000 employees and serve over 350,000 customers within pharmaceutical and biotech companies, hospitals and clinical diagnostic labs, universities, research institutions and government agencies, as well as environmental and industrial process control settings. Visit www.thermofisher.com

About Shapeline
The Shapeline solution for measuring the flatness and width of metallic products (plates and strip) is used worldwide. Applications range from continuous casting to final plate and strip products. For more information please visit www.shapeline.com.

Corus optimizes production in Continuous Casting with Shapeline’s new 3D-measurement system

Shapeline, the Swedish maker of online flatness measurement systems for the steel and metal industry, enters a new application area with successful trials at the Corus Direct Sheet Plant in the Netherlands.

At the IJmuiden Direct Sheet Plant, Corus has been measuring the edge profile of the continuous slab at the exit of the caster. The purpose of the measurements is to optimize the settings of the caster to eliminate the risk of break-out from still molten core. After a few months of tests, Corus has now decided to permanently install the equipment.

“The measurement of the slab edge profile is a perfect application for our system,” says Shapeline CEO, Pär Kierkegaard, PhD. ”We are able to cope with the tough environment at the caster and we have long term references to certify our capability in meeting varying customer requirements and the usability of our technology.”

”Working with Shapeline on this project proved to be easy. From what they told us we expected that they could meet our requirements on the measurement. During the test phase of our project they also showed that they could deliver what they promised, also in our environment which is a bit different from where Shapeline systems normally operate,” says the Corus Project Leader Mr. K Schurer.

“The theoretical assumptions about how to improve our production process have been proven by the test, and we are now taking the solution into normal operational procedure.”

Shapeline systems are used all over the world to measure flatness on metal products. From casting to inspection of the final product there are applications where the manufacturers will benefit from the accuracy and experience of the company.

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

About Corus
Corus is Europes second largest steel producer with annual revenues of around £12 billion and a crude steel production of over 20 million tons, primarily in the UK and the Netherlands. Corus is a leading supplier to many of the most demanding markets around the world including construction, automotive, packaging, mechanical and electrical engineering, metal goods, and oil & gas. Corus is a subsidiary of Tata Steel, the worlds sixth largest steel producer. With a combined presence in nearly 50 countries, the Tata Steel Group including Corus, Tata Steel Thailand and NatSteel Asia, has approximately 80,000 employees across five continents and a crude steel production capacity of over 28 million tons. Please visit www.corusgroup.com.