VeriShape is developed for hot rolling applications. It is a concept as much as a product. The concept solves five difficulties in hot rolling lines.
How it works
VeriShape is at its very core based on ShapeSoft 3, the customizable flatness processing software in combination with the field proven Shapeline vibration compensated laser triangulation technology and ShapeCAT, the unrivaled smart camera technology. ShapeSoft 3 is capable of 1D, 2D and interactive 3D presentation of the measurement data in real-time as well as providing real-time I-units and topographical data for closed loop control. ShapeCAT will deliver measurement data at high-resolution also in a hot strip mill running at 25 m/s.
The VeriShape configuration features an ever present filtered low pressure air-flow for cooling of vital components as well as constant air purging of the optical components. VeriShape is designed to be located 2-3 m above the strip either in a gauge house or on a heat shielded platform.
By using the safe off-line mode, installation as well as service and calibration of a VeriShape system can be done without any stop in production. The service mode eliminates the requirement to perform any work on or near the roller table. It also allows calibration while the mill is in full production mode. A high air flow heat evacuation fan is used in the measuring zone to minimize the impact from heat shimmer and steam in the laser path.
The most powerful component of the VeriShape system is its software, the ShapeSoft 3. Based on decades of experience and refinement of the core processing algorithms and the stable yet customizable user interface, the system can be used as a real-time flatness gauge for closed loop process feedback, an off-line quality evaluation tool against industry standards, or anything in-between.
By installing two VeriShape gauges, (e.g. one before and one after laminar cooling), the measured data can be combined to visualize how the process influences flatness. The software separates crossbow and waves (I-units) into individual data-sets why it is possible to correlate process parameters with crossbow and I-units separately.
To meet different requirements on output data formats, VeriShape has a configurable communication interface. The gauge can output flatness data in real-time as fibers (any number), polynomials, vectors or scalars over Ethernet (TCP-IP, UDP, Profinet), Profibus or analog outputs (-10…10 V or 4…20 mA). The update frequency exceeds 200 Hz. Measurement files containing the complete measurement data can be saved to the steel producer’s file-system and/or to ShapeAccess, a RAID configured file & database server using Microsoft SQL.
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